Leith Links Community Council responds to Leith Festival Funfair plan being considered by City of Edinburgh Council

Earlier this month we let you know that City of Edinburgh Council are considering an application to for a funfair to be brought to Leith Links in 2020 as part of Leith Festival.

We invited our community to submit to us their views, suggestions & questions on the application.

The event application has been considered by the Leith Links Community Council Sub Committee on Parks & Greenspaces, who have submitted the below response to the City of Edinburgh Council.  This application specific response is our addition to our standing policy on requests for events on Leith Links.


Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to give the response of both Leith Links Community Council and the members of the public who responded to our asking for comments on our website.

Firstly, LLCC is happy for this event to proceed. The fair has been setting up on the Links during around the time of Leith Gala Day for a long time and their has never been a problem with that. Our only concern is around the short timescale initially given for consultation. As you will know, there are a lot more events that are being planned for the Links and we would ask yourselves to give us and the public sufficient time to respond to these.

Regards,

David Igoe

Leith Links Community Council

Comments Received on the Leith Links Community Council Website

“Is this around the same time as the Chef Food Fair that you advised us of? The consultation is insulting to the intelligence of the interested parties. There is insufficient information given here about:

Where exactly on Leith Links the Funfair will be located.

How many rides and stalls it will consist of and what their nature will be.

Hours of operation.

Sound/music/noise nature and volume during operation.

Management of the site including rubbish and recycling.

Charges and revenue that will be generated and how that money will be used improve Leith Links

Making good any damage after the event.

Also I suggest all properties facing Leith Links are distributed with information about the proposal, they are the most likely to be affectedly noise etc and better effort should be made to inform and consult them

Unless better information is provided to consulates, no decision to approve this should be made

It should also be clearer what the Councils decision criteria are in these cases.”

“It’s a simple ‘no’ from me. For the last four years a resident I’ve had to put up with road closures, building works and noise. I’ve simply had enough.”

“The level of information provided is very poor and not enough to form any decision.

There is not enough information about numbers expected, how the crowds will be managed, how they will protect the grass etc, what their plans are to fix any damage, how they will manage any additional traffic etc. How will they manage the impact of music and noise on other park users, local residents and local businesses etc.”

“I am supportive of this application, provided that the event organisers minimise vehicle use on the Links (i.e. only for set up and take down, no driving on and off/around in between times) ensure scrupulous litter prevention/collection and cease noise by 1pm or midnight if not before.

This is a traditional event linked to a community event that has been coming for many years. Local residents enjoy it and is good for young people, unlike any of the events that want to use the Links, it does not last long, local peopler used to it, it does not generally attract young people from outside the area so no problems with traffic congestion, parking problems,ms etc.”


 

Next LLCC meeting, Monday 25th November, 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre, Shore Room

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday 25th November, at 6:30 pm in the Shore Room, Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate. Local residents are welcome to attend.

Minutes of the October meeting are here and Agenda

Past documents can be found in our Library

Inaugural meeting of New Leith Links Community Council

On Monday 28 October 2019 Councillor Gordon Munro, acting as Returning Officer for the Leith Links Community Council election of 2019, declared eleven members of our community to be elected unopposed as elected members of Leith Links Community Council.

Also at the inaugural meeting members elected office bearers, and appointed members to key roles & sub committees, which are as detailed below:

 

  • Gail Clapton – Treasurer.
  • Abby Cunningham – Parks & Greenspaces Sub Committee.
  • Angus Hardie – Planning Sub Committee.  Community Councils Together on Trams representative.
  • David Igoe – Parks & Greenspaces Secretary.
  • Rafiqul Islam
  • Sally Millar – Secretary. Planning Sub Committee.
  • Andrew MacKenzie – Planning Secretary.  Community Councils Together on Trams representative.
  • Christine Reid – Parks & Greenspaces Sub Committee.
  • Jim Scanlon – Chair. Planning Sub Committee. Seafield co-lead.
  • Eileen Simpson – Seafield co-lead.
  • Michael Traill – Engagement Officer. Licensing Secretary.

We currently have eleven elected Community Councillors out of a possible twelve.

We also have six vacancies for nominated representatives of local interest groups.

Meeting of LLCC, Monday 28th October 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre

The first meeting of the newly elected and reconstituted Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday 28th October, at 6:30 pm in the Shore Room, Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate.

The Community Council did not meet officially in September due to Community Council elections.

Minutes of the August meeting, and notes from interim informal discussions can be found in our Library

Feedback – Seafield Complaints

Feedback

Thank you to all you 60+ local people who have used our on-line reporting form to complain about the dreadful series of ‘odour and noise nuisance events’ from Seafield over the past couple of weeks.

The stench recently has indeed been appalling, unusually widespread, and it greatly upset many people in the community who were trying to enjoy the beautiful late summer sunshine at the end of September/early October. The noise must have made the experience doubly unbearable for those who suffered it.

Please rest assured your comments have been noted, both by us and by the various elected and other officials to whom they are forwarded. We are considering what action to take next, but it is really important that you don’t stop reporting the smells and noise whenever they occur. 

It is obvious that, although the numbers are growing, many people still don’t know about our reporting system, or don’t believe it is worthwhile using it, as they may feel that ‘no-one listens’. Please believe that it has already made a difference and will continue to do so, so please encourage neighbours, friends, anyone in Leith who is affected, to get into the habit of always reporting, even if well after the event – it is still recorded.

Leith Community Councils take part in Leith Volunteer Fair 2

We will be taking part in Leith Volunteer Fair #2 alongside colleagues from Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council.

We’ll be recruiting volunteers to get involved with various events and activities organised & participated in by Leith Links Community Council

Pop along to Leith Volunteer Fair #2, being held in Leith Community Centre (12a Newkirkgate) from 4pm until 7pm on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Over thirty organisations are taking part with one off, occasional & regular volunteering opportunities in Leith and the wider Edinburgh area.

Seafield odour complaints

There has been a spike in complaints relating to Seafield over recent days.  Since Friday 20 September 2019 we have received over forty complaints relating to odour.

Click on the image to complete our web form.

Reporting odour from Seafield supports us and others to campaign for an effective long term solution to the issue by building a catalogue of incidents, it also allows us to challenge the responsible bodies about specific incidents to see what happened and how it can be avoided in the future.

When you report any odour issues via our website the simple web form is sent to a number of people & organisations:

  • Councillors Booth, McVey & Munro
  • Ben MacPherson MSP
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform)
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Water
  • Veolia
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

 

Click on the image for more information.

Leith Proposal: What’s good what’s bad and what need to change?

Click on the image to book your free ticket.

This is one of a series of events developed in a partnership between Leith Creative and the three Leith Community Councils, this one is held in partnership with Leith Links Community Council and therefore focuses on the Leith Links area.

While the planning system can be complex and confusing, it is also vital to how Leith will develop and its future. This is an opportunity to meet with members of your Community Council alongside neighbours and colleagues to explore, identify and prioritise some of the key issues affecting the area.

Have your say at this community master-planning and design workshop.

The area within the red line is the Leith Links Community Council area. 

Click on the picture for more information.

Leith Links Community Council Meeting, 30th September 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be on Monday 30th September , at 6:30pm in the Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate.

If you live in the area, you are warmly welcomed to attend.

This is also election year for Community Councils and we hope that you may be keen to join us. If you are available to volunteer in your spare time and have an interest in a wide range of local issues we would be pleased to hear from you. The Community Council election period starts on 9th September and closes on 30th September.
AUGUST MINUTES Monday 26 August 2019

DUKE STREET JUNCTION WORKS UPDATE

This is what is happening –

Footway widening outside former Leith Academy building from Duncan Place is progressing with new slabs being laid this week. It will stop at the existing pedestrian crossing for now until the roundabout is removed in around 3-4 weeks.

The contractor is also widening the footway outside the shops on Duke Street and they are currently laying the new slabs – will probably be completed later this week.

The contractor will then remove some of the existing islands at Lochend Road / Vanburgh place and will widen the footpath at that location. At the same time they will also start laying new ducts for traffic signals outside St. Andrews Church on Easter Road (so there may be some temporary pedestrian walkways created to facilitate this).

The new bus shelter for Vanburgh place will be installed early September,  however the existing bus stop will be kept in operation until all works are complete.

The deadline has now passed with regards the plants in the roundabout and transportation of these to new owners will be arranged.

If any local residents living near the junction would be prepared to commit to watering them regularly, some trees in giant pots could potentially be relocated to the newly widened walkway, from Leith Walk. Let us know! Quickly!

City of Edinburgh Council is currently exploring the possibility of a mural on the footway as you enter the Links from Vanburgh Place,  and also discussing the option of planting additional trees at that same location. In addition, Transport for Edinburgh are exploring the possibility of utilising the widened footway outside the former Leith Academy building to reintroduce a cycle hire station on the basis that this location is more open and may be less susceptible to vandalism.

If you have any further queries, please directly contact:

Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery

Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council

G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

 

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