LCCC election results

Elected, coopted and local-interest-group representative members

At the meeting of LCCC on 21 October, the following were declared elected or *co-opted as members of Leith Central Community Council:

  • *Alan Dudley
  • Jack Caldwell
  • Charlotte Encombe
  • Pierre Forissier
  • Nick Gardner
  • Fee Gerlach
  • Sheila Kennedy
  • Ian Mowat
  • Harald Tobermann
  • John Tibbitt
  • John Wilkinson
  • Amy Woodgate

Hence LCCC has space for 4 co-opted members.

No local interest groups (LIGs) were registered as wishing to be represented on LCCC.

It also has space for 8 members representing local interest groups operating in its area.

Appointment of office-bearers

Role Nominee(s) Proposer(s) Seconder(s) Result
Chair Charlotte Encombe Nick Gardner Ian Mowat Elected nem con
Vicechair Harald Tobermann Ian Mowat Pierre Forissier Elected nem con
Secretary Sheila Kennedy Nick Gardner Harald Tobermann Elected nem con
Treasurer Ian Mowat Harald Tobermann John Tibbitt Elected nem con
Engagement Officer Amy Woodgate This election was held over due to A Woodgate’s and J Caldwell’s absence.
Fee Gerlach
Jack Caldwell

 

Comment on the Stead’s Place planning application

Local residents have just over two weeks to read through and comment on the large planning applications published by the Drum Property Group for 156, 158B, 160 and 162 Leith Walk, Edinburgh (EH6 5DX). The application closes on 7th September 2018.

The application refers to the site across from the former Tram Depot on Leith Walk which stretches to the east-end of Pilrig Park and Springfield. People in the area are encouraged to comment on the plans which include a hotel, student accomodation, affordable housing, restaraunts and a live music venue.

Please be advised there are two applications that need commented on seperately;

  • 18/04349/CON – The application to demolish buildings within the Pilrig Conservation Area
  • 18/04332/FUL – The application to erect new buildings

Note you can comment to either support or oppose the plans, and comments will be brought to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee.

Leith Central Community Council are currently looking in-depth at the 170 documents and will publicly comment before the closure date.

Year in Review 2017: what LCCC has done

Engage

One of Leith Central Community Council’s main remits is to ensure residents in the area know what’s going on. The large volume of works across the Leith Central area has meant we’ve put extra focus in ensuring information is getting relayed. This has included having several developers in to present building work proposals to the community, such as at the site of the soon-to-close John Lewis depot in Bonnington and Student Accomodation along Leith Walk. We’ve also hosted various public meetings regarding national items of interest, such as Scottish Government Planning Reform, which was presented by Ben Macpherson, our MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Lastly, we’ve held discussions with Leith Walk and Leith Street contractors on multiple occasions to learn more about upcoming works and feed back into the plans. Several times, this has also resulted in some members going on walking tours with the contractor to inspect completed works, such as those in Pilrig Street.

Organise

When the 2017 snap General Election was called, we invited all five candidates to the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street for a live elections hustings – an opportunity for the community to hear candidates’ views on various issues and policies. This was chaired by Port of Leith Housing Associations’ Keith Anderson.

We are taking part in the newly launched ‘Leith Chooses’ alongside ‘Leith Harbour Community Council’ and ‘Leith Links Community Council’. Similar to last year’s Leith Decides, this one-day event in 2018 will give everyone in Leith a chance to vote for funding to organisations, injecting local democracy into public spending.

Campaign

We were in favour the proposed community buyout of London Road Church, which was sold by the Church of Scotland. We campaigned alongside In:Spire, the steering group of local residents who were interested in turning the church into a community centre, with some members of our Community Council knocking on doors in the evening to get supporting signatures. Unfortunately, despite massing 15% of signatures of support from local residents, the final application was declined by the Scottish Government.

Lastly, we ran successful small-scale campaigns, such as a campaign to keep the Royal Mail Postbox in Montgomery Street open.

Collaborate

Most importantly, LCCC is a forum which allows residents, business-owners, police, the third sector and elected representatives to discuss the area. Thank you to all of those who have taken part in 2017, and we look forward to working with everyone in 2018 and beyond!