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LCCC November 2021 minutes

Minutes of Leith Central Community Council ordinary meeting, held via
MS Teams, on Monday 15 November 2021 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

Leith Community Councils call for conservation of the Manderston Street arches

In response to Edinburgh Council’s consultation on extending the Leith Conservation Area to include the former railway line that used to run across Leith Walk, the three community councils representing Leith (whose boundaries meet near the proposed area) have penned the following repsonse:

We, Leith Community Councils, would like to express our full support in response to the initiative by the Council to seek views from the Community about the proposal to extend the Leith Conservation Area to include the arches on Manderston Street / Jane street along with the former Capitol Theatre.

The significance, for Leith, of permanent elements such as these arches cannot be underestimated. Not only do they contribute to Leith’s collective memory, they also help Edinburgh reconcile itself to its industrial past by revealing layers of railway, manufacturing and service traditions.

Protecting such a landmark is about finding a balance between singular monuments like the arches and embracing sensitive new developments in Leith. It is about propelling Leith in a future where the Community keeps a sense of belonging, both symbolically and physically.

By having served the Community for over a hundred years and continuing to do so, the arches represent architecture at its highest degree, where constant alterations of functions emphasise the value of the form, may it be as the present Bingo Hall at 24 Manderston Street which once was Edinburgh’s largest cinema or the arches where airplanes used to be made.

We, Leith Community Councils, aspire to protect Leith’s unique character and appearance for future generations and for the city itself so we strongly support the inclusion of the arches and former cinema to the Leith Conservation Area as these are not only Leith’s architectural heritage, they are Edinburgh’s true foundations.

Leith Central Community Council

Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council

Leith Links Community Council

The consultation closes on December 19th if you wish to contribute.

Should the railway arches be part of the Leith Conservation Area?

The railway line that used to run across Leith Walk near Jane Street and Manderston Street could soon become part of the Leith Conservation Area, according to the Council.

The current Conservation Area protects buildings on Leith Walk, but doesn’t stretch east until Duke Street.

The new plans would include the disused railway line heading towards Pilrig Park as well as the arches on Manderston Street and the Old Capitol Cinema.

Leith Central Community Council previously called for this in the Manderston/Halmyre masterplan review.

They are asking for feedback on the Consultation Hub. The consultation is open until December 19th.

LCCC October 2021 meeting agenda

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
    1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
    2. to agree: order of business below
  2. Approval of Minutes of the Ordinary LCCC Meeting on 20 September 2021 meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below)
  4. Policing Matters
    1. to note: Community Police Officer’s October report
  5. LCCC Governance
    1. to agree: to hold the November LCCC meeting at Nelson Hall or, failing that, at Hillside Bowling Club (138 Montgomery St)
    2. to agree: to invite Steve Kerr (chair EACC) and Simon Holledge (secretary EACC) to November LCCC meeting for a talk and Q&A on the Future of Community Councils In Edinburgh
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. to note: update on Trams to Newhaven works and final design
      1. to note: collaboration with Living Streets and NTBCC over complex split bike lane design at Elm Row (London Road end)
    2. to note: CPZ Phase 1 and Phase 2 updates
    3. to note: Transport & Clean Streets committee meeting in October
    4. to note: any other Transport & Clean Streets matters relevant to LCCC area
  7. Planning
    1. to note: CEC’s “fast track” decision on 21/03965/FUL (Conversion and extension of building Existing garage Class 5 for Class 4 Business Office Light Industry | 27A Arthur Street EH6 5DA) without taking LCCC’s objection into account
      1. to note: further papers published for neighbouring 21/00991/FUL
    2. to note: email to ward councillors regarding unpublicised drawings appearing on the Edinburgh Planning Portal
    3. to note: progress and details of City Plan 2030
    4. to note: Short-Term Let Control Area consultation (closes 5 November 2021)
    5. to note: Cockburn Association to the Net Zero Carbon Strategy 2030
    6. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: announcement of stage 2 of Powderhall Green Corridor for 2022/23, but no sign of stage 1 report
    2. to note: any Parks & Green Spaces matters relevant to LCCC area
  9. Open Forum (local residents)[1]
  10. AOCB (LCCC members)[2]
  11. Future Ordinary Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: future meetings on 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm (except July and December):
      1. 2021: 15 November
      2. 2022: 17 January, 21 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May (AGM)

[1] This agenda point allows members of the public to raise issues of public interest; during online meetings, please raise your virtual hand.

[2] This agenda point allows LCCC members to raise issues not covered by the agenda.

LCCC May **DRAFT** 2021 minutes

These remain in draft status until approved at the next LCCC ordinary meeting. At that point, a full HTML post will be made.