Parks consultations: please have your say – thrice!

(adapted from a rather confusing email from Edinburgh Council) 

Survey of events in parks

This year’s survey about events held in parks across the city in 2018-19 has been published today: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/copy-of-copy-of-parks-events-review-2018-19.

This surveyfocuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.

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Briefing events on Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU Settlement Scheme for local authorities in Edinburgh

(adapted from an email from EU Citizens Rights Project: www.citizensrightsproject.org)

EU Citizens Rights Project has partnered with COSLA and the International Office for Migration (IOM) in Scotland to offer a series of briefing events about Brexit, citizens’ rights and the EU settlement scheme for local authorities, including community councils.

The first session is in Edinburgh on Monday 11 of November from 09:30 – 12:30 in Augustine United Church (Studio Room), 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL.

You can register your interest here.

Attendees will be signposted to any relevant materials and support tools, such as Home Office toolkits, and specific advice services for citizens who need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

These free briefing sessions will:

  • Give attendees a clear understanding of the EU Settlement Scheme (the new immigration status that EU citizens will need to apply for after Brexit)
  • Explain the changes to EU citizens’ status, and when these will come into effect
  • Explain possible changes to EU citizens’ rights to work, study, access public services, and to vote.
  • Signpost sources of further information and support from COSLA, Citizens Advice Scotland, IOM and others.
  • Give practical information on the steps EU citizens, and the organisations that work with them, can take to resolve any problems.

If you have any questions, please contact the project team at info@citizensrightsproject.org

Yours faithfully

Noelia Martínez
Project Coordinator
EU Citizens Rights Project
www.citizensrightsproject.org

Trams: phase map; ‘meet the team’ event

(The following map and ‘meet the team’ information is provided for the information of LHNCC residents, visitors and businesses. It is neither an endorsement or a criticism of the tram-works.)

Tram-Construction phase map

Click the image to see the full-size PDF. Trammap2 (small)

 

Meet the team and find out more about the project

On Thursday 7 November 2019 we will be hosting the first in a series of events in the coming months, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to meet the team and discuss our plans for taking trams to Newhaven.

A range of team members from Sacyr Farrans Neopul JV (infrastructure contractors), Morrison Utility Services (utility diversion and archaeology), the City of Edinburgh Council and Turner and Townsend (project managers on behalf of the Council), will be on hand to talk you through our plans and explain our construction programme and approach, Support for Business package and project archaeology.

The event will take place in South Leith Parish Church, Constitution Street from noon until 7:30pm. The church is fully accessible. You can find out more information on how to get to the venue by clicking here.

Cycling hints and tips from Cycle Law Scotland

(These are from Cycle Law Scotland, so are for information, rather than an endorsement of them. Full disclosure: LHNCC’s webweaver (Bruce Ryan) is personally in favour of CLS’s work. He particularly likes tips 6 and 14: don’t cycle on the pavement and do enjoy your cycling! He adds: in these benighted times, a decent lock is a must.

You can download a PDF of these hints and tips from CLS HINTS AND TIPS INFO CARD. Please distribute it however you can!)

  1. ‘M’ Check – before every cycle it is worth carrying out the ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is in working order and ready for your planned route.
  2. Helmet – although not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is advisable and will protect your head from injury in a low speed impact. It will also keep the wind out of your hair.
  3. Bike Lights – if you are cycling in the dark, lights are a legal requirement. Light up, they help you to be seen but also help you to see the road ahead.
  4. Bell – can be particularly useful on cycle paths. They can be used to warn others of your presence to avoid incidents between cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists with other cyclists.
  5. High Visibility Clothing – although not a legal requirement, it does help to increase your visibility on the road. It is also advisory under the Highway Code.
  6. Pavements – it is illegal to cycle on the pavement unless it is a shared use path. A shared path will have a blue sign with a bicycle showing that you are allowed to cycle there.
  7. Primary & Secondary Road Positions – adopting a primary position on the road helps to increase your visibility and safety.
  8. Planning Your Route – tell someone where you plan to go if you are out cycling alone. If you know the route and how far you are planning to cycle, you can make sure you have enough food and water with you as well as the likely hazards you may come across.
  9. Puncture Repair Kit, Tube & Pump – it is always helpful to carry these when out cycling. Even if you cannot repair a puncture, another cyclist may be able to stop and provide assistance.
  10. Dress for the Weather – the weather is ever-changing in Scotland so make sure to check the forecast and plan your route and any stops accordingly. A waterproof is all too often required. You can store this in a small rucksack.
  11. Glasses – helpful in sun, wind or rain and especially when you have all three! Glasses protect your eyes against insects and from your eyes watering which can blur your vision.
  12. Take your Mobile – This allows you to take lovely photos while out enjoying your ride but also enables you to call for help if you ever need to.
  13. Take Cash – for any cake and coffee stops you want along the way.
  14. Enjoy being out on your bicycle – remember, you have every right to be there. Cycling is a great way to get around; it’s good for your health and for the environment.

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

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