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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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.

 

LHNCC August 2020 minutes

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

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LHNCC agenda: September 2020 (AGM and ordinary meeting)

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.

This is a public meeting.

Please register using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-harbour-newhaven-community-council-september-meeting-tickets-119405875187

  • 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.

AGM – 7.00pm

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
  2. Chairman : Annual Report
  3. Secretary: Annual Report
  4. Treasurer: report: accounts for FY19/20
  5. Office-bearer elections
  6. Date of next AGM: Tuesday 22 June 2021

Reminder

  • AGM was not held in June due to coronavirus.
  • Following city-wide CC elections in October 2019, LHNCC elected the following office-bearers from its refreshed membership. (From the Edinburgh CC scheme, item 6.28: ‘All office-bearers shall be elected for one year but shall be eligible for re-election without limitation of time.’)
    • Chair: Douglas Tharby
    • Vice-chair: Elaine Dick
    • Secretary: Jennifer Marlborough
    • Treasurer: Douglas Tharby
    • Engagement Officer: No election (Cllr McVey advised that this role is not mandatory.)
    • Bruce Ryan was reappointed as non-voting minutes secretary and webmaster (nem con).
  • This should not be read as LHNCC having pre-decided this meeting’s decisions.

 

Ordinary Meeting 7.30pm

  1. Introductions, apologies
  2. Declaration of interests
  3. Minutes of August 2020 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Report (tbc)
  6. Report from Elected Councillors
  7. Chair, Secretary and Treasurer reports
  8. Standing reports:
    1. Planning
      1. Bath Road/Salamander St. PAN Application
      2. Seafield Project – update (NT).
      3. Western Harbour – Update (JM)
    2. Licensing
      1. Update (DT)
    3. Transport
      1. Trams/CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams) (JM)
      2. EBUG (Edinburgh Bus Users’ Group).(JM)
    4.  Environment
      1. OT Discovery Garden update (JM and ED)
    5. Heritage
      1. Leith Heritage Group Meeting – Update on Victoria And Rennie’s Isle Bridges. (JM)
      2. Rennie’s Isle Bridge – Proposal for John Rennie Commemorative plaque (JM)
      3. Heart of Newhaven Community Project – update (JM)
      4. Cockburn Association – Our Unique City.    http://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/uploads/Our%20Unique%20City%20FINAL%201%20May%202019.pdf
    6. Community
      1. LHNCC – Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Fund update (ED)
      2. Edinburgh World Heritage – Edinburgh ‘s Climate Emergency 16/9/20 (JM)
      3. Generations working together (JM)
        https://generationsworkingtogether.org/events/how-can-we-build-an-intergenerational-nation-17-09-2020
      4. Leith Chooses (DG)
  1. Neighbourhood Networks (DT)
  2. AOCB
  3. Date if next meeting – Tuesday 27 October 2020

LHNCC planning update June 2020

LHNCC’s notes on the following planning matters have just been updated. See the bold items on the following pages:

Paint/Steel Shed – Update from Port of Leith Distillery

(adapted from an email from Port of Leith Distillery)

We’ve been very busy getting our investment round over the line to start construction. It also transpired that there was more to do for us to discharge all of the planning conditions relating to the distillery construction and we’ve been liaising with Edinburgh Council to clear these up. Everything is always much more complicated than we think it will be.

We’ve had some presence on the site for a couple of weeks undertaking site clearance, but now the conditions have been discharged to the satisfaction of the Council, we can start the careful deconstruction of the shed and its transfer to its temporary home at the other end of Ocean Terminal. This will begin next week.

We’ve negotiated an agreement with Ocean Terminal to store the shed for one year, during which time a new home must be found for it, most likely another storage site, but longer term whilst funds are found for its reconstruction.

We met a representative from Forth Ports the other day and discussed their suggestion of re-erecting it at the Western Harbour site. He’s going to take it up directly with Charles Hammond.

Essentially, the clock now starts ticking. We have 12 months of storage agreed but after that the future becomes less certain. For our part, we now have our hands full with the distillery construction and must continue to raise investment. We hope that we can now hand this project on. We are happy to kick this off with a meeting.

Paddy Fletcher
Director, Port of Leith Distillery
+44 7720 438 093

LHNCC October minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 7pm

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LHNCC **approved** September minutes

(The following has exactly the same content as the draft minutes at https://lhncc.org.uk/2019/10/06/lhncc-draft-september-minutes. However, this post records their formal adoption on at LHNCC’s October meeting.)

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm

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LHNCC **draft** September minutes

These are draft because LHNCC has not yet met to adopt these minutes.

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm

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