In 2015 the Scottish Human Rights Commission began working with a group of people who were living in poor housing conditions in Citadel Court, Persevere Court & West Cromwell Street. People were experiencing problems with damp, mould, ineffective or broken heating, pigeon, rodent and insect infestations, and maintenance issues.
Following on from this work the Commission has produced a report which it is now sharing with our community.
I wanted to let you know that Morrison Utility Services will be carrying out essential gas maintenance works at the following locations within the Trams to Newhaven construction sites:
Baltic Street junction with Constitution Street
Constitution Street (Baltic Street Junction – Tower Street
Works will also take place to install ducting to support the BT Openreach project and maintain their digital network. Thereafter, BT Openreach will have a presence on site for the following six weeks.
The essential gas maintenance works will start on 13 May 2020 and last approximately seven days. There will be no interruption to resident and business gas supplies as a result of these works.
The project is committed to keeping our workforce and the public safe and to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID 19 virus. We will be working in line with the current Scottish Government guidelines of two metre social/physical distancing with extra safety measures in place to make sure that our teams and the public are protected. These additional measures will include face masks, visors, glasses and gloves for use in any instance where two metres social/physical distancing cannot be maintained. Detailed briefings will be given to workers and we will be continuously monitoring working practices.
The works will be carried out during the normal working hours for the project which are 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturdays.
Questions & feedback can be submitted to any of the Leith Ward Councillors, or directly to the Trams to Newhaven team.
If any members of our community have views on the plans under consideration there is still time to let your local City of Edinburgh Councillors know.
You can make your opinion know by commenting on this post, we’ll let local Councillors know where to look to see your comments. Or, you can email any of the Councillors using their email addresses as listed here;
Leith Councillors (Great Junction Street, Shore & part of Easter Road):
Interestingly, the Trams to Newhaven team are still advising the community that the project is ‘scheduled to be completed and carrying passengers by Spring 2023’ as of 7/5/20, despite the works shutdown.
This week our Community Council has become aware of a growing number of incidents involving motorbikes being driven in a dangerous manner, which is causing concern for many people throughout our community.
We have received reports of people riding motorbikes along the Restalrig Cycle Path, on pavements in residential streets such as Seafield Street and generally driving dangerously in the Leith Links area. It is concerning to note that they are often not wearing any helmets, are driving at excessive speeds and are ignoring road signs & traffic signals. It has also become clear from social media that there are similar at various places in Leith.
Leith Links Community Council encourages members of our community to report any incidents to Police Scotland by calling 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency). You should do this whilst the incident is in progress, or as soon as possible afterwards. You should also report every incident to the Police. If possible please give the Police a description of the riders such as what they are wearing, what they look like, how old they appear to be, and any registration plates that can be seen.
Hopefully, a vigilant community who reports incidents to the Police will allow the Police an opportunity to take any necessary action using the powers & resources available to them in order to address this serious safety concern.
Any crimes should be reported to the Police using 101 or 999 however, the local Community Policing Team also have an email address which can be used to raise any general issues with them. Please be aware this email address is not monitored 24/7 so there may be a significant delay in them reading, considering & responding to your email. the email address is – email@example.com. If you are on Twitter you can also send them a Tweet – @edinpolne is their Twitter handle.
We would now invite you to suggest other streets in the Leith Links Community Council which should be considered for closure.
Please be aware that the Council need to take into account a wide range of factors when considering closing streets which means that not all suggestions will be able to be acted upon. Likely factors may be whether the street forms part of a bus route and access for emergency services.
Think about telling us why you are suggesting a particular street and how you feel that street being closed would benefit our community.
Leith Links Community Council will consider the feedback at our next meeting, due to be held on Monday 25 May 2020 at 18:30 on Zoom. Further details will be published on our website.
In the meantime we will make sure that our local Councillors know that they may visit our website to see some of our communities views.