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 members-only meeting with Drum Properties, held via Zoom on Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 7:30pm
Notes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council members-only regular meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 23 June 2020 at 7:30pm Continue reading
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.
Because LHNCC is currently learning how to conduct meetings online, this will be a members-only ‘discussion’ meeting.
- 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.
- Introductions, apologies
- Declaration of interests
- Minutes of May 2020 meeting
- Matters arising
- Police Report tbc POLICE SCOTLAND: Reporting hate crime circulated 16/6/20
- Report from Councillors
- Chair, Secretary andTreasurer reports
- Standing reports:
- Stead’s Place/106-162 Leith Walk – report on meeting with Developer
- 120 Ferry Road/Industry Lane
- Ocean Terminal proposal
- CEC updated information on planning changes relating to Coronavirus
- Development Construction restarts – Phased (5 phases)
- Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) – Meeting 28 May
- Letter Trams to Newhaven project update on construction restart
- Rare whale bones amongst historical discoveries made in tram project excavations
- EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
- TRAFFIC ORDERS – Find out what proposals there are for your area:
- Cladding issues – appeal from FoWLB
- Buildings at Risk: Update on Victoria And Rennie’s Isle Bridges.
- Edinburgh World Heritage Events:
- In conversation with…politicians – Thursday 4 June 2020
- How can we build a better city? – Thursday 25 June
- Cockburn Association Civic Trust – Meeting 2 June 2020.
- Doors Open Days 2020 – It is planned to host a virtual DOD event this year
- What should a post Covid-19 Edinburgh look like?
- Leith Chooses – Projects adapt to Covid-19 crisis
- EACC – Online meeting Thursday 18 June 2020 – feedback
- Neighbourhood Networks
- Date of next meeting: Tuesday 26 August
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at 6:30pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item.
(See also ordinary meeting minutes in previous post.)
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council annual general meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 8.15pm
Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at Leith Community Centre on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 7.00pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem conmeans that no-one spoke or voted against an item. Continue reading
(This letter was sent to CEC’s Chief Planning Officer and the relevant Case Officer on 29 May 2018)
Chief Planning Officer, PLACE,
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.
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