A survey on the future use of Custom House in Leith

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is carrying out a survey of people and organisations in Leith to help define a long term plan for the development of Custom House.  The survey is designed to build on consultations carried out since Custom House was bought by the City of Edinburgh Council and leased to SHBT in order to save and regenerate this important historic building.

It is important for SHBT to understand the communities’ views on the development of Custom House. The consultations are being carried out in line with SHBT’s remit from the Council to ensure that the building is used sustainably for the benefit of the community of Leith – this reflects the purchase of the building using the Common Good Fund.

A fairly consistent picture has emerged through consultations of the kind of uses that might be developed for Custom House.  This seems to be a multi-purpose building, largely accessible to the community and part of which would celebrate and display aspects of Leith’s rich and fascinating heritage. It could include and be partly financed by rentable spaces for events, artist studios, cafes and compatible small local businesses. It could also be of sufficient interest to be a draw for visitors to Leith.

We now need as many people as possible to give us feedback on the potential uses by completing the survey. The results will be used to define the future of Custom House and guide the final proposals for the building.

Please help SHBT by completing this questionnaire as soon as possible – by Friday 6th December at the latest. Please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeithCustomHouseSurvey

If you have any queries about the survey or Custom House please contact SHBT by email on admin@shbt.org.

 

Cleaning and varnishing the 3 benches opposite the Truva Cafe

(Circulated on behalf of the Friends of the Water of Leith Basins)

FOWLb, working with the Edinburgh Tool Library is going to clean and varnish the three benches opposite the Truva Cafe.

They are going to start on Thursday 7th November so if you want to be involved then come along at 11am to the Tool Library. That’s in Custom Lane at the opposite end to the cafe. (Custom Lane is behind the Custom House, in Commercial St.)

The first job will be to move the benches round to Custom Lane. It is expected the the work will take several Thursdays to do all three benches so if you can’t manage on the 7th please email Fowlb. They’ll tell you how work is progressing so you can get involved later.

Don Giles
Secretary, Friends of Water of Leith Basins

LHNCC **approved** September minutes

(The following has exactly the same content as the draft minutes at https://lhncc.org.uk/2019/10/06/lhncc-draft-september-minutes. However, this post records their formal adoption on at LHNCC’s October meeting.)

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm

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

LHNCC **draft** September minutes

These are draft because LHNCC has not yet met to adopt these minutes.

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm

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

LHNCC agenda: September 2019

LHNCC Meeting

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate

Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7.00pm

  1.  Introductions, apologies
  2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Police Report
  5. Reports: Secretary and Treasurer
  6. Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s
  7. Planning Update (circulated) (also available on LHNCC planning page)
    48-50 Iona Street: 19/03802/PAN
  8. CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
    Meeting 29 August feedback – awaiting minutes.
  9. Local events & feedback – Updates available on LHNCC ‘other work’ page
    1. Diversity in Edinburgh’s Community Councils: Leith Community Centre, Tuesday 17 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    2. Customs House Consultation event: Wednesday 18 September, 5.00pm – 7.30pm
    3. Leith Proposals: LCCC , Leith Proposals:What’s good what’s bad and what need to change? McDonald Road Library, Saturday 21 September 11.00am – 3.00pm
    4. Cockburn Association, Open Doors: Sat 28 & Sun 29 September
    5. Leith Community Centre, Volunteer Fair: Thursday, 10 October, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
    6. Leith Community Centre, Free Stuff: Sat 19 & Sun 20 October, 11.00am – 4.00pm
    7. Leith Conference 26 – 27 October 11-4pm, Norton Park, Norton Park Conference Centre, Leith, Edinburgh EH7
  10. CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations
    detail available on LHNCC events page

    1. CEC: The strategic plan for 2019-2022 agreed at the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board in August 2019 Strategic plan 2019-22 (PDF)
    2. Scottish Government: https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultations. This consultation is on the new draft National Transport Strategy (NTS) for Scotland, which aims to set out a compelling vision for the future of transport for the next 20 years. Closes 23/10/19
    3. Crown Estate Scotland draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan Consultation: https://consult.gov.scot/crown-estate-strategy-unit/2020-23 Closing Date 25/11/2019
    4. City Plan 2030: Choices for City Plan consultation runs 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Public promotion: Saturday 18 January 2029, Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 11am to 3pm
    5. CEC – CPZ extension proposals
    6. City of Edinburgh Council Planning Performance Framework 2018 – 2019
    7. CEC SUSTRANS /– Active Travel: Consultation Secure Cycle Parking in Edinburgh – SNAP survey
  11. CEC Edinburgh Partnership Report
    Neighbourhood Networks update
  12. CC Elections 2019 – closing date for nominations 30/9/19
    Joint event with LLCC to promote. Leith Community Centre, Wednesday 25 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  13. AOCB
  14. Date of next meeting:
    Tuesday 22 October 2019 – new time 7.00pm – 9.00pm