Parks consultations: please have your say – thrice!

(adapted from a rather confusing email from Edinburgh Council) 

Survey of events in parks

This year’s survey about events held in parks across the city in 2018-19 has been published today: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/copy-of-copy-of-parks-events-review-2018-19.

This surveyfocuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.

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Housing 2040: Scot Gov exhibition / consultation

The Scottish Government & Architecture Design Scotland are coming to Edinburgh on  11th and 12th December. They say

Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.

We’re here to explore the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

By listening to voices from across the country and across generations, we’re building a picture of a housing system that can evolve and adapt to the challenges that tomorrow brings, from an ageing population to the climate emergency.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.

The travelling exhibition is curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish practice Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday. Accompanying the exhibition are facilitated workshop sessions, designed to hear from a range of voices.

The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

The exhibition and consultation will be at Castlebrae Community High School from 6pm – 8pm.

Consultation on Phase 1 of the roll-out of Controlled Parking Zones into LCCC areas

Edinburgh Council is consulting on parking in LCCC’s area. The consultation is at https://pclconsult.co.uk/edinburghcpz.

LCCC encourages local residents and businesses to check their ‘local patches’, then respond to the consultation. It closes on Sunday 10th November 2019.

Bus Lane Operational Hours – Stakeholder Workshop Invitation

(adapted form an email from Edinburgh Council)

You may have heard of the City of Edinburgh Council’s public consultation on amending bus lane operational hours. Most bus lanes are currently closed to general traffic from Monday to Friday peak hours only (7.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm). To speed up bus journeys, we are considering changing the times they are closed to general traffic to 7am till 7pm seven days a week.

The consultation provides an opportunity for us to hear from and discuss the proposals with people and organisations potentially affected. Feedback from the consultation process will help to inform our decision.

In addition to an online consultation survey which will go live on the 31st October, we are inviting stakeholders to attend a workshop to hear about the proposals in further detail and to enable stakeholders to provide specific input on the proposals.

Please RSVP by emailing BusLane.HoursConsultation@edinburgh.gov.uk letting us know if you are able to attend by 18th November 2019. We ask that only up to two people from a single organisation attend and that you advise who you are representing when you RSVP.

If you are a representative organisation with members, we would be grateful if you could circulate this email to your members or colleagues that may be impacted by the proposals.

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

East Lothian (London Road) bus consultation

As you may be aware, London Road has several stops for East Coast Buses number 113 to Pencaitland and number 124 to North Berwick, connecting the Leith Central area in Edinburgh to East Lothian.

East Lothian Council are consulting on the viability of these routes and seek feedback from anyone that is uses them, to see if they’re worth continuing.

You can take part at eastlothianconsultations.co.uk

Consultation opens 9th September and closes 20th October 2019

LCCC August 2019 meeting agenda

Monday, 19 August 2019 at 7pm, Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate

NB not McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies (5)
    1. to note:​ declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree:​ order of business
  2. Approval of minutes of ​17 June 2019​ meeting (5)
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below) (5)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report (5)
  5. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports (15)
    1. to note: ​continuing issues around availability of McDonald Rd Library
    2. to note: ​Treasurer’s Report
    3. to note: ​Comms Group Report
      1. to note: ​update on publicising Community Council election
    4. to note: ​report from partnership/locality meetings
    5. to note: ​reports from other Office Bearers
  6. Transport & Clean Streets (10)
    1. to note:​ Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT): update
    2. to note: ​revised programme ​Tram Diversion Route Resurfacing Works (aka Carriageway Resurfacing Works Summer 2019)
      1. to agree:​ LCCC broadly welcomes the Resurfacing Works, but regrets that urgent pavement resurfacing and surface water drainage repairs and upgrades have not been progressed in parallel;
      2. to agree:​ LCCC requests that any excessive wear and tear due to tramconstruction diversions is made good at the end of the tram works
      3. to agree: ​LCCC requests timely consultations about the reinstatement of setted streets (e.g. Dalmeny Street) that have been tarmaced as part of the Works
    3. to note: ​Edinburgh Citywide Parking – Area 3 Strategic Parking Review
    4. to note: ​any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Planning (20)
    1. to note: ​the retirement of Julian Siann as LCCC’s planning convenor
    2. to note:​ the need to organise a planning monitoring rota to secure statutory consultee status for LCCC and to maintain LCCC’s ​register of current planning applications
    3. to note:​ ​report​ on ​Scottish Government Short Term Lets Consultation ​event
    4. to note: ​concerns over insufficient fire safety at Shrub Place developments (marketed as ‘Engine Yard’) (​Evening News, 02-08-19​)
    5. to note: ​19/03509/ADV​ | Advertisement of the following types: Hoarding. | 10 Croall Place EH7 4LT and LCCC request for extension for comments (minded to object)
    6. to note:​ ​19/03802/PAN​ | Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8SW
    7. to note:​ ​19/03433/PAN​ | Residential development comprising up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
    8. to note: ​community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday​ ​21 September 2019, 11-3pm) ​Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
    9. to note: ​revised​ scheme ​for the Local Plan 2030
    10. to note:​ update on appeal (​PPA-230-2274​ and ​CAC-230-2004​) 106-162 Leith Walk
    11. Shop conversions to residential in LCCC area
      1. to agree: ​that such conversions in tenemental streets disproportionately benefit owners, while disbenefits accrue to residents through loss of amenity, increased incentives to shop further afield and reduced natural surveillance
      2. to agree: ​for LCCC to become statutory consultee in such cases to ensure increased scrutiny
    12. to note: ​opportunity for talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
    13. to note: ​any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. Parks & Green Spaces (5)
    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 Friends’ reports
  9. Licensing
  10. Open Forum1
  11. AOCB2
  12. Bulletin3
    1. Changes to commercial food and glass waste (CEC letter June 2019​)
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: ​provisional dates 2019: 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec and provisional dates 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (including AGM), 15 Jun
    2. to note: ​future presentations and charrettes
      1. 16 September: Briefing by Euan Leitch, BEFS on upcoming ​Tenement Maintenance​ legislation and related matters
      2. 21 September: community master-planning and co-design event
      3. tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)
      4. tbc 19/03433/PAN (Ashley Place)
      5. tbc: 19/03802/PAN (Iona Street)

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.