Notes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council members-only meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 7pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item.
1 Introductions, apologies for absence, CEC requirements for online CC meetings
||Cllr Adam MacVey
||Representing Ben Macpherson MSP
||Deidre Brock MP
||Edinburgh North and Leith
||Cllr Chas Booth
||Cllr Gordon Munro
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.
- Introductions, apologies
- Declaration of interests
- Minutes of February 2020 meeting
- Matters arising
- Police Report tbc
- Report from Councillors
- Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and tbc Vice Chair reports
- Standing reports
- 20/01447/PAN (SCHEME): 106 – 162 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DX
- 20/01313/FUL: 57 Tower Street – 1 Bath Road, Edinburgh EH6 8BB
- Letter in response to CEC circular reporting on changes relating to Coronavirus
- Feedback from Cockburn Society Civic Trust meeting
- Scottish Government letter from Chief Planner – circulated to members
- Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) – tbc Meeting 30 April
- EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group) – Tbc Meeting with Lothian Buses 30th April
- Update on Steel Shed
- Leith Festival Gala Day – Saturday 30 May 2020 tbc
- Choices for City Plan 2030 and City Mobilty Plan consultations – closing date extended to 30 April 2020
- Neighbourhood Networks
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(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Bus Users Group)
- The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on bus lane operating hours is complete. The outcome is awaited.
- Bus stop ‘rationalisation’ (i.e. reducing the number of stops): at the time of writing, we hear that on 27 February the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee will decide on an initial ‘pilot’ on a routes from east to south west Edinburgh. We’re planning to send a deputation to that meeting.
- The Council’s Transport and Environment Committee considered a report on bus priority measures on the A90 in June, and instructed officials to return with something better within two committee cycles. However, this has still not happened.
- ‘Superbus’ design and access: Lothian Buses has received feedback from users on problems with the interior layout of these. It is hoped there will be more definite news in the near future.
- Members of the EBUG Committee met Lothian Buses’ management in December to discuss subjects of mutual interest, and agreed to continue meeting on a regular basis.
- In February, the Council began a two-month consultation on its ‘City Mobility Plan’ (Local Transport Strategy) for the next ten years. You can send in your own comments here. The EBUG Committee will be involved in the consultation. We’d be interested to hear members’ thoughts, via firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘The Scotsman’ revealed that car journeys across the Forth had increased since the new bridge opened. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee had a session with Transport Scotland officials and others to hear about the Forth Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS). The PTS was supposed to progress in parallel with the new bridge, to ensure that it did not just result in extra car journeys. Disappointingly, it was quite clear from the evidence given that progress with the PTS has slow to non-existent.
- Lothian Buses fares went up by 10p per journey in February.
- We will be holding our first AGM in late May, so keep an eye out for more details!
(adapted from a post on CEC’s Planning blog)
CEC wants Edinburgh to be carbon-neutral by 2030. To achieve this, CEC says
we need to make changes to how we manage and develop our city. This will be challenging.
Amongst other things, CEC is developing two long-term strategies:
Choices for City Plan 2030 sets out options for how we could develop our city sustainably over the next ten years
City Mobility Plan proposes radical changes as to how people and goods move around our city.
You can find out more about both projects at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/futureedinburgh
Consultations on both strategies are now live and will run until Friday 27th March 2020.
There are also some engagement events.
Following on from a previous post, there is a survey on Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.
This covers the three components of the ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places‘ project ‘will help achieve the Edinburgh 2050 vision; a fairer, thriving, connected and inspired city’. These components are:
- Edinburgh City Centre Transformation– an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’
- The City Mobility Plan– setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.
- Low Emission Zones– the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.
As with the previous post, this is an Edinburgh Council exercise.