Leith Links Community Council is a local voluntary body composed people who care about our community and want to make our area an ever better place to live, work, study, volunteer or visit.
The general purpose of Community Councils is to act as a voice for our local area. We do that by raising matters of concern with our elected representatives or directly to public bodies. We also work to improve our local community by taking part in partnership work and by undertaking our own projects.
We meet regularly throughout the year, usually the last Monday of each month at 18:30 in Leith Community Centre, except July & December when we don’t have a monthly meeting. Our community are welcome and in fact encouraged to come along to our meetings. Further details can be found on our ‘our meetings‘ page.
Our elected representatives are people who live in our area and care passionate about our community. They were all elected at the 2019 Edinburgh Community Council elections.
- Gail Clapton – Treasurer.
- Abby Cunningham – Parks & Greenspaces Sub Committee.
- Angus Hardie – Planning Sub Committee. Community Councils Together on Trams.
- David Igoe – Parks & Greenspaces Secretary.
- Rafiqul Islam
- Tangila Islam
- Sally Millar – Secretary. Planning Sub Committee. Leith Chooses Steering Group.
- Andrew MacKenzie – Planning Secretary. Community Councils Together on Trams.
- Christine Reid – Parks & Greenspaces Sub Committee.
- Jim Scanlon MBE – Chair. Planning Sub Committee. Seafield co-lead.
- Eileen Simpson – Seafield co-lead.
- Michael Traill – Engagement Officer. Licensing Secretary. Webmaster.
Our associate representatives are people who the Community Council has decided to bring onto the Community Council because they have specialist skills, knowledge or experience that would be beneficial.
We currently have no associate representatives.
Our nominated representatives represent the interests of local local interest groups on our Community Council.
We currently have no nominated representatives but have six seats available.
Local interest groups who are interested in joining us should contact City of Edinburgh Council to find out eligibility for registering, and the process for joining.
Ex officio representatives
Our ex officio representatives are automatically members of our Community Council by virtue of holding elected office at the City of Edinburgh Council, the House of Commons, the Scottish Parliament or the Scottish Youth Parliament. The area they represent includes part or all of the Leith Links Community Council area.
It is uncommon for many of these ex officio representatives to attend on a regular basis, in fact some have never attended a single Leith Links Community Council meeting.
- Councillor Chas Booth
- Councillor Ian Campbell
- Councillor Joan Griffiths
- Councillor John McLellan
- Councillor Adam McVey
- Councillor Gordon Munro
- Councillor Alex Staniforth
- Jeremy Balfour MSP (Lothians)
- Miles Briggs MSP (Lothians)
- Ash Denham MSP (Edinburgh Eastern)
- Sarah Boyack MSP (Lothians)
- Neil Findlay MSP (Lothians)
- Alison Johnstone MSP (Lothians)
- Gordon Lindhurst MSP (Lothians)
- Ben MacPherson MSP (Edinburgh Northern and Leith)
- Andy Wightman MSP (Lothians)
- Deidre Brock SNP MP (Edinburgh North and Leith)
- Tommy Sheppard SNP MP (Edinburgh East)
- Adam Paton MSYP
- Corinna O’Malley-Hamilton MSYP
- Archie Flynn MSYP
- Russell Bowers MSYP
We are specifically tasked with representing the Leith Links Community Council area however, our work is not confined to this area. For example, a large planning development in another Community Council area may have an impact on local infrastructure in our area in, in which case it would be legitimate for us to become involved.
Our area is defined by the red line in the map below.
Community Council elections were last held in Autumn 2019. We had twelve candidates standing for twelve seats which meant no public vote was required, with all candidates returned as elected unopposed.
Ten of our current elected representatives were members of the previous Community Council.
How we are governed
Community Councils were first established in Scotland by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
The City of Edinburgh Council produces a Scheme of Administration for Community Councils which lays down local provision & rules for Community Councils in the City.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section we have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
- How is Leith Links Community Council funded?
- How do I join Leith Links Community Council?
- How do I raise an issue with Leith Links Community Council?
- Who can attend a Community Council meeting?