Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 September 2019

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, at 200 Bonnington Road, on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 5:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. Continue reading

LCCC January 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 21 JANUARY 2019 at 7:00pm

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

LCCC September approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 17 September at 7:00pm

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

In the chair’s and vice-chair’s absences, the meeting was chaired by the secretary. Continue reading

LCCC annual report, 21 May 2018

Another year has passed in which Leith Walk, our much-loved and iconic high street, continues to dominate our meetings. Depending who you’re talking to, Leith Walk, once designated as a pedestrian-friendly boulevard or, more recently, a dual carriageway with pedestrian-deterrent paving (if the current tram designs go ahead), continues to be a political football. Plagued by disruption and road works for over 12 long years, residents are fed up and sharply divided as to whether the trams, should the plans be approved, will actually benefit the area. Continue reading

Leith Central Community Council: response to tram extension consultation

(download the original PDF here: LCCC response to tram extension consultation)

LEITH WALK
the most densely populated area in Scotland
a place for people, not a transport corridor

photo of 'First day of operation for through electric trams between Leith and Edinburgh'

(photo © Lothian Buses plc [Photographer: probably Edwin O Catford])

Leith Central Community Council’s response to City of Edinburgh’s consultation on the Tram Extension to Newhaven

(Unless otherwise noted all comments below refer to Leith Walk only, from London Road north.) Continue reading

LCCC April meeting: final agenda

Meeting of Leith Central Community Council

Monday, 16 April 2018 at 7pm McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall
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Year in Review 2017: what LCCC has done

Engage

One of Leith Central Community Council’s main remits is to ensure residents in the area know what’s going on. The large volume of works across the Leith Central area has meant we’ve put extra focus in ensuring information is getting relayed. This has included having several developers in to present building work proposals to the community, such as at the site of the soon-to-close John Lewis depot in Bonnington and Student Accomodation along Leith Walk. We’ve also hosted various public meetings regarding national items of interest, such as Scottish Government Planning Reform, which was presented by Ben Macpherson, our MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Lastly, we’ve held discussions with Leith Walk and Leith Street contractors on multiple occasions to learn more about upcoming works and feed back into the plans. Several times, this has also resulted in some members going on walking tours with the contractor to inspect completed works, such as those in Pilrig Street.

Organise

When the 2017 snap General Election was called, we invited all five candidates to the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street for a live elections hustings – an opportunity for the community to hear candidates’ views on various issues and policies. This was chaired by Port of Leith Housing Associations’ Keith Anderson.

We are taking part in the newly launched ‘Leith Chooses’ alongside ‘Leith Harbour Community Council’ and ‘Leith Links Community Council’. Similar to last year’s Leith Decides, this one-day event in 2018 will give everyone in Leith a chance to vote for funding to organisations, injecting local democracy into public spending.

Campaign

We were in favour the proposed community buyout of London Road Church, which was sold by the Church of Scotland. We campaigned alongside In:Spire, the steering group of local residents who were interested in turning the church into a community centre, with some members of our Community Council knocking on doors in the evening to get supporting signatures. Unfortunately, despite massing 15% of signatures of support from local residents, the final application was declined by the Scottish Government.

Lastly, we ran successful small-scale campaigns, such as a campaign to keep the Royal Mail Postbox in Montgomery Street open.

Collaborate

Most importantly, LCCC is a forum which allows residents, business-owners, police, the third sector and elected representatives to discuss the area. Thank you to all of those who have taken part in 2017, and we look forward to working with everyone in 2018 and beyond!