LCCC October 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 21 October 2019 at 7:30pm Continue reading

Safer Leith at Christmas

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service & the City of Edinburgh Council Trading Standards will be holding public drop in events focussing on providing the public with information on how to stay safe over the festive period.

Bogus callers, Dangerous Christmas presents/CE markings, Fire Safety, Home Security, Cycle Safety  etc. are all impacted by the change in season so come along to learn how to stay safe.

On Monday the 9th of December 2019 at the following locations.

  • Bield Sheltered Housing Complex, Gordon Court (Lounge area) – 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
  • Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please come along and speak to them about how to stay safe over the forthcoming festive period. Free bike marking and cycling safety equipment available (limited availability, so come early).Leith poster.Festive

LCCC November 2019 meeting agenda

1 Welcome

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 16 September 2019 and 21 October 2019 meeting

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

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Presentation and Q&A: Euan Leitch onTenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation

Update on the final recommendations of a Scottish Parliamentary Working Group set up to establish solutions to aid, assist and, where necessary, to compel owners of tenement properties to maintain their buildings and upcoming (legislative) developments.

6 Planning

6.a to note: 19/05092/FUL Demolition of existing building & erection of 58 flatted residential development, 14 Ashley Place

6.b to note: status of current planning applications (NOV 2019)

6.c to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area

7 Parks & Green Spaces

7.a to note: Powderhall Railway Path update

7.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

7.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports

8 Transport & Clean Streets (10)

8.a to note: CPZ consultation update

8.b Trams to Newhaven

8.b.i to note: update on Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT)

8.b.ii to note: construction timetable; Leith Walk enabling works; bidirectional cycle-path

8.c to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

9 Licensing

10 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

10.a Community Council elections

10.a.i to note: problems with election process impacting at least three community councils

10.a.ii to note:vacancies for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups

10.b Appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee conveners and subject leads, LCCC representation on outside bodies

10.b.i to agree: appointment of Engagement Officer

10.b.ii Edinburgh Association of Community Councils (EACC)

10.b.ii.1 to note: EACC AGM on 21-11-19 will elect new office-bearers; nominations close by 7pm on 19-11-19.
10.b.ii.2 to note: John Tibbitt has been nominated for Chair of EACC by other CCs and his proposalto improve EACC’s performance.

10.b.iii to agree: LCCC to nominate John Tibbitt as Chair of EACC as a first step towards implementation of his proposals

10.b.iv to note: previous LCCC committees: planning, transport & clean streets, parks and & green spaces; parking working group; licensing subject lead; incoming correspondence triage

10.b.v to agree: committee structure, appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee convener/s, working group/s, subject lead/s and incoming correspondence triage

10.c to note: other outside bodies and need to appoint LCCC reps

10.d to note: Treasurer’s report

10.e to note: reports from other Office Bearers

10.f to note: Comms Group report

11 Open Forum[1]

12 AOCB[2]

13 Bulletin[3]

13.a Save Iona Street: campaign launched to prevent new student flats being built in Leith (EdinburghLive, 1-11-19)

14 Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

14.a to note:

2019: 16 Dec; 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

14.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

14.b.i 16 Dec: 19/04682/PANpresentation by CEC & Collective Architecture on Powderhall site (165 Broughton Rd)

14.b.ii tbc 20 Jan: Bonnington Road Lane development PAC by Platform

14.b.iii tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

14.b.iv 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

Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.

Cycling hints and tips from Cycle Law Scotland

(These are from Cycle Law Scotland, so are for information, rather than an endorsement of them. Full disclosure: LCCC’s webweaver (Bruce Ryan) is personally in favour of CLS’s work. He particularly likes tips 6 and 14: don’t cycle on the pavement and do enjoy your cycling! He adds: in these benighted times, a decent lock is a must.

You can download a PDF of these hints and tips from CLS HINTS AND TIPS INFO CARD. Please distribute it however you can!)

  1. ‘M’ Check – before every cycle it is worth carrying out the ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is in working order and ready for your planned route.
  2. Helmet – although not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is advisable and will protect your head from injury in a low speed impact. It will also keep the wind out of your hair.
  3. Bike Lights – if you are cycling in the dark, lights are a legal requirement. Light up, they help you to be seen but also help you to see the road ahead.
  4. Bell – can be particularly useful on cycle paths. They can be used to warn others of your presence to avoid incidents between cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists with other cyclists.
  5. High Visibility Clothing – although not a legal requirement, it does help to increase your visibility on the road. It is also advisory under the Highway Code.
  6. Pavements – it is illegal to cycle on the pavement unless it is a shared use path. A shared path will have a blue sign with a bicycle showing that you are allowed to cycle there.
  7. Primary & Secondary Road Positions – adopting a primary position on the road helps to increase your visibility and safety.
  8. Planning Your Route – tell someone where you plan to go if you are out cycling alone. If you know the route and how far you are planning to cycle, you can make sure you have enough food and water with you as well as the likely hazards you may come across.
  9. Puncture Repair Kit, Tube & Pump – it is always helpful to carry these when out cycling. Even if you cannot repair a puncture, another cyclist may be able to stop and provide assistance.
  10. Dress for the Weather – the weather is ever-changing in Scotland so make sure to check the forecast and plan your route and any stops accordingly. A waterproof is all too often required. You can store this in a small rucksack.
  11. Glasses – helpful in sun, wind or rain and especially when you have all three! Glasses protect your eyes against insects and from your eyes watering which can blur your vision.
  12. Take your Mobile – This allows you to take lovely photos while out enjoying your ride but also enables you to call for help if you ever need to.
  13. Take Cash – for any cake and coffee stops you want along the way.
  14. Enjoy being out on your bicycle – remember, you have every right to be there. Cycling is a great way to get around; it’s good for your health and for the environment.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 September 2019

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, at 200 Bonnington Road, on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 5:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. 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