Leith Proposal: What’s good what’s bad and what need to change?
While the planning system can be complex and confusing, it is also vital to how Leith will develop and its future. This is an opportunity to meet with neighbours and colleagues alongside members of the Community Council to explore, identify and prioritise some of the key issues affecting the area.
This is one of a series of events developed by Leith Creative in partnership with the three Leith Community Councils.
If you would like to come and vote, but cannot get to the Community Centre under your own steam, please let us know asap and we’ll try and arrange help for you to attend.
If you are bringing younger children, you may wish to book them in to the free creche (for both applicants and voters). Please get in touch to book them in, in advance (places limited – first come, first served).
As a coalition of the Community Councils (CCs) affected directly by the proposed extension of the Edinburgh tram through Leith to Newhaven, we approve the project in principle, and view it, if done well, as an important opportunity for the broader social and economic development of the Leith area and beyond. However, we currently have strong concerns that are outlined in this statement.
We are committed to ensure that, whatever the final decision of City of Edinburgh Council (CEC), the communities along the extended tram route are not adversely affected by that decision more than is absolutely necessary.
We have agreed to work together as CCTT to promote and safeguard community interests during this next phase of the project and to ensure that, as the work proceeds, if it does, our respective communities’ interests and views are effectively communicated to the Tram Team (TT) and CEC, and that timely, evidence-based responses are received by the community.
The communities that we represent are understandably extremely eager that the mistakes of the previous tram construction works should not be repeated. We think all sides can agree on that. Consequently the community is seeking a high standard of solid evidence that this time the work will be better planned and implemented.
Whilst we acknowledge there has been some limited community consultation, other experiences don’t bode so well. Some CCs have had promised presentations cancelled, and frequently our requests for additional information have not been answered.
This leaves the unavoidable impression that issues are being rushed and key information is not being shared. We fear in such circumstances that mistakes, a lack of incorporation of community concerns, and oversights, are all possible. It is vital that the confidence of our communities is not put at risk through inadequate information and communication.
The result is that, as of the present time, the four CCs which are party to this submission do not have the level of confidence and standard of evidence that our communities need.
(adapted from an email from Leith Festival – click the thumbnail to see the full-size graphic and QR code)
Leith festival has a long tradition of community engagement and celebration. Dating back to 1907, the festival has provided over a hundred years of entertainment to the residents of Leith. The last few years have seen Leith Festival grow to encompass not just Gala day, but a week-long celebration of all things Leith with local businesses, community groups and organisations all joining in.
We couldn’t run this event without the help of volunteers. We need stewards primarily to help on Gala day. Setting up, the pageant, and cleaning up after the event are all things which an extra few pairs of hands make a massive difference in. If you can spare a few hours any time from 8am through to around 7pm on the 9th June, or from around 5/6pm to 9.30/10pm on the 17th we would love to welcome you to the team.
(Adapted from an email from Nick Gardner, Chair of Leith Festival)
Leith Festival is looking for a part time co-ordinator to support its Board in achieving its goals through delivery of its 2018 Community based Work Plan. This exciting and varied role requires a highly motivated person who can demonstrate the ability to organise community events over an eight month period starting in January 2018. Interviews will be held during the week of 4th December.
Full details are in the job description: MS Word, PDF
Please send the following to Nick Gardner (Chair) by midday on 27th November:
1 sheet of A4 outlining how your experience matches the job description and person spec
Contact details of 2 referees
Applications can be emailed (email@example.com) or posted (Leith Festival Association, 17 (1st floor) Academy St, Edinburgh, EH6 7EE)
The following is not just a standard ‘Leith Programme’ announcement: the message below outlines a cluster of major projects, each of which will have a major (negative, at least during the prolonged construction period) impact on Leith Walk and its hinterland, even if well-managed.
Particularly noteworthy: no word about how any of this impacts on the completion of the existing ‘Leith Programme’, i.e. fixing Leith Walk along its whole length. Is this just absence of contingency planning – in case the tram outline business case is deemed to be not robust or the tram project start is delayed? Or has the idea to completely repair Leith Walk repairs already been abandoned?
Tram to Newhaven Update
The Outline Business Case (OBC) for taking Edinburgh’s tram service down to Leith and Newhaven will be published on the Council’s website on Tuesday 29 August at 7.00am.