Leith Civic Trust open day visits: 28 September

Trinity House

Dive into Leith’s famous maritime history and discover an outstanding collection of maritime treasures. Once the base of the Incorporation of Mariners and Shipmasters, Trinity House has proudly stood in Leith’s Kirkgate since at least 1555. Established to help sailors in need, it grew to play a key role in the development of the port and is a reminder of Leith’s great heritage. Explore the building for yourself and step into a nautical world.

South Leith Parish Church

South Leith Parish Church, founded in 1483, has been the ‘Church in the Midst’, the historic parish church in Leith for over 500 years. Our historic building, redesigned by Thomas Hamilton in 1847, has within it many historical and architectural items of great interest including a unique hammer beam roof and magnificent stained-glass windows. The church has many royal connections including the coat of arms of Mary of Guise and Mary Queen of Scots.

Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court – no times noted

Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court are situated within Leith Police station. Built in 1828 to a design by R. and R. Dicksans, the building contains the Victorian debating chamber, more commonly referred to as the old Leith town hall, unaltered since 1864, and the former Leith Sheriff Court. The Alexander Carse painting ‘The landing of King George the IV’ is on display within the town hall.

St. Mary’s Star of The Sea

A Pugin & Son designed church in a classic style constructed between | 852-54. One of the side altars is dedicated to Mary Star of the Sea, the patron saint of Leith since the 12th Century. The Church has over 20 stained glass windows, and a new baptismal font by local sculptress Graciela, Ainsworth.

Granton Castle Walled Garden — 11am — 3pm maybe an extra???

An opportunity to visit Granton’s very own secret garden, hidden away on Edinburgh’s waterfront. The Walled Garden was once attached to Granton Castle, which was built in the late 15th century, rebuilt in 1544, refurbished in the |7th century, and finally demolished in 1921. The Walled Garden survived and was cultivated across the centuries. Volunteers have been working since May 2017 to transform the overgrown space into a beautiful and publicly accessible area for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

LHNCC agenda: August 2019

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Police Report
  5. (7.00pm-7.15pm approx.) Presentation: Jim Jarvie – SOSLeith, ‘Update on the Tidying of the Lower Shore Basins’
  6. Reports: Secretary and Treasurer
  7. Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s
  8. Planning Update (circulated) (also available on LHNCC planning page)
    1. Industry Lane: Ref. No:18/01876/FUL – Application refused/withdrawn
    2. Aldi: Ref. No:16/00127/REF appeal granted– progress report
    3. Tower Street: 19142 PAN Notice: Barratt’s – Public exhibition: Leith Library, 16/10/19, 3.00pm – 7.00pm
    4. Bath Road Ref. No: 18/08206/FUL – Application granted 5/8/19
  9. CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
    1. Meeting 1 August feedback – Branding presentation by Chris Wilson (TT/CEC) campaign element that looks to reflect Leith and channels to communicate any changes to the published plans.
  10. Local events & feedback – Updates available on LHNCC ‘other work’ page
    1. Leith Heritage Strategy Plan (11/7/19) – meeting feedback. Liaise with Kristeen Hannesdottir, Director, Groves-Raines Architects Lamb’s House
    2. Heart of Newhaven (17/8/19) – Taster event: Victoria Primary School.
  11. CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations
    detail available on LHNCC events page

    1. CEC Edinburgh Partnership Report
      Neighbourhood Networks update
    2. CEC Edinburgh Community Council Scheme Review Final Phase schedule
      22 August 2019: Report to Council to approve final Scheme
      October 2019: Final Scheme to be for CC Elections and CC Term
    3. Scot. Govt. Short-term lets
      https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/ Closed 19/7/19
      Consultation Event (Short-term lets) 15/7/19– Victoria Quay feedback.
      07021 – Forth Ports Ltd- Maintenance Dredging and Sea Deposit, Newhaven Harbour – Consultation – Response Required by 06 September 2019
    4. CC Elections 31 October 2019
      CEC: CC Elections 2019 Briefing note available on website
      Campaign– proposals?
  12. AOCB
    Visit to HMS Forth
    WGH Bus 21 campaign update.
    Duncan Bremner – Leith Conference (Leith Proposals: Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council, Sat. 5 October, Leith Community Centre, 11-3pm
  13. Date of next meeting:
    Tuesday 24 September 2019 – new time 7.00pm – 9.00pm

LHNCC meeting dates and times

Venue: Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate, EH6 6AD

Date and time: last Tuesday of every month (excluding December and July)

Tuesday 27 August 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday  24 September 2019, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 24 March 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 28 April 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 26 May 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 7pm – 9pm

Community engagement in land-decisions: a survey

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Land Commission, circulated by Edinburgh Council)

The Scottish Land Commission has launched a new survey seeking views of communities across Scotland about community engagement in decisions relating to land.

The Commission wants to make sure that all people in Scotland have the opportunity to be involved in decisions about land that significantly affect them. The Commission is supporting communities, land owners and land managers to work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use with the publication of its first Protocol on Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land.

The Commission’s Protocol supports the Guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land, which was published by the Scottish Government in April last year.  Over the next couple of years, the Commission will review the effectiveness of the guidance, and recommend improvements if needed. The survey will establish a baseline against which progress can be measured and identify where further support needs to be developed by the Commission or other organisations.

Individual residents and community organisations in both urban and rural Scotland are being asked to complete the survey. The Commission hopes to:

  • learn more about how the way land or buildings are managed impacts communities
  • know what opportunities people have to influence decisions made when land use changes
  • hear what type of support is needed to make engagement more effective.

Clear and open communication is increasingly a key part of public life, with organisations creating mechanisms for ordinary people to be involved in decisions that affect them. A key area where people want to have their say is about local land use and management.

Helen Barton, Community Engagement Advisor at the Scottish Land Commission said:

“We want to hear from communities in both urban and rural Scotland, to find out what level of community engagement is taking place around decisions related to land.

Individuals can respond but also anyone who is involved with community organisations such a community councils, tenants’ or residents’ groups or local government.

“The information provided will not include any personal identifying information and we will collate and analyse the responses to see where there are trends.

“It is important to get an idea of what community engagement is happening now to not only use as a baseline measure but also to see if there are any lessons we can learn from current practices.”

In the survey, the Commission will also be looking to find out how many respondents are aware of the Scottish Government’s guidance as well as the Commission’s own Protocol for Community Engagement, which sets out general and specific expectations for owners and managers of land.

The survey will be open for responses until the end of September 2019 and can be found here: www.landcommission.gov.scot/communityengagement