Feedback Night! Tuesday 12 March, 6:30pm. Come along – Debrief, Discuss, Evaluate, Share ideas…

(copied from LeithChooses’ website)

£eith Chooses is holding an open discussion session to review and evaluate all aspects of the 2019 £eith Chooses process, and to share ideas for future events. Please do come along if you can – 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre cafe, Tuesday 12 March. All Leithers welcome.

Access to banks in Scotland – have your say

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Parliament)

The big issue

The UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee wants to hear your experiences of accessing financial services in Scotland.

The Committee is examining how access to financial services in Scotland has changed since last year, and what impact ATM and bank closures have had on rural communities.

As a community that has recently had a bank branch closure, your experience would be welcomed.

How can you help?

Send a written submission. The deadline for submissions is Monday 25 March 2019.

The Scottish Affairs Committee is following up on its previous work on bank closures and ATM networks in Scotland by launching a short inquiry into access to financial services.

Your answers don’t have to be long and they don’t have to cover all of the questions – even if you only feel able to answer one question, we want to hear from you.  Questions include:

  • What challenges are there to accessing financial services in Scotland?
  • What impact have recent bank branch closures, and the changes in ATM funding, had on access to financial services in Scotland?
  • How practical are alternative methods of accessing financial services, such as online banking or mobile branch banking?
  • What impact has reductions to the interchange fee had in Scotland?
  • How effective is the Financial Inclusion Programme, at ensuring access to cash is available in more remote areas?
  • How effective have financial services regulators been, in ensuring continued access to financial services in Scotland?

Read more about the inquiry.

What are select committees?

Find out more about select committees, how they affect Government policy and how they can get involved: learn more about select committees.

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Public consultation on fireworks

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

A public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland is now live, running until Monday 13th May.

The Scottish Government seeks views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals. It also seeks views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

While much of the current legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster the consultation will help to identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework.

Alongside the consultation, there will be a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Details of events alongside access to the consultation on Citizen Space can be found via the following link https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/

The consultation events that have been organised so far:

  1. Wednesday 13thFebruary, 6- 8 pm at Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
  2. Monday 18thFebruary, 5 – 7 pm at Pollokshields Community Centre, Glasgow
  3. Thursday 28thFebruary, 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm at The Attic, Tolbooth, Stirling
  4. Tuesday 5thMarch, 2-4 pm at New Register House, Edinburgh
  5. Tuesday 19thMarch, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Perth Leisure Pool, Perth
  6. Thursday 21stMarch, 2-4 pm at Spectrum Community Centre, Inverness
  7. Thursday 21stMarch, 6-8 pm at Jurys Inn, Inverness
  8. Monday 29thApril, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Civic Rooms, Town Hall, Aberdeen

Events are also being planned in Elgin, Paisley, Dumfries and Galloway and the Islands.

LHNCC agenda: 26 February 2019

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate

Tuesday 27 November at 6.30pm

1          Introductions, apologies

2          Minutes of Previous Meeting

3          Matters arising

4          Police report

5          Forth Ports project team presentation: Western Harbour revised design

6          Reports: Secretary and Treasurer

7          Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s

8          Planning Update

detail available on LHNCC planning pages

8.a       CW properties: 139 Leith Walk 19/00415/PAN

Public Consultation: McDonald Road Library, Monday 22 April 2019 and Tuesday 23 April 2019 (both 14:30 to 19:00)

8.b        Cala: Waterfront Plaza (affordable block F) 16/03684/FUL

Building to start June/July 2019

8.c        S1: Skyliner 19/00414/PAN

Public consultation: Ocean Terminal, Wednesday 27 February (12:00 to 19:00)

8.d        POLHA: 2 Ocean Drive 14/05127/FUL

Building to commence April 2019

9          CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)

  • Publication of Final Business Case (FBC) 22 February 2019. CCTT considering a joint statement relating to issues that have not been fully resolved.
  • Chris Day (EBUG) and Jennifer Marlborough met with Darren Wraight (Tram Team) to discuss bus stops/shelters and cycle lane provision on Leith Walk.

10      Local events & feedback

detail available on LHNCC ‘other work’ page

10.a      Heart of Newhaven (formerly Newhaven Project)

steering group meeting to decide way forward 19/2/2019

10.b     LeithChooses voting: feedback

10.c      Save Leith Walk

  • CEC hearing – application refused. LHNCC presentation available on website
  • Meeting to discuss next steps and the possibility of some kind of Leith umbrella organisation/development trust: Newkirkgate 13/3/19 (time TBC)

11       CEC and Scottish Government consultations

detail available on LHNCC events page

11.a      CEC community council scheme

closes  22/4/19: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/edinburgh-community-council-scheme-review

11.b     Scottish Government consultation on fireworks

closes 13/5/19: https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks

11.c      SEStrans bus stakeholders congress

Victoria Quay 8/2/19

12      AOCB

12.a      Revive proposal regarding LRT route 21 via Western General Hospital

13      Date of next meeting

Tuesday 26 March 2019

 

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.