The City of Edinburgh Council is currently considering carrying out a statutory consultation on a revised Scheme for Community Councils. The Scheme is the key document establishing governance, relationship with the Council and procedural rules for community councils in Edinburgh.
The current Scheme for Community Councils was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013. A number of areas have been identified where the current Scheme does not provide sufficient clarity or guidance. A formal review is therefore proposed in order to strengthen the community council governance and decision making framework by building upon the existing document. A final decision on whether to proceed to statutory consultation will be taken by Councillors in February 2019.
This consultation asks specific questions around the involvement of young people, the Code of Conduct, co-option of members, boundaries and a centralised Community Council body.
Leith Links Community Council will be considering its response over coming weeks, which will be shared on this website.
The next meeting of Leith Neighbourhood Partnership will be held on Monday 3 December 2018 at 6pm in McDonald Road Library.
The meeting is open to members of the public and will include an update on £eith Chooses (which is currently open for applications).
The papers for the meeting can be downloaded here in three parts:
Leith Links Community Council is an active member of the partnership, this month we will be represented on the partnership board by Community Councillor John Tibbitt.
City of Edinburgh Council is making £20,000 available for the promotion of local cultural and artistic events to take place in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area (and the Craigentinny/Duddingston & Portobello/Craigmillar Partnerships areas too) in 2019 via its North East locality Events Fund.
If you would like to talk to someone regarding a potential idea please contact Birgit Harris on 0131 469 5489 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like advice regarding an application or the application process please contact Scott Neill on 0131 469 5326 or at email@example.com.
Feniks is organising a networking meeting for Polish professionals working in support services in Edinburgh. 15th November, 10 am, St. Margarets House, Room g5
Language and lack of confidence can be barriers to accessing services for our clients. How to access to Polish speaking officers and learning about referral systems are essential to maintain good quality care and recovery for our service users. Especially in this changing and hostile environment, it is important to be up to date with the services in Edinburgh.
Please share this information with Polish workers/ colleagues. More details in attached leaflet (Polish language also)
Magda Czarnecka, Project Development Manager (part time, Monday- Friday)
m: 0788 544 2589
Feniks. Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services Ltd.
Charity no. SC039041
St Margaret’s House | 151 London Rd | Edinburgh | EH7 6AE
Feniks is a charity providing psychological support to Central-East European Community (mainly Polish) in Edinburgh. We provide counselling and community development projects aiming to tackle social isolation within migrant community in Edinburgh.
Breaking News! Leith Links Community Council is pleased to announce that the Tram Design 2 Consultation has been extended from 28th October to 11 November. This gives everyone time to respond with their views –PLEASE FILL IN THE SURVEY if you live near the tram route, because it WILL affect you. This extension was requested by the coalition of community councils along the proposed tram route in Leith.
We also welcome that the final decision by the Council to go ahead with the tram extension, or not, has been put back to March 2019 (instead of 13 December 2018). This will allow for much-needed time to work on the many detailed questions that remain – not least, in our area, regarding Constitution Street. And all the arrangements needed during a 2 year construction period.
Trams Update – 23 October 2018
Councillors will make the decision on whether or not to proceed with the Trams to Newhaven project in March 2019.
Tenders for the project were received in early September and evaluations are ongoing.
The final stage in this process is to seek best and final offers from the bidders which will then be used to complete the Final Business Case for consideration by elected members.
It is important for the Council to have sufficient time to undertake due diligence and comprehensive evaluation of the final submissions and the Council has therefore decided to take extra time to allow this process to take place.
The Council has undertaken extensive consultation with residents and businesses in Leith and Newhaven to inform the final design of the proposed route and has proposed a £2.4m Support for Business package during the construction period.
You can view the Trams to Newhaven project designs and plans, which have been updated thanks to public feedback from consultation earlier in the summer, until Sunday 11 November on the Council’s Consultation Hub.
Participatory Budgeting has been an important feature of community life in Leith for a number of years, with hundreds of members of community being actively involved local decision making. Leith Links Community Council is proud to have been involved with various Participatory Budgeting processes over recent years including Leith Decides, Community Links Fund and Leith Chooses.
Nationally there has been a concerted effort to encourage & develop Participatory Budgeting and there is now an opportunity for our community to be involved.
A PB Charter would set out clear principles which could be used by strategic managers, those involved in planning PB and by people attending PB events or voting online to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved, and that good quality democratic participation is promoted in every community.
The Charter would be a formal statement of values & principles which will ensure good quality PB in Scotland.
Leith Links Community Council would encourage you take part in the brief survey being undertaken by the Scottish Centre for Developing Communities which can be accessed by clicking here.
Examples of Leith focused Participatory Budgeting
Examples of Edinburgh based Participatory Budgeting
If you want to have your say on the proposed Tram extension you will be able to view the plans at Ocean Terminal next Saturday,13th October between 12 and 5pm.
This is your opportunity to comment on the latest plans.
Love it or hate it the final decision will be made later this year so make your voice heard.
I’ve attached plans for the section from Constitution Street to Ocean Terminal to get your vocal chords warmed up!
Members of the local community are welcome to attend the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership meeting, to be held at 18:30, Thursday 27th September, Nelson Hall, McDonald Road Library. Meeting papers here.