Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30pm

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Newhaven Trams (revised designs) – public drop-in events

Three Public Drop-in events are planned for consideration of the revised designs for the Trams extension to Newhaven.

This will enable people to see progress addressing results of the first consultation (May 2018). The drop-in events will be followed by a second consultation (date to be confirmed).

Date: Tuesday 02/10/2018
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street (unstaffed exhibition)
Time: 2.00pm – 7.00pm

Date: Saturday 13/10/2018
Venue: Ocean Terminal (staffed exhibition)
Time: 12.00 noon – 5.00pm

Date: Monday 22/10/2018
Venue: McDonald Road Library (staffed exhibition)
Time: 2.00pm – 7.00pm

public exhibition: Western Harbour

(adapted from an email from Forth Ports)

Forth Ports are revising their proposals for the ongoing development of Western Harbour. The proposals will facilitate the development of new homes, the relocation of Victoria Primary School with associated games area and the creation of Western Harbour Park. The potential for a new medical centre will also be recognised. In order to facilitate the proposals Forth Ports are preparing a Revised Design Framework which will be submitted to the Council in late August 2018.

Forth Ports will be hosting a public exhibition at Ocean Terminal on 25th June 2018 between 2.30pm and 7.30pm (on the first floor between Ocean Bar and Superdry) setting out their proposals and this will provide the public with an opportunity to provide their feedback.

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poster about public exhibition

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

Upcoming Leith Creative reporting event: Leith Blueprint

(adapted from an email from Leith Creative)

Over the last six months, place-based research project Leith Creative has been engaging with Leithers, asking the simple question What would you do to make Leith better? Co-delivered by Morvern Cunningham (LeithLate) and Duncan Bremner (Citizen Curator), alongside creative partners BiomorphisHERE+NOW and Lateral North, Leith Creative has appeared at and facilitated 18 public engagement events in a six month timeframe, reaching over 2000 people who live and/or work in the Leith area.

Now Leith Creative like you to join them, as they feed back on the information they have gathered. The reporting event will take place in Custom Lane, a collaborative centre for design and making in the heart of the Leith community on Thursday 19th October between 6-8pm. Please reserve a place via Eventbrite. Continue reading

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 106: Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of Turner & Townsend at 18:00 on 8 August. We apologise for the late posting of this news: our web-weaver was on holiday.)

Dear Stakeholder,

Leith Programme Phase 4 is currently observing the Edinburgh Festival embargo on road works within the city and, as such, has now demobilised fully from Leith Walk and Iona Street.  The Contractor will return to site to re-mobilise and commence the remaining works as of Monday 28thAugust.  Continue reading