Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 7pm Continue reading
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 7pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item.
1 Introductions and apologies for absence
|Stewart Auld||LHNCC||Arthur Young||LHNCC|
|Elaine Dick||LHNCC||Bruce Ryan||Minutes secretary|
|Rob Levick||LHNCC||PC Chris Smith||Police Scotland|
|Don Giles||LHNCC/FOWL.b||PC Chris Casselden||Police Scotland|
|Jennifer Marlborough||LHNCC||Cllr Chas Booth||Leith ward|
|Douglas Tharby||LHNCC chair and treasurer||Cllr Jim Campbell||Forth ward|
|Neil Tulloch||LHNCC||5 residents/visitors|
|Deidre Brock MP||Edinburgh North & Leith||Cllr Adam McVey||Leith ward||Cllr Gordon Munro||Leith ward|
2 Minutes of previous meeting
These were approved nem con subject to minor corrections to Cllr Booth’s report and the description of N Tulloch.
3 Matters arising
3.a Neil Tulloch – co-opted member nomination
Mr Tulloch was co-opted onto LHNCC (nominated J Marlborough, seconded D Tharby, nem con)
4 Police report
PCs Smith and Casselden reported
- Community police have been on various training courses.
- They delivered a community safety talk to P7s at Leith Victoria primary school.
- They also delivered a talk on internet safety to parents and pupils at St Mary’s primary school. Thank
- There was a DVLA initiative in the South Fort St/Graham St area, leading to a few cars being uplifted.
- There was a station visit from the Rotary club.
- ‘Operation Crackle’ bonfires patrols occurred on 1 to 5 November
- There were only 4 incidents in Leith, including a firework being thrown at Montgomery St park.
- There was a police surgery at Ocean Terminal.
- Police are now working on ‘Operation Winter City’, i.e. patrolling the winter markets.
- Police delivered a safety talk at Ocean Point.
- Police visited the Fort early years centre to boost the police’s image.
- Police took part in a mock court project at Edinburgh Academy.
- This was a cross-Edinburgh competition for schools.
- The cybercrime unit arrested a person for possession of indecent images.
- PC O’Donnell has joined the Leith community policing team.
- Police have received training on their new mobile devices, which should save them time in communicating about incidents.
- There has been no response to requests for running cycling proficiency training.
- Action: PC Smith to chase this up
- The PCs have asked for crime statistics for LHNCC’s area The following are for all of NE Edinburgh (April to September 2019):
- Total crime numbers increased by 7% compared to the same period in 2018.
- 122 house-breakings to dwellings, of which 34 have been solved.
- 24 drink/drunk-driving offences, of which all have been solved.
- General solving rate is ~47% for all crimes, ~60% for crimes of violence and ~50% for minor assaults.
- Action: PCs Smith and Casselden to ask for release of fuller statistics.
- Saturday 40 October. I attended the Leith Conference at Norton Park. Lots of interaction from Leithers. A great attempt by Duncan and Faith to bring the community together.
- Wednesday 30 October. I attended a CEC event held in neighbouring Granton where a scale model of the proposals for development of the former Scottish Gas site was present. It was sad to note that this event was not well attended by members of the local community.
- Friday 1 November. As a Steering Group member of £eithChooses I attended Hermitage Park Primary School where I joined in with a group of P7 and Jo from Community Foods, Edinburgh to cook a pasta dish. The equipment they used was part of the award the school received. It was great to see how successful applicants put the money they receive to some real good within our community.
- Friday 8 November. The Tram Team presented the details of the first phase of the works in South Leith Parish Church. That work is now under way and I am counting on the CCTT to keep us up to date on how the works progress.
- Sunday 10 November. (Remembrance Sunday) Along with our Secretary I attended the wreath laying ceremony at the Community Treatment Centre in Junction Place.
- Monday 11 November. I attended St Augustine Church in North Bridge for a presentation/workshop on ‘Brexit and the EU Special Status’. This introductory session was attended by a variety of different organisations across Scotland. I will pass on the Powerpoint when it is available. Not for us to be involved, however useful for us to understand the processes involved.
- Wednesday 13 November. One of our CEC Community Councillor’s Induction sessions. It was good that some of you were able to attend one of these events and having just received Powerpoint Slides from Ross Murray I will pass these on for the benefit of us all.
- Sunday 17 November. The Sailors Remembrance Service, beginning in South Leith Parish Church and continuing in the afternoon at the memorial outside Malmaison. This is an event that I believe we should also be laying a wreath in future years.
- Wednesday 20 November. I was fortunate to join our LHNCC Planning Sub Group for a presentation by a developer. It was great to see this group in action and to witness their dedication and professionalism in handling the remit.
- Thursday 21 November. The AGM for the EACC saw our local man John Just wondering if you received my email sent 26 Nov. regarding above. The only date available for majority is Friday 6 December at 11.00am. at my Flat, can you let me know if you can attend? elected as its Chair. We congratulate John Tibbitt upon his appointment and look forward to hearing of his plans for EACC. Having John in this role I see as a positive thing for Leith.
- Monday and Tuesday this week. Buying up Santas and Reindeer to hand over to Victoria Primary School in advance of the Christmas Lights switching on Monday 24 December next week. Almost ‘stripping the shelves’ in no less than five supermarkets!
Most items were covered elsewhere but J Marlborough noted:
- The date in the circulated agenda and planning update (item 7·b below) should be 28 November.
- There is also a Police Scotland Survey, closing 31 December 2019
D Tharby reported LHNCC’s current balance is £1192·10, but there is one outstanding invoice for minutes (£30).
6 Councillors’/MSPs’/MP’s Reports
6.a Cllr Booth
- It is great to see the work progressing on the new Leith Victoria primary school, but footpaths have been fenced off, cutting down provision for pedestrians. Cllr Booth is waiting on a substantive response from CEC officers to his queries.
- The parking consultation is now closed, but Cllr Booth is happy to receive input via email.
- He supports in principle the proposed parking restrictions but the detail is not right in every respect, e.g. at the colonies.
- The bus-lane consultation has also ended, but Cllr Booth is happy to receive input via email.
- The proposal is for bus lanes to operate 7am to 7pm every day, as requested by bus companies.
- He is pursuing the issue of detritus in the Water of Leith basins.
- There is good progress, including a revised agreement on management arrangements, according to CEC officers.
- The new arrangements seem to be working, but more work on transparency is needed.
7 Planning Update
See also LHNCC planning page.
7.a 16/01771/FUL (Appeal ref: 16/00126/REF & 16/00127/REF) Aldi Store, Commercial Street
- Email from Agent to say Development going ahead
- Demolition started early November and should be finished before Christmas
- Building will start early January
7.b 19/04966/PAN: 1 – 5 Baltic Street And 7-27 Constitution Street. Public Consultation: Thursday 28 November, Custom House, 3.00pm — 7.00pm.
- LHNCC’s planning team will meet early in December.
- Feedback and planned action from Planning Team to be circulated in Planning Update in early December.
- Feedback and discussion will be held at January 2020 meeting.
7.c Removal of Robert Burns statue
This has been approved: see communication on website. There will be no adverse impact on the statue. It will be restored very near the original location (no more than 2m away), in an enhanced area of public realm. It will be lit in the evenings.
8 CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
See also update in Autumn Newsletter.
- CCTT and CEC’s trams team will meet again on Thursday 28 December.
- Some concerns have arisen around business-use in Constitution St – these will be covered in Thursday’s meeting.
- A resident reported that information has not been reaching taxi-drivers.
- A trader group has been set up: businesses are working very hard to counter such issues.
- R Levick noted that CCTT and the trams team have been meeting for 18 months. CCTT met recently to work out how best to proceed. R Levick also noted the level of trust that has built up between CCTT and the trams team.
9 Events feedback
9.a Leith Conference 26 & 27 October 11-4pm, Norton Park, Norton Park Conference Centre, Leith, Edinburgh EH7
- Full report is in Autumn Newsletter. A feedback email from Leith Creative is also available here.
- J Marlborough reported that Charles Hammond (CEO of Forth Ports) is very support of potential improvements to the area.
- The Scottish Community Development Centre will help with creation of a place plan.
- There was discussion of the changed plans for Western Harbour, i.e. that only 1/3 of the park will definitely be developed in Phase one. The remainder will be in completed in Phase 2 that will require FUL Application
9.b SOSLeith Public Meeting, Wednesday, 30 October, 6.30pm–9.00pm. Update presentation
It was noted that
- SOSLeith met about 4 weeks ago. This was attended by ward councillors and Forth Ports
- SEPA did not attend, so Ben Macpherson MSP wrote to them.
- There is no formal legal agreement yet, just a ‘gentleman’s agreement’.
- Despite this, detritus continues to build up under Victoria Bridge.
- Historic Environment Scotland stated that Teuchters’ Bridge needs full listed-building repairs.
- SOSLeith suggests that immediate repairs are needed, because the bridge is important to access in the area.
10 Future events
See also LHNCC ‘other work’ page.
10.a Public Meeting: ‘Bothered about buses?’ Drylaw Parish Church, Wednesday 27 November, 7.00pm-8.00pm.
- J Marlborough noted that this is of interest due to LHNCC’s campaign for the 21 bus service to go to the Western General Hospital, and that lan Bieniowski (Lothian Buses Performance Manager) will be present.
- Action: S Auld to attend this meeting.
10.b SEStrans Bus Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 28 November, 10.00am-1.00pm, Victoria Quay
LHNCC members were encouraged to attend the above two items. They will also cover cycle-lanes, electric bike-users etc.
10.c EBUG meeting with Lothian Buses, 19 December 2019, venue and time to be tbc
10.d Leith Victoria primary school and Kirkgate Christmas Lights switch-ons.
The former is on Monday2 December at 6pm. The latter is on Thursday 5 December at 4:30pm.
11 CEC and Scottish Government Information and consultations
See also LHNCC events and consultations page.
J Marlborough encouraged LHNCC members to take part in the following consultations and events.
- CEC: Bus lane operation hours — Workshop, City Chamber, Thursday 21 November 2019
- CEC: 2020/21 Budget Consultation Closes 30 Nov 2019
- Details cannot be set because the UK Government (and hence the Scottish Government) have not yet set their budgets,
- CEC: City Plan 2030: Choices for City Plan consultation runs 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. Public promotion: Saturday 18 January 2020 at Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre, 11am to 3pm
12 CEC Edinburgh Partnership
- D Tharby noted that the community planning partnership will meet on 5 December (10am-12 noon), at the Ripple Project.
- D Tharby reported positively on the recent training for new Community Councillors. There was emphasis on the EACC. Also, CC members should be careful to declare interests in any matter discussed at CC meetings.
- LHNCC will need to appoint an engagement officer, and provide annual engagement reports.
- There was discussion of how and where LHNCC needs to engage with the public.
- Edinburgh Association of Community Councils: AGM, Thursday 21 November 2019, City Chambers
- It was reported that J Tibbitt (formerly of Leith Links CC, now of Leith Central CC) is the new chair of EACC.
- Neighbourhood Network meeting:
- This will be at 6pm on Wednesday 27 November 2019, McDonald Road Library. D Tharby will chair this meeting.
- Don Giles requested volunteers for the voting day on 1 February, and for projects to apply to enter on or before 6 February.
- D Tharby reported plans for a further members-only meeting – venue, date and time TBC.
- D Tharby noted how residents can bring up matters at LHNCC meetings.
- It was noted that some of the org.uk email addresses are being spammed.
- Action: B Ryan to try to cure this.
14 Date of next meeting
Tuesday 28 January 2020, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 7pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item. Continue reading
(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
- Cameron Toll to bioQuarter Cycling and Walking Route Closes 25 November 2019
- Exercise Dark Mantle Closes 26 Nov 2019
- Edinburgh Procurement Strategy Closes 28 November 2019
- The City of Edinburgh Council Grant Recipient’s Survey – Annual Performance 2018/19 Closes 29 November 2019
- 2020/21 Housing Budget Consultation Closes 30 November 2019
- Draft Edinburgh Tourism Strategy 2030 Closes 30 November 2019
- Proposal to Establish an Annexe of Kirkliston Primary School at Kirkliston Leisure Centre Closes 9 December 2019
- St. Mark’s Primary Parent Travel Survey 2019 Closes 9 December 2019
- Proposal to Realign the Catchment Areas of Queensferry Primary School and Echline Primary School Closes 9 December 2019
- Edinburgh Poverty Commission – Phase Three Call For Evidence: Places Closes 15 Dec 2019
- Marchmont, Meadows & Bruntsfield Conservation Area Character Appraisal Closes 16 December 2019
- Annual Review of Major Events in Parks 2018/19 and Consultation on Future Events Closes 18 December 2019
- Moredunvale – Neighbourhood Knowledge Closes 31 December 2019
- Have your say on the draft Tenant Participation Strategy Closes 10 Jan 2015
- Edinburgh Talks Climate Citizen Survey Closes 29 February 2020
- Traffic Order Proposals Closes 30 Jun 2020
- Proposal to redevelop at the former Powderhall Waste Transfer Station Closes 31 July 2020
- Meadows to George Street: Streets for People Closes 19 Jun 2022
- West Edinburgh Link Mailing List Closes 31 Dec 2022
Strategy and Communications
The City of Edinburgh Council
(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)
Leith Walk Planters
In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.
Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall
In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.
Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground. If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.
An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.
We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.
(These are from Cycle Law Scotland, so are for information, rather than an endorsement of them. Full disclosure: LHNCC’s webweaver (Bruce Ryan) is personally in favour of CLS’s work. He particularly likes tips 6 and 14: don’t cycle on the pavement and do enjoy your cycling! He adds: in these benighted times, a decent lock is a must.
You can download a PDF of these hints and tips from CLS HINTS AND TIPS INFO CARD. Please distribute it however you can!)
- ‘M’ Check – before every cycle it is worth carrying out the ‘M’ check to make sure your bike is in working order and ready for your planned route.
- Helmet – although not a legal requirement, wearing a helmet is advisable and will protect your head from injury in a low speed impact. It will also keep the wind out of your hair.
- Bike Lights – if you are cycling in the dark, lights are a legal requirement. Light up, they help you to be seen but also help you to see the road ahead.
- Bell – can be particularly useful on cycle paths. They can be used to warn others of your presence to avoid incidents between cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists with other cyclists.
- High Visibility Clothing – although not a legal requirement, it does help to increase your visibility on the road. It is also advisory under the Highway Code.
- Pavements – it is illegal to cycle on the pavement unless it is a shared use path. A shared path will have a blue sign with a bicycle showing that you are allowed to cycle there.
- Primary & Secondary Road Positions – adopting a primary position on the road helps to increase your visibility and safety.
- Planning Your Route – tell someone where you plan to go if you are out cycling alone. If you know the route and how far you are planning to cycle, you can make sure you have enough food and water with you as well as the likely hazards you may come across.
- Puncture Repair Kit, Tube & Pump – it is always helpful to carry these when out cycling. Even if you cannot repair a puncture, another cyclist may be able to stop and provide assistance.
- Dress for the Weather – the weather is ever-changing in Scotland so make sure to check the forecast and plan your route and any stops accordingly. A waterproof is all too often required. You can store this in a small rucksack.
- Glasses – helpful in sun, wind or rain and especially when you have all three! Glasses protect your eyes against insects and from your eyes watering which can blur your vision.
- Take your Mobile – This allows you to take lovely photos while out enjoying your ride but also enables you to call for help if you ever need to.
- Take Cash – for any cake and coffee stops you want along the way.
- Enjoy being out on your bicycle – remember, you have every right to be there. Cycling is a great way to get around; it’s good for your health and for the environment.
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, at 200 Bonnington Road, on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 5:30pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Continue reading