154 McDonald Road (‘Kingsford Residence: McDonald Road | Luxury Apartments for Rent’)

In March 2018, Leith Central Community Council agreed to ask City of Edinburgh Council to answer concerns that have arisen from the sale, planning process and subsequent handling of the former Broughton High School building in McDonald Road. We wrote to the Chief Executive, seeing that the issues cut across several directorates – planning, transport, property, education.

Below, we reproduce the initial enquiry and the answers received to date – with more answers to come. The decision by the ‘Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit’ (better known as Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals) referred to below can be found here: Notice of Intention – dated 25 March 2014 and Decision Notice – dated 18 August 2014. Continue reading

LCCC approved minutes: March 2018

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 19 March 2018 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

LCCC DRAFT minutes: March 2018

Please note that these are draft minutes, and may not be take as authoritative unless approved at LCCC’s next meeting.

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

Heat opportunities mapping: public consultation on draft supplementary guidance

The City of Edinburgh Council has prepared draft Supplementary Guidance on Heat Opportunities Mapping. This sets out potential opportunities for establishing district heat networks within the context of the Local Development Plan.

You can view the draft Supplementary Guidance online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance or through the Council’s Consultation Hub: consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/heat-supplementary-guidance.

(All of CEC’s Supplementary Guidance, providing further details on policies in the adopted Edinburgh Local Development Plan is online at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/supplementaryguidance.)

The consultation begins on Thursday 29 March 2018 and closes on Thursday 10 May 2018.  All response should be submitted via the Consultation Hub.

If you have any queries about the draft guidance, then please contact Lynne McMenemy of CEC by email: lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 529 2485.

Lynne McMenemy|Planning Officer|Development Plan team|Place Directorate|The City of Edinburgh Council |Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG|Tel 0131 529 2485|lynne.mcmenemy@edinburgh.gov.uk|www.edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC minutes: February 2018

The following minutes were approved at LCCC’s meeting on 19 March 2018.

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 19 February 2018 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

Tram Extension to Newhaven

Last year, the newly-elected City of Edinburgh Council voted to press ahead with preparations for the tram extension (short of construction works), by allocating monies to draw up detailed plans in readiness for the tender process and to consult with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. At the same time, the Council halted the repair and renewal of Leith Walk (severely damaged during the previous, aborted attempt to build a tram line through LCCC’s area) which had progressed up Leith Walk at a snail’s pace for the last 7 years.

While the tender preparation process has continued in the background over the last few months we have now reached the consultation stage. In particular, the tram team will attend the next LCCC meeting on 16 April for a presentation and Q&A session. The meeting is open to the public and we would encourage local residents and businesses to attend.

Before that, there are a number of public information days during this”first-round” consultation:

  • 22 March: Leith Theatre 10-6
  • 3 April: McDonald Rd Library 10-4
  • 12 April: Leith Community Education Centre 3-9
  • 21 April: Ocean Terminal 12-5

In addition, a lot of pertinent information has been made available on this website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven/

Leith Central CC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the drawings available at the information days and the papers published on the website, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 16 April as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask hard questions.

Drummond Community High School/Gaelic Medium Education: update

(adapted from an email from DCHS parents’ council)

This follows on from item 10 of LCCC’s January’s minutes, where it was reported:

On 8 December, an informal consultation on Gaelic Medium Education (GME) suggested that Drummond Community High School (DCHS) could become the site for delivering GME to secondary pupils from Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce primary school, and that DCHS could later become GME-only. This has caused much concern for parents of pupils at primary schools that feed DCHS. CEC has been asked for assurance that pupils (and their younger siblings) who have started at DCHS can complete their education there. A formal consultation is due in March.

The parent’s council emailed LCCC this evening:

We have now had a commitment that ‘Pupils living within the existing Drummond High School catchment area will continue to attend the school.’ Education Children and Families Committee has decided to widen the options for GME beyond Drummond. We welcome the commitment and decision.

We are emphasising to the community that it is business as usual at Drummond. If your constituents have any questions, please feel free to direct them to the school, Drummond Parent Council or this page in the Parent Council section of the school website: https://drummondhigh.org/parentcouncil/gaelic-medium-education-proposal