Notification of start of construction work (Lindsay Road and Ocean Drive)

(copied from a letter from Trams to Newhaven)

Date 10 February 2020

Dear Sir/Madam,

Notification of start of construction work

Construction works to take trams to Newhaven will commence from Newhaven to Melrose Drive on 6 March 2020 and are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Lindsay Road, Melrose Drive and North Leith Sands will be suspended.

Works will also commence on Ocean Drive, at the front of Ocean Terminal, on 13 March 2020, scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. All parking and loading on Ocean Drive and Ocean Way will be suspended. Please note that Ocean Terminal will remain open as usual and access to the car parks will be maintained.

The full construction programme can be viewed on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Construction Works
Fencing will be erected in order to establish the construction site which will take approximately two weeks. During this period there will also be further site investigation works undertaken.

Information boards and directional signage will be displayed once the fencing has been erected and the construction site has been established.

Following site set up, Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), and Morrison Utility Services (MUS) roles will involve excavation of the road to allow utility diversions, tracklaying, installation of tram infrastructure, public realm improvements, and heritage and archaeology works.

Construction site working hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm.

Ail works will be undertaken in line with the Code of Construction Practice which details, amongst other things, acceptable levels of noise and vibration. The Code of Construction Practice can be found on the project website – www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Lothian Buses
There will be diversions to your bus services during construction. Full details will be available at www.lothianbuses.com and via the Transport for Edinburgh App.

Bins
There will be no changes to your bin collection arrangements.

Other Works
Other associated work will also be taking place at the following locations:

  1. Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Spring 2021.
  2. Queen Charlotte Street to Constitution Place — works are continuing and scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2020.
  3. Leith Walk — enabling works are continuing and main construction works will commence 28 March 2020 scheduled to be completed by Summer 2021.

Traffic Management
Traffic management arrangements have been approved jointly with members of the city’s Traffic Management Review Panel, including Lothian Buses and the emergency services, and these will be in place from 6 March 2020 for Newhaven to Melrose Drive and 13 March 2020 for Ocean Drive. Access through the site will be maintained for emergency services at all times. Diversion routes and advanced warning signage will be erected in the vicinity for information and detailed drawings for these can be found on the Trams to Newhaven website.

The project will assess the traffic management arrangement throughout the construction period and make amends where required.

Newsletter
To keep up to date with the project’s progress and news, sign up to our mailing list at www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk.

Considerate Contractor Scheme
SFN and MUS both follow the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which requires a firm focus on outstanding management, efficiency, awareness of local environmental issues, and a genuine consideration for neighbours and the community.

During the time that the above works are being undertaken, all efforts will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience to residents and businesses. Further details can be found at
https://www.ccscheme.org.uk/

For further information please visit www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk. Alternatively, you can contact us via email at Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk or by phone on 0131 322 1122.

Yours faithfully

Trams to Newhaven Team

Trams to Newhaven – Construction work to pause for Christmas and New Year period

adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven. For more information, please see their latest Project Newsletter.

Please note that construction work on the Trams to Newhaven project will pause for Christmas and New Year from 5.00pm on 20 December 2019 until 7.00am on Monday 6 January 2020.

All open excavations on Constitution Street have been backfilled with sand to protect the ground conditions. Footways have been reinstated where possible and the majority of traffic management on Leith Walk will be removed, with barriers remaining around street lighting columns and build-outs.

During the festive period, we will secure all construction site entry and exit gates using a coded padlock.  All emergency services have been given the code should they need to gain access and the site will be inspected twice a day.

The scaffolding at the South Leith Parish Church wall will remain in place over the festive period and will be inspected regularly.

Our contact centre opening hours over the period are:

  • Saturday 21st December 2019 – Monday 23rd December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 24th December 2019 & Tuesday 31st December 2019 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 27th December 2019 – Monday 30th December 2019 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 3rd January 2020 – Sunday 5th January 2020 8:00am to 8:00pm

How to contact the project

Telephone: 0131 322 1122
Email: Newhaven.tram@edinburgh.gov.uk
Live chat: www.tramstonewhaven.co.uk

The contact centre will be closed on the following days although calls will be auto-forwarded to the on-call team:

  • Wednesday 25th December 2019
  • Thursday 26th December 2019
  • Wednesday 1st January 2020
  • Thursday 2nd January 2020

The operating times for the Mitchell St logistics hub over the period are:

  • 21st, 22nd, 23rd =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 24th December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 25th and 26th December = CLOSED
  • 27th, 28th = 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 29th = Sunday closure
  • 30th December =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 31st December =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 1st, 2nd January =  CLOSED
  • 3rd January =  8.00am – 6.00pm
  • 4th January =  8.00am – 3.00pm
  • 5th January – Sunday closure

Traffic management maintenance crews will be operational 24/7 over the Christmas period.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

Paint/Steel Shed – Update from Port of Leith Distillery

(adapted from an email from Port of Leith Distillery)

We’ve been very busy getting our investment round over the line to start construction. It also transpired that there was more to do for us to discharge all of the planning conditions relating to the distillery construction and we’ve been liaising with Edinburgh Council to clear these up. Everything is always much more complicated than we think it will be.

We’ve had some presence on the site for a couple of weeks undertaking site clearance, but now the conditions have been discharged to the satisfaction of the Council, we can start the careful deconstruction of the shed and its transfer to its temporary home at the other end of Ocean Terminal. This will begin next week.

We’ve negotiated an agreement with Ocean Terminal to store the shed for one year, during which time a new home must be found for it, most likely another storage site, but longer term whilst funds are found for its reconstruction.

We met a representative from Forth Ports the other day and discussed their suggestion of re-erecting it at the Western Harbour site. He’s going to take it up directly with Charles Hammond.

Essentially, the clock now starts ticking. We have 12 months of storage agreed but after that the future becomes less certain. For our part, we now have our hands full with the distillery construction and must continue to raise investment. We hope that we can now hand this project on. We are happy to kick this off with a meeting.

Paddy Fletcher
Director, Port of Leith Distillery
+44 7720 438 093

LHNCC October minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 7pm

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Consultations by Edinburgh Council

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Strategy and Communications
The City of Edinburgh Council
strategyandinsight@edinburgh.gov.uk 

Parks consultations: please have your say – thrice!

(adapted from a rather confusing email from Edinburgh Council) 

Survey of events in parks

This year’s survey about events held in parks across the city in 2018-19 has been published today: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/copy-of-copy-of-parks-events-review-2018-19.

This surveyfocuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.

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