Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 August 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

LHNCC June 2020 minutes

Notes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council members-only regular meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 23 June 2020 at 7:30pm Continue reading

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Copied from an email from CEC’s Spaces for People

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street

Following our email of 26 June advising that we would notify you once further details were available for the proposals above, we are pleased to be able to provide these now. We are aware that you were initially given proposals for Great Junction Street and Easter Road in a single notification, however in an effort to provide details at the earliest opportunity these have been separated and plans for Easter Road will be issued as soon as they are available.

We would suggest that you view the plan to see the detail of what is proposed.

map of proposals for Great Junction St and Easter Rd

Click the graphic to see the full PDF. LHNCC’s web-weaver is not happy that the map does not include a key.

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 June 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Edinburgh off-road paths Code of Conduct

Edinburgh Council has published a guide to conduct when using off-road paths.

Click either graphic to see the full PDF:

Here’s the text from the PDF:

Edinburgh is great for walking and cycling with its fantastic network of off-road paths across the city.

These paths are for everyone. Whether you’re out for a stroll, heading to work, off for a run, walking the dog, taking a leisurely bike ride or out for a family adventure with the kids.

So everyone can share the paths in safety and comfort, please follow this simple code of conduct.

You can get this document on tape, in Braille, large print and various computer formats if you ask us. Please contact Interpretation and Translation Service (ITS) on 0131 242 8181 and quote reference number 17-2231. ITS can also give information on community language translations. You can get more copies of this document by calling 0131 529 3030.

Designed by the City of Edinburgh Council 17-2491/CE/SG/October 2017

edinburgh.gov.uk/pathsforeveryone

Everyone

Please consider all other path users.

Stay alert, especially if using headphones or your phone.

Don’t assume everyone can see or hear you.

Keep left if possible and pass on the right.

Please don’t leave your rubbish behind.

Cyclists

Use your bell – well in advance.

Please give others space.

Don’t pass at speed.

At night – avoid dazzling: dip, dim, don’t strobe.

Walkers and runners

Listen for cyclists’ bells.

Allow cyclists to pass.

At night, be safe be seen.

Dog walkers

Keep dogs on a short lead or close to heel.

Please clean up after your dog.

At night, use a reflective collar or coat on your dog.

 

 

 

 

LHNCC agenda: May 2020

Given the unusual nature of the circumstances we are in, we are doing our best for the Community Council and also the best in our responsibility to deliver upon our commitment to the community which we serve.

Because LHNCC is currently learning how to conduct meetings online, this will be a members-only ‘discussion’ meeting.

  • LHNCC welcomes public input in advance via the website contact-form at https://lhncc.org.uk/contact-us/.
  • Public input is equally welcome at any time after the meeting.

LHNCC is aware that online meetings exclude those who cannot access them, whatever the reason. However, this is the best it can offer under the current circumstances.

We would also like to thank all the valiant people who are providing essential services across all sectors in our community and beyond.

Agenda: Tuesday 26 May, 7pm

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Notes of April 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report tbc
  6. Reports from Councillors and elected representatives
  7. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. 106-162 Leith Walk/Stead’s Place (20/01447/PAN)
      2. 57 Tower Street/5 Bath Road (20/01313/FUL)
    2. Licensing
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) – next Meeting 28 May
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group) – CEC traffic measures: Creating Safe space for walking and cycling
    4. Environment
    5. Heritage
      1. Edinburgh World Heritage in Conservation (virtual) – discussion ‘Is Edinburgh’s architecture at the dawn of a ‘New Golden Age’? (7 May 2020). Tbc Next meeting with Politicians and CEC leader.
    6. Community
      1. Coronavirus
      2. Heart of Newhaven
    7. Communications
      1. Newsletter
  9. Neighbourhood Networks
  10. AOCB
  11. Date of next meeting/AGM: Tuesday 23 June tbc

Zoom meeting guide

  • Many of you will be familiar with Zoom – but if not I hope this will help. Any queries please do ask beforehand.
  • During the meeting your audio and video will be turned off. If you have any technical difficulties, please use the ‘chat’ function.
  • We shall answer questions at the end of each item and will have an AOB session at the end of the meeting.
  • To ask a question on an agenda item, please type your question into the ‘chat’ function. Questions will be selected by the chair and you will have your audio and video switched on by the host.
  • If you wish to add to a point made in the question and answer session at the end, please click ‘participants’ and raise your hand. If selected, we will activate your audio.

Active travel update

On Friday, the Council launched a campaign encouraging everyone to be considerate of other people and follow Scottish Government guidance when enjoying their outdoor exercise and travel.

The press release which was published on Friday can be found here.

Increase in people using off-road paths and parks

Since restrictions were introduced to help manage the coronavirus outbreak, there’s been an increase in people using the city’s network of paths, as well as parks, as part of their daily exercise and for travelling to work or local amenities – with up to five times their normal use.

Data up to week five of lockdown shows increases on the Union Canal towpath, with 17% growth in pedestrian numbers at Harrison Park, whilst cycling numbers have grown by 76% at Wester Hailes. On the North Edinburgh Path Network at Rodney St, pedestrian numbers have grown by 14%, cycling numbers by 32%.  At certain times of the week, especially weekends, much bigger increases have been recorded.

While it’s great that the routes are popular and well-used, we want to make sure that everyone can undertake and enjoy their daily exercise and travel in safety and comfort.

Paths for everyone code of conduct

The campaign will direct people to the Paths for Everyone section of the Council’s webpages, where we hope to be able to display information such as busy routes/times, coming from our pedestrian/cycle counter data.  This aims to encourage people to use alternative routes if they can, or exercise at a less busy time.  Smarter Choices, Smarter Places funding for this project is gratefully received from Paths for All.

About the campaign

example of temporary signageTemporary signage (example on the right: click the thumbnail to see the full-size image) will be rolled out this week, starting on the active travel network entry points, and signage in the parks will follow.  We will be running a complementary social media campaign also, and we would really appreciate your support with sharing this content amongst your followers and networks.

Report issues

There might be local issues that you are aware of where additional signs may help. Please email your suggestions to spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Wishing you all the best and thank you in advance for your support with our campaign.

Kind regards,

Judith Cowie
‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ Programme Manager
Active Travel
Road Safety and Active Travel
Transport Networks, Place Development
The City of Edinburgh Council
Judith.cowie@edinburgh.gov.uk

LHNCC January 2020 minutes

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

LHNCC November 2019 minutes

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

1.a Present

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

1.b Apologies

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.

5 Reports

5.a Chair

  • 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!

5.b Secretary

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

5.c Treasurer

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.
  • £eithChooses
    • Don Giles requested volunteers for the voting day on 1 February, and for projects to apply to enter on or before 6 February.

13 AOCB

  • 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