Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 30 July 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
Dear Councillor Macinnes
We acknowledge receipt of the email below and the attached map indicating that there are proposed Covid-19 Emergency Road Measures for Easter Road and Great Junction Street. However, we await a further Council email explaining exactly what is proposed, as all we have received is a map with a few red lines, no legend and no site-specific details. We don’t really understand how we are supposed to respond this, as it adds nothing to what was in the outline proposals approved on 14 May. Has no further detailed planning been done in the intervening five weeks?
We are being told that there is no time for normal expectations associated with consultations and are asked if we want to raise any issues.
The main issue we have is with the absence of a credible process: I am sure everyone on the extensive (GDPR-compliant?) mailing list below is a very busy person and may not be able to respond within the given timescale to potentially very complex proposals (let alone understand them in the absence of concrete details) with all their knock-on effects into neighbouring streets and on a wide variety of legitimate (and sometimes vulnerable) users. Where do the proposals go, if the physical distancing guidance is reduced to 1m in early July, as flagged up by the First Minister last week? Will a rushed implementation of measures which – if well-planned and consulted upon may well have merit – not undermine wider public support for a more pedestrian-friendly environment in the longer term?
With this qualification, we make the following observations. Continue reading
Monday, 16 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library
1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
1.a To note: Declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
1.b To agree: Order of business
2 Approval of Minutes of 17 February 2020 meeting
3 Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
4 Community Police Officer’s Report
5 Transport & Clean Streets
5.a.i to note: February liaison meeting Community Council Together on Trams with Council’s Tram Team
5.a.ii to note: imminent (28 March) end of Enabling Works and start of 15-18 months of Main Works in Leith Walk (London Road to Crown Place): 3-lane closure, communal bins relocation, logistics hubs, bi-directional cycle-path, Balfour Street access changes, area wide bus diversions
– temporary traffic management maps and narrative
– construction phasing overview
– bus diversions overview
5.a.iii to note: 20/00993/PA | Erection of Tram Stop including Tram Stop Shelter, Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Street Lighting, Hard Landscaping and Assoicated [sic] Infrastructure. | Balfour Street Tram Stop Leith Walk Edinburgh
5.a.iv to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team
5.b to note: LCCC draft response to City Mobility Plan Consultation
5.c to note: progress of Communal Bins Enhancement programme; roll out in LCCC area in Winter 2020
5.d to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
6.a to note: status of current planning applications (MAR 2020)
6.b to note: 20/00972/FUL | Demolition of the existing warehouse and ancillary office building and construction of residential (flatted) development including purpose-built student accommodation, general housing and affordable housing, public realm improvements, hard and soft landscaping and associated infrastructure, including vehicular access. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8S
6.c to note: draft Place Brief prepared for the Leith Walk/Halmyre Street site – NEW consultation closes 3 April
6.d to note: LCCC draft response to ‘Choices for City Plan 2030 (main issues report)
6.e to note: proposal by local residents to extend Leith Walk Conservation Area
6.f to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
7.a to note: Treasurer’s report
7.b to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group report
7.b.i to note: draft analysis of LCCC area and proposal for ‘away day’
7.c to note: reports from other Office Bearers
7.d to: note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies
7.d.i to note: items of relevance to LCCC area discussed at Edinburgh Partnership meeting March 2020
8 Parks & Green Spaces
8.a to note: proposed Public Spaces Management Plan (to replace the existing Edinburgh Park Events Manifesto and Public Spaces Protocol – public consultation due soon
8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
8.b.i to note: proposal to hold ‘families event’ in June 2020
8.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports
12.a Campaigners set up own firm in bid to buy Leith Walk’s Stead Place backed by Scottish ministers (EN, 2/3/20)
13 Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
13.a to note: 2020: 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
13.b to note: future presentations and charrettes
13.b.i tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
The planning application and design statement (below) for the tram-stop at Balfour St will be raised at the LCCC meeting on Monday 16 March (7pm at McDonald Rd Library).
Minutes of the AGM of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 May 2019 at 7:00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.
The AGM was chaired Cllr Rob Munn. Continue reading
CEC survey about relaxed grass cutting
The local parks team want help making the right decisions about the amount of the park that is given over to more wild-looking grass with wildflower areas, and where to place it.
Any changes would be started in the winter, so that we would see the effects next summer. Continue reading
Edinburgh Council recently consulted on its draft supplementary guidance on ‘Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery’. Here is Leith Central CC’s response:
Developers contribution and infrastructure delivery
Comments by Leith Central Community Council
Whilst the consensus view of the Community Council is that this a welcome document in that it more clearly defines contributions developers are required to make under Section 75, there are a number of aspects which we consider to be disadvantageous to the central Leith area.
These concern provision of health care, educational requirements and contributions to the extension of the tramline along Leith Walk.