LHNCC Chairman’s New Year Message

There seems to be another person in our house these days. Google Mini Home. It listens to all we say and | suppose we should now be a bit more careful. He, or is it she, informed me that in the oft-sung carol the Twelve Days of Christmas there are in fact a total of 364 gifts given to the singer. Would we ever need so many gifts?

For me | have to say that Christmas is not the same unless ‘proper’ carols are sung and preferably by candle-light to get to that real Christmas story. This we do locally at North Leith Parish church if we are at home and if away on holiday at a local church or such arranged gathering as we can find.

But what of Christmas 2019 as I reflect on the past few days and weeks?

TV adverts for well–known supermarkets positively groaning under the weight of masses of food enough for a whole street let alone a real family. The Christmas No. 1 song that we have waited to be announced by the media each year for decades now is about of all things we can relate to, sausage rolls, and just like last year was as well. The high street shops still, however, playing Christmas songs for as long ago as the 1970’s when the lyrics were definitely better. You may disagree.

Christmas Cards still a plenty despite yet not having seen the sender for years. The enclosed letters that they sometimes contained would have been better written with less emphasis on medications and hospital operations in such detail. This year the high point for us was a WhatsApp call to cousins in Canada where despite being thousands on miles distant we were able to join in with their family celebrations. Telephone calls once cost what seemed a small fortune at the time.

Here in Leith there will have been many celebrating in a ‘family’ but our thoughts should also be for those who were on their own. Perhaps through the recent loss of a loved one but more often through the isolation that single living can sometime bring made all the more noticeable when regular daily or weekly events are curtailed because of the holiday period. This made all the worse by what was once referred to as ‘slender means’ where those luxuries shown on TV are well beyond reach.

A time to reflect on those ‘gifts’ I mentioned earlier again. The 364 from the carol will not be enough for a that true ‘one a day’ experience we have come to expect of many things today as 2020 is a leap year. Perhaps we have already received the two gifts that are missing to fulfil this requirement.

The first is that of ‘friendship’. As Scots we make those New Year resolutions and we are known for our basic willingness to greet others but often we forget to do so. Why not make a point of saying a ‘hello’ to the stranger we pass in the street or even that neighbour across the hallway that we pass so regularly but do not yet know their name.

The second could be our ‘tolerance’ of others with whom we may not agree. | heard some good advice given the other day. When we are about to argue or even worse still fight with a neighbour or perhaps an official of some kind on a matter which may later prove to be quite small, why not postpone doing so until tomorrow or even the day after for that matter.

Noddy Holder of the group ‘Slade’ in the lyrics of one of the best known Christmas songs says ‘look to the future it’s only just begun’ As we approach the New Year with whatever 2019 has brought you let us all look towards that brighter future that we can bring to our own lives and to those around us just using the gifts that already we have.

On behalf of Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council I wish you all the best for 2020.

Douglas Tharby


Edinburgh Airport sustainability survey

adapted from an email from Edinburgh airport

Edinburgh Airport is currently developing a new Sustainability Strategy for the airport, and it wants to hear your views. Your feedback will form part of the materiality review which helps us understand which issues are most important to the business and its stakeholders.

Materiality is a concept that is central to a credible Sustainability Strategy. It is how Edinburgh Airport understands what topics have an impact on its ability to create, preserve or erode economic, environmental and social value for Edinburgh Airport, its stakeholders, and society at large. These topics then form the basis of what the airport will focus its sustainability efforts on and consequently what we will report on.

Achieving this cannot be done overnight, and Edinburgh Airport is working closely with BeSustainable who have already provided training sessions in October and hosted workshops and interviews last week with a variety of stakeholders. Edinburgh Airport wants you to have your say on sustainability at the airport. it understand that different issues matter to different stakeholders. To do this, Edinburgh Airport invites you to take part in a survey which asks for your views on sustainability issues for society and for Edinburgh Airport. The survey will be open until 6 January 2020.

You can complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YVDQM8T Continue reading

Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.


Notification of filming – The Shore

adapted from a communication from Switch 2 Productions Ltd (31 Bath Rd, Edinburgh, EH6 7AH)

I am writing to advise you of forthcoming filming for a Netflix feature film titled The Princess Switch, Switched Again which is the follow up to the hugely successful The Princess Switch currently available to watch on Netflix.

The film is a family friendly Christmas movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and is set in a fictional country in which our lead characters, a baker and a princess swap places.

With the support of the council and film office we are filming for a short period around Edinburgh, and on Saturday 4th January we are filming exterior and interior scenes at Mimi’s Bakehouse.

We have applied for a temporary traffic restriction order on the following streets in order to park close to set for preparation, filming and the strike of the location, for the filming day (Saturday 4th January 2020) we will have a stop and hold in place on the shore itself between Tolbooth Wynd and Shore Place.

Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF.

The filming schedule has been arranged as follows:

Parking restrictions: excluding disabled bays

FRIDAY 3rd January 2020 from 0700 for Location Prep

  • TOLBOOTH WYND-– All unrestricted parking from Henderson St to the play area

SATURDAY 4th January 2020 from 0600 – 2000 for Filming

  • TOLBOOTH WYND- All unrestricted parking from Henderson St to the play area.
  • HENDERSON STREET – All unrestricted parking from Tolbooth Wynd to Giles St.
  • COALHILL – All unrestricted Parking.

Stop/Go of traffic:

SATURDAY 4th January between 8am and 11am

  • SHORE – Between Tolbooth Wynd and Shore Place. there will be a series of short holds of traffic which will last no more than two minutes, traffic will be allowed to flow for significant periods of time between holds to avoid congestion.

May I thank you in advance for your help and assistance in the making of the film, we are looking forward to filming in the city and anticipate the project to be a huge success which could not be achieved without the help of residents and business.

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 07814 428 093 or on email alastair@donlocations.tv

Alastair Don
Location Manager
The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Police Scotland – Introduction of the Contact Assessment Model

adapted from an email from Police Scotland

The Contact Assessment Model (CAM) will revolutionise the way Polcie Scotland assesses and responds to contact from the public and bring about a fundamental change to the way local policing is delivered to communities in Scotland.

CAM will be introduced in Edinburgh and the Lothians by spring 2020

Please click here to see a letter from the Edinburgh Divisional Commander Sean Scott which provides more detail about CAM.

Jocelyn O’Connor
Chief Inspector
CAM Project
Corporate Services Division
Area Control Room
Bilston Glen Industrial Estate
Dryden Road, Loanhead
EH20 9IZ

Telephone:  0131 440 6860
Email : ProjectContactAssessmentModelPolicy@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/policescotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland

Trams to Newhaven – Construction work to pause for Christmas and New Year period

adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven. For more information, please see their latest Project Newsletter.

Please note that construction work on the Trams to Newhaven project will pause for Christmas and New Year from 5.00pm on 20 December 2019 until 7.00am on Monday 6 January 2020.

All open excavations on Constitution Street have been backfilled with sand to protect the ground conditions. Footways have been reinstated where possible and the majority of traffic management on Leith Walk will be removed, with barriers remaining around street lighting columns and build-outs.

During the festive period, we will secure all construction site entry and exit gates using a coded padlock.  All emergency services have been given the code should they need to gain access and the site will be inspected twice a day.

The scaffolding at the South Leith Parish Church wall will remain in place over the festive period and will be inspected regularly.

Our contact centre opening hours over the period are:

  • Saturday 21st December 2019 – Monday 23rd December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 24th December 2019 & Tuesday 31st December 2019 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 27th December 2019 – Monday 30th December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 3rd January 2020 – Sunday 5th January 2020 8:00am to 8:00pm

How to contact the project

Telephone: 0131 322 1122
Email: Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk
Live chat: www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk

The contact centre will be closed on the following days although calls will be auto-forwarded to the on-call team:

  • Wednesday 25th December 2019
  • Thursday 26th December 2019
  • Wednesday 1st January 2020
  • Thursday 2nd January 2020

The operating times for the Mitchell St logistics hub over the period are:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 24th December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 25th and 26th December = CLOSED
  • 27th, 28th = 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 29th = Sunday closure
  • 30th December =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 31st December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 1st, 2nd January =  CLOSED
  • 3rd January =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 4th January =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 5th January – Sunday closure

Traffic management maintenance crews will be operational 24/7 over the Christmas period.

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