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

LCCC January 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 20 January 2019 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Build-to-rent proposal between Bonnington Road and the Water of Leith, former John Lewis depot and former CEC Health and Social Care Bonnington Centre) (9/05515/PAN)
  6. Planning
  7. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
  9. Licensing
  10. Transport & Clean Streets
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations

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

LCCC December 2019 meeting **outline** agenda

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Presentation and Q&A: 19/04682/PAN | Housing led, mixed use development which includes the conversion of an existing Category B listed Stables building into a work and events space, new-build intergenerationary nursery with older person’s housing. New build mixed tenure homes and a variety of public a semi-public amenity spaces. Separate applications will be made for each of the elements: stables, bowling greens, waste transfer station. | 165 Broughton Road Edinburgh EH7 4LG
  6. Planning
  7. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
  9. Licensing
  10. Transport & Clean Streets
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations