Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 1 November 2018

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 01 November at 5:30p Continue reading

Unconventional oil and gas consultation

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government, vis the Improvement Service. If there any questions about the consultation, please contact UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot)

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

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LHNCC agenda: 23 October 2018

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate, Tuesday 23 October at 6.30pm

  1. Introductions, Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Police Report
  5. Reports: Secretary and Treasurer – LHNCC membership update
  6. Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s
  7. Planning Update: Details available: LHNCC website planning page
    1. 17/03194/FUL: MV Fingal: Licensing Board Members site visit update
    2. 18/07468/PAN: 5 Baltic Street. Public Consultation – Wed. 31 October, 3.00pm. – 9.00pm (extended from 7.00pm), Malmaison Hotel. Feedback from meeting on 4/10/18 with William Muir from Sundial Properties
    3. 18/08206/FUL: Bath Road (Salamander Street) – Discuss Application circulated 7/20/18
    4. 17/05415/FUL: Great Junction Street – Application approved. Feedback following invitation to visit Architect’s on Thursday 18/10/18 to view changes made.
  8. CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams): Update
  9. Events & feedback: Detail available: LHNCC website events page
    1. Newhaven Tram: Feedback following Public Events relating to Revised Designs (Out of The Blue 2/10/18; Ocean Terminal 13/10/18) Final Event McDonal Road Library, 2.00pm – 7.00pm 22/10/18, last chance to view. Public Consultation ends 28/2018 (query extension?).
    2. Open Meeting Thur. 4th Oct. 2018 Victoria Primary School 7pm – 9pm – feedback
    3. Victoria Primary School Christmas Lights
  10. Other work: Detail available LHNCC other work page
    1. WW1 Commemoration 10/11/18: Wreath ordered for this.
    2. Licensing Consultation – Response on behalf of LHNCC submitted 5/10/18
    3. Leith Neighbourhood Partnership meeting 27/9/18 Feedback
    4. Autumn Newsletter: Reminder visit our website and sign up for our Newsletter
  11. AOCB
  12. Date of next meeting: Tuesday 27 November 2018

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 27 September 2018

(LHNCC apologises for slightly delayed publication of these minutes. This was caused by waiting for a response from the trams teams to some queries about the content. If you have any queries about these minutes, please contact LHNCC, preferably via our contact-us page.)

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Thursday 27 September at 6:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic.

Abbreviations

CCTT = Community Councils Together on Trams TfE = transport for Edinburgh
CEC = City of Edinburgh Council TN = Trams to Newhaven project
CPZ = controlled parking zone TRO = traffic regulation order
SPC = swept-path contract, TT = trams team
TAPOG = CEC’s tram all-party oversight group

1 Welcome and introductions

1.a Attendance

Charlotte Encombe CCTT/Leith Central CC Andrew Mackenzie CCTT/Leith Links CC
Angus Hardie CCTT/Leith Links CC Bruce Ryan CCTT minutes secretary
Rob Leech TT/TN project director (Anturas Consulting) Harald Tobermann CCTT/Leith Central CC
Jennifer Marlborough CCTT/Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC Darren Wraight TT/CEC

1.b Apologies

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Licensing consultations: LHNCC’s submission

(Please see this previous post for the background to the following.)

LHNCC has made a detailed submission to the current licensing consultation. In brief, LHNCC

  • welcomes the opportunity to comment on Edinburgh Licensing Board’s Statement
    of Licensing Policy
  • strongly supports the suggestion that the Licensing Board should open a specific
    review and consultation on Amplified Music policy
  • agrees that the Board should strengthen its policy on over-provision, including ‘intermediate zones’ to help to
    prevent alcohol-related harm from spreading more widely.
  • points out there are parts of its area that have previously been uninhabited, but that are now being developed into large new housing areas
  • would like to see a significant improvement in the Edinburgh Licensing Board’s commitment to accessibility of information, to transparency, and to communication
  • believes that overprovision of alcohol sales in Leith is directly linked to unacceptably high levels of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour, violence and crime, hospitalisation rates, death rates, fires and poor health and well-being.
  • commends the NE Action on Alcohol Group on an excellent piece of research that provides the evidence to support this view
  • reiterates and endorses certain general points made in the Scottish Green Party’s policy on alcohol statement:
    • Recognising the valuable role that pubs can play in the life of a community. We believe that this is particularly important in the case of smaller communities, and that it is best provided for by independent pubs rather than those controlled by large chains. We recognise the positive benefit to a community which well-run pubs and other licensed venues can provide.
    • Supporting the right of communities to be consulted before existing pubs are subject to a change of use, closure or demolition. We would seek to ensure that communities are able to exercise the option to take over a pub and operate it as a community owned enterprise rather than see it closed.
    • Supporting reform for tied pubs to ensure that licensees have a fair deal from
      suppliers.
    • Asserting the belief that the dominance of a small number of multinationals over the alcohol industry, both in production and in sales, has exacerbated the harmful effects of alcohol. We celebrate the resurgence of small independent brewers in Scotland. We wish to encourage businesses that are based on quality rather than volume sales.