Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Long-Term Vision public consultation

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is seeking your views on its Long Term Vision.

Their online consultation survey can be completed by clicking here before 18 July 2021.

The website of SFRS says-

The safety needs of communities across Scotland are changing. To respond to this, we want to evolve the service we provide and at the same time further improve what we do so that the people of Scotland have the best fire and rescue service possible.

Our document ‘SFRS – Long-Term Vision’ details the four key principles that outline how we want to work and the eight priorities we want to achieve over the next decade and beyond.

This vision represents our future, but we remain, as always, your SFRS.

We have launched a public consultation for communities across Scotland to offer their views on the future direction of the SFRS and how to make the country an even safer place to live, work and visit.

Make your voice heard, take part in our consultation and help us create a safer Scotland for all.

Filming on the Links Wednesday 9th June

If you see a small crowd protesting on Leith Links on Wednesday, it’s not the start of the revolution, it’s a film crew filming a drama.

This will take place between about 0900 and 1300 near to the Vanburgh Place  / Academy Lofts bit of the Links, and over towards Wellington Place.

The company has full permissions in place. Filming should not be unduly noisy or disruptive, but any complaints should be directed to Mr. Neil Mackay, Location Manager, on or phone the City of Edinburgh’s film office 0131 6227337

Parking spaces have been reserved for the film crew between Merith House Hotel and Park View Hotel.

McDonald Road Library prepares to open as Covid-19 testing centre for those without symptoms

City of Edinburgh Council has announced that those living in the Leith area without Covid-19 symptoms will be able to pop into McDonald Road Library for a Covid-19 test.

The tests take around fifteen minutes, with the results known within the hour.

The Library will be used as a Covid-19 testing centre from 14th June 2021 from 9am until 6pm, up until 20th June 2021. No booking required, just pop in.

Click here to read more information about community Covid-19 testing.

It is worth noting that almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.





Hold the date! Next public meeting about the former bowling green area is 17th May 7pm

The next online public meeting to discuss the possible future of the ‘former bowling green area and building’ on Leith Links will be held on Zoom at 7p.m. on Monday 17th May.
We had a very well-attended meeting on 19th April – thank you to the many members of the local community who participated! – to discuss the possible future of this part of Leith Links that has fallen into disrepair and is underused. Many great ideas for the area were put forward and discussed, but we were also made aware of the restrictions affecting potential changes of use and building on what is ‘common good land’.
The next public meeting will be held  at 7p.m. on Monday 17th May, when we will discuss in more detail some short, medium and long term aims. Hold the date!!!
Participation will be via the Eventbrite ticketing system and we will post a link here very soon that you can use to sign up for this meeting.
We are also working on getting some specialised pages up on this web site that can be used for members of the public to share and comment on ideas under discussion.

Watch this space!


Scottish Parliament elections 2021: Online hustings opportunities to meet & question candidates

With the Scottish Parliament election campaign well underway there are two hustings which we are promoting for those who live in the Leith Links Community Council area.


If you are not sure which consistency you live in you can find out by typing your postcode into the Scottish Parliament website by clicking here.


Edinburgh Northern and LeithThe Broughton Spurtle have organised a hustings which is being held on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Click here for more information.

Edinburgh Eastern – Portobello Community Council have organised  a hustings which is being held on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Click here for more information.



Useful links:

Hustings is going ahead, Monday 12th April

Our Hustings is definitely still ON, for the candidates hoping to be the next Member of Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Northern and Leith. It takes place tomorrow Monday 12 April 2021 from 7pm online, via Zoom

You may have heard that political campaigning and electioneering was suspended due to the sad passing of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, and wondered if our Hustings was cancelled, as a result. However, the suspension is lifted as of Monday afternoon, so our Hustings is not affected.

The online hustings will allow local citizens to pose questions & hear answers from the candidates for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

There are still some places available <<< Click here to book your ticket >>>

The candidates taking part are:

  • Rebecca Bell (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Katrina Faccenda (Scottish Labour)
  • Callum Laidlaw (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Ben Macpherson (Scottish National Party)
  • Jon Pullman (Freedom Alliance)
  • Lorna Slater (Scottish Greens)

<<< Click here to book your ticket >>>

If you have booked a ticket already, you will receive the Zoom link by email tomorrow, late afternoon / early evening.


Leith Links filming advisory

A small film shoot of a “protest” scene will be taking place on Leith Links on Thursday 7 April 2021 between 4pm and 6pm, adjacent to Vanburgh Place, and on the grass area at Wellington Place.
The production company, Wild Mercury, says it will make every effort to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum and have contacted local residents to inform them of the details of the shoot, which are contained in the letter below.


Scottish Parliament elections 2021 – Edinburgh Northern and Leith hustings

We are holding a hustings on Monday 12 April 2021 from 7pm on Zoom to allow local citizens to pose questions & hear answers from the candidates hoping to be the next Member of Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

The candidates taking part in the hustings are;

  • Rebecca Bell (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Katrina Faccenda (Scottish Labour)
  • Callum Laidlaw (Scottish Conservatives)
  • Ben Macpherson (Scottish National Party)
  • Jon Pullman (Freedom Alliance)
  • Lorna Slater (Scottish Greens)

<<< Click here to book your ticket & submit a question in advance >>>

We are currently exploring the possibility of a hustings for candidates standing in the Edinburgh Eastern constituency. We’ll promote details widely if we are able to organise one.


John Rattray Statue Landscaping, Leith Links

For over two years fencing surrounded the statue of John Rattray and the landscaped mounds on the Links so that the planting of wild flowers selected by Royal Botanic Gardens staff could become established.

We could see the wonderful display of flowers developing each summer and the public, quite rightly asked when would the fencing come down and last September it was removed.

The ecosystem of the coastal planting is developing but is now in danger of being destroyed due to adults and children walking and cycling over the mounds.

The statue and mounds were created to celebrate Leith’s connection with the history of golf when the first recorded rules of the game were written for a competition on the Links in 1744.

The mounds represent the original landscape of the Links when it would have had a similar appearance to Longniddry, St Andrews or Carnoustie.

As we come out of the covid pandemic we hope that the statue will attract many visitors interested in the origins and history of golf.  Hopefully they will also spend more time in Leith discovering the areas historic past and supporting local businesses by spending their money in shops, cafes and restaurants.

The statue and landscaping are a great asset to the Links and Leith but we need you the public to help by respecting and caring for them.

I’ve attached a list of the range of seeds planted on the mounds below which we would hope to see each year.

PDFWildflowers planted on Leith LInks 2019

Best wishes

Jim Scanlon MBE

Chair Leith Links Community Council and member of Leith Rules Golf Society




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