Preparatory works for Trams to Newhaven continue with vibration testing

(adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven: view the original at https://mailchi.mp/7f4d38afd7a4/trams-to-newhaven-update-february-2019-final-business-case-233657)

Ground and Site Investigation Works update

Ground and site investigation works along the route are now in the final stages, with the last of the scheduled works due to complete in week commencing 22 July 2019.
The essential pre-enabling works, being carried out by the tram project’s Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), involves SFN carrying out detailed ground investigation surveys at 25 sites on the route. The work is being carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time and under localised lane closures.
The purpose of ground investigation works is to determine the ground conditions along the route so that the project’s final design can be confirmed. SFN have been checking, among other things, the depth of the bedrock. This will allow us to better understand how deep tram infrastructure foundations need to be, as well as the dimensions of the ‘track slab’, which will be laid beneath the tram tracks.

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Public utility works: Leith Area

(adapted from an email from Graham Hall (CEC Senior Transport Team Leader) to Leith ward and Leith Walk ward councillors; with thanks to the councillor that forwarded it to community councils. Unfortunately, this only reached LCCC’s webmaster today [19 July].)

As you will be no doubt aware, The City of Edinburgh Council is carrying out significant pre-tram surfacing works in wards 12 and 13 at the current time via our Transport Design and Delivery section who have McLay’s Ltd carrying out numerous projects in preparation for the Tram extension works which are due to commence later this year.

In addition to these works City Fibre have started their programme to install fibre to the home in the area as well as the other utility providers continuing their business as usual.

It has been agreed with the CEC project manager (Steven Blacklaw) that the locality will coordinate these works around his significant programme to avoid conflict with different sets of work. As McLays Ltd are based in Airdrie and traditionally close down for the Glasgow Fayre fortnight commencing on the 12th of July I have delayed various utility works commencing until McLay’s have closed their sites down and to prevent additional pressure on the road network. The works below have been approved for the period 14th July 2019 to 30 July 2019 to avoid any conflict with the CEC programme.

Whilst there will no doubt be some form of delay caused by the various works, please be assured that every effort has been made to minimise disruption utilising the quieter school holiday period whilst still ensuring these works are completed before CEC’s contractor returns to recommence his programme. Please also note that where required, any works which may present significant disruption have been discussed and approved at the City Wide Traffic Management Group to ensure the most effective traffic management is employed.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call on the number below.

Utility Location Nature of works Works Start Finish Traffic Management
City Fibre Salamander Street Installing new fibre optic cable TBC TBC Two way temporary traffic signals
City Fibre East Hermitage Place Installing new fibre optic cable 14/07/2019 17/07/2019 Three way temporary traffic signals
Scottish Power Albert Street Main Cable repair 15/07/2019 19/07/2019 Parking Restriction only
Scottish Power Constitution Street Install new service 19/07/2019 23/07/2019 Parking Restriction only
Scottish Power Pilrig Street at Dryden Street Excavate footway to replace joint TBC TBC Parking Restriction only
Scottish Gas Networks Newhaven Road at Graham Street Install new connection to gas main 14/07/2019 30/07/2019 Three way temporary traffic signals
Scottish Gas Networks North Junction Street at Ferry Road Replace existing gas main 14/07/2019 30/07/2019 Three way temporary traffic signals
Virgin Media Lindsay Road at Sandpiper Drive Install new service 15/07/2019 19/07/2019 Lane restrictions and local diversion

Graham Hall – FIHE – Senior Transport Team Leader – Place – City of Edinburgh Council – North East Locality, 101 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 4DS – Tel: 0131 469 3926 – Northeast.transport@edinburgh.gov.uk

Please note: all correspondence should be sent to Northeast.transport@edinburgh.gov.uk

Call for members of the public to join new data panel

(Adapted from a post on the Scottish Community Councillors Development Network KnowledgeHub group)

Are you interested in how data can be used to improve lives, services and public policy? Or how Scotland can make the most of the data we already have and discover new and exciting things about society?

Administrative Data Research Scotland exists to ensure that data about life in Scotland (generated through the day-to-day work of public services such as the NHS, government departments and local authorities) is used effectively and responsibly, for the good of everyone.

They are looking for 8 – 12 people to join their panel and share views on the issues and ethics around the future of administrative data, research using it, and how evidence can inform public policy. It’s an important opportunity to shape the future of this work in Scotland.

Find out more and apply (before the 9 August 2019 deadline) at https://forms.gle/ZVxqmztwei8pvnt8A.

 

LCCC input on 221 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH6 4NN

(adapted form a confirmation email from Edinburgh Council)

Comments were submitted at 8:42 PM on 07 July 2019 from Julian Siann [LCCC’s planning convenor]

Application summary

  • Address: 221 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH6 4NN
  • Proposal: Proposed change of use from Class 7 hotel to 19 bedroom (maximum 30 person occupancy) house of multiple occupation and associated internal and external alterations
  • Case Officer: Alexander Calderwood
  • Click for further information

Customer details

  • Name: Julian Siann
  • Email: <personal email address redacted by LCCC webmaster>
  • Address: <personal address redacted by LCCC webmaster>

Comments details

  • Commenter type: Community Council
  • Stance: Customer objects to the Planning Application

Comments

As a community council we wish to object to this change of use from a hotel to a HMO on the following grounds:

  1. The area is a quiet residential area and our attention has been drawn in the past to the disturbance caused at a similar type of development in the area.
  2. According to spokesmen in the property market, the Ferry road area is not considered to be a suitable location for a HMO. This is because it is unsuitable for a large sector of the market used by students, as it is not conveniently placed for colleges and universities in Edinburgh.
  3. The increase in the residential capacity is bound to cause more pressure on public services, more noise and disturbance to the local residents than the occasional event in the present hotel.
  4. The change appears to be contrary to the Local Development Plan which states under Policy Hou7 that that conversion to an HMO should be assessed in the context of the prevailing housing mix and the fact that it is in a Conservation Area.
  1. There will be a loss of amenity to the community as a whole with the conversion from a hotel to a HMO.

Tram Diversion Route Resurfacing Work – Revised Programme

(from an email from Edinburgh Council, time-stamped Wed, 3 Jul 2019 at 15:51)

I write to provide an update to my ongoing carriageway resurfacing programme in and around Leith prior to the commencement of the work to extend the tram to Newhaven.

Works on site at Pilrig Street junction, Dalmeny Street and East London Street are due to complete at the end of next week (Friday 12 July) after which time the main contractor has a company recess for 2 weeks.

On returning to site on the 29 July, the work to redesign the junction at Duke Street and Easter Road will fully commence (some preparatory work will take place next week) while the majority of work ongoing elsewhere will be predominantly carriageway resurfacing work.

To this effect, please find below a basic table detailing the proposed locations, dates and traffic management for the resurfacing work and I have also attached the full programme in the form of a Gantt chart. I will caveat this and remind everyone that dates are approximate as any delays can have a knock on effect, however the order of work should remain the same and I will update EdinTravel as works progress.

I will also explain that the programme has extended due to additional work being requested and some issues on site with traffic signal installations however the main resurfacing work should throw up little in the way of unforeseen delays and there will be no further additional work included in the programme unless it is deemed important and we create space in the existing programme. We also remain in full contact with the team leading the Tram extension with regards their preparatory work and start date.

As before, residents and traders will receive notices prior to the start of work in their area with more specific details, and I will forward a copy of these notices on as appropriate. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Month Date (Duration) Location Time Proposed Traffic Management
July 9 (2 days) East London Street Day Road Closure
29 (7 days) North Leith Sands Day Road Closure
29 (35 days) Duke Street R’about Redesign Day Retain roundabout as long as possible
August 7 (5 days) Great Junction Street Day Southbound loop using Henderson?
7 (9 days) Duncan Place Day Road Closure
8 (21 days) Links Place Traffic Islands Day Road Narrowing
15 (4 days) Gordon Street Day Road Closure
20 (3 days) Ocean Drive Day Road Closure.1 side at a time.
20 (12 days) Pilrig Street Day Road Closure in 2 phases
26 (6 days) Annandale Street Day Road Closure
September 2 (12 days) Bonnington Road Night Road Closure in 2 phases
9 (5 days) Broughton Street Night Road Closure
18 (12 days) Newhaven Road Night Road Closure in 2 phases
20 (21 days) Easter Road Night Phased road closures, road narrowing
October 10 (12 days) Broughton Road Night Road Closure in 2 phases
17 (2 days) East Hermitage Pl Junction Night 3 phase TTL’s – Close Links Gdns
28 (5 days) Portland Place Night Eastbound Closure using Ocean Drive
28 (10 days) Links Place Night Road Closure in 2 phases
November 4 (6 days) Academy Street Night Road closure, Duke St eastbound closure

Kind regards

Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery
Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council ¦ G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG
Tel 0131 529 3252 steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

Scottish Ambulance Service’s New Clinical Response Model

(adapted from a letter from the Scottish Ambulance Service. URLs and formatting added by LCCC’s web-weaver)

Background

Triage is the system the medical profession uses to asses a patient’s condition – generally this enables us to determine how sick a patient is, how quickly they need help and the most appropriate response for their condition.

Our staff work 24/7, 365 days a year caring for patients and in every minute of every day, our ambulance control centre staff receive multiple calls from people needing our help – one minute they could be receiving a call about someone having a cardiac arrest, another about two drivers involved in a road traffic accident, suffering major trauma. Calls might come about someone in a mental health crisis, a footballer with a broken leg or a person who has fallen in a bar.

In these situations, triage enables our medical professionals to ensure we get our quickest response to critically ill patients whose lives are in danger and the right response to less ill patients who need our help but may not require immediate help. This allows us to maximise the resources we have and treat patients in the most efficient way possible to save lives. Continue reading

Short-term lets consultation events

From an email from Edinburgh Council

There is a programme of Short Term Let Consultation events (first in Inverness on Tuesday).  A good chance to air local views on short term lets/ Air B&B/ absent landlords etc.

Residents, hosts, businesses, local authorities and anyone with an interest are encouraged to attend all of these events.

The events are free to attend and are on the following dates:

Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/scottish-government-21605263546

Chris Peggie | Governance Officer | Democracy, Governance & Resilience: Governance | Strategy & Communications | Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2:1 | Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | 0131 529 4494chris.peggie@edinburgh.gov.uk |www.edinburgh.gov.uk