Leith Links Plus – ex bowling greens – Next meeting Monday 21st June

Since our last public meeting, a couple of things have happened:

  • the outside of the building has been painted  – shoutout of thanks to Councillor Chas Booth, who persuaded Council staff to do this.
  • we’ve heard that temporary public toilets are going to be installed beside the building (to access water and sewers)  – very soon!

2 articles have appeared in the Evening News last week:

To keep in the loop, please join a public meeting about the possible future of the ‘former bowling green area and building’ on Leith Links, at a Zoom meeting, 7pm, Monday 21 June.

Sign up there to attend,  via Eventbrite

You need to sign up by 4pm on Monday 2st and will receive the link at 5pm. If it’s not there by 6pm, check your spam, or email contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk

Minutes of the last meeting here (coming soon)

Minutes of the first meeting here.

Draft Agenda for the meeting:

  1. Brief recap of legal restrictions affecting the area
  2. Feedback since last meeting
  3. Tour of new area of LLCC website
  4. Report from Working Group on Community Picnic
  5. Ideas and volunteers for community picnic
  6. Medium Term Aims – Refine list of proposals, community deliberation, explore skills and expertise available etc.
  7. Date of Next Meeting

 

Next meeting of Leith Links Community Council, Monday 31 May 2021, 6:30pm on Zoom

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 31st May 2021 at 6:30pm, online via Zoom.

  1. Agenda for the meeting
  2. LLCC MINUTES April 2021 (draft until adopted at next week’s meeting).

(These are also stored for access at any time in our online Library.)

There will be a short presentation by Mr. Murray McAdam of the Edinburgh Car Club. Other discussions will include the proposed Leith Low Traffic Neighbourhood, and other current issues around the Leith Links area., as time permits.

The meeting is open to interested members of the public. If you wish to attend, please email contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk and you will be sent an invitation / link for the meeting.

Reminder – Meeting re Former Bowling Greens area, 17th May 7pm

Reminder – Please join a meeting about the possible future of the ‘former bowling green area and building’ on Leith Links, at a Zoom meeting, 7pm, Monday 17th May.

Sign up to attend via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leith-links-plus-community-meeting-2-tickets-154754618229

You need to sign up by 4pm on Monday 17th and will receive the link at 5pm. If it’s not there by 6pm, check your spam, or email contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk

We’re calling this campaign ‘Leith Links Plus’, Minutes of the previous (first ) meeting here.

Agenda for the meeting:

  1. Brief recap of legal restrictions affecting the area
  2. Feedback on previous meeting
  3. Update on ‘Ideas Bank’
  4. Draw up Short / Medium / Long term aims
  5. Set up Working Group to take these forward.
  6. Draft Short Term Aims –
  7. Ask Council for more bins and benches. Lighting? Also public barbecue area?
  8. Set up a Community Action Day or Weekend (July??), to do litter picking and weeding / cleanup, talk to & leaflet park users, maybe have barbecue or suchlike, and paint the building ourselves.? Volunteer performers? Boules tournament?
  9. Medium Term Aims – discuss Friends of Leith Links Group?, Refine list of proposals, community deliberation, explore skills and expertise available etc.
  10. Long Term Aims –
  11. Date of Next 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!

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!

 

Local interest groups invited to join us

Leith Links Community Council is inviting local interest groups to become members of our Community Council. We have up to six places available for local interest groups who can join us to represent the interests of their community organisation.

So if your organisation has an interest in the Leith Links area then please do think about joining us & working with us to make the Leith Links area an even better place for everyones benefit.

If your organisation would like to join us please email community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk.

It is worth noting that organisations can sit on as many Community Councils  as relate to their area of work. And that our neighbouring Community Councils all have vacancies for local interest groups.

Next meeting of Leith Links Community Council, Monday 26th April 2021, 6:30pm, on Teams

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 26th April 2021 at 6:30pm, online via MS Teams.

  1. Agenda for the meeting.
  2. LLCC MINUTES March 2021 (draft until adopted at next week’s meeting). 

(These are also stored for access at any time in our online Library.)

The meeting is open to interested members of the public. If you wish to attend, please email contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk and you will be sent an invitation / link for the meeting.

 

We are recruiting two new Community Councillors

Leith Links Community Council are recruiting two new Community Councillors following the resignation of two elected representatives (Who have moved out of the area).

As a result we are inviting interested members of our community to think about volunteering their time, energy, enthusiasm and local knowledge to make a difference in our community.

Any person from the age of sixteen, and listed on the Electoral Register as residing in the Leith Links Community Council area can be co-opted onto the Community Council following a vote by our members.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming one of our Community Councillors please contact us by emailing contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk. Your email will be received by our Chair and Secretary who will liaise with you directly to organise a discussion with you.

Jim Scanlon MBE, Chair of Leith Links Community Council said today;

Leith Links Community Council are keen to fill  two vacancies for councillors following the departure of two members who moved outside the area.

If you want to give something back to your local community and have an interest in a wide range of issues which could include green space/planning/transport then please get in touch with us to find out more.

We have a great well respected team and have a positive social media presence working together with other local community councils to be the voice for local residents in Leith

 

 

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

 

 

 

Next Meeting of Leith Links Community Council, Monday 29th March 6:30pm

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 29th March 2021 at 6:30pm, online via Zoom.

  1. Agenda for the meeting.
  2. LLCC MINUTES February 2021 (draft until adopted at next week’s meeting). 
  3. Minutes of Extraordinary meeting on 8 March 2021 (draft until adopted).

(These are also stored for access at any time in our online Library.)

The meeting is open to interested members of the public. If you wish to attend, please email contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk and you will be sent an invitation / link for the meeting.

 

Spaces for People – junk them or keep them?

City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on whether you want to keep the Spaces for People measures that were introduced during the pandemic – some or all of them – or whether you’d rather see them removed – some or all. Please fill in the consultation form as soon as possible.

The Spaces for People measure that affects our own Leith Links area is the closure of Links Gardens to motor traffic. What is your view – should it be re-opened or stay closed?

The consultation period has just been extended and the deadline is now the 5th April 2021, and we are told that the findings from the consultation will be taken to the Transport and Environment committee in June, for final decision making.

A lot of people have felt there was inadequate consultation with communities over the introduction of these measures. Well, now is your chance to say what you think! Please fill in the consultation. Do read it carefully, as some of the questions are framed in unexpected ways so you might end up ticking the opposite of what you mean….

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/retainingspacesforpeopleconsultation/

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