Leith Links Community Council has been asked by Leith for Ever to share the following information. Please note that Leith Links Community Council has not discussed the Leith for Ever project and therefore is providing the information without comment or endorsement.
Leith for Ever
Leithers past and present are being asked to share their thoughts about the area as part of a new lottery-funded project, An evolving online exhibition which will feature 100 people, places, objects and events which represent the independent spirit of Leith. Launched on the centenary of Leith becoming part of Edinburgh, on November 5, 1920, it takes its title from a protest banner which read: “Leith For Ever. We protest against Amalgamation.”
The exhibition is the brainchild of a group of Leith-based organisations, including Leith Civic Trust, Yardheads productions, Leith Festival and Cinetopia in response to the City of Edinburgh Council Archive’s ReDrawing Edinburgh project. Originally the City of Edinburgh Council planned a year of events to mark the centenary of the amalgamation of eight districts into Edinburgh – however because of the Covid crisis most of the activity has had to take place online.
The Leith For Ever project received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which made awards in October to support organisations dealing with the Covid crisis.
You can also find us on facebook, twitter and instagram: @LeithForEver
Share your ideas of individuals, places, objects, or stories about Leith that you would like to see featured, or volunteer to provide content for a post: www.LeithforEver.org/submit
We would also love to hear from any community groups or organisations who might want to get involved in the project. Please email us on hello@LeithforEver.org.
Image of the Leith For Ever Banner from Edinburgh City Council Capital Collections here:
Earlier today City of Edinburgh Council announced that Ethan Young (Scottish National Party) has been elected to represent the Craigentinny/Duddingston ward at the City Chambers.
Councillor Young now automatically becomes an ex officio member of Leith Links Community Council.
Speaking on behalf of Leith Links Community Council Chairman Jim Scanlon said;
On behalf of Leith Links CC I would like to congratulate Ethan and look forward to seeing him at our next CC online meeting. I hope we can work together constructively on issues effecting local residents.
Earlier this evening Leith Links Community Council submitted a further representation to City of Edinburgh Council regarding its Spaces for People programme.
The submission to City of Edinburgh Councils Transport and Environment Committee, and Leith Ward Councillors Booth, McVey and Munro has been made ahead of its meeting due to be held on Thursday 12 November 2020 from 10am. Click here to watch the meeting live on the internet and read the papers for the meeting.
Commenting on the submission Community Councillor Sally Millar said;
It does not seem right that decisions are being made about our area without consulting local people. And if the council really has monitored traffic and done impact assessments, then where are the data?
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Did you know that you can raise community concerns with local Police Officers by email?
It is really important that any specific crimes are reported to Police Scotland by calling 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency). These telephone numbers are always monitored and allows your reports to be logged & assigned to officers.
But, community concerns can be emailed to local community Police Officers. The email address for the Leith & Leith Walk Wards is EdinburghCPTNorthEast@scotland.pnn.police.uk. Please be aware however that this email address is monitored by operational Police Officers amongst their other duties so it is not continuously monitored meaning you may have to wait a few days for it to be read & responded to.
You can also send a tweet to community Police Officers in North East Edinburgh – @edinpolne.
We are pleased to present our latest annual report which provides us with an opportunity to update our community & other interested parties on some of our work over the last year.
The annual report highlights some of our work in various areas such as planning, licensing, greenspaces and of course Seafield odour/noise matters.
Commenting on the annual report Community Councillor Michael Traill, the Community Councils Engagement Officer said;
This Annual Report highlights just how busy our Community Councillors are and I am sure many people will be surprised to see that breadth of work we are involved with. And I fully expect the upcoming year to be just as diverse & busy!
Community Councillor Jim Scanlon MBE who serves as Chairperson said;
When you read the Annual Report it highlights the amount of work as volunteers Community Councillors do.
I’m immensely proud of Leith Links CC’s hard working team who do their best to represent the local community.
To view the report click on the image or click here.
Due to a vacancy caused by a resignation, a by-election is to be held to elect one councillor to the Craigentinny / Duddingston multi-member ward of the City of Edinburgh Council.
- Register to vote, or arrange a proxy or postal vote by 27 October
- Polling will take place on 12 November 2020.
If you live in this area, please be sure to vote!
Thursday 12 November, from 0:700 until 22:00
Although most of the Leith Links Community Council area sits within the Leith ward (ward 13) area, the Eastern part of area sites within Craigentinny / Duddingston ward (ward 14).
Candidates standing in the by-election are;
- Elaine Ford, Scottish Liberal Democrats
- Margaret Arma Graham, Scottish Labour Party
- Tam Laird, Scottish Libertarian Party
- Andrew McDonald, Independent
- Ben Parker, Scottish Green Party
- Eleanor Price, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- Ethan Young, Scottish National Party (SNP)
For more information on the election please visit the City of Edinburgh Councils website by clicking here.
For more information on registering to vote, obtaining a postal vote or obtaining a proxy vote please visit the Electoral Registration Officer website by clicking here.
The map below details the Craigentinny / Duddingston ward area.
Long serving Leith Links Community Council Chairman Jim Scanlon has become a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in this years Queens Birthday Honours for services to the community of Leith.
This follows on from Jim and his wife Annie being jointly awarded The Elizabeth Wardlaw Leith Citizenship Award 2019 as part of Leith Festival 2019.
Jim Scanlon MBE said;
On my birthday in June I received an email to tell me that I had been awarded an MBE but had to remain silent about the award until last Friday night when the embargo ended.
I feel very humbled and proud to receive the MBE and will continue to work hard for the Leith community.
Secretary of Leith Links Community Council Sally Millar said;
The members of Leith Links Community Council are absolutely delighted to hear that our Chair Jim Scanlon has been awarded an MBE.
Jim is a thoroughly great bloke, has led the Community Council steadily for many years, and is an unassuming but tireless champion of the local community and the wonderful area we live in.
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.
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.
Update as of 9/7/20: Crawford Builders have advised that piling works have now been completed, well ahead of schedule.
There has been lots of discussion within our community over the last two weeks as to what the source of the thudding noise being heard during the day in the Leith Links area is.
The source of the noise is pile driving works taking place in an area of housing development behind Leith Franklin Academicals Beige Cricket Club.
The works are being undertaken by Hart Builders and are expected to be completed in the third week of July, four weeks ahead of schedule.
Hart Builders are in regular contact with City of Edinburgh Council around the works, providing information around the works programme and noise meter records.
A spokesman for Hart Builders said today;
We (Hart Builders) fully appreciate that these works are very intrusive and frustrating but we at Hart are doing our utmost to complete these early to avoid any further inconvenience to the local community.
Leith Links Community Council is a member of ‘Community Councils Together on Trams’ alongside Leith Central Community Council, Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council and New Town & Broughton Community Council. CCTT is the coalition of Community Councils who meet regularly to discuss, scrutinise and influence the intended continuation of the Edinburgh Tram system to Newhaven.
Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 28 May 2020 are copied below for our communities information.
Actions and decisions are in italic.
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