LCCC August 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 19 August 2019 at 7:30pm

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Planning Application for large LED advertising hoarding at 10 Croall Place has been refused

Following objections by LCCC and 22 others, the Planning Authority (CEC) has refused to grant planning permission for 19/03509/ADV as it is detrimental of the visual amenity of the area.
In LCCC’s view, the advert is clearly distacting and intrusive for both residential properties – some quite a distance away – which are disturbed by the advert’s illumination reaching inside properties, and pedestrians and drivers. It also impacts negatively on the character of the Conservation Area by its sheer visual reach all the way past the Pilrig Street junction.
It is also worth noting that the existing 5 year permission for the advert had run out on 11 April 2019 and its continuing use was therefore a breach of planning regulations and subject to an ongoing (why do these things take so long?) enforcement process.

LCCC September 2019 meeting agenda

Monday, 16 September 2019 at 7pm
Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business

  2. Approval of Minutes of 19 August 2019 meeting

  3. Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)

  4. Community Police Officer’s Report

  5. Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Ross Manson (Manson Architects + Planners)
    Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. 48-50 Iona Street EH6 8SW (Iona Street (Edinburgh) Ltd & Walker Timber Ltd 19/03802/PAN)
  6. Planning
    1. 106 – 162 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5DX (18/04349/CON and 18/04332/FUL)
      1. to note: that the owner of 106-162 Leith Walk, Drum (Steads Place) Ltd, is not extending or rolling forward leases for the retail premises while their planning appeal is pending, resulting in a whole city block left unused and boarded up
      2. to note: that this will be detrimental to the amenity and safety of this section of Leith Walk and is unlikely to strengthen the credibility of the developer’s claim that their proposal is in the interest of the local community
    2. to note: exhibition 18 September (3.30 – 7.30pm) at McDonald Road Library on 19/03433/PAN | Residential development of up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
    3. to note: status of current planning applications (SEP19)
    4. 2030 City Plan and strategic planning issues
      1. to note: community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday21 September 2019, 11-3pm) Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
      2. to note: September Civic Forum and CEC’s commercial needs studies
    5. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. to note: Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT): update
    2. to note: progress of Extending Parking Controls to LCCC area in multiple phases
    3. to note: update on Rossie Place TRO/19/27 Parking Restrictions
    4. to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park
    2. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: other Park Friend’s reports
  9. Licensing

  10. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
    1. Community Council elections
      1. to note: election briefing, including critical dates
      2. to note: nominations for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups
      3. to note: status of October and November LCCC meetings
      4. to note: update on publicising Community Council election
    2. to note: update on issues around availability of McDonald Rd Library for LCCC meetings and accommodation subsidy for CCs
    3. to note: Treasurer’s Report
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
    5. to note: Comms Group Report
    6. to note: report from partnership/locality meetings
  11. Open Forum[1]

  12. AOCB[2]

  13. Bulletin[3]
    Edinburgh father and son forced to create DIY ‘flume’ as stinking waste leaks from short-term let above (EN, 30-08-19)
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note:
      2019: 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec
      2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
    2. to note: future presentations and charrettes
      1. 21 September: community master-planning and co-design event
      2. tbc October: presentation & Q&A 19/03433/PAN (Ashley Place)
      3. 18 November: Tenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation ( Euan Leitch, director BEFS)
      4. tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
      5. tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)

[1]this agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest

[2]this agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda

[3]this is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting

LCCC August 2019 meeting agenda

Monday, 19 August 2019 at 7pm, Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate

NB not McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies (5)
    1. to note:​ declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree:​ order of business
  2. Approval of minutes of ​17 June 2019​ meeting (5)
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below) (5)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report (5)
  5. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports (15)
    1. to note: ​continuing issues around availability of McDonald Rd Library
    2. to note: ​Treasurer’s Report
    3. to note: ​Comms Group Report
      1. to note: ​update on publicising Community Council election
    4. to note: ​report from partnership/locality meetings
    5. to note: ​reports from other Office Bearers
  6. Transport & Clean Streets (10)
    1. to note:​ Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT): update
    2. to note: ​revised programme ​Tram Diversion Route Resurfacing Works (aka Carriageway Resurfacing Works Summer 2019)
      1. to agree:​ LCCC broadly welcomes the Resurfacing Works, but regrets that urgent pavement resurfacing and surface water drainage repairs and upgrades have not been progressed in parallel;
      2. to agree:​ LCCC requests that any excessive wear and tear due to tramconstruction diversions is made good at the end of the tram works
      3. to agree: ​LCCC requests timely consultations about the reinstatement of setted streets (e.g. Dalmeny Street) that have been tarmaced as part of the Works
    3. to note: ​Edinburgh Citywide Parking – Area 3 Strategic Parking Review
    4. to note: ​any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Planning (20)
    1. to note: ​the retirement of Julian Siann as LCCC’s planning convenor
    2. to note:​ the need to organise a planning monitoring rota to secure statutory consultee status for LCCC and to maintain LCCC’s ​register of current planning applications
    3. to note:​ ​report​ on ​Scottish Government Short Term Lets Consultation ​event
    4. to note: ​concerns over insufficient fire safety at Shrub Place developments (marketed as ‘Engine Yard’) (​Evening News, 02-08-19​)
    5. to note: ​19/03509/ADV​ | Advertisement of the following types: Hoarding. | 10 Croall Place EH7 4LT and LCCC request for extension for comments (minded to object)
    6. to note:​ ​19/03802/PAN​ | Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8SW
    7. to note:​ ​19/03433/PAN​ | Residential development comprising up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
    8. to note: ​community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday​ ​21 September 2019, 11-3pm) ​Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
    9. to note: ​revised​ scheme ​for the Local Plan 2030
    10. to note:​ update on appeal (​PPA-230-2274​ and ​CAC-230-2004​) 106-162 Leith Walk
    11. Shop conversions to residential in LCCC area
      1. to agree: ​that such conversions in tenemental streets disproportionately benefit owners, while disbenefits accrue to residents through loss of amenity, increased incentives to shop further afield and reduced natural surveillance
      2. to agree: ​for LCCC to become statutory consultee in such cases to ensure increased scrutiny
    12. to note: ​opportunity for talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
    13. to note: ​any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. Parks & Green Spaces (5)
    1. to note:​ update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park
    2. to note:​ Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note:​ other Park Friends’ reports
  9. Licensing
  10. Open Forum1
  11. AOCB2
  12. Bulletin3
    1. Changes to commercial food and glass waste (CEC letter June 2019​)
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: ​provisional dates 2019: 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec and provisional dates 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (including AGM), 15 Jun
    2. to note: ​future presentations and charrettes
      1. 16 September: Briefing by Euan Leitch, BEFS on upcoming ​Tenement Maintenance​ legislation and related matters
      2. 21 September: community master-planning and co-design event
      3. tbc: 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)
      4. tbc 19/03433/PAN (Ashley Place)
      5. tbc: 19/03802/PAN (Iona Street)

1 This agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest.

2 This agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda.

3 This is for information only; any discussion to be brought to a future meeting.

Edinburgh Citywide Parking – Area 3 Strategic Parking Review

This parking review is dated March 2019, and apparently went to the June meeting of Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment committee.

Click the thumbnail to see the full PDF:

You can also download the whole document from CEC’s servers: https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/Data/Transport%20and%20Environment%20Committee/20190620/Agenda/full_meeting_papers_part_2_-_transport_and_environment_committee_-_200619.pdf

But the first 40 pages are about other areas of Edinburgh.

Preparatory works for Trams to Newhaven continue with vibration testing

(adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven: view the original at https://mailchi.mp/7f4d38afd7a4/trams-to-newhaven-update-february-2019-final-business-case-233657)

Ground and Site Investigation Works update

Ground and site investigation works along the route are now in the final stages, with the last of the scheduled works due to complete in week commencing 22 July 2019.
The essential pre-enabling works, being carried out by the tram project’s Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), involves SFN carrying out detailed ground investigation surveys at 25 sites on the route. The work is being carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time and under localised lane closures.
The purpose of ground investigation works is to determine the ground conditions along the route so that the project’s final design can be confirmed. SFN have been checking, among other things, the depth of the bedrock. This will allow us to better understand how deep tram infrastructure foundations need to be, as well as the dimensions of the ‘track slab’, which will be laid beneath the tram tracks.

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