The Water of Leith Conservation Trust, who help look after the river from the Pentlands to the Leith Shore, are asking people who use the strip of land next to the Water Leith (formally known as Coalie Park) what it should be used for.
We acknowledge receipt of the email below and the attached map indicating that there are proposed Covid-19 Emergency Road Measures for Easter Road and Great Junction Street. However, we await a further Council email explaining exactly what is proposed, as all we have received is a map with a few red lines, no legend and no site-specific details. We don’t really understand how we are supposed to respond this, as it adds nothing to what was in the outline proposals approved on 14 May. Has no further detailed planning been done in the intervening five weeks?
We are being told that there is no time for normal expectations associated with consultations and are asked if we want to raise any issues.
The main issue we have is with the absence of a credible process: I am sure everyone on the extensive (GDPR-compliant?) mailing list below is a very busy person and may not be able to respond within the given timescale to potentially very complex proposals (let alone understand them in the absence of concrete details) with all their knock-on effects into neighbouring streets and on a wide variety of legitimate (and sometimes vulnerable) users. Where do the proposals go, if the physical distancing guidance is reduced to 1m in early July, as flagged up by the First Minister last week? Will a rushed implementation of measures which – if well-planned and consulted upon may well have merit – not undermine wider public support for a more pedestrian-friendly environment in the longer term?
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)
LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
Parks & Green Spaces
Transport & Clean Streets
Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations
to note: report on Scottish Government Short Term Lets Consultation event
to note: concerns over insufficient fire safety at Shrub Place developments (marketed as ‘Engine Yard’) (Evening News, 02-08-19)
to note: 19/03509/ADV | Advertisement of the following types: Hoarding. | 10 Croall Place EH7 4LT and LCCC request for extension for comments (minded to object)
to note: 19/03802/PAN | Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8SW
to note: 19/03433/PAN | Residential development comprising up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
to note: community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday 21 September 2019, 11-3pm) Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
to note: revised scheme for the Local Plan 2030
to agree: that such conversions in tenemental streets disproportionately benefit owners, while disbenefits accrue to residents through loss of amenity, increased incentives to shop further afield and reduced natural surveillance
to agree: for LCCC to become statutory consultee in such cases to ensure increased scrutiny
to note: opportunity for talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
Parks & Green Spaces (5)
to note: update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park
The walkway opened in the course of this week, following 18 months of lobbying CEC and pressing Miller Homes. Prior to that volunteers from the Water of Leith Trust had spent five days clearing the river and cutting back the overgrown vegetation. The path immediately behind Miller’s site is limited to circa 1m in width on a temporary basis while they continue with their protracted wall stabilisation works, but: the path is finally open. Gormley’s man who re-appeared nearly contemporaneously can be admired again mid-river, with some fine pieces of flotsam (or is it jetsam?) gathered behind him.