A new one-off £60,000 “Local Events Fund” has been made available by the City of Edinburgh Council in order to stimulate artistic and cultural events across the city. The one-off fund aims to inspire audiences and artists who might otherwise not have the chance to participate in cultural ventures to take up the artistic challenge.
Applications of between £2,500 and £10,000 can be made by community groups, arts/creative organisations and partnerships based in the four Localities of the city with each area receiving a total fund of £15,000 to award.
The fund is now open and applications need to be submitted by 15 December. Only one application can be made per organisation and anyone interested should submit their application by 12 noon on 15 December 2017. See attached guidelines, application forms and webpage link below for more information.
Applications now open for this fund, please promote through your local networks:
Friends of Water Leith Basin (Fowl) have organised a joint cleanup with the WoL Conservation Trust this Sunday 19th November and we hope you will be able to spare a couple of hours to come along and help. Very sorry for the short notice , however the weather looks good with some sunshine so hope to see you there.
We are meeting at Coalie Park at 10.30am. See the link below if you are not sure were we are meeting.
Adapted from an email from Nick Gardner, Chair of Leith Festival)
Leith Festival is looking for a part time co-ordinator to support its Board in achieving its goals through delivery of its 2018 Community based Work Plan. This exciting and varied role requires a highly motivated person who can demonstrate the ability to organise community events over an eight month period starting in January 2018. Interviews will be held during the week of 4th December.
Full details are in the job description: MS Word, PDF
Please send the following to Nick Gardner (Chair) by midday on 27th November:
- 1 sheet of A4 outlining how your experience matches the job description and person spec
- Contact details of 2 referees
Applications can be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or posted (Leith Festival Association, 17 (1st floor) Academy St, Edinburgh, EH6 7EE)
Job Description Festival Coordinator, Job Description Festival Coordinator
The three Leith Community Councils are teaming up with City of Edinburgh Council to create a pot of cash for the community in Leith, based on Scottish Government ‘Community Choices’funding.
Applications for £EITH CHOOSES will be invited very soon, and voting will be in March 2018. Many things will be similar to previous £eith Decides but there are a few exciting changes too.
The project Launch & first Funding Workshop will be held on 22nd November in Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate, at 6.00pm.
Come along and find out more!
Keep up to date via Facebook and Twitter, or download the press release.
Setting the Council budget 2018/19
City of Edinburgh Council is planning the budget for 2018/19 and is once again looking for your feedback.
The changes faced, just like other cities, continue:
- our population is changing and growing
- demand for our services, such as for schools and health and social care, is increasing all the time
- Council income has not kept up with rising demand.
In 2017/18 the Council invested over £900m on services for residents, businesses and visitors. It focussed on the things you said are important like education, care for older people, culture and services for vulnerable children and adults.
The Council has saved around £240m since 2012/13 and continues trying to work more efficiently and to prioritise services. Even with this, it is estimated that it needs to save at least £21m by 2019, over £100m by 2021 and £150m by 2023
Tell the Council what you think
Please give the Council your views on its budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart. You can also register to come along to Question Time on Monday 27 November, where you can put a question to a panel of senior councillors.
Last week we attended a meeting with the consultants, amec foster wheeler and Cranfield University who had been appointed to carry out the strategic odour review of Seafield Wastewater treatment works. The community now have until 12th January to make comments. LLCC will be meeting with Leith Links Residents Association and elected City councillors to formulate our response. Members of the public can also make their thoughts known directly to the consultants but the CC would welcome any comments to be included in our submission and these would be treated in confidence
The full draft report has over 100 pages but the consultants also prepared a summary which I’ve also attached. Seafield summary
The summary includes short, medium and long term recommendations which we will be commenting about after discussion with LLRA.
The Draft Report is available on the Scottish Water website, accessible here: www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafield
Comments should be submitted by e:mail to email@example.com no later than Friday, January 12, 2018.
A letter has been issued to all private properties within the EH6 area and will be landing w/c 30/10/2017 with local residents within the EH6 area.
The City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland are providing free cavity wall insulation* for suitable homes in the Leith area. If the cavity wall insulation has degraded, it can be removed and replaced for free. If properties do not currently have cavity wall insulation, they can be assessed and if suitable, insulation can be installed. It typically costs around £475** to install this type of insulation. This offer is also available to private and social residents*** and will contribute to improving the EPC ratings of properties.
We would encourage you to ensure that householders are made aware of this offer as there is limited funding which may not be available in the future. You can also contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 in order to verify any information.
36 Newhaven Road
Edinburgh EH6 5PY
Your Community Council
The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be on Monday 30 October, at 7 pm in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate All Welcome.
Did you know you can go and talk to one of your local Councillors, if you have a private matter you need to discuss (just turn up, no need to ‘book’):
- Councillor Chas. Booth (Scottish Green) Termtime Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 Leith Library , Ferry Road.
- Councillor Adam McVey (SNP) 3rd Wednesday of month, 6pm Leith Library, Ferry Road.
- Councillor Gordon Munro (Scottish Labour) 1st & 3rd Mondays of month 6:30 – 7:15 Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate
Agenda Monday 30 October 2017 Draft Minutes September 2017
On behalf of the community council I attended a meeting at Scottish Government with members of Leith Links Residents Association. The statement below was released by Ben MacPherson MSP as Chair of the stakeholders group.
We, the Seafield Stakeholders Group, welcome the Strategic Review into the operation, physical infrastructure and overall performance of the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works, commissioned by the Scottish Government and being undertaken independently by Amec Foster Wheeler and Cranfield University.
“Today, Friday 29 September, we welcomed the opportunity to hear first-hand about the comprehensive investigative work being undertaken by consultants Amec Foster Wheeler and Cranfield University into odour-related issues at Seafield and the surrounding network, including consultation with a large number of individuals and residents from the local community. The Group also welcomes the approach that the independent consultants are engaged in and acknowledges that a thorough investigation is being undertaken.
“We were able to question and comment on the methodology and process of the Strategic Review, to ensure it is robust and appropriate, and look forward to analysing the independent report when it is due to be published on 27 October.
“The Stakeholder Group also looks forward to working collaboratively upon the findings of the Review, to address and prevent odour nuisances emanating from the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works.”
Just a reminder that the festival fireworks display is tonight from 9pm onwards. If you have a pet please try to make sure they’re safe indoors. Thanks