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.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.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
10 Open Forum
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)
 this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest
 this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda
 this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting
Following objections by LCCC and 22 others, the Planning Authority (CEC) has refused to grant planning permission for 19/03509/ADV
as it is detrimental of the visual amenity of the area.
In LCCC’s view, the advert is clearly distacting and intrusive for both residential properties – some quite a distance away – which are disturbed by the advert’s illumination reaching inside properties, and pedestrians and drivers. It also impacts negatively on the character of the Conservation Area by its sheer visual reach all the way past the Pilrig Street junction.
It is also worth noting that the existing 5 year permission for the advert had run out on 11 April 2019 and its continuing use was therefore a breach of planning regulations and subject to an ongoing (why do these things take so long?) enforcement process.
Last week, Edinburgh Council refused planning permission for the ‘Stead’s Place’ development. A letter confirming that decision is below.
The council’s reasons for the refusal were:
- The proposal is contrary to Local Development Plan Policy Env5 in respect of Conservation Areas – Demolition of Buildings and the non-statutory guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
- The proposal is contrary to Historic Environment Policy Statement 2016 as the building makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area and the design of the proposed replacement building does not outweigh the loss of the existing building.
This does not mean this is over: the developer may appeal the council’s decision. (Just now we have no information on whether an appeal will be made – watch this space!) Continue reading
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.
Please note that section 5 below (on Stead’s Place) has not been adopted, and so remains in draft status. This is due to need to check Drum Property Group’s record against ours. All other sections below have been adopted. Continue reading
Draft minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 May at 7:00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading
The RSPB are going to be running a mini-beast hunt this Saturday (17th September) from 10am until 4pm in Pilrig Park. They will be setting up in the play park next to Pilrig Street and will be running a number of drop in sessions throughout the day.
At the moment the forecast is for a dry day but please bring along waterproofs if the rain looks like it may start!
Further information can also be found on the Friends of Pilrig Park Facebook page.
Hope to see you there!
Friends of Pilrig Park
(Thanks to Friends of Pilrig Park for the following.)