MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7:00pm
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
HoNC continues to work towards acquisition of the Victoria Primary School site and despite the impact of Covid 19, our timetable for completion remains the same: as soon as the children move to their new school, we will move in, hopefully in the autumn of next year, 2021.
To acquire the building, which we have permission from City of Edinburgh Council to purchase, we need to find £700,000. To this end, an application to the Scottish Land Fund has already been submitted. With the current SLF funds geared towards applications with more immediate needs, particularly those who have Covid-related issues, we have decided to pause our application until the next round of grants which will bring it more in line with our expected purchase date.
Read more in HoN’s emailing at https://mailchi.mp/heartofnewhaven.co.uk/november-newsletter-12898031.
Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading
- Introductions, apologies
- Declaration of interests
- Minutes of August 2020 meeting
- Matters arising
- Police Report (tbc)
- Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
- Standing reports
- Tram Stop Ocean Terminal – letter of objection regarding Discovery Garden (link in Secretary’s Report below)
- Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application – feedback form closing date 29/10/20 (link in Secretary’s report below)
- Seafield Project – update.
- Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
- EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
- OT Discovery Garden update
- Leith Heritage Group Meeting 19/10/20 – Update
- Rennie’s Isle Bridge
- Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (link in Secretary’s Report)
- LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Grant update
- VPS – Christmas lights
- Leith Chooses – request for CC’s support vote (circulated to members 20/10/20)
- Response to resident regarding parking issues in Hawthornvale
- North East Community Planning Partnership update
Checkpoint Group (DT)
- 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/
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.
£eith Chooses Steering Group writes
Many thanks to all who responded to our recent survey. What a rich and heart-warming show of care, commitment, and bright ideas!
The overwhelming consensus was that £eith Chooses 2021 should go ahead, even in our current challenging and less than ideal circumstances. And it’s happening!
The good news is that, with a little help from within the Council, we have found a way to arrange online voting for £eith Chooses 2021, so we won’t need to have a ‘Panel’ to allocate funding after all. We will still hold at least one public meeting online, to support participation, bring everyone up to speed, and to discuss a number of the points brought up in the survey. More news on that soon!
But because time is now short (how did that happen?), we need to push on with the project meanwhile. The Themes used previously received a majority approval rating in the survey results, so we’re sticking broadly with those same topic areas.
The theme for 2021 is:
In these Covid times:
- Challenging food poverty in Leith
- Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness
Please go to the £eith Chooses website to get application forms and more information. Groups will have until 11 December 2020 to fill them in and return them.
Voting will take place in January 2021
The £eith Chooses team will offer support to applicants on demand, but that will be online or by phone, rather than in person. Watch our website for details.
Here are the key points of CEC Planning’s blog. The full blog (with photos) is at https://planningedinburgh.com/2020/10/14/leith-walk-halmyre-street-place-brief-2/
The Leith Walk/Halmyre Street Place Brief is now online. The approved place brief provides guidance for a co-ordinated approach to a housing-led, mixed use development on a site east of Leith Walk and west of Halmyre Street.
The place brief has been prepared by the Council’s planning service in collaboration with other Council services. It has involved extensive engagement with the local community and other stakeholders through a series of community engagement events held in January this year, covered in this blog back in May.
Future planning applications for any part of the site will be required to address the principles within the place brief to ensure that development helps to create a good place.
The place brief has the status of non-statutory planning guidance and will be a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications.
You can download the full place brief here.
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