LHNCC October 2020 minutes

MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7:00pm

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LHNCC agenda: November 2020

Meeting date

24 November 2020

Agenda

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of September 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report
  6. Councillor’s, MSP’s, MP’s reports
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Seafield Project – update
      2. Albert Dock perimeter fencing
    2. Licensing
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/Community Councils Together on Trams
        • OT updated landscape design
        • Sunday working in Constitution Street
        • Tram Stop and trees – Ocean Drive
      2. Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group
      3. Removal of bike racks at the Kirkgate
    4. Environment
      1. Update on Discovery Garden at Ocean Terminal
      2. Update on Crown Estate Scotland – sustainable communities fund
    5. Heritage
      1. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – latest newsletter posted on website and circulated. Request for Volunteers has been made, details and application form on their website
    6. Community
      1. Leith Community Education Centre AGM (23 November 2020 at 6pm via Zoom)
      2. VPS – Christmas lights
      3. Leith Chooses update (DT & DG)
      4. 100 Days – Leith Forever Exhibition
      5. Resident issues
        • Rubbish/litter on ground North of Portland Gardens
        • Increase in graffiti in Leith Harbour
  9.  Neighbourhood
    • North East Community Planning Partnership update
  10. AOCB
  11. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 26 January 2021

Secretary’s Report Links

Discovery Gardens saved!

Thanks to strong campaigning, in part by LHNCC members, it has been agreed that Discovery Gardens (at Ocean Terminal) will be retained. To quote the latest drawing LHNCC has received:

Existing ‘Discovery Garden’ shall be retained as far as possible and integrated into the design proposals. It shall incorporate new entrance signage … into the curved south boundary of the garden. The removal/modification of existing garden elements shall be minimised whilst ensuring a coherent public realm proposal.

drawing of Ocean Terminal tram-plans, showing retention of Discovery Gardens

Click the image to see the full-size PDF in a new window.

As LHNCC’s secretary, Jennifer Marlborough, said

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council is very pleased and relieved to hear that Discovery Garden is to be retained. We have worked hard, alongside local residents and users of the Garden, to ensure that the cultural and environmental value of this small park is not lost in the midst of development. This is particularly important in an area already largely devoid of green and community spaces. We thank Trees of Edinburgh, #SOS Leith and the local community for their help with our campaign. We now look forward to continuing to work with the Trams to Newhaven team and Ambassador Group, the new owners of Ocean Terminal, to properly secure the Garden’s future.

Other quotes are available on the Trams to Newhaven website.

 

LHNCC September 2020 minutes: ordinary meeting

MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 7:30pm

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LHNCC agenda: October 2020

Agenda

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of August 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report (tbc)
  6. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  7. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Tram Stop Ocean Terminal  – letter of objection regarding Discovery Garden (link in Secretary’s Report below)
      2. Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application – feedback form closing date 29/10/20 (link in Secretary’s report below)
      3. Seafield Project – update.
    2. Licensing
      1. Update
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
    4. Environment
      1. OT Discovery Garden update
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Heritage Group Meeting 19/10/20 – Update
      2. Rennie’s Isle Bridge
      3. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (link in Secretary’s Report)
    6. Community
      1. LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Grant update
      2. VPS – Christmas lights
      3. Leith Chooses – request for CC’s support vote (circulated to members 20/10/20)
      4. Response to resident regarding parking issues in Hawthornvale
  1. North East Community Planning Partnership update
    Checkpoint Group (DT)
  1. AOCB
  2. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 24 November 2020

Secretary’s report and links

Ocean Terminal Tram Stop Planning application – letter of objection re Discovery Garden: https://lhncc.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/lhncc-letter-of-objection-tram-stop-application-ot-oct-2020-jm-final.pdf

Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application download and complete consultation form: https://salamanderstreet.scot

Heart of Newhaven Project Update: https://lhncc.org.uk/2020/10/18/heart-of-newhaven-latest-update

Free repairs for bikes: https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

Leith100 Autumn Programme of Events: https://mailchi.mp/a0a0e71434d7/announcing-a-new-series-of-leith100-events-9438398?e=a59819d631

How to get the Flu vaccine in your area: https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu

Kick Start Scheme for Youth in Scotland – UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-launches-kickstart-scheme-for-youth-in-scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council – Public Space Management Plan – Stakeholder Engagement
The City of Edinburgh Council would like your involvement, input and advice in developing and refining the new Public Space Management Plan (PSMP). Closes on 23 November 2020: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/b24acf90/

 

 

 

Removal of Ocean Terminal Discovery Garden, green space and trees: LHNCC’s objection-letter

LHNCC has objected to plans that include the removal of Ocean Terminal Discovery Garden, green space and trees within the site.

The PDF of LHNCC’s objection is here: LHNCC – Letter of objection Tram Stop application-OT (Oct 2020) JM Final. LHNCC’s reasons for objecting include

  • the application would be contrary to condition 3 of the original application for Ocean Terminal identifying that the proposed works are therefore not a permitted development
  • removal of an important cultural and heritage asset belonging to the Community of Leith
  • [removal of] the range of key ecosystem services the Garden currently provides
  • The garden provides the only green space and is well used and well loved by local residents, visitors and customers/employees of Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

The full text of LHNCC’s objection is below the cut.

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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 August 2020 minutes

MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council members-only meeting with Drum Properties, held via Zoom on Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 7:30pm

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LHNCC agenda: September 2020 (AGM and ordinary meeting)

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.

This is a public meeting.

Please register using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-harbour-newhaven-community-council-september-meeting-tickets-119405875187

  • 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.

AGM – 7.00pm

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
  2. Chairman : Annual Report
  3. Secretary: Annual Report
  4. Treasurer: report: accounts for FY19/20
  5. Office-bearer elections
  6. Date of next AGM: Tuesday 22 June 2021

Reminder

  • AGM was not held in June due to coronavirus.
  • Following city-wide CC elections in October 2019, LHNCC elected the following office-bearers from its refreshed membership. (From the Edinburgh CC scheme, item 6.28: ‘All office-bearers shall be elected for one year but shall be eligible for re-election without limitation of time.’)
    • Chair: Douglas Tharby
    • Vice-chair: Elaine Dick
    • Secretary: Jennifer Marlborough
    • Treasurer: Douglas Tharby
    • Engagement Officer: No election (Cllr McVey advised that this role is not mandatory.)
    • Bruce Ryan was reappointed as non-voting minutes secretary and webmaster (nem con).
  • This should not be read as LHNCC having pre-decided this meeting’s decisions.

 

Ordinary Meeting 7.30pm

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of August 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report (tbc)
  6. Report from Elected Councillors
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports:
    1. Planning
      1. Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application
      2. Seafield Project – update (NT).
      3. Western Harbour – Update (JM)
    2. Licensing
      1. Update (DT)
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) (JM)
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group).(JM)
    4.  Environment
      1. OT Discovery Garden update (JM and ED)
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Heritage Group Meeting – Update on Victoria And Rennie’s Isle Bridges. (JM)
      2. Rennie’s Isle Bridge – Proposal for John Rennie Commemorative plaque (JM)
      3. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (JM)
      4. Cockburn Association – Our Unique City.    http://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/uploads/Our%20Unique%20City%20FINAL%201%20May%202019.pdf
    6. Community
      1. LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Fund update (ED)
      2. Edinburgh World Heritage – Edinburgh ‘s Climate Emergency 16/9/20 (JM)
      3. Generations working together (JM)
        https://generationsworkingtogether.org/events/how-can-we-build-an-intergenerational-nation-17-09-2020
      4. Leith Chooses (DG)
  1. Neighbourhood Networks (DT)
  2. AOCB
  3. Date if next meeting – Tuesday 27 October 2020

Discovery Gardens: call to action!

There are plans to remove the mature trees and gardens at Ocean Terminal’s Discovery Gardens and replace them with paving and ‘specimen’ trees (drawings available on the Trams to Newhaven website*).

More information is available on

*LHNCC has been told that such plans come from Ocean Terminal’s owners, the Ambassador Group, and that the Trams project is obliged to implement them.