LCCC February 2019 approved minutes

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

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Support for businesses during the tram-works

(adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven)

The Trams to Newhaven team have sent out a newsletter about the support they are offering to businesses during the construction of the tram extension to Newhaven.

Support will include

  • A business continuity fund to support local business who suffer from short-term cash flow issues during construction.
  • A discount scheme funded by the Council allowing your customers to buy goods at a reduced price and at no cost to your business.
  • Local delivery innovations, allowing your shop to make deliveries to customer using cargo bikes
  • An investment in the local area to maintain cleanliness and carry out improvements to shop fronts
  • A dedicated local business champion who will be able to advise you on a variety of ways to get your business ready for the works and who will host free digital skills improvement workshops
  • A significant open for business campaign across a variety of channels, including digital and traditional methods
  • The introduction of three local transport hubs that will provide temporary car parking, bicycle parking, bus stops and loading bays during construction.
  • Strategically located logistics hubs staffed with the appropriate number of logistics officers, based on specific demand in each local area. All officers will be trained in manual handling and lifting heavy loads and will assist with deliveries.

Contact the Trams to Newhaven team for further details!

Pre-Application Advice Service – Consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council, as the planning authority for Edinburgh, is looking to reform its pre-application advice service, including the introduction of service charges.  Pre-application advice is considered to be an important part of the planning service to ensure the submissions of quality applications and to reduce the time spent on processing them.  However, to meet the ongoing budget challenges, the way the pre-application advice service operates needs to change.

A consultation paper on the reform of the pre-application advice service has been published and we are seeking your views on the scope to improve and enhance the pre-application service.

The consultation will run from 6 March to 3 of April 2019 and the feedback received will inform a report to be considered by the Planning Committee in May 2019.  The consultation paper can be accessed via this link and takes only 5 minutes to complete.

David R Leslie
Chief Planning Officer

Place Directorate| The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

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

Local development plan explained!

Edinburgh Council’s CityPlan team will explain the local development plan process, and introduce what they see as the key (local) issues. This will be at LCCC’s March meeting: Monday 18 March at 7pm at McDonald Road library. The presentation will be followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

This is important because LCCC’s area is amongst the most densely populated ones in Scotland, with substantial brownfield plots and other developments opportunities (and parallel infrastructure pressures). Hence day to day planning issues are often at the top of LCCC’s agenda.