LCCC minutes: January 2018

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 15 January 2018 at 7:00pm

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LCCC minutes: November 2017

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 27 November 2017 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. URLs added by minutes secretary. Continue reading

Armadillos on Leith Walk – an unwanted invader?

Leith Central CC’s vice-chair suggests that armadillos may be an undesirable, bolt-on solution for cycle-safety on Leith Walk. While not everyone agrees with their removal, it’s hard to disagree with this:

Arguably, rolling up sleeves and getting the whole length of the Walk finally and speedily done after 10 years of devastation and stop-start repairs – and using up the remaining £5m (?) in the Leith Walk programme pot for an easy-to-read, robust design – should be the focus. And consistent enforcement of basic rules of parking reguations and the Highway Code.

 

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 114: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, sent on 2017_10_06 at 14:30)

This email contains information on

  • Proposed works w/c 9th October 2017
    • Road closures
    • Proposed works / worksite locations
  • Two-stage right turn for cyclists – junction of Leith Walk and McDonald Road/Brunswick Road
  • New segregated cycle lanes on Leith Walk
  • Picardy Place design update

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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 113 – Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:01 on 2017_10_02)

Proposed works w/c 2nd October 2017

 Road closures

  • Albert Street (planned re-opening date Tuesday 10th October)
  • Brunswick Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • McDonald Road (will remain closed until completion of the project at the end of October)
  • Brunswick Street (planned re-opening date Wednesday 18th October 2017)

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Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 107: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

 (adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, sent at 16:51 on 21 August 2017)

As of Monday 4th September, following the Edinburgh festival embargo, our Contractor, Crummock, will be returning to Leith Walk to complete Phase 4 of the Leith Programme.  We anticipate completing these works by Friday 3rd November (being an 8 week construction programme).  Continue reading

Leith Central Community Council: ‘shocked by new hold up to long-overdue Leith Walk repair works’

Statement for immediate release

The email announcing that the contractor for the current phase of the Leith Walk repair works (Iona Street to Brunswick Street) has gone into administration came yesterday late afternoon.

There have been indications for a while that work had slowed down, but this latest development has come as a complete shock. We are seeking urgent clarification on how this will impact on the current work sites in various states of completion south of Pilrig Street and the Iona Street compound, and – most importantly – on the overall progress of getting the Leith Walk works completed all the way to Picardy Place roundabout.

We understand that prior to the contract being awarded comprehensive assessments of the contractor’s financial stability were obtained by the Council. This being so, this would be the first time in the 10 year saga of Leith Walk on/off repairs that the Council does not have to shoulder the blame for the delays and costs that no doubt will come in the wake of this latest development.

Whether there will be further reputational damage will depend entirely on how quickly this situation is recovered, and the relevant clauses in the contract:

  • Is there a sufficiently sized performance bond in place, shielding the project from any financial fallout?
  • Is the works documentation up to date, to allow work to be picked up smoothly by replacement contractors?
  • If the works do not continue in the immediate future with a new contractor and complete before the summer break as planned, will residents and businesses be compensated?
  • Will the various work sites be supervised and protected adequately in the meantime?
  • Will the snagging of the completed works around Pilrig Street be addressed promptly to restore confidence?

It has been said that one should ‘never let a crisis go to waste’. Is this the wake up call that was needed to make the reinstatement of one of Edinburgh’s top three streets a top Council priority?

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