Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT): joint statement and press release (PDF)
- 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.
Below we outline our key areas of concern. Continue reading
Monday, 18 June 2018 at 7pm,
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall
b. attendance, apologies
c. declarations of interest
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.
- Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
- Approval of Minutes of 21 May 2018 meeting
- Matters Arising
- Community Police Officer’s Report
- Powderhall Stables: briefing by CEC officials on CEC plans for the site
- LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
… Community Councils Together on Trams … Edinburgh Bus Users Group …
- Transport & Clean Streets
… tramline 1 completion York Place to Newhaven … Leith Programme Phase 4 …
… Dryden Street listed buildings … Drum’s PAC summary … proposed student housing at 11 Hillside Crescent …
- Parks & Green Spaces
… Water of Leith Walkway …
- Ward Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
- Open Forum
- 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.
(download the original PDF here: LCCC response to tram extension consultation)
the most densely populated area in Scotland
a place for people, not a transport corridor
(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
(The following is reproduced verbatim from an email from Edinburgh Council, via firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Leith Programme Project Team, on 2017_09_27 at 16:35)
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
(adapted from an email sent at 07:53:07 on 29 August 2017 from Leith.Programme@edinburgh.gov.uk)
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.