Information received from Scottish Water:
“We wanted to make you aware that Veolia plans to clean the storm tanks at Seafield between Monday 21st September and Wednesday 23 September, next week. This is the first available opportunity to complete this maintenance task following the recent heavy rainfall in the catchment area, and whilst weather conditions are forecast to be favourable.
In addition, as part of planned maintenance activities at the site, Primary Settlement Tank 1 (PST1) is to be drained and cleaned. This activity has been scheduled to commence today with work expected to take approximately one week.
Conditions are currently forecast to be favourable and every effort will be made to minimise the odour risk when carrying out these activities.
Both SEPA and the City of Edinburgh Council have been informed.
We will issue a further update once Veolia has completed the work.
Note: A link to this communication will be posted on social media and also on our website – https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafield
As always if you smell any sewage it’s important that you complete our report form.
I can assure you that all public bodies and elected councillors sit up and pay attention to every complaint made. Your MSP Ben MacPherson has also worked hard on your behalf to secure a commitment by the Scottish Government to invest no regrets funding to reduce odour emissions in 2020/21 and a new state of the art sewage works will be built on the same site in 2030 hopefully to end the Seafield Stench.
Chair, Leith Links Community Council
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Scottish Water have sent the following ‘warning’ of work at the Seafield sewage plant this weekend that could cause a possible increase in foul odours.
From: Bill Elliot <Bill.Elliot@SCOTTISHWATER.CO.UK>
Date: 10 July 2020 at 09:41:47 BST
Subject: Seafield Update 10/07/20
As part of our commitment to keep the community informed we want to make you aware of a planned maintenance activity at Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works this weekend.
After regular rainfall over the past few weeks, the site operator Veolia will start draining the storm tanks this afternoon, and cleaning will commence on Saturday (11/07/2020) with work due to finish on Sunday. The current forecast suggests favourable conditions for this period, providing Veolia with an opportunity to clean the tanks before further periods of forecast heavy rain. This work was initially planned for Wednesday 08/07/2020, but was postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions, in particular, a persistent onshore wind.
I would be grateful if elected members and the Community Council could help and share this message locally to help us ensure as wide a reach as possible.
An update will be provided upon completion of the works.
Note: A copy of this communication will be posted on our website – https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafield
Stakeholder Development Manager (Scotland)
City of Edinburgh Council proposes to allocate a large area of Seafield as “housing led mixed use development” in the next Local Development Plan. Whilst no specific development plans have yet come forward, it is already clear that changes are coming fast, as some car dealers prepare to close and some land sales have taken place.
The Seafield site is not in ‘our’ area (The Leith Links CC boundary lies at the sewage works and Seafield Street (the edge of the old Eastern General Hospital site), but immediately adjoins it. Changes and new development in this waterfront area would be likely to have a major impact on our area, and indeed on the whole of North East Edinburgh.
Do we want to sit back and watch what happens, as multiple different developers rush to grab a bit of this potentially profitable site? Or do we want to see a coordinated approach so that all developers are required to adhere to a set of principles laid down by the local community and the council, working together?
Leith Links Community Council is seeking your views on whether community councils and other groups in the area should be seeking to make proactive moves to shape planning development at Seafield.
Please use this very short survey to say what you think.
Link To Survey
Deadline for responses: 5pm, Friday July 24, 2020
Note: This consultation survey has been published by Portobello Community Council and is hosted on the PCC account but is a joint consultation being run jointly by Craigentinny and Meadowbank Community Council, Leith Links Community Council and Portobello Community Council. Responses will be collated and shared with City of Edinburgh Council.
Update as of 9/7/20: Crawford Builders have advised that piling works have now been completed, well ahead of schedule.
There has been lots of discussion within our community over the last two weeks as to what the source of the thudding noise being heard during the day in the Leith Links area is.
The source of the noise is pile driving works taking place in an area of housing development behind Leith Franklin Academicals Beige Cricket Club.
The works are being undertaken by Hart Builders and are expected to be completed in the third week of July, four weeks ahead of schedule.
Hart Builders are in regular contact with City of Edinburgh Council around the works, providing information around the works programme and noise meter records.
A spokesman for Hart Builders said today;
We (Hart Builders) fully appreciate that these works are very intrusive and frustrating but we at Hart are doing our utmost to complete these early to avoid any further inconvenience to the local community.
Leith Links Community Council is a member of ‘Community Councils Together on Trams’ alongside Leith Central Community Council, Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council and New Town & Broughton Community Council. CCTT is the coalition of Community Councils who meet regularly to discuss, scrutinise and influence the intended continuation of the Edinburgh Tram system to Newhaven.
Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 28 May 2020 are copied below for our communities information.
Actions and decisions are in italic.
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Since this post was made the Edinburgh Evening News have deleted their article on their website & social media, and City of Edinburgh Council have advised that the article was false.
To avoid confusion the article written on this website has been removed.
Later, a retraction & apology was issued by the Edinburgh Evening News.
This week we have received eighty reports of foul odour emissions from Seafield in yet another spike in complaints.
Despite a previous stream of apology’s from Scottish Water staff, local residents are regularly affected by foul odour emissions from the site drifting amongst local homes.
Local residents have been telling us about the impact the foul odour emissions has been having on them & how they have been made to feel;
It affects everything. You do not want to leave your house because it is that revolting. This will impact everyone’s mental health in this weather and unable to go outside with lock down.
Felt sick. Kids commented on how bad it was.
I’m currently shielding due to severe asthma and can’t go out to exercise as I can’t wear a face mask. So my garden is the only place I can sit. This was the hottest day of the year so far. I wanted to sit out in the evening and eat my dinner. I couldn’t sit outside, never mind eat. I had to close windows etc due to this disgusting stench. I tried to eat my salad inside the house but was so nauseated I couldn’t eat. This smell was still there the next morning. It was so warm I had to open my bedroom windows and the odour was still strong. I have lived in Leith for years and experienced this noctious smell many times but this episode really upset me. having to stay indoors and being unable to eat my evening meal.
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City of Edinburgh Councils Trams to Newhaven team have published their latest community newsletter which provides a community update focusing on the start of main construction works.
The newsletter is displayed below for your information.
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As part of its response to the Covid-19 national health emergency City of Edinburgh Council has given notice of its intentions to make changes to a number of local streets.
Easter Road, Duke Street, Great Junction Street and the bottom of Leith Walk have all been included in plans made public by Council officers.
We have provided a copy of a letter seen by Leith Links Community Council, with a map below.
Comments should be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council by 5pm on Friday 26 June 2020 by emailing email@example.com. However, please note that Council officers have made clear that they cannot provide individual responses.
You may also wish to copy your responses to the three Leith Ward Councillors;