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

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 September 2018

(LHNCC apologises for slightly delayed publication of these minutes. This was caused by waiting for a response from the trams teams to some queries about the content. If you have any queries about these minutes, please contact LHNCC, preferably via our contact-us page.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 27 September at 6:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic.

Abbreviations

CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams TfE = transport for Edinburgh
CEC = City of Edinburgh Council TN = Trams to Newhaven project
CPZ = controlled parking zone TRO = traffic regulation order
SPC = swept-path contract, TT = trams team
TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group

1 Welcome and introductions

1.a Attendance

Charlotte Encombe CCTT/Leith Central CC Andrew Mackenzie CCTT/Leith Links CC
Angus Hardie CCTT/Leith Links CC Bruce Ryan CCTT minutes secretary
Rob Leech TT/TN project director (Anturas Consulting) Harald Tobermann CCTT/Leith Central CC
Jennifer Marlborough CCTT/Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC Darren Wraight TT/CEC

1.b Apologies

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 August 2018

(LHNCC apologises for delayed publication of the following. This was due to personal holidays. In future, CCTT/TT meeting minutes will be published much sooner after the meetings.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 30 August at 6:00pm

Abbreviations

  • CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams
  • CEC = City of Edinburgh Council
  • CPZ = controlled parking zone
  • SPC = swept-path contract
  • TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group
  • TfE = transport for Edinburgh
  • TN = Trams to Newhaven project
  • TRO = traffic regulation order
  • TT = trams team

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 26 July 2018

(LHNCC apologises for delayed publication of the following. This was due to personal holidays. In future, CCTT/TT meeting minutes will be published much sooner after the meetings.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 26 July at 6:00pm

Abbreviations

  • CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams
  • CEC = City of Edinburgh Council
  • CPZ = controlled parking zone
  • SPC = swept-path contract
  • TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group
  • TfE = transport for Edinburgh
  • TN = Trams to Newhaven project
  • TRO = traffic regulation order
  • TT = trams team

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LHNCC June 2018 agenda

Shore Room Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
Tuesday 26 June at 7.00pm

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