Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.

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

Cleaning and varnishing the 3 benches opposite the Truva Cafe

(Circulated on behalf of the Friends of the Water of Leith Basins)

FOWLb, working with the Edinburgh Tool Library is going to clean and varnish the three benches opposite the Truva Cafe.

They are going to start on Thursday 7th November so if you want to be involved then come along at 11am to the Tool Library. That’s in Custom Lane at the opposite end to the cafe. (Custom Lane is behind the Custom House, in Commercial St.)

The first job will be to move the benches round to Custom Lane. It is expected the the work will take several Thursdays to do all three benches so if you can’t manage on the 7th please email Fowlb. They’ll tell you how work is progressing so you can get involved later.

Don Giles
Secretary, Friends of Water of Leith Basins

Community safety night team

(Adapted from an email from CSNT)

CSNT commenced 1st October 2016 as an outcome following the transformation programme.

  • Operation Times: Thursday through to Sunday 17.00 until 02.30
  • Contact Details:
  • Team leaders
    • Craig.Ferguson@edinburgh.gov.uk
    • William.Muir@edinburgh.gov.uk

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