The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be on Monday 27th July at 6:30pm, online, via Zoom.
The Agenda for the meeting and Minutes of the previous meeting are here and in our library.
This is an extra meeting (there is usually a ‘holiday’ in July) and will follow a different format from usual. Our aim is to allow as much time as possible for discussion of some internal organisational issues.
The meeting is nonetheless open to members of the public as usual. Any local resident who wishes to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a zoom link.
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 pf Edinburgh Council’s ‘SpacesforPeople’ scheme is proposing the following changes to Great Junction Street in order to make it better for pedestrians and cyclists.
Consultation time is very short – all comments must be in by 1200 on Friday 10 July to email@example.com
“Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures
Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street
We would suggest that you view the attached plan to see the detail of what is proposed. In summary it shows:
- Intervention to widen footpaths where necessary adjacent to commercial properties, unfortunately Great Junction Street has considerable street clutter that reduce the available width. Additional parking/loading/unloading facilities can be provided in adjacent side streets, and reintroduced where possible.
- All of the existing bus stops will be retained.
- Unfortunately, due to the limited width on the footway, and the presence of on street queueing significant footpath widening is necessary.
- Footways widened into the bus lane on both sides of the road from Leith Walk to Junction Place, to enable social distancing in the area of highest density business premises.
- Remainder of bus lane outside of widened footway to be availible for cyclists.
- South west footway widened from Junction Place to Bangor Road to provide additional capacity for social distancing and to aid businesses reopening.
- Note that it is planned that several narrow points at existing bus stops will be widened under Phase 2 when temporary ramp materials are available.
In the first instance these measures will be introduced quickly using temporary traffic management equipment, such as cones. Where deemed suitable, this equipment will then be replaced with more robust semi-permanent materials once available.
Given the urgency to make the required changes any comments relating to these proposals should be received by 1200hrs on Friday 10 July to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All feedback will be reviewed and where possible the scheme will be further refined. Feedback will be summarised in an assessment feedback form which will be presented to the Council Incident Management Team for approval. Please note that we will be unable to respond to each and every email.
If the proposal is approved for implementation, publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals –email@example.com
The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.
Spaces for People Team”
(you will see the map better if you open the view the attached plan document, this is just a screen shot)
A planning application has been lodged to change the use of existing offices at 102 Restalrig Road to form 6 flats.
The offices have been empty for some time.
Drawings of what the planned refurbished (and slightly extended) building would look like.
To really get an idea of the planned 5 flats & 1 studio, you need to look at the ground floor and first floor floor plans.
If members of the local community wish to comment on the application, please leave a comment here below by 10 July 2020 (and we will forward it along with the Community Council’s own response), and / or see further details and comment directly on the City of Edinburgh Planning Portal Case number 20/0241/FUL by 13 July 2020.
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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The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council is being held on Monday 29 June 2020 from 18:30. Due to Covid-19 this meeting is being held using Zoom.
If you would like to join us at our meeting to either to watch, ask a question or make a comment, please send us an email & we will send you the Zoom link. Any citizen can come along regardless of where they live.
To request the Zoom link please email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matters under discussion include the recent foul odours from Seafield, as well as updates on our work in the areas of planning, parks & greenspaces and traffic & transport.
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