Trams: shut-down plans overview (27 March)

(from the Trams to Newhaven newsletter dated 27 March)

Construction on Edinburgh’s Trams to Newhaven project will stop this week to protect the safety of workers and residents during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

The Council’s decision to instruct contractors Morrison Utility Services (MUS) and Sacyr Farrans Neopul (SFN) to cease site works follows advice from Scotland’s First Minister that all construction sites should close, unless the project being delivered is essential, such as a hospital.

SFN and MUS will make sites on Leith Walk, Constitution Street, Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive safe and secure by the end of the week before shutting down. There will be contractors on site as necessary for safety and security checks.

Emergency services have access to all sites at all times should they require it.

Work will continue off-site where this can be done remotely,  including design, planning and scheduling, as well as drawing up a remobilisation strategy for returning to the site once restrictions are lifted. The project team will also be closely liaising with MUS and SFN to look at ways of mitigating the impact of work stopping on the wider project.

COV 19 – What can I do right now in my street?

(copied from a PDF from Volunteer EdinburghAbove all, BE SAFE AND STAY SAFE!)

FAQ’s for volunteers and potential volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic 

We have put together the following information to help people who are already volunteers and anyone who wants to help out during the current Covid-19 pandemic 

I am already a volunteer what should I do? 

In the first instance you should contact the organization you volunteer with to find out if they are still open and whether you should attend your normal place of volunteering. If you are still required it is likely that your volunteer role will change, for example you may be asked to contact service users by phone rather than face-to-face, or if possible you may be asked to work remotely. 

It is also likely that organisations will require volunteers to do new and different roles, please consider what roles are available and whether you would be able to help out.  Continue reading

Scottish Water CSO improvement project works on the Water of Leith stop until further notice – statement from SW

(copied from a post on the Water of Leith Conservation Trust blog

Posted: 25 Mar 2020 09:17 AM PDT

Statement from Scottish Water

We would like to update you on our response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Scottish Water’s priority is the provision of water and waste water services to its customers across the country.

As the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) develops, we’re continuing to work around the clock to keep customers supplied with water and treat the country’s waste water, while maintaining the health of our employees and our customers.

We continue to work closely with water sector partners and follow guidance from UK and Scottish Government as well as the NHS.

Following the latest advice our capital investment programme has temporarily halted to protect public health and limit potential further spread of the virus, in line with government guidance.

With immediate effect, all construction / project sites will close and will be reviewed to progress works which have a critical impact on core water supply or waste water management.

Water of Leith Environmental Improvements

Therefore all preparations for the start of work on the CSOs along the Water of Leith will stop immediately. Please help us inform the local community in the area by sharing this message where you can.

We understand that this is an anxious time for everyone and we are acutely aware of our role in the communities we serve.  Please go to our website for the latest information and advice for customers around Covid-19 –

We’re working around the clock to keep Scotland’s water cycle flowing – and we’re asking everyone across Scotland to help play their part.

Please remember:

  • Only flush 3Ps – toilet paper, pee and poo.  Un-flushable items like wet wipes, kitchen roll, cotton wool or tissues should be put in the bin, not down the toilet.
  • Wash your hands regularly and properly with soap and water – but don’t keep the tap running.
  • Top up from the tap to stay hydrated

LHNCC March 2020 minutes

Notes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council office-bearer meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 24 March 2020 at 7pm

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Planning and Building Standards Service COVID -19 Update (24 March 2020)

In light of the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Local Review Body scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th March has now been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a later date as soon as practically possible.

If you have any queries regarding the Local Review Body, please email

We will continue to review our position and keep you up to date as our service adapts. More information on our working practices will follow.

Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

(copied from an email from Edinburgh Council. This CC would not normally be just a mouthpiece for CEC but clearly these are not normal times.)

23 Mar 2020

LATEST NEWS: Further measures to protect Edinburgh’s hardest hit residents

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  • New Local Critical Resilience Centres rolled out as Locality Offices close
  • Measures to support those financially affected by the outbreak
  • Residents urged to go online, only phone in an emergency or critical need

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