Free Collection by Edinburgh Council of garden waste to end in October 2018

(adapted from a post on New Town and Broughton CC’s website)

Edinburgh Council is introducing an annual £25 fee (per bin) to collect brown garden waste bins. Coincident with this – the new service will be fortnightly throughout the year, instead of once every three weeks.

The current free garden waste service will continue until 5 October 2018 BUT if you want to continue receiving garden waste collections after that date, action is required before 22 July to register and pay to receive this service after October 2018.

The council states that its reasons for introducing a charge for garden waste collections are :

  • Garden waste collection is not a statutory service, and with reducing budgets and increasing costs, the council can no longer afford to provide the service for free.
  • Over 40% of councils in the UK charge for a garden waste collection and some have stopped the service altogether.
  • The £25 per year charge was agreed by the council at a meeting in February and it is estimated it will save £1.3 million each year and allow provision of a more frequent service.

You do not need to sign up for this service, but if you choose not to sign up you will stop receiving garden waste collections when the free service stops. Further communication from the council is planned later in the summer.

More details can be found on the council website http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/gardenwasteincluding exemptions to the charge for those who qualify.

The website also has more details on the new policy, how the scheme is intended to work and legitimate options for those who do not sign up for the new scheme.

Trinity Academy – LHNCC’s support for suitable investment

LHNCC supports Trinity Community Council‘s request to Edinburgh Council for ‘suitable investment’. Here is the text of that request:

FAO: Cllr Ian Perry, Convener of the Education, Children & Families Committee

cc:

Cllr Alison Dickie, Vice Convener of the Education, Children & Families Committee Cllr Adam McVey, Council Leader
Cllr Cammy Day, Deputy Council Leader
Alistair Gaw, Executive Director Communities & Families Committee Services, City of Edinburgh Council

 Trinity Academy – at the heart of our community

Location

Schools play a particular role in Trinity since the area has no other publicly owned infrastructure.

Trinity Academy itself is situated in the centre of the Trinity area, in Craighall Road. Nearby in Craighall Gardens are the Bangholm playing fields which serve not only as a sports area for the school but are also used by Trinity Academy FP rugby club, and Waverley Inverness Trinity hockey club. The school maintains close links with both the rugby club and others who use these facilities. Nearby is Trinity Primary School, one of the feeder primary schools to the Secondary in the area, the others being Wardie and Victoria. Holy Cross, while not being on the list of feeder schools, is nearby and also provides pupils to Trinity Academy. Continue reading

Industry Lane: LHNCC’s letter to CEC

(This letter was sent to CEC’s Chief Planning Officer and the relevant Case Officer on 29 May 2018)

David Leslie
Chief Planning Officer, PLACE,
Waverley Court,
4 East Market Street, Edinburgh , EH8 8BG

Dear Mr. Leslie

Re: 18/01876/FUL – 4 Industry Lane, Edinburgh, EH6 4EZ. Demolition of existing commercial garage and erection of new residential block 19 units with associated car parking and landscaping.

Applicant: Murascot.Ltd
Agent: Susan Stephen, Architects

Objection: Grounds for comment

A presentation by the Developer for above was held at Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council (LHNCC) Meeting on 22 May 2018, with representation from residents local to Planning Application area in attendance. The general consensus from Committee members was that this application is not appropriate for this site. It was suggested, by some members, that a more appropriate approach would be to convert the existing building to Mews/Colony style residences. There should be provision for people with special needs, including disabled parking facility. It was agreed that I would send a response on behalf of LHNCC.

The proposal is contrary to the following Local Development Plan (2016) Continue reading

LHNCC minutes: April 2018

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 7.00pm

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