Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 17 February 2020 at 7:00pm
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(from the Trams to Newhaven newsletter dated 27 March)
Construction on Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will stop this week to protect the safety of workers and residents during the current Coronavirus outbreak.
The Council’s decision to instruct contractors Morrison Utility Services (MUS) and Sacyr Farrans Neopul (SFN) to cease site works follows advice from Scotland’s First Minister that all construction sites should close, unless the project being delivered is essential, such as a hospital.
SFN and MUS will make sites on Leith Walk, Constitution Street, Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive safe and secure by the end of the week before shutting down. There will be contractors on site as necessary for safety and security checks.
Emergency services have access to all sites at all times should they require it.
Work will continue off-site where this can be done remotely, including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. The project team will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.
Monday, 16 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library
1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
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 17 February 2020 meeting
3 Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
4 Community Police Officer’s Report
5 Transport & Clean Streets
5.a.i to note: February liaison meeting Community Council Together on Trams with Council’s Tram Team
5.a.ii to note: imminent (28 March) end of Enabling Works and start of 15-18 months of Main Works in Leith Walk (London Road to Crown Place): 3-lane closure, communal bins relocation, logistics hubs, bi-directional cycle-path, Balfour Street access changes, area wide bus diversions
– temporary traffic management maps and narrative
– construction phasing overview
– bus diversions overview
5.a.iii to note: 20/00993/PA | Erection of Tram Stop including Tram Stop Shelter, Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Street Lighting, Hard Landscaping and Assoicated [sic] Infrastructure. | Balfour Street Tram Stop Leith Walk Edinburgh
5.a.iv to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team
5.c to note: progress of Communal Bins Enhancement programme; roll out in LCCC area in Winter 2020
5.d to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
6.a to note: status of current planning applications (MAR 2020)
6.b to note: 20/00972/FUL | Demolition of the existing warehouse and ancillary office building and construction of residential (flatted) development including purpose-built student accommodation, general housing and affordable housing, public realm improvements, hard and soft landscaping and associated infrastructure, including vehicular access. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8S
6.c to note: draft Place Brief prepared for the Leith Walk/Halmyre Street site – NEW consultation closes 3 April
6.d to note: LCCC draft response to ‘Choices for City Plan 2030 (main issues report)
6.e to note: proposal by local residents to extend Leith Walk Conservation Area
6.f to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
7.a to note: Treasurer’s report
7.b to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group report
7.c to note: reports from other Office Bearers
7.d to: note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies
7.d.i to note: items of relevance to LCCC area discussed at Edinburgh Partnership meeting March 2020
8 Parks & Green Spaces
8.a to note: proposed Public Spaces Management Plan (to replace the existing Edinburgh Park Events Manifesto and Public Spaces Protocol – public consultation due soon
8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
8.b.i to note: proposal to hold ‘families event’ in June 2020
8.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports
10 Open Forum
12.a Campaigners set up own firm in bid to buy Leith Walk’s Stead Place backed by Scottish ministers (EN, 2/3/20)
13 Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
13.a to note: 2020: 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
13.b to note: future presentations and charrettes
13.b.i tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
 this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest
 this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda
 this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 2 Construction Phase) at 165 Leith Walk on Thursday 27 February at 5:30pm Continue reading
15 February 2020
On 11 March 2019, LCCC called for formal planning guidance from CEC for the sites on both sides of lower Leith Walk (‘Stead’s Place’ and the site opposite, framed by Leith Walk at the old tram depot site to Manderston and Halmyre). On 25 March 2019, Neil Gardiner, CEC’s Planning Convener, responded: ‘There is considerable merit in your suggestion to prepare guidance in relation to the Stead’s Place site and also cover neighbouring development opportunities, for example land on the opposite side of Leith Walk. The preparation of a Place Brief would provide the opportunity for the local community to come together with landowners/ developers to discuss development options, aspirations and concerns across a number of development sites.’
In early 2020, CEC started work on a Place Brief for the area between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street in the form public workshops and an online consultation.
Key elements and characteristics of the emerging Place Brief
In view of the prominent location of both sites – east and west of Leith Walk, between Stead’s Place and Jane Street, and Manderson Street, Halmyre Street Smith Place respectively – Leith Central Community Council welcomes a Place Brief that guides future development in this area in a way that is sensitive to the surrounding urban fabric that is home and workplace of a strong community. Leith Central Community Council is conscious that the latter is vital to sustain the existing high density of the area. Given the size of both sites, insensitive or inappropriate ‘insertions’ would undermine this strength and should therefore be ruled out by the Place Brief.
At the same time, the Place Brief is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve East-West and North-South permeability and to provide a step-change in health provision and much needed social and truly affordable housing.
The following elements should be part of the Place Brief:
- Manderston Street and its railway arches should be part of the Brief, as well as former Tram Depot office building (165 Leith Walk) and the ‘Stead’s Place’ shop frontage with the warehouses behind.
- The effects of any future development on the Conservation Area and all listed buildings surrounding the site should be acknowledged. In particular, the 2-storey ‘Stead’s Place’ shop frontage needs to be a key element of any future development, as acknowledged by the DPEA appeal decision.
- The provision for truly affordable housing for rent and to buy, including social and council housing, should be made a priority to tackle homelessness and overcrowding.
- This part of Leith has an active local economy giving opportunities to access good quality work. A mixture of affordable residential, industrial, commercial and retail options is essential to protect a vibrant and lively Leith Walk as a place where people live and work.
- High quality pedestrian, and where possible, cycle routes through both sites – both north-south and east-west – should be designed in from the outset.
- Recognising the existing diversity of uses, there should be no single dominant use.
- Sensitive and diverse architectural styles should be at the heart of the future design.
- No overly massive design should be allowed; scale and density must be in tune with existing buildings surrounding the sites.
- Considering the size of the site, the future developments should create an attractive series of places rather than one place.
- Design features should complement existing styles while contributing to the existing eclectic character of this part of Leith Walk.
- Outstanding precedents like the award winning Goldsmith Street in Norwich and Leith Fort should inspire the Place Brief.
- The inclusion of significant greenspace should be an essential part of the Place Brief.
- Developer’s contributions should be ring fenced for community agreed projects.
- Cultural and social spaces should be considered a priority for future community development.
- There is a range of spaces and opportunities to meet for the elderly and vulnerable people but many are at risk, like the Bingo Hall.
- Serious consideration needs to be given to the relocation of the outdated NHS facilities at Allander and Inchkeith House to a purpose-built health centre on the West side with ‘walk-in access through one of the retained shop frontages. The existing – refurbished – buildings would lend themselves to retail or community use at ground level with residential accommodation above.
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 20 January 2020 at 7:00pm Continue reading
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 1 Construction Phase), at 200 Bonnington Rd, on Thursday 30 January at 5:30pm Continue reading