LHNCC agenda: 23 October 2018

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate, Tuesday 23 October at 6.30pm

  1. Introductions, Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Police Report
  5. Reports: Secretary and Treasurer – LHNCC membership update
  6. Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s
  7. Planning Update: Details available: LHNCC website planning page
    1. 17/03194/FUL: MV Fingal: Licensing Board Members site visit update
    2. 18/07468/PAN: 5 Baltic Street. Public Consultation – Wed. 31 October, 3.00pm. – 9.00pm (extended from 7.00pm), Malmaison Hotel. Feedback from meeting on 4/10/18 with William Muir from Sundial Properties
    3. 18/08206/FUL: Bath Road (Salamander Street) – Discuss Application circulated 7/20/18
    4. 17/05415/FUL: Great Junction Street – Application approved. Feedback following invitation to visit Architect’s on Thursday 18/10/18 to view changes made.
  8. CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams): Update
  9. Events & feedback: Detail available: LHNCC website events page
    1. Newhaven Tram: Feedback following Public Events relating to Revised Designs (Out of The Blue 2/10/18; Ocean Terminal 13/10/18) Final Event McDonal Road Library, 2.00pm – 7.00pm 22/10/18, last chance to view. Public Consultation ends 28/2018 (query extension?).
    2. Open Meeting Thur. 4th Oct. 2018 Victoria Primary School 7pm – 9pm – feedback
    3. Victoria Primary School Christmas Lights
  10. Other work: Detail available LHNCC other work page
    1. WW1 Commemoration 10/11/18: Wreath ordered for this.
    2. Licensing Consultation – Response on behalf of LHNCC submitted 5/10/18
    3. Leith Neighbourhood Partnership meeting 27/9/18 Feedback
    4. Autumn Newsletter: Reminder visit our website and sign up for our Newsletter
  11. AOCB
  12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 27 November 2018

Licensing consultations: LHNCC’s submission

(Please see this previous post for the background to the following.)

LHNCC has made a detailed submission to the current licensing consultation. In brief, LHNCC

  • welcomes the opportunity to comment on Edinburgh Licensing Board’s Statement
    of Licensing Policy
  • strongly supports the suggestion that the Licensing Board should open a specific
    review and consultation on Amplified Music policy
  • agrees that the Board should strengthen its policy on over-provision, including ‘intermediate zones’ to help to
    prevent alcohol-related harm from spreading more widely.
  • points out there are parts of its area that have previously been uninhabited, but that are now being developed into large new housing areas
  • would like to see a significant improvement in the Edinburgh Licensing Board’s commitment to accessibility of information, to transparency, and to communication
  • believes that overprovision of alcohol sales in Leith is directly linked to unacceptably high levels of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour, violence and crime, hospitalisation rates, death rates, fires and poor health and well-being.
  • commends the NE Action on Alcohol Group on an excellent piece of research that provides the evidence to support this view
  • reiterates and endorses certain general points made in the Scottish Green Party’s policy on alcohol statement:
    • Recognising the valuable role that pubs can play in the life of a community. We believe that this is particularly important in the case of smaller communities, and that it is best provided for by independent pubs rather than those controlled by large chains. We recognise the positive benefit to a community which well-run pubs and other licensed venues can provide.
    • Supporting the right of communities to be consulted before existing pubs are subject to a change of use, closure or demolition. We would seek to ensure that communities are able to exercise the option to take over a pub and operate it as a community owned enterprise rather than see it closed.
    • Supporting reform for tied pubs to ensure that licensees have a fair deal from
      suppliers.
    • Asserting the belief that the dominance of a small number of multinationals over the alcohol industry, both in production and in sales, has exacerbated the harmful effects of alcohol. We celebrate the resurgence of small independent brewers in Scotland. We wish to encourage businesses that are based on quality rather than volume sales.

City of Edinburgh Licensing Board – Consultations

Edinburgh’s Licensing Board is consulting on the terms of a new draft statement of Licensing Policy, and its Assessment of Overprovision in the Board’s area.  Details of the consultations are available on the Consultation Hub on the Council’s website at the following locations:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cg/licensingstatement

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cg/overprovision

Responses to the consultations should be sent to licensing.consultation@edinburgh.gov.uk

The consultations remain open until 5 October 2018.