Stead’s Place – online exhibition 12:00 to 20:00, 30th July 2020

(adapted from https://www.steads-place.com)

Drum (Steads Place) Ltd and CAMVO 123 Ltd have submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to  Edinburgh Council for the redevelopment of the Stead’s Place site, near the foot of Leith Walk.

Because of the current Covid-19 restrictions, Drum and CANVO are unable to present the development proposals and seek community views at an in-person public consultation.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, Drum and CANVO will present an initial online exhibition, launching on Thursday 30th July. This will enable people to view the new proposals for Stead’s Place, email any questions to the design team and submit formal feedback online.

The interactive exhibition will be live on https://www.steads-place.com from 12 noon on July 30th, with members of the design team available to respond by email to any questions until 8 pm.

If you would like to make comments on the proposals after viewing the exhibition, you will have until Thursday August 13th to complete and return an online feedback questionnaire.

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Copied from an email from CEC’s Spaces for People

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Following our email of 26 June advising that we would notify you once further details were available for the proposals above, we are pleased to be able to provide these now. We are aware that you were initially given proposals for Great Junction Street and Easter Road in a single notification, however in an effort to provide details at the earliest opportunity these have been separated and plans for Easter Road will be issued as soon as they are available.

We would suggest that you view the plan to see the detail of what is proposed.

map of proposals for Great Junction St and Easter Rd

Click the graphic to see the full PDF. LHNCC’s web-weaver is not happy that the map does not include a key.

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 June 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

LHNCC planning update June 2020

LHNCC’s notes on the following planning matters have just been updated. See the bold items on the following pages:

LHNCC agenda: June 2020

Given the unusual nature of the circumstances we are in, we are doing our best for the Community Council and also the best in our responsibility to deliver upon our commitment to the community which we serve.

Because LHNCC is currently learning how to conduct meetings online, this will be a members-only ‘discussion’ meeting.

  • LHNCC welcomes public input in advance via the website contact-form at https://lhncc.org.uk/contact-us/.
  • Public input is equally welcome at any time after the meeting.

LHNCC is aware that online meetings exclude those who cannot access them, whatever the reason. However, this is the best it can offer under the current circumstances.

We would also like to thank all the valiant people who are providing essential services across all sectors in our community and beyond.

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of May 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report tbc POLICE SCOTLAND: Reporting hate crime circulated 16/6/20
  6. Report from Councillors
  7. Chair, Secretary andTreasurer reports
  8. Standing reports:
    1. Planning
      1. Stead’s Place/106-162 Leith Walk – report on meeting with Developer
      2. 120 Ferry Road/Industry Lane
      3. Ocean Terminal proposal
      4. CEC updated information on planning changes relating to Coronavirus
      5. Development Construction restarts – Phased (5 phases)
    2. Licensing
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) – Meeting 28 May
        • Letter Trams to Newhaven project update on construction restart
        • Rare whale bones amongst historical discoveries made in tram project excavations
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
      3. TRAFFIC ORDERS – Find out what proposals there are for your area:
    4. Environment
      1. Cladding issues – appeal from FoWLB
    5. Heritage
      1. Buildings at Risk: Update on Victoria And Rennie’s Isle Bridges.
      2. Edinburgh World Heritage Events:
        • In conversation with…politicians – Thursday 4 June 2020
        • How can we build a better city? – Thursday 25 June
      3. Cockburn Association Civic Trust – Meeting 2 June 2020.
        • Doors Open Days 2020 – It is planned to host a virtual DOD event this year
        • What should a post Covid-19 Edinburgh look like?
    6. Community
      1. Leith Chooses – Projects adapt to Covid-19 crisis
  9. EACC – Online meeting Thursday 18 June 2020 – feedback
  10. Neighbourhood Networks
  11. AOCB
  12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 26 August

Interim arrangements for advertising Traffic and other Orders

Edinburgh Council recently emailed LHNCC about issues relating to the progressing of Traffic (and other) Orders, in particular how it plans to continue to provide that service in light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19. It has also asked for LHNCC’s help in ensuring that, for all forthcoming consultations on such Orders, the Council reaches as wide an audience as possible in these challenging times.

Hence the rest of this post, copied (and adapted slightly to talk to LHNCC’s followers) from the Council’s letter: Also, Edinburgh Council has asked LHNCC to publicise this information-sheet:

Edinburgh Council's information-sheet, which contains the same information at the rest of the post.

Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF in a new tab/window.

As you will undoubtedly be aware, the ongoing situation with Coronavirus continues to have an impact on how Edinburgh Council delivers many of its services. Some of those impacts involve how the Council is able to comply with legislative requirements when it comes to advertising Orders, as well as to (for example) placing documents on deposit at our offices so that they can be viewed by the public.

The Scottish Government, recognising that there would be legislative requirements that related to a range of services provided by Scottish Local Authorities (including Planning, Licensing and traffic orders) recently passed a piece of legislation (The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020) that makes temporary provisions to allow these legal processes to continue. The Act effectively removes any legal requirements that might increase the likelihood of spreading or transmitting coronavirus, whilst encouraging local authorities to adopt alternative methods of imparting important information to interested or affected parties.

The Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee recently approved a recommendation to adopt temporary measures related to the processing, advertising and making of various types of road-related orders. These temporary measures mean that, until further notice, the Council will not:

  1. Erect street notices for any Traffic Regulation Order (including temporary or experimental orders), Roads (Scotland) Order, Speed Limit Order or Orders processed in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act;
  2. Place any documents on deposit linked to any of the aforementioned orders at Waverley Court or any other Council building

In place of these measures, all correspondence will direct interested parties to the Council’s website, where the existing pages have been amended to include additional detail of Orders at different stages of the legal process, as well as including details of all TTROs that are currently in effect.

The Council is also looking at additional ways of raising the profile of both our own website and of www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.

Hence the Council has asked LHNCC to place a generic notice on your website or social media pages, highlighting that proposals are still being taken through the different legal processes and encouraging people to register for updates on www.tellmescotland.gov.uk or to visit he Council’s website to see what work is currently ongoing. Community Councils will continue to receive (and publish as normal) correspondence from the Council.

If you have any questions or concerns about traffic orders, please contact Edinburgh Council via trafficorders@edinburgh.gov.uk. LHNCC would also like to hear your concerns. You can either email LHNCC’s secretary at secretary@lhncc.org.uk or use the contact form at https://lhncc.org.uk/contact-us.

Main construction start – Trams to Newhaven

(Copied from an email from Trams to Newhaven)

The main construction works for the Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will start from Monday 15 June 2020 in line with the Scottish Government’s Phase 2 ‘soft start to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained).

Work on the project was stopped at the end of March to comply with Government guidance and to protect the safety of workers and residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 21 May of a phased return for construction sites, plans have been drawn up in line with Scottish Government safety guidelines and industry best practice to ensure the safety of workers and the public. At the briefing on 28 May the First Minister confirmed that site preparation could begin and, following the announcement today, main construction works can now start. This will encompass the existing sites on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and Constitution Street which will start from Monday 15 June. In addition, main construction works on Leith Walk from Elm Row to Crown Place will start on Monday 22 June.

In advance of this some preparatory works on Leith Walk will start on Monday 15 June 2020 ahead of the installation of traffic management which will begin on the evening of Friday 19 June and be operational from 5am on Saturday 20 June 2020 including Lothian Bus diversions. All traffic management arrangements are made in consultation with key partners in the city, including blue light services and public transport providers, through the Traffic Management Review Panel and are continuously monitored and reviewed to ensure they work as effectively as possible.

All works will be carried out through physical distancing and additional measures to protect workers’ health will include daily briefings, continuous on-site inspections and health and safety ‘ambassadors.’ The numbers of workers on-site will be kept to a minimum and a large proportion of the project office staff will continue to work from home. While physical distancing will be a key principle of construction working, workers will also have access to personal protection equipment (PPE) which they may choose to wear as an additional precaution if they wish. It should be noted that it may take time for the sites to become fully operational.

The logistic hubs at the Mitchell Street, Foot of the Walk, Dalmeny Street, Albert Street and Montgomery Street will re-open on Monday 22 June to support local businesses with deliveries and despatches. All communal bins that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the side streets.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Chris Wilson

For information

The Scottish Government’s phased approach to construction details six key phases to ensure work is carried out in a safe way. These are:

  • Phase 0: Planning
  • Phase 1: Covid-19 Pre-start Site preparation
  • Phase 2: ‘Soft start’ to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 3: Steady state operation (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4: Steady state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
  • Phase 5: Increasing density/productivity with experience