Tag Archives: parks and green spaces

Edinburgh Talks Climate

Edinburgh Talks Climate aims to ensure people have information which allows them to make more sustainable choices and encourages to do so.

The site has weekly discussion themes which aim to help people find tips, share ideas, inspire others, and take local action on subjects around food, travel, energy, sustainable living and plants and wildlife.

In the latest Edinburgh Talks Climate podcast, Biodiversity Officer Susan Falkner and biodiversity student Ben Murphy talk about how they connect with nature whilst living in a city, and how lockdown has given them a whole new appreciation for the natural world around them.

Edinburgh’s parks and greenspaces are key to helping lower human impact on the world around us, as well as encouraging people to live more sustainably. ETC wants to know how people think they should be used to help the city reach its net-zero target and how can Edinburgh make parks and greenspaces more sustainable and environmentally friendly? ETC is inviting people to join in the conversation on Edinburgh Talks Climate.

Best

Charlotte Otter | Senior Communications Officer (Carbon Reduction) | Policy and Insight | Strategy and Communications | The City of Edinburgh Council | Level 2:1, Waverley Court 4 East Market Street Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Environmental and climate events

There are currently many opportunities to get involved in environmental and climate-change activities. Check out some or all of these posts on Leith Central, Leith Harbour & Newhaven and New Town & Broughton CCs’ websites

And while you’re doing that, why not check out what else CCs in central and north-east Edinburgh are doing for their communities?

Pilrig residents campaign for community garden

A group of residents in Pilrig have started a petition to convert the now-closed Bowling Green behind Rosslyn Crescent into a community garden. The site is currently owned by Lothian Buses.

We are currently unable to take a firm position on this until our next consituted meeting, but residents can learn more about it on EdinburghLive and read the petition itself on 38Degrees.

Your thoughts sought: Parks, Quiet Routes & Housing

We’ve been contacted by several organisations, including Edinburgh Council, wanting the views of people in the Leith Central area (June 2020). If you have opinions about the following, they’ll want to hear them;

Parks and Greenspaces survey
by The City of Edinburgh Council

Cycling ‘Quiet Routes’ after dark survey
by Oliver Caron-Nowak (University of Edinburgh) & The City of Edinburgh Council

Active Commuting (walking & cycling) survey
by by The University of Edinburgh & The City of Edinburgh Council

Opportunities you have to rest, relax and recover at your home
by Mina Sufineyestani (Heriot Watt University)

(Please note these are not conducted by Leith Central Community Council)

LCCC April 2020 minutes

Due to the limitations of online meetings, we are only recording those who were present at or sent apologies for such meetings.

This meeting was for members only, so any decision recorded below may not be binding. Similarly, the LCCC June meeting may not have been empowered to approve the minutes below. (These minutes were not published earlier because they were not considered at the May meeting due to an error in circulating the draft.)

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held via Zoom on Monday 20 April 2020 at 7:00pm Continue reading

Parks and Greenspace update (31 March)

(adapted from an email sent to LCCC on 31 March 2020)

Here are a couple of briefing notes that have been issued regarding the measures the Parks and Greenspace Service are putting in to place to help contain the spread of Coronavirus.

  • The first one details the general approach for all our parks and greenspaces across the city
  • The second regards those details specific to the Pentland Hills Regional Park.

All events that were scheduled to take place in April and May in a park have been either postponed or cancelled. CEC will keep you informed when any guidance is issued for those booked in June, July and August.

Obviously as time goes on litter/bins and things relating to health and safety in some parks may become issue’s. Can those who are not in self-isolation and who are taking their daily exercise in parks please keep their eyes out for any problems and report them via https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/report

There are still some Parks Officers, Rangers, Forestry, and others from Greenspace along with the Waste teams, still on the ground and inspecting parks and emptying bins. However, with so many areas for them to monitor, it’s taking a little longer than usual. So if we can alert them to serious problems in specific areas these can be prioritised appropriately.

Please just let me know if you need any further information.

Sarah Murphy
Senior Programmes Officer
Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries
Level 3.1, Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Edinburgh, EH8 8BG
Tel: 0131 529 7955
Sarah.Murphy@edinburgh.gov.uk

LCCC March 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 16 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library

1 Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies

1.a To note: Declarations of interest in any items on the agenda

1.b To agree: Order of business

2 Approval of Minutes of 17 February 2020 meeting

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

4 Community Police Officer’s Report

5 Transport & Clean Streets

5.a Trams to Newhaven

5.a.i to note: February liaison meeting Community Council Together on Trams with Council’s Tram Team

5.a.ii to note: imminent (28 March) end of Enabling Works and start of 15-18 months of Main Works in Leith Walk (London Road to Crown Place): 3-lane closure, communal bins relocation, logistics hubs, bi-directional cycle-path, Balfour Street access changes, area wide bus diversions
temporary traffic management maps and narrative
construction phasing overview
bus diversions overview

5.a.iii to note: 20/00993/PA | Erection of Tram Stop including Tram Stop Shelter, Overhead Line Equipment (OLE), Street Lighting, Hard Landscaping and Assoicated [sic] Infrastructure. | Balfour Street Tram Stop Leith Walk Edinburgh

5.a.iv to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team

5.b to note: LCCC draft response to City Mobility Plan Consultation

5.c to note: progress of Communal Bins Enhancement programme; roll out in LCCC area in Winter 2020

5.d to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area

6 Planning

6.a to note: status of current planning applications (MAR 2020)

6.b to note: 20/00972/FUL | Demolition of the existing warehouse and ancillary office building and construction of residential (flatted) development including purpose-built student accommodation, general housing and affordable housing, public realm improvements, hard and soft landscaping and associated infrastructure, including vehicular access. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8S

6.c to note: draft Place Brief prepared for the Leith Walk/Halmyre Street site – NEW consultation closes 3 April

6.d to note: LCCC draft response to ‘Choices for City Plan 2030 (main issues report)

6.e to note: proposal by local residents to extend Leith Walk Conservation Area

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

7 LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports

7.a to note: Treasurer’s report

7.b to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group report

7.b.i to note: draft analysis of LCCC area and proposal for ‘away day’

7.c to note: reports from other Office Bearers

7.d to: note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies

7.d.i to note: items of relevance to LCCC area discussed at Edinburgh Partnership meeting March 2020

8 Parks & Green Spaces

8.a to note: proposed Public Spaces Management Plan (to replace the existing Edinburgh Park Events Manifesto and Public Spaces Protocol – public consultation due soon

8.b to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report

8.b.i to note: proposal to hold ‘families event’ in June 2020

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

9 Licensing

10 Open Forum[1]

11 AOCB[2]

12 Bulletin[3]

12.a Campaigners set up own firm in bid to buy Leith Walk’s Stead Place backed by Scottish ministers (EN, 2/3/20)

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

13.a to note: 2020: 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun

13.b to note: future presentations and charrettes

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

[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

LCCC February 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 17 February 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Road Library

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business
  2. Approval of minutes of 20 January 2020 meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Rreport
  5. Proposed purpose-built student accommodation development with community space, associated infrastructure and amenity space, bicycle parking, landscaping and upgrade of pedestrian path and steps @ 11 – 23 Montrose Terrace Edinburgh (20/00496/FUL)
    1. to note: Leith Central Community Council are statutory consultees for this application
    2. to note: presentation and Q&A by Glencairn (applicants) regarding this application
    3. to note: extended deadline for LCCC comments (20 March 2020)
  6. Planning
    1. to note: status of current planning applications (FEB 2020)
    2. to ratify: LCCC’s response to Scottish Government Planning Performance and Fees Consultation
    3. to agree: LCCC’s consultation response to consultation on place brief for East side of lower Leith Walk between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street
      1. to note: update on SLW’s community right to buy campaign
    4. to note: Draft notes of Pre-Application Presentation at January LCCC meeting regarding 19/05515/PAN 2-4, 6,14 Bonnington Road Lane and 200 Bonnington Road Edinburgh EH6 5RB, made by Orbit for the developer
    5. Local plan (City Plan 2030)
      1. to note: consultation “Choices for City Plan 2030” (main issues report) underway (ends 27-03-20) and parallel City Mobility Plan (see item 9b below)
      2. >to note: LCCC response to be based on our earlier paper
    6. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ reports
    1. to note: update on issues and complaints around recent Community Council elections
    2. to note: Treasurer’s report
    3. to note: Engagement Officer’s and Comms Group reports
    4. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
    5. to note: update on LCCC representation on outside bodies
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: Powderhall Railway Path update
    2. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: other Park Friend’s reports
    4. to note: concerns over expense for use of St Mark’s (Craigroyston FC) and Pilrig Park (Pilmeny Sports Academy) by local sports clubs
  9. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Trams to Newhaven
      1. to note: information shared by Tram Team at meeting with Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT) on 28 January and ongoing preparatory works on Leith Walk
      2. to note: start of two year closure of three lanes on Leith Walk from 28 March with flanking measures
      3. to note: near-simultaneous closure of two lanes on North Bridge for 16 months from 17 February
      4. to note: any issues that have arisen for local residents or businesses that have not been dealt with satisfactorily by the Tram Project Team
    2. City Mobility Plan
      1. to note: 8 week consultation underway (ends 27-03-20)
      2. to note: update from Transport Forum – City Mobility Plan event (7 February 2020)
      3. to agree: to focus LCCC response (to be agreed at March meeting) on proposed measures with direct impact on LCCC area
    3. to note: introduction of on-street cycle storage facilities throughout the city (locations)
      1. to note: first local TRO10/20 in West Montgomery Place
    4. to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  10. Licensing
  11. Open Forum[1]
  12. AOCB[2]
  13. Bulletin[3]
    1. Officials given taste of everyday hazards which blind and disabled people face in Edinburgh’s streets (Evening News, 04-02-20)
  14. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: 2020: 16 Mar, 20 Apr, 18 May (incl AGM), 15 Jun
    2. to note: future presentations and charrettes
      1. tbc 17 Feb: Montrose Terrace student accommodation by Glencairn Properties
      2. tbc: talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)

[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

LCCC December 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 16 December 2019 at 7:00pm Continue reading

LCCC January 2020 meeting detailed agenda

Monday, 20 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library. Continue reading