LCCC November 2019 meeting agenda

1 Welcome

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 16 September 2019 and 21 October 2019 meeting

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

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Presentation and Q&A: Euan Leitch onTenements: strengthening the repair & maintenance culture through legislation

Update on the final recommendations of a Scottish Parliamentary Working Group set up to establish solutions to aid, assist and, where necessary, to compel owners of tenement properties to maintain their buildings and upcoming (legislative) developments.

6 Planning

6.a to note: 19/05092/FUL Demolition of existing building & erection of 58 flatted residential development, 14 Ashley Place

6.b to note: status of current planning applications (NOV 2019)

6.c to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area

7 Parks & Green Spaces

7.a to note: Powderhall Railway Path update

7.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

7.c to note: other Park Friend’s reports

8 Transport & Clean Streets (10)

8.a to note: CPZ consultation update

8.b Trams to Newhaven

8.b.i to note: update on Community Councils Together on Tram (CCTT)

8.b.ii to note: construction timetable; Leith Walk enabling works; bidirectional cycle-path

8.c to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

9 Licensing

10 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

10.a Community Council elections

10.a.i to note: problems with election process impacting at least three community councils

10.a.ii to note:vacancies for individual Community Councillors and representatives from recognised (registered) local interest groups

10.b Appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee conveners and subject leads, LCCC representation on outside bodies

10.b.i to agree: appointment of Engagement Officer

10.b.ii Edinburgh Association of Community Councils (EACC)

10.b.ii.1 to note: EACC AGM on 21-11-19 will elect new office-bearers; nominations close by 7pm on 19-11-19.
10.b.ii.2 to note: John Tibbitt has been nominated for Chair of EACC by other CCs and his proposalto improve EACC’s performance.

10.b.iii to agree: LCCC to nominate John Tibbitt as Chair of EACC as a first step towards implementation of his proposals

10.b.iv to note: previous LCCC committees: planning, transport & clean streets, parks and & green spaces; parking working group; licensing subject lead; incoming correspondence triage

10.b.v to agree: committee structure, appointment of LCCC members to committees, committee convener/s, working group/s, subject lead/s and incoming correspondence triage

10.c to note: other outside bodies and need to appoint LCCC reps

10.d to note: Treasurer’s report

10.e to note: reports from other Office Bearers

10.f to note: Comms Group report

11 Open Forum[1]

12 AOCB[2]

13 Bulletin[3]

13.a Save Iona Street: campaign launched to prevent new student flats being built in Leith (EdinburghLive, 1-11-19)

14 Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

14.a to note:

2019: 16 Dec; 2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

14.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

14.b.i 16 Dec: 19/04682/PANpresentation by CEC & Collective Architecture on Powderhall site (165 Broughton Rd)

14.b.ii tbc 20 Jan: Bonnington Road Lane development PAC by Platform

14.b.iii tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

14.b.iv 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

Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.

LCCC September 2019 approved minutes

The content of the following is exactly the same as the draft minutes published here

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Constitution Street tram-construction start

(adapted from an email from the Trams to Newhaven project. Constitution St is not in LCCC’s area, but LCCC residents and businesses may wish to know the following.)

The Tram to Newhaven project team is hosting a drop-in event on Thursday 7 November from 12pm – 7.30pm at South Leith Parish Church where residents and businesses can come and meet the team who can answer any queries they might have about the planned works.

The first phase of work to take trams to Newhaven will start on Constitution Street on 18 November 2019. Continue reading

LCCC September 2019 **DRAFT** minutes

Please note that these are draft minutes, and so do not represent LCCC’s agreed positions etc. If there are any queries, please contact LCCC. Due to various connectivity issues, this draft was not approved at the October meeting.

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

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

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

Continue reading

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.