Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 28 May 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

LCCC December 2019 meeting **full** agenda

When and where: Monday 16 December 2019, 7.00pm, McDonald Road Library

1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies

1.a Attendance

1.b to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda

1.c to agree: order of business

2 Approval of minutes of 18 November 2019 meeting

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

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Pre-application presentation and Q&A regarding Powderhall stables, bowling greens and former waste transfer station site led by David Robertson (Senior Construction Project Manager in CEC’s Housing Management & Development Department) for the owner/developer and Carl Baker (Collective Architecture)
19/04682/PAN @ 165 Broughton Road EH7 4LG

6 Planning

6.a to note: Glencairn Properties have acquired the brownfield site at 11-23 Montrose Terrace (former filling station) with a view of erecting purpose-built student accommodation; current plans will be on view on 19 December, inviting feedback. Following the submission of a formal planning application, a presentation at the February 2020 LCCC meeting is likely.

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

6.c to agree: LCCC submission regarding 19/05092/FUL (demolition of existing building and erection of 58 flatted residential development @14 Ashley Place

6.d to note: update on place briefs for East and West side of lower Leith Walk

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

7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

7.a Community Council elections

7.a.i to note: update on problems with CC election processes in October

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

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

7.b.i to agree: remit of LCCC Engagement Officer

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

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

7.b.iv to note: other outside bodies and need (or otherwise) to appoint LCCC reps

7.c to note: Treasurer’s report

7.d to note: reports from other Office Bearers

7.e to note: Comms Group report

8 Parks and green spaces

8.a to note: Powderhall Railway Path further update

8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

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

9 Licensing

10 Transport and clean streets

10.a to note: CPZ update

10.b Trams to Newhaven

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

10.b.ii to note: start of full works in Charlotte Street and preparatory work in Leith Walk

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

11 Open forum[1]

12 AOCB[2]

13 Bulletin[3]

13.a RNIB takes candidates on “blindfold walk” (Third Force News, 3-12-19)

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

14.a to note: 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 20 Jan: Bonnington Road Lane development PAC by Platform

14.b.ii tbc 17 Feb: Montrose Terrace student accommodation by Glencairn Properties

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

2020: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (including AGM), 15 Jun

[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

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 October meeting: outline agenda

Outline Agenda for 17 October 2018

A detailed agenda will be published nearer the meeting.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 17 September 2018 meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: briefing by CEC and Collective Architecture on plans for the defunct Powderhall site
  6. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. update on progress of Powderhall (unused railway line) green corridor
    2. further delay to re-opening of Water of Leith Walkway between Anderson and Newhaven
    3. investment in local parks and green spaces
    4. etc
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. 2nd design consultation on tram extension
    2. consultation on business support during 2 year tram construction
    3. tram: supplementary projects
    4. strategic parking review
    5. Dalmeny Street capital project …
    6. etc
  8. Planning
    1. update on Drum/Stead’s Place
    2. Easter Road Lidl application resubmitted
    3. planning department: errors and complaints or resource issues?
    4. etc
  9. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  10. Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  11. Bulletin
  12. Open Forum
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

Meeting papers (from October 2014 onwards) are in the cloud at https://goo.gl/jrARbc.

The meeting papers will also be on LCCC’s website in due course on the meetings page: https://leithcentralcc.co.uk/reports.

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release

Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release (PDF)

Introduction

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Below we outline our key areas of concern. Continue reading

LCCC June meeting: final agenda

Monday, 18 June 2018 at 7pm, 
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall
1. Welcome
a. introductions
b. attendance, apologies
c. declarations of interest

Continue reading

LCCC June meeting: outline agenda

Below is the outline agenda for the next ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council on Monday, 18th June at 7pm in the Nelson Room of McDonald Road Library.

A detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of Minutes of 21 May 2018 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Powderhall Stables: briefing by CEC officials on CEC plans for the site
  6. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
    … Community Councils Together on Trams … Edinburgh Bus Users Group …
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    … tramline 1 completion York Place to Newhaven … Leith Programme Phase 4 …
  8. Planning
    Dryden Street listed buildings … Drum’s PAC summary … proposed student housing at 11 Hillside Crescent …
  9. Parks & Green Spaces
    … Water of Leith Walkway …
  10. Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  11. Bulletin
  12. Open Forum
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

Meeting papers (from October 2014 onwards) are in the cloud at https://goo.gl/jrARbc and on the Meeting papers webpage: https://leithcentralcc.co.uk/reports.

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

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

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 112 – Tram to Newhaven & Leith Programme

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, on 2017_09_27 at 16:35)

Edinburgh Tram

As you may be aware, the Outline Business Case for taking trams to Newhaven was approved on the 21st of September by the City of Edinburgh Council.  You can see the Outline Business Case and the supporting report here under Reports and item 8·4.

A comprehensive tendering process will now get under way to secure a potential contractor partner for the project, with councillors due to make a final decision on taking the tram to Newhaven in autumn 2018 to allow construction to start in early 2019. Continue reading