LCCC February meeting: final agenda

Click to download: 2018_02_19 agenda final

Please note that this is an update on the draft agenda posted on 13 February.

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!

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.

 

LCCC draft November minutes

Click to download: 2017_11_27 draft

Please note that these are draft, and cannot be taken as accurate until approved (possibly after amendment) at LCCC’s January 2018 meeting. (LCCC will not meet in December.)

If you have any comments on these minutes, please lets us know. See our contacts page.

 

Stakeholder Update 116 – Leith Programme – Phase 4

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 11:54 on 2017_11_23)

In our last communication (27th October) we explained that the Contractor would be commencing the making good of defective works within remote worksites on Leith Walk.  This work is progressing well and we have taken the opportunity to also make good some defects in the work carried out during Phase 2 of the Leith Programme between the Foot of the Walk and Dalmeny Street.

Our current programme is as follows:

  • Replace bus shelter and install bus tracker at Albert Street – Complete
  • Phase 2 remedial works as above – Due to complete by 24th November
  • Make good surfacing to the southbound bus stop bypass at Shrubhill – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Resolve ponding issue to Brunswick Street cycleway – Due to complete by 1st December
  • Remove temporary footway ramps at Iona Street and Albert Street – Due to complete by 1st December
  • General making good works to kerbs and road/footway chambers – Due to complete by 1st December

Thank you for bearing with us as we complete these works.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Leith Programme Email address: leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk

Kind regards

Michael Motion
Leith Programme Project Team

Outline Agenda LCCC 27 November 2017

Outline Agenda LCCC 27 November 2017

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 16 October 2017 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: Review of Leith Programme Phase 4 and progress of Phase 5 and 6 by Michael Motion & Steven Jackson
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    … minimising impact of tram plans on LCCC area; street lighting problems; impact of Leith Street closure on LCCC area; Parking Working Group update; consultation on Parking Permit Diesel Surcharge; consultation on decluttering streets …
  7. Parks & Green Spaces
    … FoPP report including wall repairs at Pilrig Street; other park and friends groups; city trees; future use of Powderhall railway line …
  8. Planning
    … recent planning cases; brief presentation on planned research into population density and health by Dr Elaine Carnegie …
  9. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
    … remits for Parks & Green Spaces Committee and Communications Group …
  10. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  11. Bulletin
  12. Open Forum
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    … TBC: Leith Creative findings, planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; impact of AirBnB; role of North East Locality; impact of City Deal and Council Business Plan 2017-22 …

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 115: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, of Leith Programme Project Team, sent at 14:55 on 2017_10_27. Mr Motion has confirmed that updates were not sent on 2017_10_13 and 2017_10_20.)

To confirm that the segregated cycleway, including the bus stop bypasses, and the 2-stage right turn for cyclists at the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction were opened for use on Wednesday 25th October.

As of next week, w/c 30th October, the contractor will be visible on site as they make good any defective works, within remote worksites.  Any impact on pedestrians and cyclists will be kept to an absolute minimum.

There will also be works carried out next week to replace the bus shelter at Albert Street and install the bus tracker at this location.  Unfortunately, we were unable to coordinate the sub-contractor to complete these works earlier, and so there will be an impact on the cycleway at this location which, again, we will try to keep to a minimum and ensure that the route is maintained.

Finally, there has been a small site compound set up within the parking bays at Albert Street to accommodate the contractor while it completes remaining works, which we anticipate will be for around 3-4 weeks. Continue reading