Trams to Newhaven: August 2019 update

(Adapted from an email by the City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘Trams to Newhaven’ team)

Ground investigation works

Ground and site investigations (GI) along the route are now in the final stages, with the last of this phase of works due to complete by mid-August.

These essential pre-enabling works, programmed by the tram project’s Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), involve SFN carrying out detailed GI works at 25 sites along the route. The work is being carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time under localised lane closures.

The purpose of these GI works is to determine the ground conditions along the length of the new tram route so that the project’s final design can be confirmed. SFN will check the depth of the bedrock along the route, for example to see how deep tram infrastructure foundations need to be, as well as the dimensions of the ‘slab track’ which will be laid under the tram track itself.

Current works

Works will commence on Leith Walk at Jameson Place from today, 31 July, and complete on 4 August 2019. This will be followed by a final round of GI at Elm Row opposite Haddington Place from 5 August to 9 August 2019. This will result in the temporary removal of parking /loading bays for approximately one week, with temporary traffic management arrangements in place.

Should you have any queries or concerns regarding the works, particularly around any scheduled deliveries you have planned during this time, please contact the team via the button below. Alternatively you can give us a call on 0131 200 2000. Further information can also be found at our website at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 29 November at 5:30pm

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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

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30pm

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Queen Street resurfacing, late October 2018

(NTBCC has just received the information below. While it is not in LCCC’s area, we recognise that LCCC residents may well use Queen St.)

Edinburgh Council advises that the carriageway on Queen Street (between Albyn Place and Hanover Street) will be resurfaced later this month as part of an investment in Edinburgh’s roads and footways for 2018/2019. This carriageway has been prioritised because of its current condition. The work is scheduled to start on the 22nd Octoberand should take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

The resurfacing work (which will not start until the week of 29 October 2018) will be carried out Monday to Friday between the hours of 19:00 – 03:00due to the traffic sensitivity of Queen Street. However the noisiest operations will cease by 23:00 each night and an officer from the Council will be on site until this time to monitor noise levels and address any questions from the public.

In addition, works to upgrade the pedestrian crossing at Albyn Place and some preparatory works for the resurfacing will take place during the day (09:30 – 15:30) starting the week of 22 October 2018.

Please click the thumbnail to access the PDF with full details:

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting 27 Sept 18 papers

Please click the thumbnails to see the full documents (as PDFs). Please note that some text and data have been redacted from the Licensing Board’s overprovision consultation, at the request of the Fire & Rescue Service. Updated versions of this text and data may become available after 1 November.

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership EP Review Locality Committee Summary contains a summary of the relationship between Localities and Neighbourhood Partnerships.

Leith Neighbourhood Partnership transport update, 27 September 2018 Leith Neighbourhood Partnership EP Review Locality Committee Summary
NE Action on Alcohol Group over-provision response, 04 October 2018 Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Summary Update, September 2018 (v1)

2050 Edinburgh City Vision: survey

Following on from the previous post, there is a survey on Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.

This covers the three components of the ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places‘ project ‘will help achieve the Edinburgh 2050 vision; a fairer, thriving, connected and inspired city’. These components are:

  • Edinburgh City Centre Transformation – an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’
  • The City Mobility Plan – setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.
  • Low Emission Zones – the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.

As with the previous post, this is an Edinburgh Council exercise.