LHNCC **approved** September minutes

(The following has exactly the same content as the draft minutes at https://lhncc.org.uk/2019/10/06/lhncc-draft-september-minutes. However, this post records their formal adoption on at LHNCC’s October meeting.)

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 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

The chair noted that this was either the last meeting of the current CC membership (if no contest for 2019 elections was necessary) or penultimate meeting (if an election is necessary)

1.a Present

Stewart Auld LHNCC Arthur Young LHNCC
Colin Brown LHNCC Bruce Ryan Minutes secretary
Rob Levick LHNCC chair PC Chris Casselden Police Scotland
Don Giles LHNCC PC Chris Smith Police Scotland
Jennifer Marlborough LHNCC secretary Cllr Chas Booth Leith ward
Douglas Tharby LHNCC treasurer

1.b Apologies

Elaine Dick LHNCC vicechair Cllr Adam McVey Leith ward
Deidre Brock MP Edinburgh North & Leith Cllr Gordon Munro Leith ward

2 Minutes of previous meeting

Approved without changes (proposed S Auld, seconded D Tharby,nem con)

2.a Matters arising

Item 5: SOSLeith had presented draft letters for LHNCC to endorse. J Marlborough noted that she was prepared to write a general letter in support of needs for management of the basins, but not to endorse the wording in SOSLeith’s drafts. The chair concurred. Action: JM to write such a letter to CEC (cc to Jim Jarvie and land-owners)

A flyer about a public meeting is due to be published.

3 Police report

PCs Casselden and Smith reported

  • Police had a stall at Ocean Terminal, shared with Police Scotland youth volunteers.
  • Police took part in the Hindu Mandir procession for Ganesh. They will also take part in the King St Mosque procession.
  • There was a ‘999 day’ in Princes St Gardens to raise awareness of the emergency services.
  • Police took part in a suicide prevention stall at Ocean Terminal, focussing on getting people to ask ‘is all OK?’ when relevant. This was part of an all-Edinburgh campaign.
  • Police were involved in the youth-climate march.
  • Police visited the RAF cadets
  • There were drugs stops in Annfield and Ocean Terminal.
  • Police were called to Asda to deal with an incident of indecent exposure. A male was arrested.
  • The Leith police open day on is on Sunday 29 September, 10am to 4pm.
  • There will be a police surgery at Ocean Terminal on 19 October.
  • With the Special Constables coordinator, police are considering running more high-visibility patrols at Ocean Terminal etc.
  • Police will attend other events in the area (Leith Theatre, biscuit factory), to make sure of building security.

There was discussion of why police seem to patrol less than previously on Leith Walk. This may be due to response officers using cars, and having very little respite between calls.

4 Reports: Secretary and Treasurer

4.a Treasurer

LHNCC’s current balance is £1268·95. All cheques issued have been presented so handover to the next CC should be smooth.

4.b Secretary

  • LeithChooses launch event is on 1 October at 6:30. Volunteers are sought.
  • LeithChooses is also seeks help at the voting event in February. This is earlier because awards must be issued by 31 March.

5 Councillors’, MSP’s, MP’s report(s)

5.a Cllr Booth

  • The Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) agreed to consult on extending controlled parking zones (CPZs). Most of Leith Central would become a CPZ. Western harbour would receive further monitoring. Newhaven would have an extended CPZ. This is because apparently people are treating Leith as a park-and-ride (P&R). Feedback suggests that extended CPZs are welcome, so long as detail is got right. TEC is looking for evidence of where P&R traffic comes from.
  • CEC has committed to widen footways and cycle paths along Leith Walk, but there is not enough space, so CEC is looking for active travel routes from the Foot of the Walk to Ocean Terminal. CEC has data on trip-generators but needs to know what other active travel routes are in the area, and what is due to affect them. CB has asked for LHNCC to be included in such discussions. Priorities have been decided but detailed designs are not yet made.
  • No detail has yet emerged about CEC’s budget process. It is expected in the next month or so.

6 Planning update

See also LHNCC planning page.

6.a 48-50 Iona Street: 19/03802/PAN

  • There has been a public consultation. There are many views on plans but LHNCC will wait on full the full application.
  • Action: B Ryan to a provide summary of responses expressed at Leith Central’s recent meeting.

6.b S1 Skyliner

This application is going to CEC’s Development Management Subcommittee tomorrow. It has been recommended for approval. Thee are concerns about the increased number of apartments (from 245 to 328) while still only 83 will be ‘affordable’, but these will be distributed across the site. . There are also concerns about the heights and ugliness of the development (up to 14 storeys). The proposed heights contravene new CEC guidance because nearby buildings except Ocean Point are 6 or 7 storeys.

6.c Western harbour housing development and park

These are is recommended for approval, but only 1/3 of the originally planned park are now to be built.

7 CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)

This met on 29 August. LHNCC is waiting on a report of that meeting. (B Ryan was not available to minute this meeting.) R Levick noted that CEC’s head of waste (Gavin Barwell) came across very well. This is nearly the end of the Early Contractor Involvement period. Construction should start in October. A box-junction and entrance have been added to the start of Ocean Drive.

8 Local events & feedback

See also LHNCC ‘other work’ page. J Marlborough reported as follows

8.a CEC Planning & Building Customer Forum – City Chambers, Tuesday 10 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Action: J Marlborough to circulate update

8.b Cockburn Association City Soapbox Event – McDonald Road Library, Wednesday 11 September, 5.30pm – 7.45pm

Action: J Marlborough to circulate update

8.c Diversity in Edinburgh’s Community Councils: Leith Community Centre, Tuesday 17 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

This was organised by Misram of Granton CC. Community Councillors representing minority groups across the city were present.

8.d Customs House Consultation event: Wednesday 18 September, 5.00pm – 7.30pm

Customs House now has an opportunity for funding, so this event was brainstorming on what can be fitted into it. These must be community items. A heritage centre is among the proposals. Customs House will be one of the doors-open attractions.

8.e Leith Proposals: LCCC – What’s good what’s bad and what need to change? McDonald Road Library, Saturday 21 September 11.00am – 3.00pm

B Ryan reported about this. J Malborough noted that the new planning Act enables local communities to create local plans.

8.f Cockburn Association, Open Doors: Sat 28 & Sun 29 September

CH is one of the DO, as is the plods, and the Victorian School (Brunswick St) List on CA website

8.g Leith Community Centre, Volunteer Fair: Thursday, 10 October, 4.00pm – 7.00pm

LHNCC will share a stall with other Leith CCs.

8.h Leith Community Centre, Free Stuff: Sat 19 & Sun 20 October, 11.00am – 4.00pm

The ‘stuff’ will be new.

8.i Leith Conference 26 – 27 October 11-4pm, Norton Park, Norton Park Conference Centre, Leith, Edinburgh EH7

J Marlborough commended participation in this.

9 CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations

See also LHNCC events pageJ Marlborough noted that there are many consultations coming up. Current relevant ones include:

9.a CEC: strategic plan for 2019-2022

This was agreed at the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board in August 2019.

9.b Scottish Government: https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultations

This consultation is on the new draft National Transport Strategy (NTS) for Scotland, which aims to set out a compelling vision for the future of transport for the next 20 years. Closes 23/10/19

9.c Crown Estate Scotland draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan Consultation

https://consult.gov.scot/crown-estate-strategy-unit/2020-23Closing Date 25/11/2019

9.d City Plan 2030: Choices for City Plan consultation

runs 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Public promotion: Saturday 18 January 2029, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 11am to 3pm

9.e CEC – CPZ extension proposals

See item 5 (bullet point 1) above.

9.f City of Edinburgh Council Planning Performance Framework 2018 – 2019

Action: J Marlborough to circulate update

9.g CEC SUSTRANS /– Active Travel: Consultation Secure Cycle Parking in Edinburgh – SNAP survey

Cllr Booth noted that this was agreed in principle a while ago. A pilot project in the Meadows and Morningside had large on-street rentable bike lockers. There is now agreement principle to roll out this plan. Hence CEC is consulting on locations and where. Proposed locations (Sherriff Brae, Prince Regent St, Links Place, Albert St, Lorne St) are based on what is known about demand from an initial consultation.

10 CEC Edinburgh Partnership reports

10.a Neighbourhood Networks update

D Tharby reported that the Leith Neighbourhood Network met on 4 September at McDonald Rd library. 17 organisations attended, but 26 organisations had attended the initial meeting. This fall-off may have been due to short notice of the meeting. D Tharby will try give more notice of the next meeting, likely to be held in November. Highlights from the LeithChooses table include getting more young people involved, and getting more partnerships between organisations. The YouthTalk table asked for funding to focus on young peoples’ aspirations, e.g. access to facilities and weekend activities, and to focus on parks, exercise, alcohol and online safety. D Tharby intends to ensure real progress

10.b Locality Community Planning Partnership

D Tharby reported that this will meet on Monday 30 September (10am). It will cover LCPP’s terms of reference, will elect its chair and vicechair, and will review progress on the locality plan. The other CC representative on LCPP is Geoff Pearson (Northfield CC).

11 CC Elections 2019 – closing date for nominations 30/9/19

11.a Joint event with LLCC to promote these. Leith Community Centre, Wednesday 25 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

J Marlborough and D Tharby will represent LHNCC here.

  • J Marlborough expressed concern that LHNCC members are not doing enough to promote awareness of these elections.
  • R Levick responded that CEC insists it will take the lead in promoting the elections.
  • J Marlborough noted this does not prevent CCs from encouraging people to stand, or be aware of, these elections. (D Tharby concurred.)


  • 18 productions seeks premises for its not-for-profit youth musical theatre. Since 2013 it has put on many performances.
  • There will be filming in Newhaven for a movie.
  • FOWLB’s AGM is on 10 October (7pm) at the Malmaison.
  • There has been a serious sewage leak into the Water of Leith. FOWLB is pushing SEPA to prosecute over a frequently-broken sewer in the Seafield area.
  • LHNCC thanked Rob Levick for his work as chair over the past 2 years, and wish him all the best for the future. (Rob is not seeking re-election to LHNCC.) Rob thanked the others who had contributed to LHNCC’s work and success during his chairship, especially those residents who had worked with LHNCC.

13 Date of next meeting:

Tuesday 22 October 2019 (7.00pm – 9.00pm)

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