The Police response under Operation Talla has continued in line with the updated Government guidelines from 14th September 2020. During the first weekend thereafter, Police officers attended 405 house parties across Scotland (compared with 392 from the previous weekend) and further enforcement powers have now been granted to Police under Regulations 8 to 11, namely:
- limiting public gatherings to a maximum of six people from two households
- limiting indoor gatherings in private dwellings to a maximum of six people from two households
- a person must not attend a party or social gathering in a private dwelling involving 16 or more people, who are members of more than one household
- power of entry, including the use of reasonable force, in specific circumstances without the need for consent or a warrant
Breakdown of calls in north Leith/Newhaven area (approx 266 in total)*
- 21 calls relating to public nuisance
- 17 calls of theft
- 13 domestic-related calls
- 5 calls of other violence
- 17 loud noise/music-related calls
- 28 concern-for/missing person calls
- 5 drug-related calls
*stats included until 21/09
Plain-clothes patrols across Leith
Over the weekend of 11-13th September, Police officers from response and community teams conducted plain-clothes patrols across the Leith area focussing on antisocial behaviour and drugs hotspots, including Leith Walk, Buchanan Street, Easter Road, Ferry Road, London Road, Portland Street, Ocean Terminal, public parks and walkways. These patrols resulted in licensed premises checks, numerous vehicles and persons stopped/searched and 3 people charged with drugs possessions.
Some of the local issues we have been looking to tackle include
- drug misuse in areas of North Fort Street, Madeira Street and Industry Lane, resulting in increased high-visibility foot & mobile patrols
- post-lockdown opening of David Lloyd gym, Newhaven Place and recent trend of unreported thefts from lockers – there have been no issues regarding the covid-related health guidelines; however, discussions with management have been held over increased security and potential suspects for the thefts
- dog-walkers & fishermen within ‘restricted’ Forth Ports land at Western Harbour – liaising with Forth Ports regarding vandalisms to fences and locks, uniformed and plain-clothes patrols to highlight dangers of the area to members of public
Filming within Leith Police station
On 7th and 9th September, we were visited at Leith Police station by a film crew from Channel 4’s upcoming third series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns presented by Professor Alice Roberts. The Edinburgh episode will focus on Georgian Edinburgh, looking at how the city was physically and intellectually transformed during the first Industrial Revolution, and how the experiences of people living in the Old and New Town radically diverged during the period. The episode, which will include analysis of Alexander Carse’s painting, THE LANDING OF HIS MAJESTY GEORGE IVTH AT LEITH, 15TH AUG 1822 hung within the Council Chamber at Leith Police station, will air in 2021.
I have had a meeting with Asda Sandpiper’s designated Community Champion to discuss their safeguarding plans around the sale of fireworks, which will include double age-checks, increased security presence and CCTV monitoring.
Ocean Terminal shopping centre
PC Margo Darling has been appointed as Ocean Terminal liaison officer to replace PC Smith. There will be no monthly beat surgery at Ocean Terminal until further notice.
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 6.30pm Continue reading
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 22 January 2019 at 6.30pm Continue reading
(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)
A public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland is now live, running until Monday 13th May.
The Scottish Government seeks views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals. It also seeks views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly.
While much of the current legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster the consultation will help to identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework.
Alongside the consultation, there will be a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Details of events alongside access to the consultation on Citizen Space can be found via the following link https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/
The consultation events that have been organised so far:
- Wednesday 13thFebruary, 6- 8 pm at Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
- Monday 18thFebruary, 5 – 7 pm at Pollokshields Community Centre, Glasgow
- Thursday 28thFebruary, 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm at The Attic, Tolbooth, Stirling
- Tuesday 5thMarch, 2-4 pm at New Register House, Edinburgh
- Tuesday 19thMarch, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Perth Leisure Pool, Perth
- Thursday 21stMarch, 2-4 pm at Spectrum Community Centre, Inverness
- Thursday 21stMarch, 6-8 pm at Jurys Inn, Inverness
- Monday 29thApril, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Civic Rooms, Town Hall, Aberdeen
Events are also being planned in Elgin, Paisley, Dumfries and Galloway and the Islands.
Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate
Tuesday 27 November at 6.30pm
1 Introductions, apologies
2 Minutes of Previous Meeting
3 Matters arising
4 Police report
5 Forth Ports project team presentation: Western Harbour revised design
6 Reports: Secretary and Treasurer
7 Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s
8 Planning Update
detail available on LHNCC planning pages
8.a CW properties: 139 Leith Walk 19/00415/PAN
Public Consultation: McDonald Road Library, Monday 22 April 2019 and Tuesday 23 April 2019 (both 14:30 to 19:00)
8.b Cala: Waterfront Plaza (affordable block F) 16/03684/FUL
Building to start June/July 2019
Public consultation: Ocean Terminal, Wednesday 27 February (12:00 to 19:00)
8.d POLHA: 2 Ocean Drive 14/05127/FUL
Building to commence April 2019
9 CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
- Publication of Final Business Case (FBC) 22 February 2019. CCTT considering a joint statement relating to issues that have not been fully resolved.
- Chris Day (EBUG) and Jennifer Marlborough met with Darren Wraight (Tram Team) to discuss bus stops/shelters and cycle lane provision on Leith Walk.
10 Local events & feedback
detail available on LHNCC ‘other work’ page
10.a Heart of Newhaven (formerly Newhaven Project)
steering group meeting to decide way forward 19/2/2019
10.b LeithChooses voting: feedback
10.c Save Leith Walk
- CEC hearing – application refused. LHNCC presentation available on website
- Meeting to discuss next steps and the possibility of some kind of Leith umbrella organisation/development trust: Newkirkgate 13/3/19 (time TBC)
11 CEC and Scottish Government consultations
detail available on LHNCC events page
11.a CEC community council scheme
closes 22/4/19: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/edinburgh-community-council-scheme-review
11.b Scottish Government consultation on fireworks
closes 13/5/19: https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks
11.c SEStrans bus stakeholders congress
Victoria Quay 8/2/19
12.a Revive proposal regarding LRT route 21 via Western General Hospital
13 Date of next meeting
Tuesday 26 March 2019