Leith Links Community Council respond to Scottish Government consultation on regulation of Short Term Lets

The Scottish Governments latest consultation on Short Term Lets gathers final views on proposed new legislation for the regulation of Short Term Lets in Scotland.Scottish Government publishes Debt Advice Routemap for Scotland | Money Advice Liaison Group

Their proposals include a mandatory licensing scheme to ensure that all Short Term Lets are safe and to address issues faced by neighbours. The regulations, if passed by the Scottish Parliament, would come into force by April 2021.  These would also give councils powers to manage pressures created by the use of whole properties as short-term lets.

The consultation closes on Friday 16 October 2020. Click here to view the consultation on the Scottish Government website.

In response to the consultation Leith Links Community Council has now submitted its response, which is available below for citizens to view. We would recommend reading our response alongside the consultation papers (available via the link detailed above) otherwise it may not make much sense!

We have went went a bit deeper that the three simple questions apparently ask. This was a very conscious decision in order to make sure the Scottish Government are clear of our position in expectation that the Short Term Let industry will be working to challenge the strength of any new regulation.

There are two principles which run throughout the consultation response;

  1. The regulation should be clear and simple to understand by public authorities, citizens and the Short Term Let industry. The legislation should not afford opportunities for it to be open to interpretation. This is problematic for everyone involved.
  2. The cost of the regulation should be entirely borne by the Short Term Let industry.  This legislation is required because the industry has failed to self regulate. Application charges should be set at a level which takes account of all costs incurred by local authorities (and other public bodies such as Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service). The public purse is under significant pressure and none of it should be diverted to regulation of Short Term Lets.

Leith Links Community Council is encouraging citizens to submit their own responses to the consultation via the Scottish Governments website. The consultation closes on Friday 16 October 2020. Click here to view the consultation on the Scottish Government website.

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Short Term Lets: Consultation on a licensing scheme and planning control areas in Scotland. A consultation by Scottish Government

The Scottish Governments latest consultation on Short Term Lets gathers final views on proposed new legislation for the regulation of Short Term Lets in Scotland.Scottish Government publishes Debt Advice Routemap for Scotland | Money Advice Liaison Group

Their proposals include a mandatory licensing scheme to ensure that all Short Term Lets are safe and to address issues faced by neighbours. The regulations, if passed by the Scottish Parliament, would come into force by April 2021.  These would also give councils powers to manage pressures created by the use of whole properties as short-term lets.

Leith Links Community Council is encouraging citizens to submit their own responses to the consultation via the Scottish Governments website. The consultation closes on Friday 16 October 2020. Click here to view the consultation on the Scottish Government website.

We are currently working on our response, which we will publish on this website next week. If you have any comments in relation to the consultation, which you feel we should take into consideration please submit them to us commenting below no later than 6pm on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

 

Developing the Seafield waterfront – how do we see the future?

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.
What do local people think? Use this short survey to have your say.

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.

 

Help City of Edinburgh Council decide which streets need adapted as part of its Covid-19 response

The City of Edinburgh Council, with support from Sustrans Scotland, is introducing temporary measures to protect public health and support physical distancing. These measures will make it easier and safer for people to get around our streets for essential journeys and exercise.

Using their online tool citizens can submit suggestions on their interactive map, and others can show their support for any suggestions. Of course, additional feedback can still be submitted to your local Councillors – Booth, McVey & Munro or by emailing Council officers at spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk.

There are a number of suggestions & feedback relating to the Leith Links Community Council area on the Councils website, an example of three such streets are;

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Community views sought on temporary closure of Links Gardens

On 29 April 2020 we let you know about the partial closure of Links Gardens as part of the City of Edinburgh Council response to the current Covid-19 national health crisis.

In the comments below please tell us what your views are on this specific road closure.

Think about:

  • Telling us whether you support the closure, object to the closure, are neutral or have no opinion on the closure. And why.
  • Telling us how you and / or the wider community benefit from the closure, or you feel you and / or the wider community are negatively impacted by the closure.

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.

Community views sought on streets in Leith Links area which should be considered for closure

On 29 April 2020 we let you know about the partial closure of Links Gardens as part of the City of Edinburgh Council response to the current Covid-19 national health crisis.

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.

 

The area within the red line is the Leith Links Community Council area.

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.

Leith Links Community Council responds to City of Edinburgh Council City Plan 2030 consultation

Leith Links Community Council has submitted its response to the City of Edinburgh Councils City Plan 2030 consultation.

Click on the image to read the response document.

Community Councillors have been working for a number of weeks to understand & respond to the consultation as the product which arises from the Councils work developing City Plan 2030 will have a massive impact upon our communities future for generations to come in areas such as new homes, transport, education and green spaces.

The consultation ran online from 31 January to 30 April 2020 and included a series of drop in events throughout the city.  Originally due to close in March the deadline was extended by the local authority due to the Covid-19 national health crisis.

The Council website pages dedicated to City Plan 2030 includes a brief description of what the City Plan 2030 is;

 

Choices for City Plan 2030 in 200 words

Our next local development plan

 

 

Our city continues to grow. We must manage that growth and make sure everyone can share in our city’s success.

 

Our City Plan 2030 will set out the long-term vision for Edinburgh. It will set out locations for new homes and businesses, protect places of value, and make sure that essentials for a good quality of life – like public transport, schools and green space – are core to our city.

 

Scottish Government requires councils to produce a local development plan. The plan is used to guide decisions on planning applications.

 

We’re planning for a city that is a great place to live, where you don’t need to own a car to move around, where everyone lives in a home which they can afford and where everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing is supported.

 

We’re not starting from scratch – many of the policies in our existing local development plan are working well. The choices outlined for City Plan 2030 looks at key areas for change such as addressing climate change, building affordable housing, short-term lets and student accommodation. They will play a major part in helping us to meet our ambition for a carbon neutral city by 2030.

 

Police Scotland consultation: Your Police 2020-2021

Police Scotland are inviting members of our community to take part in an online survey entitled ‘your Police 2020-2021’.upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/89/Lo...

Anyone wishing to take part in the survey can do so until 31 March 2021.

The survey also includes a number of questions specifically relating to Police activity during the current Covid-19 National Health Emergency.

In their introductory statements Police Scotland say;

We recognise the importance of understanding the views and priorities of Scotland’s diverse communities. This is especially important during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This survey is a platform for you to give us your views and opinions during these challenging times, and beyond.

 

The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

 

We have included some screenshots of questions from the survey to provide a flavour of the types of questions they are asking.

 

£eith Chooses 2019/2020 | Your feedback is sought

The City of Edinburgh Council / Community Steering group who deliver the annual £eith Chooses local participatory budgeting process are seeking the views of our community on this years process.

Views are sought via an online survey.

It is important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation, whether they took part in £eith Chooses or not, as the collated views will inform future £eith Chooses processes.

 

To find out more information about £eith Chooses you can visit their website, their Twitter steam or their Facebook page.

Leith Links Community Council have played a key role in delivering £eith Chooses from its early days when it was known as £eith Decides.

 

 

Leith Neighbourhood Network | Let’s make our area better

City of Edinburgh Council / Leith Neighbourhood Network are asking the Leith community for their suggestions on projects which could be taken forward to help improve the local environment, funded wholly or in part by the Councils Neighbourhood Environment Programme funding for our area.

To gather our communities suggestions a drop in session will be held on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at Leith Community Centre (Cafe) from 3pm till 6pm.

In addition to the drop-in event, Council Officers from the Leith housing team are looking to deliver additional local walkabouts with Council tenants to identify potential projects, which will be promoted alongside the drop-in event.

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