LHNCC agenda and Eventbrite link: January 2021

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  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of November 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report
  6. Councillor/MSP/MP reports
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports:
    1. Planning
      1. Stead’s Place (JM)
      2. Albert Dock (ED)
      3. Seafield Project (NT)
      4. 72 Commercial Street (JM)
      5. Hemingway’s, Commercial Street (JM/ED)
    2. Licensing (DT & AY)
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/Community Councils Together on Trams (JM)
      2. Edinburgh Bus User’s Group (JM)
    4. Environment
      1. Crown Estates grant (ED)
      2. Discovery Garden (ED)
    5. Heritage
      1. Heart of Newhaven Community Project (JM)
      2. Leith Heritage group (JM)
      3. Leith Civic Trust (Vision) (JM)
    6. Community
      1. £eith Chooses – voting (DG & DT)
      2. North East Community Planning Partnership (DT)
  1. Resident issues
    1. Continued concern about graffiti in area
    2. ‘Fly-tipping’ landfill waste into community recycling bins
    3. Increase in dog waste across the Shore area
  2. Ocean Terminal – meetings, notices and community engagement
  3. AOCB
  4. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 23 February 2021

LHNCC October 2020 minutes

MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7:00pm

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 October 2020

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

LHNCC agenda: November 2020

Meeting date

24 November 2020

Agenda

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of September 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report
  6. Councillor’s, MSP’s, MP’s reports
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Seafield Project – update
      2. Albert Dock perimeter fencing
    2. Licensing
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/Community Councils Together on Trams
        • OT updated landscape design
        • Sunday working in Constitution Street
        • Tram Stop and trees – Ocean Drive
      2. Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group
      3. Removal of bike racks at the Kirkgate
    4. Environment
      1. Update on Discovery Garden at Ocean Terminal
      2. Update on Crown Estate Scotland – sustainable communities fund
    5. Heritage
      1. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – latest newsletter posted on website and circulated. Request for Volunteers has been made, details and application form on their website
    6. Community
      1. Leith Community Education Centre AGM (23 November 2020 at 6pm via Zoom)
      2. VPS – Christmas lights
      3. Leith Chooses update (DT & DG)
      4. 100 Days – Leith Forever Exhibition
      5. Resident issues
        • Rubbish/litter on ground North of Portland Gardens
        • Increase in graffiti in Leith Harbour
  9.  Neighbourhood
    • North East Community Planning Partnership update
  10. AOCB
  11. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 26 January 2021

Secretary’s Report Links

Discovery Gardens saved!

Thanks to strong campaigning, in part by LHNCC members, it has been agreed that Discovery Gardens (at Ocean Terminal) will be retained. To quote the latest drawing LHNCC has received:

Existing ‘Discovery Garden’ shall be retained as far as possible and integrated into the design proposals. It shall incorporate new entrance signage … into the curved south boundary of the garden. The removal/modification of existing garden elements shall be minimised whilst ensuring a coherent public realm proposal.

drawing of Ocean Terminal tram-plans, showing retention of Discovery Gardens

Click the image to see the full-size PDF in a new window.

As LHNCC’s secretary, Jennifer Marlborough, said

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council is very pleased and relieved to hear that Discovery Garden is to be retained. We have worked hard, alongside local residents and users of the Garden, to ensure that the cultural and environmental value of this small park is not lost in the midst of development. This is particularly important in an area already largely devoid of green and community spaces. We thank Trees of Edinburgh, #SOS Leith and the local community for their help with our campaign. We now look forward to continuing to work with the Trams to Newhaven team and Ambassador Group, the new owners of Ocean Terminal, to properly secure the Garden’s future.

Other quotes are available on the Trams to Newhaven website.

 

LHNCC September 2020 minutes: ordinary meeting

MInutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council ordinary meeting, held via Zoom on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 7:30pm

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LHNCC agenda: October 2020

Agenda

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of August 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report (tbc)
  6. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  7. Standing reports
    1. Planning
      1. Tram Stop Ocean Terminal  – letter of objection regarding Discovery Garden (link in Secretary’s Report below)
      2. Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application – feedback form closing date 29/10/20 (link in Secretary’s report below)
      3. Seafield Project – update.
    2. Licensing
      1. Update
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group)
    4. Environment
      1. OT Discovery Garden update
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Heritage Group Meeting 19/10/20 – Update
      2. Rennie’s Isle Bridge
      3. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (link in Secretary’s Report)
    6. Community
      1. LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Grant update
      2. VPS – Christmas lights
      3. Leith Chooses – request for CC’s support vote (circulated to members 20/10/20)
      4. Response to resident regarding parking issues in Hawthornvale
  1. North East Community Planning Partnership update
    Checkpoint Group (DT)
  1. AOCB
  2. 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/

 

 

 

Removal of Ocean Terminal Discovery Garden, green space and trees: LHNCC’s objection-letter

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.

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Police report: LHNCC area, September

Coronavirus pandemic

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.

Fireworks Night

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.

 

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 August 2020

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