There is an online public consultation event on Thursday 28th January, by Manse (Seafield) LLP, between 3pm and 7pm. You can attend and give your views.
Manse are proposing to submit a planning application for the Peter Vardy Vauxhall site, at 22-25 Seafield Road, where they want to build 2 very large blocks of flats. This is not strictly speaking in the Leith Links area, but it borders on it. Any new development along there will undoubtedly impact upon the Leith Links area. We would urge you to look not only at the plans Manse bring forward, but to think about them in the wider context of what the whole Seafield Road area could become.
Is developing individual segments like this the right way to go? Or could this proposal be be seen as leading to uncoordinated piecemeal development?
Overall, Seafield is a huge site stretching from the Sewage works right along to the erstwhile bus garage at the Portobello end. We all want to see new homes built, but do we want just any old blocks of flats, or could we aspire to more, for this unique seaside site?
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Local residents have received notification in advance of work to demolish the old footbridge which crosses the railway line at the entrance to Seafield Sewage Works. The area can already be a bottleneck for due to two sets of traffic lights between Seafield and Mcdonalds not synchronised which can lead to tail backs even when traffic flows should have reduced during lockdown. Work to remove the bridge will start on Thursday, 21st January until Monday, 1st February and will require a temporary 4 way light system so if you do have to travel then this could be the time to consider taking another route.
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 in the year, there was a big question mark hanging over £eith Chooses, but the Steering Group has been working away in the background and the good news is that it is ON! There is £46,102 available for community projects in Leith (max £5,000 per project). Applications are open NOW and voting will be in January 2021.
Some things will be a bit different from previous years, but face to face discussions and advice sessions are not possible for now, so an online community meeting has been set up to share the news of how it will run, and to give everybody the chance to ask questions and chat about things. Survey results will also be discussed.
Anyone / everyone in the Leith community, or with an interest in participatory budgeting, is invited to an online community discussion meeting on Tuesday 10th November at 18:30 – 20:00 (max).
To get the link, attend and participate, please register with Eventbrite:
The meeting will be via the (free) Microsoft Teams platform
Read more / download an Application Form, at the £eith Chooses website.
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.
It was unclear whether or not £eith Chooses would be able to go ahead this year or not, but the good news is Yes! It’s happening!
The application process for £eith Chooses 2021 is now open – and your community group is invited to apply.
To find out more, and to download an Application Form, head over to the £eith Chooses website.
£eith Chooses (called £eith Decides, originally) is an annual event since 2010 in which members of the local community in Leith vote to make the decisions on how community grants funds are to be allocated to local community projects. It’s called ‘participatory budgeting’ (PB) but its more than that – it’s a brilliant form of community engagement and involvement, as local voters get to know about the great community groups and projects in their area.
Leith Links Community Council has been very closely involved with this process for many years, having been the successful recipient of Scottish Government funding to support PB (between 2016 – 2019) and also very actively involved in the day to day running of the organisation of £eith Chooses (via the Steering Group – a partnership between the Leith Community Councils, the City of Edinburgh Council, and community groups in Leith).
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.
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.
Information received from Scottish Water:
“We wanted to make you aware that Veolia plans to clean the storm tanks at Seafield between Monday 21st September and Wednesday 23 September, next week. This is the first available opportunity to complete this maintenance task following the recent heavy rainfall in the catchment area, and whilst weather conditions are forecast to be favourable.
In addition, as part of planned maintenance activities at the site, Primary Settlement Tank 1 (PST1) is to be drained and cleaned. This activity has been scheduled to commence today with work expected to take approximately one week.
Conditions are currently forecast to be favourable and every effort will be made to minimise the odour risk when carrying out these activities.
Both SEPA and the City of Edinburgh Council have been informed.
We will issue a further update once Veolia has completed the work.
Note: A link to this communication will be posted on social media and also on our website – https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafield
As always if you smell any sewage it’s important that you complete our report form.
I can assure you that all public bodies and elected councillors sit up and pay attention to every complaint made. Your MSP Ben MacPherson has also worked hard on your behalf to secure a commitment by the Scottish Government to invest no regrets funding to reduce odour emissions in 2020/21 and a new state of the art sewage works will be built on the same site in 2030 hopefully to end the Seafield Stench.
Chair, Leith Links Community Council
Free benefit and debt advice for Edinburgh residents
As the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy harder, more people are now dependent on benefits due to job loss and reduced income. Many people aren’t able to pay for essential things like rent and mortgage costs while others struggle with fuel and food costs.
Four of the city’s advice services are still busy working to support residents to maximise their income and support through these difficult times – whether it is helping people to get the benefits they are entitled to, helping manage debt or rent arrears, giving advice on housing problems or budgeting or help with food and bills. All services are currently providing assistance remotely though some are starting to offer limited face to face appointments.
Contact us if you or any of your clients/residents/community/members need help through these difficult times: