Scottish Water have today announced a multi million pound improvement programme at Seafield.
Leith Links Community Council for a number of years has been working hard to represent the views & concerns of our local community as a solution was sought to ongoing odour nuisance from the site.
The press release from Scottish Water is copied below:
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The £eith Chooses voting day is being held on Saturday 1 February 2020 from 11:00 until 15:30 in Leith Community Centre, 12a Newkirkgate (Above Bank of Scotland).
Come along on the day to learn about applicants to the Leith Chooses funding pot of £44,000, and cast your vote/s.
You are eligible to vote if you are 8 years old or over, and if you live in Leith, or work in Leith, or study (go to school) in Leith, or volunteer regularly in Leith.
For more information please visit £eith Chooses online at:
£eith Chooses is Leiths local participatory budgeting process, overseen by City of Edinburgh Council but led by a community steering group, which includes Leith Links Community Council.
Leith Links Community Council has supported £eith Chooses over the years through active participation in the steering group, and through volunteering on the voting days.
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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£eith Chooses is the local participatory budgeting process overseen by City of Edinburgh Council via a steering group made of up individuals & organisations representatives from the greater Leith area.
This funding year they have £44,000 available to fund projects which aim to: Fight loneliness and social isolation in the Leith community and / or Fight hunger and food poverty in Leith.
Applications opened in October 2019 as reported on this website, with the deadline for applications being close of business on Monday 6 January 2020.
The City of Edinburgh Council has arranged for waterproofing works to be undertaken on the Great Junction Street bridge from Sunday 5 January 2020 for up to ten weeks.
Although this is outwith the Leith Links Community Council area, these works when taken into consideration alongside tram related works in Leith has the potential cause disruption to many members of our community.
The works mean that the bridge will be closed to south bound traffic, bus stops & routes are also affected.
The below letter and map have been published by City of Edinburgh Council.
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Pub chain J D Wetherspoons have published their plans for the derelict site at 15 Duke Street – to turn the site into a beer garden for their Foot of the Walk public House.
The building & land at 15 Duke Street has been highlighted by the community as an eyesore for a number of years.
Those who would like to find out more about their proposals, ask any questions, make any suggestions etc will be able to to do so at a consultation event has been arranged for Thursday 16 January 2020, from 3pm to 8pm in their Foot of the Walk public house.
And ofcourse the community will be able to submit views etc to City of Edinburgh Council when formal planning permission/s are sought.
Throughout 2019 our website has continued to go from strength to strength as it continues to grow in terms of the information published & stored, and also in terms of extending our reach amongst our community.
In 2019 our website has had 34,765 visits (1/1/19 to 12noon on 28/12/19). This compares to 10,661 in 2018 and 12,243 in 2017.
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A local community member has highlighted the deteriorating condition of the former Leith Town Hall (now Leith Police Station) on Queen Charlotte Street.
Leith Links Community Council intends to discuss the condition of the building at its next meeting on Monday 27 January 2020, at 18:30, in Leith Community Centre.
The building was used as Leith Town Hall until 1920 when Leith amalgamated with the City of Edinburgh. The building currently services as a Police Station.
With significant concerns amongst our community as to the future of Leith and how it will look & feel in years to come due to significant local development work, important community assets linked to our heritage & history are important to many.
In late 2014 the council closed Duncan Place Resource Centre & subsequently proposed demolition.
The community came together to achieve the following:
- Demolition prevented
- Charity formed
- Business plan developed
- Building refurb & business start up funds secured.
On Thursday Dec 19th Jim Scanlon, Chair of Leith Links Community Council, represented the area on a panel to scrutinise the plans & finances for Duncan Places future.
Under the Community Empowerment Act, the panel unanimously agreed to recommend a Community Asset Transfer of building from the council to the charity. This recommendation will be put to the Council’s Finance & Resources Committee in March 2020.
This is an historic moment for Leith and so, the setting of the Historic Leith Town Hall was a befitting venue. The charity will reopen the building in early 2020 and plan to hold a community celebration in Sept, when the building itself will be 100 years old. There will be rooms available by the hour for groups & classes as well as rooms available for permanent let to charities, social enterprises & similar. A great achievement when compared to the potential demolition.
For further details please email: Info@duncanplace.org