LCCC November meeting agenda

  1. Welcome
    1. introductions
    2. attendance, apologies
    3. declarations of interest
  2. Approval of ​​Minutes of 15 October 2018​​ meeting
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes and not included in agenda below
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
    1. to note: ​update on recent relevant incidents, crimes and police activities in LCCC area (October 2018)
  5. LCCC office-bearers’ reports
    1. to note: Treasurer’s report
    2. to note: ​other office bearers’ reports
    3. to note: ​report of LCCC Communications Group
    4. to note: ​current meeting and business arrangements of LCCC
    5. to agree:​ ​the revised remit of T&CS committee and the new remit of the Clean Streets subcommittee
  6. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Proposed tram extension – Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT)
      1. to ​note:​ revised tram decision making and project ​timeline
      2. to ratify: ​CCTT submission ​to 2nd design consultation on tram extension and business support package on behalf of LCCC (and the other CCs along the route)
    2. to note:​ progress of public realm reinstatement at Shrub Place/Places for People
    3. to note: ​update from LCCC Parking Working Group (strategic parking review)
    4. to note: ​Leith Street future traffic management – potential options
      1. Does LCCC agree that Leith Street should be open only for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport:
        a) while the current work on Picardy Place is taking place or
        b) permanently?
      2. If so, what steps should we take to progress this?
  7. Planning
    1. to note:​ ​status of current planning applications November 2018
    2. to note: ​LCCC’s response​ to CEC’s plans for the defunct Powderhall Waste Transfer Station
    3. to note: ​recent planning portal upgrade – initial feedback
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note:​ continued closure Water of Leith Walkway (between Anderson and Newhaven) since 20 May 2015 and further delay of re-opening to December 2018 or January 2019
    2. to note: ​Friends of Pilrig Park report
    3. to note: ​update on other Friends groups
  9. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Open Forum (for residents of LCCC area only)
  11. Bulletin (for information only; LCCC members may request discussion of related items at a future meeting)
    1. George Street, First New Town Design Concept (​Online Questionnaire to 25 January 2019​)
    2. Scottish Government consultation on onshore unconventional oil and gas development and Shieldhill & California CC’s campaign (Scottish Community Alliance, October 2018​)
  12. AOCB (for LCCC members only)
  13. Future meetings (usually 3​​ Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. to note: ​future LCCC meetings to June 2019
      21 January; 18 February; 18 March; 15 April; 20 May; 17 June
    2. to note:​ proposed future presentations/discussions: ESJ impact and progress; Leith Viaduct Project; planning and enforcement issues in Cambridge Avenue; North East Locality Manager; impact of City Deal and ​Council Business Plan 2017-22​ on LCCC area

Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading

Unconventional oil and gas consultation

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government, vis the Improvement Service. If there any questions about the consultation, please contact UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot)

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue. Continue reading

Influence the shape of local democracy!

((adapted from an email from the Scottish Community Development Centre. Please note that this is an SCDC exercise, linked to the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters exercise, but LCCC is very happy to publish anything that might help improve Scotland’s local democracy.) 

SCDC newsletter

CHEX is inviting you to an informal conversation about ‘Democracy Matters’ and the future of local decision-making in Scotland.

This will be a chance to come together to learn about the ongoing Local Governance Review and discuss how communities, of place or identity, could have more control of decisions important to them.

Once you have registered your attendance we will send you through a programme.

If you cannot make this conversation but still want to host your own, please let us know the details and someone from CHEX will aim to attend.

Hope to hear from you soon.

The CHEX team

Scottish Community Alliance e-newsletter

(LCCC’s secretary and web-weaver – among others – both subscribe to the Scottish Community Alliance‘s weekly e-newsletter. It’s usually very good reading, not least because SCA’s director is also a member of our neighbouring Leith Links CC, and has his thumb on the pulse of many community and community-council matters.

Here’s the latest edition, featuring the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters programme.) Continue reading

LCCC August approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 August at 7:00pm Continue reading

Survey: have your say about the future of human rights in Scotland

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Community Development Centre)

Last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set up an independent Advisory Group to develop a series of recommendations and actions around human rights in Scotland – and you can have your say with this online survey.

Human rights are a vital part of a just and equal society. They give you a set of rights and freedoms regardless of where you are from, how old you are, what you believe, or how you choose to live your life.

How your human rights are affected by governments and other bodies is becoming increasingly important, with the Advisory Group making recommendations on how we can protect our existing rights and examine how Scotland can go further in demonstrating human rights leadership.

The Advisory Group want to hear your views and feedback on their developing recommendations and how they can be made as effective as possible in improving the lives of people and communities.

Share your views

The survey will be open until 11th October. The survey has also been translated into BSL.

You can also join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter using #HumanRightsLeadership. You can follow the @HRLeadershipSco Twitter account, Like them on Facebook  and visit the website www.humanrightsleadership.scot for more.