Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 September 2018

(LCCC apologises for slightly delayed publication of these minutes. This was caused by waiting for a response from the trams teams to some queries about the content. If you have any queries about these minutes, please contact LCCC, preferably via the comments feature at the end of this post)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 27 September at 6:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic.

Abbreviations

CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams TfE = transport for Edinburgh
CEC = City of Edinburgh Council TN = Trams to Newhaven project
CPZ = controlled parking zone TRO = traffic regulation order
SPC = swept-path contract, TT = trams team
TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group

1 Welcome and introductions

1.a Attendance

Charlotte Encombe CCTT/Leith Central CC Andrew Mackenzie CCTT/Leith Links CC
Angus Hardie CCTT/Leith Links CC Bruce Ryan CCTT minutes secretary
Rob Leech TT/TN project director (Anturas Consulting) Harald Tobermann CCTT/Leith Central CC
Jennifer Marlborough CCTT/Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC Darren Wraight TT/CEC

1.b Apologies

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LCCC October meeting agenda

Agenda for Meeting of Leith Central Community Council

Monday, 15 October 2018 at 7pm McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 August 2018

(LCCC apologises for delayed publication of the following. This was due to personal holidays. In future, CCTT/TT meeting minutes will be published much sooner after the meetings.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 30 August at 6:00pm

Abbreviations

  • CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams
  • CEC = City of Edinburgh Council
  • CPZ = controlled parking zone
  • SPC = swept-path contract
  • TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group
  • TfE = transport for Edinburgh
  • TN = Trams to Newhaven project
  • TRO = traffic regulation order
  • TT = trams team

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 July 2018

(LCCC apologises for delayed publication of the following. This was due to personal holidays. In future, CCTT/TT meeting minutes will be published much sooner after the meetings.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 26 July at 6:00pm

Abbreviations

  • CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams
  • CEC = City of Edinburgh Council
  • CPZ = controlled parking zone
  • SPC = swept-path contract
  • TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group
  • TfE = transport for Edinburgh
  • TN = Trams to Newhaven project
  • TRO = traffic regulation order
  • TT = trams team

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LCCC August approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 August at 7:00pm Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release (PDF)

Introduction

  1. As a coalition of the Community Councils (CCs) affected directly by the proposed extension of the Edinburgh tram through Leith to Newhaven, we approve the project in principle, and view it, if done well, as an important opportunity for the broader social and economic development of the Leith area and beyond. However, we currently have strong concerns that are outlined in this statement.
  2. We are committed to ensure that, whatever the final decision of City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), the communities along the extended tram route are not adversely affected by that decision more than is absolutely necessary.
  3. We have agreed to work together as CCTT to promote and safeguard community interests during this next phase of the project and to ensure that, as the work proceeds, if it does, our respective communities’ interests and views are effectively communicated to the Tram Team (TT) and CEC, and that timely, evidence-based responses are received by the community.
  4. The communities that we represent are understandably extremely eager that the mistakes of the previous tram construction works should not be repeated. We think all sides can agree on that. Consequently the community is seeking a high standard of solid evidence that this time the work will be better planned and implemented.
  5. Whilst we acknowledge there has been some limited community consultation, other experiences don’t bode so well. Some CCs have had promised presentations cancelled, and frequently our requests for additional information have not been answered.
  6. This leaves the unavoidable impression that issues are being rushed and key information is not being shared. We fear in such circumstances that mistakes, a lack of incorporation of community concerns, and oversights, are all possible. It is vital that the confidence of our communities is not put at risk through inadequate information and communication.
  7. The result is that, as of the present time, the four CCs which are party to this submission do not have the level of confidence and standard of evidence that our communities need.

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