Next LHNCC meeting

The next meeting of Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council will be

  • in the Shore room of Leith Community Centre 
  • on Tuesday 25 February
  • 7pm – 9pm

Further meeting dates (all Tuesdays) are 7pm to 9pm

  • 2020: 24 March, 28 April, 26 May, 23 June

LHNCC quarterly newsletter

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You can find our latest newsletter here. Previous editions are available from the archive.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 January 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (No 1 Construction Phase), at 200 Bonnington Rd, on Thursday 30 January at 5:30pm Continue reading

‘Community right to buy’ event

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a free event at Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh, 7th April 2020. The event will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. If you would like more information or are interested in coming along please follow this link to our Events page and book your place.

If you have any queries then please get in touch at crtb@gov.scot

Kyle Anderson
Community Land Team (Community Right to Buy)
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD
Tel: 0300 244 9822

Cleanup of Water of Leith basins: Sunday 16th February 2020 

(adapted from an email from the Friends of Water of Leith Basins)

Sunday 16th Feb.  Clean-up Leith. 10.30am – 1pm.   Meet at Coburg Street Car park.

The weather at the moment is snowy and wet, however the weather forecast for Sunday is dryer and cold. I hope you can join us and meet others who also care above our environment.

If the work continues on at Great Junction Street Bridge it will not be possible to park here still so I recommend public transport if you can’t walk to join us.

Here is a map link to the where we meet. You may need to use the steps because the entrance to the car park was closed off;
https://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326626&Y=676474&A=Y&Z=110&ax=326626&ay=676474

In case you missed it on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179715673346646/

Don Giles
Secretary
Friends of Water of Leith Basins

Our mailing address is:   fowl.basin@gmail.com

Notification of start of construction work (Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive)

(copied from a letter from Trams to Newhaven)

Date 10 February 2020

Dear Sir/Madam,

Notification of start of construction work

Construction works to take trams to Newhaven will commence from Newhaven to Melrose Drive on 6 March 2020 and are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and North Leith Sands will be suspended.

Works will also commence on Ocean Drive, at the front of Ocean Terminal, on 13 March 2020, scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Ocean Drive and Ocean Way will be suspended. Please note that Ocean Terminal will remain open as usual and access to the car parks will be maintained.

The full construction programme can be viewed on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Construction Works
Fencing will be erected in order to establish the construction site which will take approximately two weeks. During this period there will also be further site investigation works undertaken.

Information boards and directional signage will be displayed once the fencing has been erected and the construction site has been established.

Following site set up, Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) roles will involve excavation of the road to allow utility diversions, tracklaying, installation of tram infrastructure, public realm improvements, and heritage and archaeology works.

Construction site working hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Ail works will be undertaken in line with the Code of Construction Practice which details, amongst other things, acceptable levels of noise and vibration. The Code of Construction Practice can be found on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Lothian Buses
There will be diversions to your bus services during construction. Full details will be available at www.lothianbuses.com and via the Transport for Edinburgh App.

Bins
There will be no changes to your bin collection arrangements.

Other Works
Other associated work will also be taking place at the following locations:

  1. Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Spring 2021.
  2. Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020.
  3. Leith Walk — enabling works are continuing and main construction works will commence 28 March 2020 scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021.

Traffic Management
Traffic management arrangements have been approved jointly with members of the city’s Traffic Management Review Panel, including Lothian Buses and the emergency services, and these will be in place from 6 March 2020 for Newhaven to Melrose Drive and 13 March 2020 for Ocean Drive. Access through the site will be maintained for emergency services at all times. Diversion routes and advanced warning signage will be erected in the vicinity for information and detailed drawings for these can be found on the Trams to Newhaven website.

The project will assess the traffic management arrangement throughout the construction period and make amends where required.

Newsletter
To keep up to date with the project’s progress and news, sign up to our mailing list at www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Considerate Contractor Scheme
SFN and MUS both follow the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which requires a firm focus on outstanding management, efficiency, awareness of local environmental issues, and a genuine consideration for neighbours and the community.

During the time that the above works are being undertaken, all efforts will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience to residents and businesses. Further details can be found at
https://www.ccscheme.org.uk/

For further information please visit www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us via email at Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk or by phone on 0131 322 1122.

Yours faithfully

Trams to Newhaven Team

LHNCC November 2019 minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item.

1 Introductions and apologies for absence

1.a Present

Stewart Auld LHNCC Arthur Young LHNCC
Elaine Dick LHNCC Bruce Ryan Minutes secretary
Rob Levick LHNCC PC Chris Smith Police Scotland
Don Giles LHNCC/FOWL.b PC Chris Casselden Police Scotland
Jennifer Marlborough LHNCC Cllr Chas Booth Leith ward
Douglas Tharby LHNCC chair and treasurer Cllr Jim Campbell Forth ward
Neil Tulloch LHNCC 5 residents/visitors

1.b Apologies

Deidre Brock MP Edinburgh North & Leith Cllr Adam McVey Leith ward Cllr Gordon Munro Leith ward

2 Minutes of previous meeting

These were approved nem con subject to minor corrections to Cllr Booth’s report and the description of N Tulloch.

3 Matters arising

3.a Neil Tulloch – co-opted member nomination

Mr Tulloch was co-opted onto LHNCC (nominated J Marlborough, seconded D Tharby, nem con)

4 Police report

PCs Smith and Casselden reported

  • Community police have been on various training courses.
  • They delivered a community safety talk to P7s at Leith Victoria primary school.
  • They also delivered a talk on internet safety to parents and pupils at St Mary’s primary school. Thank
  • There was a DVLA initiative in the South Fort St/Graham St area, leading to a few cars being uplifted.
  • There was a station visit from the Rotary club.
  • ‘Operation Crackle’ bonfires patrols occurred on 1 to 5 November
    • There were only 4 incidents in Leith, including a firework being thrown at Montgomery St park.
  • There was a police surgery at Ocean Terminal.
  • Police are now working on ‘Operation Winter City’, i.e. patrolling the winter markets.
  • Police delivered a safety talk at Ocean Point.
  • Police visited the Fort early years centre to boost the police’s image.
  • Police took part in a mock court project at Edinburgh Academy.
    • This was a cross-Edinburgh competition for schools.
  • The cybercrime unit arrested a person for possession of indecent images.
  • PC O’Donnell has joined the Leith community policing team.
  • Police have received training on their new mobile devices, which should save them time in communicating about incidents.
  • There has been no response to requests for running cycling proficiency training.
    • Action: PC Smith to chase this up
  • The PCs have asked for crime statistics for LHNCC’s area The following are for all of NE Edinburgh (April to September 2019):
    • Total crime numbers increased by 7% compared to the same period in 2018.
    • 122 house-breakings to dwellings, of which 34 have been solved.
    • 24 drink/drunk-driving offences, of which all have been solved.
    • General solving rate is ~47% for all crimes, ~60% for crimes of violence and ~50% for minor assaults.
    • Action: PCs Smith and Casselden to ask for release of fuller statistics.

5 Reports

5.a Chair

  • Saturday 40 October. I attended the Leith Conference at Norton Park. Lots of interaction from Leithers. A great attempt by Duncan and Faith to bring the community together.
  • Wednesday 30 October. I attended a CEC event held in neighbouring Granton where a scale model of the proposals for development of the former Scottish Gas site was present. It was sad to note that this event was not well attended by members of the local community.
  • Friday 1 November. As a Steering Group member of £eithChooses I attended Hermitage Park Primary School where I joined in with a group of P7 and Jo from Community Foods, Edinburgh to cook a pasta dish. The equipment they used was part of the award the school received. It was great to see how successful applicants put the money they receive to some real good within our community.
  • Friday 8 November. The Tram Team presented the details of the first phase of the works in South Leith Parish Church. That work is now under way and I am counting on the CCTT to keep us up to date on how the works progress.
  • Sunday 10 November. (Remembrance Sunday) Along with our Secretary I attended the wreath laying ceremony at the Community Treatment Centre in Junction Place.
  • Monday 11 November. I attended St Augustine Church in North Bridge for a presentation/workshop on ‘Brexit and the EU Special Status’. This introductory session was attended by a variety of different organisations across Scotland. I will pass on the Powerpoint when it is available. Not for us to be involved, however useful for us to understand the processes involved.
  • Wednesday 13 November. One of our CEC Community Councillor’s Induction sessions. It was good that some of you were able to attend one of these events and having just received Powerpoint Slides from Ross Murray I will pass these on for the benefit of us all.
  • Sunday 17 November. The Sailors Remembrance Service, beginning in South Leith Parish Church and continuing in the afternoon at the memorial outside Malmaison. This is an event that I believe we should also be laying a wreath in future years.
  • Wednesday 20 November. I was fortunate to join our LHNCC Planning Sub Group for a presentation by a developer. It was great to see this group in action and to witness their dedication and professionalism in handling the remit.
  • Thursday 21 November. The AGM for the EACC saw our local man John Just wondering if you received my email sent 26 Nov. regarding above. The only date available for majority is Friday 6 December at 11.00am. at my Flat, can you let me know if you can attend? elected as its Chair. We congratulate John Tibbitt upon his appointment and look forward to hearing of his plans for EACC. Having John in this role I see as a positive thing for Leith.
  • Monday and Tuesday this week. Buying up Santas and Reindeer to hand over to Victoria Primary School in advance of the Christmas Lights switching on Monday 24 December next week. Almost ‘stripping the shelves’ in no less than five supermarkets!

5.b Secretary

Most items were covered elsewhere but J Marlborough noted:

  • The date in the circulated agenda and planning update (item 7·b below) should be 28 November.
  • There is also a Police Scotland Survey, closing 31 December 2019

5.c Treasurer

D Tharby reported LHNCC’s current balance is £1192·10, but there is one outstanding invoice for minutes (£30).

6 Councillors’/MSPs’/MP’s Reports

6.a Cllr Booth

  • It is great to see the work progressing on the new Leith Victoria primary school, but footpaths have been fenced off, cutting down provision for pedestrians. Cllr Booth is waiting on a substantive response from CEC officers to his queries.
  • The parking consultation is now closed, but Cllr Booth is happy to receive input via email.
    • He supports in principle the proposed parking restrictions but the detail is not right in every respect, e.g. at the colonies.
  • The bus-lane consultation has also ended, but Cllr Booth is happy to receive input via email.
    • The proposal is for bus lanes to operate 7am to 7pm every day, as requested by bus companies.
  • He is pursuing the issue of detritus in the Water of Leith basins.
    • There is good progress, including a revised agreement on management arrangements, according to CEC officers.
    • The new arrangements seem to be working, but more work on transparency is needed.

7 Planning Update

See also LHNCC planning page.

7.a 16/01771/FUL (Appeal ref: 16/00126/REF & 16/00127/REF) Aldi Store, Commercial Street

  • Email from Agent to say Development going ahead
  • Demolition started early November and should be finished before Christmas
  • Building will start early January

7.b 19/04966/PAN: 1 – 5 Baltic Street And 7-27 Constitution Street. Public Consultation: Thursday 28 November, Custom House, 3.00pm — 7.00pm.

  • LHNCC’s planning team will meet early in December.
  • Feedback and planned action from Planning Team to be circulated in Planning Update in early December.
  • Feedback and discussion will be held at January 2020 meeting.

7.c Removal of Robert Burns statue

This has been approved: see communication on website. There will be no adverse impact on the statue. It will be restored very near the original location (no more than 2m away), in an enhanced area of public realm. It will be lit in the evenings.

8 CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)

See also update in Autumn Newsletter.

  • CCTT and CEC’s trams team will meet again on Thursday 28 December.
  • Some concerns have arisen around business-use in Constitution St – these will be covered in Thursday’s meeting.
  • A resident reported that information has not been reaching taxi-drivers.
  • A trader group has been set up: businesses are working very hard to counter such issues.
  • R Levick noted that CCTT and the trams team have been meeting for 18 months. CCTT met recently to work out how best to proceed. R Levick also noted the level of trust that has built up between CCTT and the trams team.

9 Events feedback

9.a Leith Conference 26 & 27 October 11-4pm, Norton Park, Norton Park Conference Centre, Leith, Edinburgh EH7

  • Full report is in Autumn Newsletter. A feedback email from Leith Creative is also available here.
  • J Marlborough reported that Charles Hammond (CEO of Forth Ports) is very support of potential improvements to the area.
  • The Scottish Community Development Centre will help with creation of a place plan.
  • There was discussion of the changed plans for Western Harbour, i.e. that only 1/3 of the park will definitely be developed in Phase one. The remainder will be in completed in Phase 2 that will require FUL Application

9.b SOSLeith Public Meeting, Wednesday, 30 October, 6.30pm–9.00pm. Update presentation

It was noted that

  • SOSLeith met about 4 weeks ago. This was attended by ward councillors and Forth Ports
  • SEPA did not attend, so Ben Macpherson MSP wrote to them.
  • There is no formal legal agreement yet, just a ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
  • Despite this, detritus continues to build up under Victoria Bridge.
  • Historic Environment Scotland stated that Teuchters’ Bridge needs full listed-building repairs.
    • SOSLeith suggests that immediate repairs are needed, because the bridge is important to access in the area.

10 Future events

See also LHNCC ‘other work’ page.

10.a Public Meeting: ‘Bothered about buses?’ Drylaw Parish Church, Wednesday 27 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm.

  • J Marlborough noted that this is of interest due to LHNCC’s campaign for the 21 bus service to go to the Western General Hospital, and that lan Bieniowski (Lothian Buses Performance Manager) will be present.
    • Action: S Auld to attend this meeting.

10.b SEStrans Bus Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 28 November, 10.00am-1.00pm, Victoria Quay

LHNCC members were encouraged to attend the above two items. They will also cover cycle-lanes, electric bike-users etc.

10.c EBUG meeting with Lothian Buses, 19 December 2019, venue and time to be tbc

10.d Leith Victoria primary school and Kirkgate Christmas Lights switch-ons.

The former is on Monday2 December at 6pm. The latter is on Thursday 5 December at 4:30pm.

11 CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations

See also LHNCC events and consultations page.

J Marlborough encouraged LHNCC members to take part in the following consultations and events.

  • CEC: Bus lane operation hours — Workshop, City Chamber, Thursday 21 November 2019
  • CEC: 2020/21 Budget Consultation Closes 30 Nov 2019
    • Details cannot be set because the UK Government (and hence the Scottish Government) have not yet set their budgets,
  • CEC: City Plan 2030: Choices for City Plan consultation runs 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Public promotion: Saturday 18 January 2020 at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 11am to 3pm

12 CEC Edinburgh Partnership

  • D Tharby noted that the community planning partnership will meet on 5 December (10am-12 noon), at the Ripple Project.
  • D Tharby reported positively on the recent training for new Community Councillors. There was emphasis on the EACC. Also, CC members should be careful to declare interests in any matter discussed at CC meetings.
    • LHNCC will need to appoint an engagement officer, and provide annual engagement reports.
    • There was discussion of how and where LHNCC needs to engage with the public.
  • Edinburgh Association of Community Councils: AGM, Thursday 21 November 2019, City Chambers
    • It was reported that J Tibbitt (formerly of Leith Links CC, now of Leith Central CC) is the new chair of EACC.
  • Neighbourhood Network meeting:
    • This will be at 6pm on Wednesday 27 November 2019, McDonald Road Library. D Tharby will chair this meeting.
  • £eithChooses
    • Don Giles requested volunteers for the voting day on 1 February, and for projects to apply to enter on or before 6 February.

13 AOCB

  • D Tharby reported plans for a further members-only meeting – venue, date and time TBC.
  • D Tharby noted how residents can bring up matters at LHNCC meetings.
  • It was noted that some of the org.uk email addresses are being spammed.
    • Action: B Ryan to try to cure this.

14 Date of next meeting

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Police Scotland ‘Keep It 100’ Initiative

(adapted from a communication from Police Scotland)

There are still spaces remaining on the free Police Scotland ‘Keep it 100’ Youth Initiative. The project is open to local young people aged 12-18years from Leith or Craigmillar/Portobello. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only support young people to improve their health and fitness, but positively promote diversionary sports activities and assist with lifelong learning and future employment.

Places are limited so please get nominations in without delay!

The project starts on Monday 24th February and will run for 6 weeks, Mondays in Leith (venue to be confirmed) 7-8pm and Wednesdays in Castlebrae High School 7-8pm. The 6 fun ‘boot camp type’ sessions will be run by Links Fitness.  Transport from home to the venue will be provided.

The aim of the fitness and well-being programme is to adopt a joint approach with Police and partners to support young people to make better choices resulting in a more positive destination and improved wellbeing.  The project would be suitable for any young person who could benefit from a bit of extra support e.g. who may be struggling to engage with school or learning, looked after or accommodated, becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour, experiencing family conflict, etc.

If you know of a young person who would benefit from participating please consider how they could be supported to atten- perhaps you could accompany them to the initial sessions, perhaps they could attend with a friend or they could be introduced to the fitness instructor beforehand? Contact Kirsty to discuss.

Young people who attend all 6 sessions will be awarded a high street shopping voucher, a discounted Edinburgh Leisure pass and certificate. Access to further support on employment, learning and wellbeing will be available to young people at the final presentation ceremony.

Please send all nominations or requests for more information to Kirsty McArthur-Kerr, North East Community Police team Sergeant email  kirsty.mcarthur2@scotland.pnn.police.uk Tel: 07736938531