Community Councils Together on Trams:  response to tram extension consultation 2 (November 2018)

(The following is the text of Community Councils Together on Trams’ repose to the second consultation about the proposed extension of Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. It was submitted in November 2018.)

Community Councils Together on Trams: response to tram extension consultation 2

Introduction

  1. Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT), the coalition of the four Community Councils along the proposed route extension, was formed in June 2018 to respond to the proposed tram extension from York Place to Newhaven.
  2. This was accompanied by the publication of CCTT’s Joint Statement which sets out CCTT’s support in principle for the tram extension, but also a number of serious concerns around the on-street design, the impact on the local economy along the proposed tram corridor, the absence of an up-to-date environmental case, and the very tight time frame – from June to December 2018 (when the final decision to go ahead was due be made by CEC) – to address these concerns.
  3. There exists – currently – a most successful eco-system along the proposed tram extension and its hinterland, where a wide variety of businesses and a reasonable public transport system sustain the most densely populated area in Scotland and where the majority of households don’t use a car. This must not be damaged beyond repair during construction or reduced to a sterile transport corridor with an unattractive – or even more polluted – pedestrian environment post construction
  4. Since June, CCTT members have participated in all public events, exhibitions and a number of workshops following the publication of the first designs for the tram extension. In addition, CCTT has held monthly meeting with the Tram Team, working through CCTT’s key concerns.
  5. In the course of these meetings with the Tram Team, CCTT has realised that the Tram Team’s scope is too narrow and does not include many of the ‘supplementary’ projects that CCTT see as essential to helping the existing successful ‘eco-system’ along the route survive – and that are crucial to the successful operation of the tram post-construction. CCTT is aware of a number of good initiatives that are currently being pursued by CEC, but remains concerned that the envisaged timelines – including the horizons of 2030 and 2050 – do not meet the needs of the area post construction (2022). Sufficient progress of these projects (in terms of plans, budgets, timelines) prior to the final decision would be a key factor for CCTT’s support continuing in the run up to the final decision the period of early contractor involvement, and, crucially, during construction.

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Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading

Talk money: independent money advice, Monday 12 November

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What?

  • Meet organisations who offer independent money advice
  • Find out where you can get free help in your area
  • Talk to local groups for useful tips and information

When?

  • Drop in between 11.00AM-2.00PM, Monday 12 November

Where

  • South Leith Parish Church Halls
    Henderson Street
    EH6 6BJ

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30p Continue reading

Know an older person who would appreciate a weekly home cooked meal?

(adapted from an email from Meal Makers)

Know an older person who would appreciate a weekly home cooked meal?

If you know an elderly person (55+ years) who could benefit from a home cooked meal and some company once a week then please complete this short referral form.

Press here to refer someone now.

We’re particularly looking for Diners in the following areas:

Leith EH6 4–, EH6 5–, EH6 6–
EH6 7–, EH6 8–
Inner city Leith to Edinburgh EH7 4–, EH7 5–
Edinburgh’s old town EH1 2–, EH1 3–
Haymarket
Edinburgh Napier
University of Edinburgh
EH3 5–, EH3 7–, EH3 8–, EH3 9–,
EH4 1–,
EH8 9–,
EH9 1–,
EH10 4–, EH10 5–,
EH11 1–, EH11 2—

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the meal share work?
    • Our Cooks would arrange a date and time with the Diner to arrange their weekly meal share. Then they would plate up an extra portion of the meal they’re making that night and deliver it to the Diner to share.
  • What happens if I refer someone and you don’t have a Cook in the area?
    • We would contact you and notify you of this and add the Diner to a Waiting List . Once a suitable Cook becomes available we’ll contact them and arrange their first meal share.
  • Is there a fee for the service?
    • We charge a £5 per year membership fee which allows an unlimited amount of meal shares.
  • Can I refer someone over the phone?
    • Yes. Please call 0800 783 7770 (9am – 4:30pm, Mon – Fri)

Thank you for your support
The Meal Makers Team
0800 783 7770
www.mealmakers.org.uk