This is the notice of the next ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council and the Annual General Meeting, both on Monday, 20 May 2019 at 7pm in the Nelson Room of McDonald Road Library. The Annual General Meeting will be chaired by Cllr Rob Munn; this will be a relatively short meeting with the following agenda:
Agenda of the Annual General Meeting 20 May 2019
Approval of the minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting;
Annual Report: brief review of year
Treasurer’s report: accounts for FY17/18
Demit of current office bearers and election of new office bearers
The outline agenda of the ordinary meeting is below. A detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.
Outline Agenda of the Ordinary Meeting 20 May 2019
Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
… CC elections/leaflets …future meeting dates/hours/venue … committees and agenda procedure … Leith Gala …final review of Scheme for CCs 2019 … NE CCs joint working ..
Transport & Clean Streets
… CCTT/Tram works update … Leith Street closure … Carriageway Resurfacing Works – Summer 2019 … Easter Road / Duke Street Proposed Junction Improvements … shared use parking …
… appeal 106-162 Leith Walk … Tourism and Communities Working Group … Local Plan …
Parks & Green Spaces
… catering van St Mark’s Park ….
(LCCC’s minutes secretary apologises for the late publication of these approved minutes. He was unable to attend the April meeting, and so his normal cycle was interrupted. However, there is no difference in content (apart from correcting a few punctuation errors) between the record below and the draft March minutes published here: https://leithccc.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2019_03_18-draft-v1.pdf.)
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 18 March 2019 at 7:00pm Continue reading →
Edinburgh Council’s CityPlan team will explain the local development plan process, and introduce what they see as the key (local) issues. This will be at LCCC’s March meeting: Monday 18 March at 7pm at McDonald Road library. The presentation will be followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
This is important because LCCC’s area is amongst the most densely populated ones in Scotland, with substantial brownfield plots and other developments opportunities (and parallel infrastructure pressures). Hence day to day planning issues are often at the top of LCCC’s agenda.
At the recent Additional Development Management Sub-Committee of the Planning Committee (29th June 2018), where the future of the closed Meadowbank site was discussed for seven (!) hours, the concept of ‘Open Space’ was invoked by councillors, planning officers and members of the public. Some speakers thought the current site constitutes ‘Open Space’, while other claimed it wasn’t because it is not accessible by the public. Why is this important, even if Meadowbank is clearly outwith the LCCC’s area?
The answer is that Open Space is protected by the Local Development Plan in Policy Env 18 (Open Space Protection):
Proposals involving the loss of open space will not be permitted unless it is demonstrated that:
there will be no significant impact on the quality or character of the local environment and
the open space is a small part of a larger area or of limited amenity or leisure value and there is a significant over-provision of open space serving the immediate area and
the loss would not be detrimental to the wider network including its continuity or biodiversity value and either
there will be a local benefit in allowing the development in terms of either alternative equivalent provision being made or improvement to an existing public park or other open space or
the development is for a community purpose and the benefits to the local community outweigh the loss.
In other words, existing Open Space has quite strong protection under this policy and can only be sacrificed for development if the first three conditions (a-c) are met and either (d) or (e).
The term ‘open space’ covers greenspace consisting of any vegetated land or structure, water, path or geological feature within and on the edges of settlements, and civic space consisting of squares, market places and other paved or hard landscaped areas with a civic function. Some spaces may combine green and civic space elements, but one type or other will usually predominate.
All spaces, regardless of ownership and accessibility (i.e. public and private spaces) contribute to the amenity and character of an area and can be taken into account by councils when undertaking their open space audits and strategies.
The intention behind this definition is that Open Space is not only valuable because it can be accessed, but – just as importantly in a densely populated city – that it provides ‘breathing space’, and its usefulness and amenity can arise simply from the opportunity for city-dwellers to rest their weary eyes on a natural feature or the horizon.
And this is very relevant to people living and working in the Leith Central Community Council area, which includes the most densely populated area in Scotland (census 2011).