Environmental and climate events

There are currently many opportunities to get involved in environmental and climate-change activities. Check out some or all of these posts on Leith Central, Leith Harbour & Newhaven and New Town & Broughton CCs’ websites

And while you’re doing that, why not check out what else CCs in central and north-east Edinburgh are doing for their communities?

NOW WHAT – a missive from Heart of Newhaven

Both words are important in answering that question.

This 20 day Update is always about where we are now. It is not about where we hope to be one day when the keys are delivered and, like any prospective purchaser, we move in to see what state the previous owner has left us to clear up before we can move our own things in. Don’t worry: that is not being neglected, but it would be boring to describe all the steps that are being taken to get us to that point. You can safely leave the tedious things to the SCIO board, who will make sure all the necessary tasks are done in the right way.

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Befriending support in the NE locality

Befriending support in the NE locality

An email from Ecas, slightly adapted for LCCC’s website

I’m getting in touch from Ecas, an Edinburgh-based charity supporting adults with physical disabilities. During the covid-19 pandemic we are still operating our Befriending Service on a distance basis, with volunteers helping to reduce social isolation over the phone or video calling app. We are looking to receive more referrals at the moment, so I am contacting you to see whether this information could be disseminated among OTs, physiotherapists, community workers and social workers in NE Edinburgh.

We are currently in a strange position whereby our client pool has reduced, while interest from volunteers has skyrocketed. So we’re looking for more referrals to try and put people’s time to good use. Following any referral, an assessment would take place with the client over the phone or over video app. If this is something you can help with, please let me know and I can forward on the details and appropriate forms.

Best wishes

Sam Collins
Deputy Befriending Manager
T: 07825 305  376
W: www.ecas.scot
E: sam@ecas.scot
Ecas, Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY. Find Us on Google Maps

LHNCC agenda: October 2020

Agenda

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of August 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report (tbc)
  6. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  7. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Tram Stop Ocean Terminal  – letter of objection regarding Discovery Garden (link in Secretary’s Report below)
      2. Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application – feedback form closing date 29/10/20 (link in Secretary’s report below)
      3. Seafield Project – update.
    2. Licensing
      1. Update
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
    4. Environment
      1. OT Discovery Garden update
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Heritage Group Meeting 19/10/20 – Update
      2. Rennie’s Isle Bridge
      3. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (link in Secretary’s Report)
    6. Community
      1. LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Grant update
      2. VPS – Christmas lights
      3. Leith Chooses – request for CC’s support vote (circulated to members 20/10/20)
      4. Response to resident regarding parking issues in Hawthornvale
  1. North East Community Planning Partnership update
    Checkpoint Group (DT)
  1. AOCB
  2. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 24 November 2020

Secretary’s report and links

Ocean Terminal Tram Stop Planning application – letter of objection re Discovery Garden: https://lhncc.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/lhncc-letter-of-objection-tram-stop-application-ot-oct-2020-jm-final.pdf

Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application download and complete consultation form: https://salamanderstreet.scot

Heart of Newhaven Project Update: https://lhncc.org.uk/2020/10/18/heart-of-newhaven-latest-update

Free repairs for bikes: https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

Leith100 Autumn Programme of Events: https://mailchi.mp/a0a0e71434d7/announcing-a-new-series-of-leith100-events-9438398?e=a59819d631

How to get the Flu vaccine in your area: https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu

Kick Start Scheme for Youth in Scotland – UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-launches-kickstart-scheme-for-youth-in-scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council – Public Space Management Plan – Stakeholder Engagement
The City of Edinburgh Council would like your involvement, input and advice in developing and refining the new Public Space Management Plan (PSMP). Closes on 23 November 2020: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/b24acf90/

 

 

 

Living Streets: new five-year strategy!

Today Living Streets is launching its new five-year strategy (2020-2025).

It’s bold, ambitious and it reflects the changed world we find ourselves in. Walking is at its heart and we want to see three key outcomes: 

  • people choose walking
  • better streets for walking
  • all walks of life – we want walking to be for everyone.

FIND OUT MORE – DOWNLOAD OUR 2020-25 STRATEGY

The year 2020 has been a momentous one. Millions of people have rediscovered walking during the COVID-19 pandemic and governments across the UK have prioritised active travel.

But the pandemic has also highlighted the inadequacies of our walking environments, the stark inequalities in our local communities and the isolation and loneliness experienced by older adults.

This is the time for a walking movement to address these challenges.

You can read more about our new strategy and watch our short summary video on our website.

We can only realise our vision with your continued support.

We need to keep building a powerful movement of people who will share their passion, time and money, to help us make walking safe, easy and attractive.

Walk with us!
Stephen Edwards
Director of Policy and Communications
Living Streets

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Registered Charity No. 1108448 (England and Wales) and SC039808 (Scotland). Living Streets Company Registration No. 5368409.<

Registered address: America House, 2 America Square, London EC3N 2LU

(adapted from LS’s email)

LHNCC October meeting – register now

LHNCC’s October meeting will be online, via Zoom. Register via Eventbrite to join us: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-harbour-newhaven-community-council-october-meeting-tickets-125793643173.

The agenda will become available on https://lhncc.org.uk/meeting-papers, as soon as it’s ready. We will also email it to voting members, ex-officio members and those who register via Eventbrite. (We’ll also send out draft minutes of the October AGM and ordinary meeting.)

Basic info

  • LHNCC uses the Zoom platform. Get the software
  • We will email the Zoom details to those who register.
    • We do this manually, so these emails won’t be instantaneous.
  • The Zoom link will be open from 18:45, so people can connect, say ‘hello’ etc.
    • There will be a waiting-room, but we will admit you as quickly as possible.
  • The actual meeting will begin at 19:00.
    • At that point all but the chair, secretary and meeting-host will be muted. Please raise your electronic hands, use chat or (last resort) gesticulate to speak.
    • Use of ‘chat’ to discuss issues and raise points is welcome.
  • The meeting will be Zoom-recorded on the minutes secretary’s computer to enable creation of accurate minutes.
    • This recording will not leave the minutes secretary’s computer.

Removal of Ocean Terminal Discovery Garden, green space and trees: LHNCC’s objection-letter

LHNCC has objected to plans that include the removal of Ocean Terminal Discovery Garden, green space and trees within the site.

The PDF of LHNCC’s objection is here: LHNCC – Letter of objection Tram Stop application-OT (Oct 2020) JM Final. LHNCC’s reasons for objecting include

  • the application would be contrary to condition 3 of the original application for Ocean Terminal identifying that the proposed works are therefore not a permitted development
  • removal of an important cultural and heritage asset belonging to the Community of Leith
  • [removal of] the range of key ecosystem services the Garden currently provides
  • The garden provides the only green space and is well used and well loved by local residents, visitors and customers/employees of Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

The full text of LHNCC’s objection is below the cut.

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Flu vaccination – stakeholder briefing

The full PDF is here: Flu stakeholder info (PDF). Here are some key points

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in the number of people who should get a free flu vaccine, means it is very difficult for your GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone eligible this winter.

In Edinburgh, we have set up drive through and walk through clinics around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people during October and November. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and keep everyone safe.

Information in other languages is on EHSCP’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5wSR2hIJAGZOSaAouEtwGE_OclW4_Qft

Some detail

The clinics will open most weekends in October and November and can vaccinate up to 500 people a day.

By developing flu drive throughs, everyone entitled to a free flu vaccine from a household can attend at the same time. For those who don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit one of the walk through clinic across the city.

In addition, you can give a neighbour or friend a lift as long as you are both well and wear masks and take normal COVID precautions (further details are available on the NHS Inform website below)

As well as over 65s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions, those who lived with people who shielded during lockdown will also be offered a free flu jab.

Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the jab is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. The person receiving the jab doesn’t need to leave their car and will also be asked to wait 15 minutes before leaving the clinic to ensure there’s no reaction to the vaccine.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your jab in Edinburgh. If you qualify for a free vaccine you’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire. Please help neighbours and friends who may not be comfortable with accessing websites.

Eligibility

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care