LHNCC minutes: November 2018

(LHNCC apologises that these are published later than usual. This was due to LHNCC not meeting in December, and the minutes secretary being away in January.)

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 6.30pm

Actions and decisions are red italics. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item. Continue reading

Review of community council scheme

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

I am writing to update you on the consultation process currently underway with regard to the Review of the Scheme. Following the preliminary period of consultation a draft Scheme has been produced. A summary of the consultation process and key findings are included in the attached report which was approved at today’s Council meeting (7 February 2019). This will be available to watch on the Council’s webcast site once archived (usually within 24 hours of conclusion of meeting).

The first statutory consultation period begins on 11 February 2019 and a public notice will be placed in the Evening News advertising this. Community councils and the public are invited to comment on the draft Scheme and complaints procedure which are attached as appendices to the report.

A copy of the proposed Scheme will be available for inspection by the public and community councillors at locality offices, libraries and https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk.

Any community council or member of public wishing to make comments on the draft proposals are invited to send these via the consultation hub link above, in writing to me at the address below or by email to community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk to arrive not later than 22 April 2019. Please forward details of the consultation to any groups or individuals in your area who may be interested in submitting comments. Community councils are also encouraged to add the consultation web links to their website.

The following drop-in sessions have been arranged, I will be in attendance on these dates to answer questions on the draft scheme:

  • 21 February 2019, 1 – 2 pm, Drumbrae Library Hub, 81 Drumbrae Drive.
  • 21 February 2019, 3 – 4 pm, Wester Hailes Library, 1 Westside Plaza.
  • 28 February 2019, 2- 3 pm, South East Office, 40 Captain’s Road.
  • 28 February 2019, 4 – 5 pm, East Office, 101 Niddrie Mains Road.
  • 6 March 2019, 5.30 – 6.30 pm, City Chambers, High Street.

Comments and feedback from this consultation will help to inform the revised Community Council Scheme.

If you have any further questions relating to the Review, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | Tel  0131 469 3870 | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Planning application 19/00415/PAN on Leith Walk (between Smith’s Place and Manderston St)

This planning application (19/00415/PAN):

  • was validated 31 January 2019
  • is located at ‘Land To East Of 139 Leith Walk Edinburgh’

The proposal is for ‘refurbishment of the existing building, or potential demolition for sui generis flatted accommodation, class 7 hotel, student accommodation and commercial uses with associated footpaths, roads, landscaping and potential reconfiguration of existing car park.’

Public consultation events will be at McDonald Road Library EH7 4LU on:

  • Monday 22nd April 2019 (2:30pm – 7:00pm)
  • Tuesday 23rd April 2019 (12:00pm – 5:00pm)

More details are on Edinburgh Council’s planning portal.

 

Review of Community Council Scheme – Questionnaire

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is currently considering carrying out a statutory consultation on a revised Scheme for Community Councils. The Scheme_for_Community_Councils is the key document establishing governance, relationship with the Council and procedural rules for community councils in Edinburgh.

The current Scheme for Community Councils was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013. A number of areas have been identified where the current Scheme does not provide sufficient clarity or guidance. A formal review is therefore proposed in order to strengthen the community council governance and decision making framework by building upon the existing document. A final decision on whether to proceed to statutory consultation will be taken by Councillors in February 2019.

Key stakeholders are asked to complete the questionnaire (linked below) to help formulate proposals:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/d19b4e28

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or require a hard copy please contact Ross Murray on community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Tourist Tax consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council is running a formal consultation concerning the best possible arrangements for introducing a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) / Tourist tax in the city.

If you have not already done so, we would appreciate if you could take the time to complete the online Edinburgh TVL consultation survey.

In addition to the online survey the council is planning to host three further consultation events for residents. These will be held at Waverley Court on:

  • Monday 3 December 2018:- 6pm 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018:- 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018:- 2pm to 3:30pm

Edinburgh Council has also been conducting round table events with its industry partners. These took place throughout November.

Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading