Tram Extension to Newhaven

Last year, the newly-elected City of Edinburgh Council voted to press ahead with preparations for the tram extension (short of construction works), by allocating monies to draw up detailed plans in readiness for the tender process and to consult with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. At the same time, the Council halted the repair and renewal of Leith Walk (severely damaged during the previous, aborted attempt to build a tram line through LCCC’s area) which had progressed up Leith Walk at a snail’s pace for the last 7 years.

While the tender preparation process has continued in the background over the last few months we have now reached the consultation stage. In particular, the tram team will attend the next LCCC meeting on 16 April for a presentation and Q&A session. The meeting is open to the public and we would encourage local residents and businesses to attend.

Before that, there are a number of public information days during this”first-round” consultation:

  • 22 March: Leith Theatre 10-6
  • 3 April: McDonald Rd Library 10-4
  • 12 April: Leith Community Education Centre 3-9
  • 21 April: Ocean Terminal 12-5

In addition, a lot of pertinent information has been made available on this website: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven/

Leith Central CC has set up a short-life taskforce to study the drawings available at the information days and the papers published on the website, and we would encourage readers to do likewise, so that we all arrive at the LCCC meeting on 16 April as fully informed as possible, and ready to ask hard questions.

Trams to Newhaven: Notification of First Round of Public Consultation

(The following is reproduced verbatim from an email from Edinburgh Council, via newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk, for information only. It does not represent LCCC’s policy in any way.)

Beginning 19 March, the City of Edinburgh Council will undertake six weeks of public consultation and engagement on taking Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. This will provide the public, local business and stakeholders with general information on the project, specific details around traffic management during construction and the proposed permanent design. We will also outline our current proposals on how we aim to support local business during the construction period.

During consultation your views will be sought on traffic management and phasing. This includes proposals for the closure of Leith Walk to all northbound traffic, with a single city-bound lane remaining open and the phased closure and reopening of Constitution Street. Work in these areas is expected to last for up to 18 months. Continue reading

Please vote for the Leith Greenspace Feasibility Study and Masterplan

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As I’m sure everyone who came to the Leith Chooses event last Saturday will agree, the event was a great success. Despite the challenging weather conditions, almost all of the groups managed to be there as well as hundreds of Leithers who casted their votes for the projects of their choice.

As you may know, Leith Central Community Council joined forces with Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council to put in a funding bid for a Feasibility Study and Masterplan for Leith’s unloved green spaces.

To have a chance of actually getting this project funding we need your votes!  And you can vote until 17 March 5pm.

There are two ways of voting. Either way you will need an access code and password. You can vote if you live or work in Leith, belong to a Leith-based group and/or volunteer in Leith.

From now until 17 March you can pick up cards with the necessary information at the Leith and McDonald Road libraries as well as the Kirkgate Community Centre. Once you have the information, all you need to do is go to the LeithChooses website and click on the Vote Here button.

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Look for the ‘Vote Here’ image

You can then cast 4 votes in each of the three categories. Our project is in the Large Grant category. You must cast all 12 votes to complete the process.

You can also request a code and password online by emailing your full name, address AND postcode to leithchooses@edinburgh.gov.uk. If you belong to a group, mention the name, address and postcode of that group. From there on the process is the same: once you have the information, all you need to do is go to the LeithChooses website and click on the Vote Here button, cast 4 votes in each of the three categories and don’t forget to vote for our project in the Large Grant category.  You must cast all 12 votes to complete the process.

Happy Voting!