Edinburgh Council is responsible for the conservation and management of built heritage in the city including the designation of conservation areas as areas of special architectural or historic interest.
The Trinity Conservation Area was originally designated in 1975. A Character Appraisal for the Conservation Area was published in 2001. Character Appraisals are designed to help manage change in the area.
The Conservation Area Appraisal was revised by City of Edinburgh Council only last year and stresses the importance to Trinty of preserving the character of detached villas set in substantial plots with generous spacing to their neighbours and the high-quality stone-built architecture of restricted height.
One of the other areas covered in a conservation area is trees.
The buildings in Trinity are complemented by the profusion of mature trees, spacious private garden settings, stone boundary walls and green open spaces. The abundance of mature trees in garden grounds unifies the Conservation Area and makes an essential contribution to the overall character. Large trees are of particular importance as they provide a setting and screening for houses, a habitat for wildlife, and other environmental and aesthetic benefits.
Trees within Conservation Areas are covered by the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 as amended by the Planning Act 2006. This Act applies to the uprooting, felling or lopping of a tree having a diameter exceeding 75mm at a point 1.5m above ground level. The planning authority must be given six weeks’ notice of the intention to uproot, fell or lop trees. Failure to give notice will render the person liable to the same penalties as for contravention of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO).
Tree Preservation Orders are made under planning legislation to protect individual and groups of trees considered important for amenity or because of their cultural or historic interest. When assessing amenity, the importance of trees as wildlife habitats will be taken into consideration. There is a strong presumption against any form of development or change of use of land which is likely to damage or prejudice the future long term existence of trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order. The removal of trees for arboriculture reasons will not imply that the space created by their removal can be used for development.
How many Tree Preservation Orders do you think are in place in Trinity??
You may be surprised to learn that there is a mere 5 TPOs in the whole of Trinity.
Below is a message the community council have just received regarding a delay to the Bangholm project which is part of the new Trinity Academy development:
The Bangholm project was just about to be tendered at the point of lockdown. Construction was supposed to begin on site about now and be completed by August 2021. The tender process is now being progressed however there is likely to be about a 6 month delay in terms of construction start. We will have a much better idea of the updated programme when we get the tender returns. I am hopeful that construction will be completed by January/February 2022.
Once the programme implications are clearer we will provide a full update to the school community.
The Trinity Community Council are very disappointed with not only the delay but the lack of a detailed explanation. This is another blow to Trinity pupils on top of the problems they have endured recently with their exam results.
The project does have relevance to the entire community not just the school community and Trinity residents deserve better than this.
You may wish to contact any of the 4 councillors who represent the Forth Ward and their contact details can be found here:
Well done! We are pleased to announce that our plans for the acquisition of Victoria Primary School are on target, thanks to your help.
Critical Meeting Last week, we appeared before local Councillors on what is called a Community Asset Transfer Stage Two Panel. It was confirmed there that ours is the only application they are considering.
We mounted a sophisticated presentation using a wide range of colourful photographs and graphs, with critical links to an impressive number of local groups from professional firms to key charities, all involved in our three interconnected intergenerational themes that some of you now know off by heart:
Culture & Heritage Learning & Enterprise Well-being in the Community
We passed the test!
We demonstrated both the viability of our long term Business Plan and that what we propose is in the interests of the whole community, by honestly answering questions put to us by the various councillors.
Crucially important was to demonstrate how – Well-being – has, during “lock-down”, embraced the other two themes.
Learning & Enterprise is attracting novel ideas of helping each other face an uncertain future that with imagination has great opportunities for innovation, including awareness of environmental challenges.
Culture & Heritage has a key part too. The iconic Victorian Building will not be mothballed or converted into flats after 176 years of history but will tell the story of Newhaven over the past 500 years while looking confidently forward, using imaginative interactive techniques.
The modern Anchor Building will primarily meet the urgent need for nursery care. We expect that other compatible enterprises might well be accommodated in a flexible use of the space. The surrounding attractive garden and playground areas will help showcase this as the beating Heart of Newhaven Community
The Anchor Building
The Panel was impressed and we have been encouraged to move forward with our plans.
And you have helped:
Either because you were already part of the Heart of Newhaven Community ❤️or because through our recent postcard delivery you have just joined us, boosting support. Keep the numbers growing. Representation of the whole community across what is technically called “the area of benefit” is essential to meet the City of Edinburgh Council targets for the ways in which they are required to provide for important needs from the youngest to the oldest in an area of growing population.
If you live in this area – as nearly all of you do – you should have received an attractive postcard designed to encourage more people to join us.
We have delivered nearly 7,000, which gives some idea of the population. We’ve still not quite finished (in case you haven’t got yours yet) but the results, together with our modern media contacts, are very encouraging.
It is now even more important to make sure your friends have signed up too.
Ask them. Nudge them. Tell them how good it will be for them too.
Why not display the postcard in a window for the world to see?
Imagine Newhaven’s beating heart on display together with the rainbows of hope! What a combination! 🌈 🌎 ❤️
Major Gas Replacement Works In the York Road Area of Edinburgh
The following information is being circulated on behalf of SGN
As you are aware, SGN manages the network that distributes natural and green gas to 5.9 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. We also provide the gas emergency service in these areas.
I’m writing to you to make you aware of our upcoming project to upgrade our gas network in the York Road, area of Edinburgh. This project involves us replacing our existing gas mains with new plastic pipe.
Our essential work will ensure the local community receives a continued safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come. We’re working closely with Scottish Government to make sure we carry out our project in line with all current coronavirus safety guidance. We shouldn’t need to interrupt gas supplies to homes or businesses, and our engineers won’t be calling at residents’ homes, unless it’s an emergency.
We’re looking to start work in the York Road area of Edinburgh on Monday the 17 August and our project will last approximately four weeks.
We are required to remove a small section of pipe at the junction with East Trinity Road. During this project and due to the location of the pipe it will be necessary to close York Road at its junction with East Trinity Road. Local diversions will be in place during this time. To help carryout these essential works parking suspensions will be in operation and there will also be a requirement for temporary traffic signals.
We have extra safety precautions in place to protect our colleagues and our communities from the virus. Our colleagues will be keeping to social distancing guidelines on our sites and we’d ask communities to keep their distance too. There’s more information about our coronavirus response on our website: sgn.co.uk/coronavirus
I’m also writing to local stakeholders to make them aware of our project. Please feel free to also share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our project.
If you have any specific enquiries about this project, please call us on 0800 912 1700 and our customer service team will be happy to help.
Thank you for your support during these challenging times and if there’s anything else you need please let me know.
Message Sent By Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)
Residents of Trinity are warmly welcomed to join the next virtual meeting of the Trinity Community Council on Monday 27July.
For the first time, the meeting will be held on Microsoft Teams software, to bring the Community Council onto the same hosting platform as used by the vast majority of the public sector in Scotland.
Business will start at the usual time of 7:15. You can join the virtual gathering from 6:45, just to give everyone a little time to iron out any technical hitches.
The links at the bottom of this invitation will enable you to Join the Meeting, or Learn more about the Teams platform.
If you click on the link to Join below, this email invitation will be replaced by an event in your electronic calendar, with a link to the meeting on the 27 July.
It is suggested that you download the Teams app, as this improves the functionality you will have during the meeting. This can be done in advance. On a smartphone, you must download the app. If you are using a PC or tablet, then you can join in via a browser window, but you don’t have as many functions as you get with the app. The Learn about Team link below contains more information on downloading and setup.
Community officers PC Sarah Hall and PC Tony Lawrence are doing a ‘drop in’ in Victoria Park this Saturday (25th July) – they will be in the Park for anyone to come and have a chat between 1130 and 1230.
The most common types of work offered are roofing, driveways and gardening. They mainly operate during the spring and summer months when lots of people are looking to get work done around the house and garden. It is difficult to tell the difference from a real tradesman, however they will:
💰 Offer to do small jobs cheaper than competitors. However, once started they claim that urgent and more expensive repair work is needed on your property when this is not the case.
🕛 Claim they can start immediately and offer special discounted deals if you pay in cash now, trying to rush your decision.
🛠️ Complete similar work in your area to give you confidence in them. However, scammers have been known to finish one job in order to get into a local area. They then go on to scam, mislead and overcharge additional customers in the surrounding area.
☎️ They can have a local telephone number and claim to have a local business premises. Telephone numbers can now be purchased and business units can be let short term. Scammers will often go to great lengths to make you believe they are local.
🚚 They may even drive a branded vehicle and have a website that they can direct you are able to supply a business card.
🚫 Don’t be afraid to say no and don’t be embarrassed as genuine callers expect you to be careful. If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door and report the incident to police.
If you think a bogus caller or doorstep criminal has called on you, or been in your street, report this to the police immediately on ‘101’ (non-emergency) or ‘999’ (in an emergency).
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can report any incidents to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Telephone scams are a common way for criminals to con people out of money.
Last week in Edinburgh we received a report from a local resident who stated that she had received a telephone call from a male calling himself “Jack” claiming to be “from the surgery”.
The call was made from a mobile phone number unknown to the resident. Early into the conversation, “Jack” informed the resident that she was entitled to an “Emergency Call Button”. Having not expected any calls from her surgery – and believing this to be a scam – the resident did exactly the right thing and ended the call immediately. She then reported the incident to her local surgery who confirmed that they had not tried to contact her and that this indeed a potential scam.
To protect yourself and prevent becoming a victim of similar frauds and scams, please consider the following crime prevention advice if you receive an unsolicited telephone call:
Don’t reveal personal details. Never give out personal or financial information (such as your bank account details or your PIN) over the phone, even if the caller claims to be from your bank.
Hang up. If you feel harassed or intimidated, or if the caller talks over you without giving you a chance to speak, end the call. It may feel rude to hang up on someone, but you have the right not to be pressurised into anything.
Ring the organisation. If you’re unsure whether the caller is genuine, you can always ring the organisation, company or bank they claim to be from. Make sure you find the number yourself and don’t use the one provided by the caller.
Don’t be rushed. Scammers will try to rush you into providing your personal details. They may say they have a “time-limited offer” or claim your bank account is at risk if you don’t give them the information they need right away.
There are also ways in which you can avoid scam or ‘cold calls’. You can block or prevent some cold calls by considering the following: Register with the Telephone Preference Service – it’s free and it allows you to opt out of any unsolicited live telesales calls. This should reduce the number of cold calls you receive but may not block scammers.
Talk to your phone provider to see what other privacy services and call-blocking services are available, although you may need to pay for some of these services.
If you have a smartphone, you can use the settings on the phone to block unwanted numbers.
If you’re not sure how to do this, you could visit your local mobile phone shop for assistance.
There are products to block some calls. Some local councils provide call blockers through their trading standards teams.
For more advice and information on how to protect yourself from being a victim of frauds or scams, please visit our dedicated page on the Police Scotland websitewww.scotland.police.uk or you can visit the Trading Standards Scotland websitewww.tsscot.co.uk
All reports of fraud and any other financial crime should be reported to Police via 101 without delay. In an emergency always dial 999.
Message Sent By Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)