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Outline Agenda LCCC 27 November 2017
- Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
- Approval of Minutes of 16 October 2017 meeting
- Matters Arising
- Community Police Officer’s Report
- Presentation and Q&A: Review of Leith Programme Phase 4 and progress of Phase 5 and 6 by Michael Motion & Steven Jackson
- Transport & Clean Streets
… minimising impact of tram plans on LCCC area; street lighting problems; impact of Leith Street closure on LCCC area; Parking Working Group update; consultation on Parking Permit Diesel Surcharge; consultation on decluttering streets …
- Parks & Green Spaces
… FoPP report including wall repairs at Pilrig Street; other park and friends groups; city trees; future use of Powderhall railway line …
… recent planning cases; brief presentation on planned research into population density and health by Dr Elaine Carnegie …
- LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
… remits for Parks & Green Spaces Committee and Communications Group …
- Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
- Open Forum
- Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
… TBC: Leith Creative findings, planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; impact of AirBnB; role of North East Locality; impact of City Deal and Council Business Plan 2017-22 …
(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of Turner & Townsend at 14:51 on 8 September. )
Our contractor, Crummock, returned to site as of Monday 4th September to remobilise for the completion of the Phase 4 scope of works. At that time, Brunswick Road was closed to accommodate the site compound, and will remain so until the works are completed. Iona Street was also closed to allow commencement of works to realign the kerb line, commence the road surfacing works including the raised table construction and to complete the pavement slabbing. It is likely this will take up to 3 weeks to complete, during which time Iona Street will remain closed.
In addition to the above, we are also working in the following areas:
- Brunswick Street junction to complete the remain footpath slabbing to the S/E corner
- Croall Place to complete the remaining Scottish Water rectification works, and to resolve surface water drainage issues
- 2 nr road crossings on Leith Walk, north and south of Albert Street.
(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, sent at 16:51 on 21 August 2017)
As of Monday 4th September, following the Edinburgh festival embargo, our Contractor, Crummock, will be returning to Leith Walk to complete Phase 4 of the Leith Programme. We anticipate completing these works by Friday 3rd November (being an 8 week construction programme). Continue reading
(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.)
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
(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Turner & Townsend on 23 June 2017 at 22:45)
Weekly lookahead (w/c 26th June 2017)
Please see below details of works to be undertaken during the course of next week, and the associated worksite locations during the course of next week:
- Complete grouting to the slabbed paving at the Library corner and open up areas to pedestrians where safe to do so
- Commence paving to the N/W corner of Croall Place (West side of Leith Walk)
- Commence paving to Brunswick Street footpath at the junction with Leith Walk
- Continue paving to the east side of Leith Walk
- Kerb realignment, and commence kerb laying at Brunswick Street junction
- Continue works to the road crossings at McDonald Road junction, excavating the tracks and installing ducts
165 Leith Walk – Former Tram Depot Demolition
The former tram depot, located at 165 Leith Walk, is due for demolition: further communication will follow regarding the programme for these works in the coming weeks. The area will be cleared and a creative workspaces project will occupy part of this site.
The smaller building at the front of the former depot (165a Leith Walk) will be retained and refurbished to create a pilot partnership hub delivering local services. The project is a collaboration between site owners, The City of Edinburgh Council and local arts trust, Out of the Blue.
The project team intends to hold a drop-in community event on 28th June, between 4.30pm – 7.00pm, in the McDonald Road Library. At this event, there will be an opportunity to find out more about these proposals and to ask any questions.
Should you have any queries or concerns with regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact me direct either at this Email or at email@example.com
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
Statement for immediate release
The email announcing that the contractor for the current phase of the Leith Walk repair works (Iona Street to Brunswick Street) has gone into administration came yesterday late afternoon.
There have been indications for a while that work had slowed down, but this latest development has come as a complete shock. We are seeking urgent clarification on how this will impact on the current work sites in various states of completion south of Pilrig Street and the Iona Street compound, and – most importantly – on the overall progress of getting the Leith Walk works completed all the way to Picardy Place roundabout.
We understand that prior to the contract being awarded comprehensive assessments of the contractor’s financial stability were obtained by the Council. This being so, this would be the first time in the 10 year saga of Leith Walk on/off repairs that the Council does not have to shoulder the blame for the delays and costs that no doubt will come in the wake of this latest development.
Whether there will be further reputational damage will depend entirely on how quickly this situation is recovered, and the relevant clauses in the contract:
- Is there a sufficiently sized performance bond in place, shielding the project from any financial fallout?
- Is the works documentation up to date, to allow work to be picked up smoothly by replacement contractors?
- If the works do not continue in the immediate future with a new contractor and complete before the summer break as planned, will residents and businesses be compensated?
- Will the various work sites be supervised and protected adequately in the meantime?
- Will the snagging of the completed works around Pilrig Street be addressed promptly to restore confidence?
It has been said that one should ‘never let a crisis go to waste’. Is this the wake up call that was needed to make the reinstatement of one of Edinburgh’s top three streets a top Council priority?
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