LCCC September 2019 **DRAFT** minutes

Please note that these are draft minutes, and so do not represent LCCC’s agreed positions etc. If there are any queries, please contact LCCC. Due to various connectivity issues, this draft was not approved at the October meeting.

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

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LCCC community planning event notes (final version)

This replaces a post with draft notes, which has now been deleted.


2019_09_21, Nelson Hall, McDonald Rd Library. Notes taken by Bruce Ryan

1 Introduction to the event

Duncan Bremner (DB) of Citizen Curator introduced the event.

Harald Tobermann (HT), vicechair of Leith Central Community Council (LCCC), introduced LCCC’s role in this event. He noted that the event is about the Local Development Plan (LDP), called CityPlan 2030, that is currently in development. The event would also touch on other relevant legislation, such as the Community Empowerment Act, including Asset Transfer. (This enables local communities to request to run publicly-owned assets.)

DB noted that Edinburgh Council (CEC) is due to put CityPlan 2030 out to public consultation towards the end of 2019. Then the final version is due to be published in 2022, and would be in place until 2032. This LDP is the document that developers refer to when planning developments. It also informs many other CEC services and activities, especially land-use.

DB noted that the Scottish Government (SG) has recently passed a Planning Act. Now some secondary legislation is needed to complete it. However, this act enables community organisations to develop local place plans (LPPs), and obliges local authorities to ‘have regard’ to LPPs. This legislation is so far untested.

DB also noted that the Scottish Land Commission is considering land-use, and how communities should be involved in such discussions. Continue reading

LCCC August 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 19 August 2019 at 7:30pm

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LCCC September 2019 meeting agenda

Monday, 16 September 2019 at 7pm
Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business

  2. Approval of Minutes of 19 August 2019 meeting

  3. Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)

  4. Community Police Officer’s Report

  5. Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Ross Manson (Manson Architects + Planners)
    Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. 48-50 Iona Street EH6 8SW (Iona Street (Edinburgh) Ltd & Walker Timber Ltd 19/03802/PAN)
  6. Planning
    1. 106 – 162 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5DX (18/04349/CON and 18/04332/FUL)
      1. to note: that the owner of 106-162 Leith Walk, Drum (Steads Place) Ltd, is not extending or rolling forward leases for the retail premises while their planning appeal is pending, resulting in a whole city block left unused and boarded up
      2. to note: that this will be detrimental to the amenity and safety of this section of Leith Walk and is unlikely to strengthen the credibility of the developer’s claim that their proposal is in the interest of the local community
    2. to note: exhibition 18 September (3.30 – 7.30pm) at McDonald Road Library on 19/03433/PAN | Residential development of up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
    3. to note: status of current planning applications (SEP19)
    4. 2030 City Plan and strategic planning issues
      1. to note: community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday21 September 2019, 11-3pm) Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
      2. to note: September Civic Forum and CEC’s commercial needs studies
    5. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. to note: Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT): update
    2. to note: progress of Extending Parking Controls to LCCC area in multiple phases
    3. to note: update on Rossie Place TRO/19/27 Parking Restrictions
    4. to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park
    2. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: other Park Friend’s reports
  9. Licensing

  10. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
    1. Community Council elections
      1. to note: election briefing, including critical dates
      2. to note: nominations for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups
      3. to note: status of October and November LCCC meetings
      4. to note: update on publicising Community Council election
    2. to note: update on issues around availability of McDonald Rd Library for LCCC meetings and accommodation subsidy for CCs
    3. to note: Treasurer’s Report
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
    5. to note: Comms Group Report
    6. to note: report from partnership/locality meetings
  11. Open Forum[1]

  12. AOCB[2]

  13. Bulletin[3]
    Edinburgh father and son forced to create DIY ‘flume’ as stinking waste leaks from short-term let above (EN, 30-08-19)
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note:
      2019: 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec
      2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
    2. to note: future presentations and charrettes
      1. 21 September: community master-planning and co-design event
      2. tbc October: presentation & Q&A 19/03433/PAN (Ashley Place)
      3. 18 November: Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation ( Euan Leitch, director BEFS)
      4. tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
      5. tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)

[1]this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest

[2]this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda

[3]this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting

LCCC April 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 15 April 2019 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italics. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC March 2019 approved minutes

(LCCC’s minutes secretary apologises for the late publication of these approved minutes. He was unable to attend the April meeting, and so his normal cycle was interrupted. However, there is no difference in content (apart from correcting a few punctuation errors) between the record below and the draft March minutes published here: https://leithccc.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2019_03_18-draft-v1.pdf.)

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 18 March 2019 at 7:00pm Continue reading

LCCC March 2019 meeting agenda

Meeting of Leith Central Community Council
Monday, 18 March 2019 at 7pm
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest, order of business
    1. to agree: co-option of new Community Council member Pierre Forissier
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 February 2019 meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. City Plan 2030
    1. briefing by CEC Local Plan Team (Lynne McMenemy, Naomi Sandilands) and Q&A
      1. to note: role of and importance of Local Development Plan and outline timetable for City Plan 2030
      2. to note: area statistics
    2. discussion of LCCC priorities and focus for the Local Development Plan
      1. to note: local sites with potential for further change and development
      2. to note: scope for new or improved planning policies and guidelines relevant to LCCC area
  6. Planning
    1. to note: changes to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation and Community Council’s Statutory Consultee status
    2. to note: report from Edinburgh Civic Forum 5 March 2019 (Civic Forum agenda)
    3. to note: status of current planning applications March 2019
    4. to note: Stead’s Place updates
      1. correspondence from Fyfe Hyland (Drum Group) in response to Save Leith Walk’s ‘Open The Shops’ campaign
      2. correspondence with UoE
      3. LCCC request to Planning Convenor (and ward councillors)
    5. to note: proposed new date for pre-application consultation on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) and request for charrette-type workshop
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    2. to note: update on Water of Leith walkway
    3. to note: update on proposals to improve local green spaces in collaboration with Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust and neighbouring community councils
  8. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Tram Extension Project
      1. to note: deputation by LCCC and Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) to Transport & Environment Committee 28-02-19 (briefing)
      2. to note: CCTT joint statement issued prior to Full Council Meeting 14-03-19
      3. to note: next steps, impact on LCCC area of construction
    2. to note: Strategic Review of Parking – Results of Area 1 Review
  9. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    1. Governance issues
      1. to note: Review of Scheme for Community Councils
      2. to agree: review of membership of LCCC committees and working groups
      3. to note: proposed protocol for LCCC agendas
      4. to note: community council elections in October and possibility of collaborative promotion with neighbouring community councils
    2. to note: Comms Group Report
    3. to note: Treasurer’s Report
      1. to agree: proposed projector spending and storage arrangements
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
  10. Bulletin
  11. Open Forum
  12. AOCB
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. Dates 2019: 15 April, 20 May (AGM), 17 June
    2. to note potential future presentations
      1. PAC (charette-style) on 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk) – date TBC
      2. Briefing on upcoming Tenement Maintenance legislation – date and speaker TBC