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.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
(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 →
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.