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.
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:
If you have booked a ticket already, you will receive the Zoom link by email tomorrow, late afternoon / early evening.
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;
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.
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.
Jim Scanlon MBE
Chair Leith Links Community Council and member of Leith Rules Golf Society
These are difficult times for many. This infograph (downloadable here) may be useful.
We have been informed by City of Edinburgh Council that the North East Locality Improvement Plan has been revised.
The various Locality Improvement Plans, including the North East Edinburgh version are often used by public sector and third sector organisations when considering which services they provide, and is therefore of some importance to the citizens of North East Edinburgh, which includes Leith & surrounding communities.
In a City of Edinburgh Council report considered by its Culture and Communities Committee on Tuesday 16 March 2021 Council officials said;
In December 2019 the Edinburgh Partnership agreed to carry out a review of the plans to address challenges identified through the annual reporting process. This review activity was paused in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic but resumed in September 2020. The revised plans were subsequently presented and agreed by the Edinburgh Partnership at its meeting in December 2020.
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Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Returning Officer for Edinburgh Constituencies has given official notice of the Scottish Parliament 2021 elections being called on 6 May 2021.
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Project Centre Limited, working on behalf of City Of Edinburgh Council, has made it known that they are undertaking an engagement exercise in this area. This exercise concerns the potential introduction of parking controls and will be starting on 15th February 2021.
CPZ – Controlled Parking Zone
This is what they say –
“The Council’s Strategic Review of Parking Review assessed parking across Edinburgh, as a means of identifying areas that might benefit from controlled parking. The outcomes from that review were reported to Committee in September 2019, with an expectation that initial consultations in each of the four proposed phases would follow throughout 2020. While the Phase 1 consultation took place in late 2019, the planned consultation for Phase 2, scheduled to take place in April 2020, was postponed as a result of Covid-19.
Phase 2 of this engagement will now take place over a four-week period starting on Monday 15th February 2021. Leaflets will be delivered to every property within the Phase 2 areas of Bonnington, Easter Road, West Leith (Lochend) and Willowbrae North. Anyone interested in the proposals will be able to view plans online, complete a questionnaire and leave comments on an interactive map on our website. We will also be holding virtual drop-in sessions for each of the areas listed above, where attendees can view the proposals, hear in more detail what is being proposed and ask questions regarding these proposals.
The following link takes you to the main landing page for this engagement, where each area of consideration is listed with links to individual pages available. The survey is located on the main page whilst the interactive maps are on the individual pages. Please note that the survey will be open from midnight Monday 15th February.”