Leith Links Community Council,next meeting Monday, 29th October

The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council takes plave in Leith Community Centre on Monday , 29th October. Please remember the new start time is 6.30pm.

Agenda and minutes will follow soon but if you live in the Leith Links area and have concerns we would be pleased to see you.

Response to Ladyboys / La Clique event proposal for Links

Below is the response from Leith Links Community Council (LLCC) to City of Edinburgh Council (Parks and Greenspaces Dept.) on the proposal to use Leith Links as a Fringe venue between 29 July 2019 and 28 August 2019, by Lady Boys of Bangkok / La Clique Cabaret. Leith Links Community Council itself starts from an impartial position on the matter but considers its duty is represent the interests of local residents, who have raised a number of important points and concerns. Follow the links to read those points in more detail.

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The Leith Links Community Council has considered all aspects of this application very carefully. Please see attached our policy on events outlining the general terms that any applicants (and City of Edinburgh Council) need to meet in order to be acceptable.  It is clear that for a large and exceptionally long-running event such as is proposed here, there are many key issues that would need to be addressed, on which we would need to be reassured, before even considering accepting such an application. We have also carefully read and considered the many views expressed by local residents, and these have very much informed our view as a Community Council.

Views of local residents / community

Because this proposal is unusual in proposing a much longer use of the Links than previous applications for events, LLCC decided to put this proposal out to wider public consultation. From our website, FaceBook page and Twitter accounts we provided a link to an easy-to-complete ‘form’ for local residents to give their views. In the 5 days the form was available, we received 56 formal responses (plus a number of informal comments, that are not recorded here).

We have copied and pasted from those responses into the attached document public comments . Please take the time and trouble to read these comments – or you will not be ‘listening’ to our community.

We are aware that these are popular Fringe shows in need of a new venue. We have nothing against the shows in question. We can appreciate the potential value for local businesses in bringing more Festival visitors down into Leith. However, overall, we would have to question whether that is a powerful enough rationale for granting the application, when set against the opposing arguments. It is not clear that having these shows on the Links for 4+ weeks would be in the best interests of the local community. We therefore propose that City of Edinburgh Council should not approve this proposal at least until there has been wider consultation and until all the concerns raised have been adequately addressed.

On a practical basis, there are barriers to Area 9 as a potential venue, due to the John Rattray Statue due to be installed shortly exactly on the access point for that part of the Links. (See attached picture). Also, the childrens Playpark close to Area 9 is due to be upgraded in 2019, so there could be vehicles to and fro-ing, and fairly major building works still taking place there. Furthermore, it is our understanding that that part of the Links is already booked by LAFC for football (which season restarts in mid-August).

The Links is a large park, however other areas on the Links are equally ‘booked’ or in permanent use e.g. football, cricket pitches, St. Mary’s Primary school playground, PE and sports (term restarts in mid-August), informal childrens’ play, informal sports and/or relaxation, family picnics, dog walking, cycle path, formal and informal bootcamps, tennis, future development of the ex Dry Dock area etc. etc.

In short, Leith Links is not a commercial business but a green space for relaxation, health and well-being, much needed by the community in this very densely populated area of Edinburgh. It is a busy, family-friendly, public place that belongs to the local community and that should be openly accessible to them at all times, rather than blocked off in part for a long chunk of the summer for adult shows and private profit.

Wider Consultation?

We think that the Council should undertake further consultation with the community, given the scale of the event proposed, the risk of a significant precedent being created, and the sensitivity of citizens of both Leith and the whole of Edinburgh, at the moment, about Council decisions about the use of public green spaces being imposed upon them.

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Consultation: Lady Boys Of Bangkok propose to use Leith Links in 2019

We are currently considering proposals submitted to City Of Edinburgh Council to allow The Lady Boys Of Bangkok to use Leith Links as a venue during August 2019.

As we are a statutory consultee we will be submitting a response in due course, as we consider our response we are particularly keen hear & consider the views of others on the proposals.

We have created a brief easy to use web form to help people submit their views to us.

We will publish our response to the proposals on our website as well as our Facebook & Twitter channels.

 

The Lady Boys Of Bangkok propose to use area 9.

 

 

Leith Links Community Council ,Monday 27th August 7pm

Although there was no community council meeting in July we were still involved in meetings regarding trams, planning and Seafield. The next meeting of the community council will take place on Monday, 27th August at 7pm in Leith Community Centre.

 

Agenda27.8.18LLCC Draft Ordinary Minutes May 2018LLCC MINUTES Draft Jun 2018 (1)

 

 

LEITH LINKS PLAY PARK – What do YOU think?

Lovely Leith Links is YOUR park! This is the final chance for you  – and the kids, of course! – to have your say on the forthcoming upgrade of the play park on Leith Links. Please take time to consider the alternative proposed designs, and feed back your views, either in person at the local sessions next week (see poster below) or online. Click here to access the designs and to vote for your favourite
It’s not just ‘either/or’ – it may be possible to mix & match across the different designs, apparently, so get in there quick!

 It is difficult to see all the small details in the three different designs from the pictures, but  you can download them as three separate pdfs from the web site. Ideally, you could download and study the details on line and form your opinions,  and also go in to the library or community centre in person to ask questions and have a chat with the guys. Voting must be completed by 28th May.
   

Clean up along the Water of Leith Tuesday 17th April 10.30am

The weather forecast for next week is for us to have some sun. If you have some time to help us then please come along on  Tuesday 17th April 10.30am – 1pm.  We are having a clean up along the paths along the Water of Leith. We want will clean-up both sides of the river and walkway between Coburg Street car park – and West Bowling Green Street. We will be joining the WOL Conservation Trust Volunteer Team and staff from Change Works.  The event will also be advertised as part of Changes Work’s Earth Day,

If you are coming please wear weather appropriate clothes you do not mind getting mucky. The WOL Conservation Trust will provide all equipment for the clean-up (gloves, black bags, litter pickers etc).  We are meeting in Coalie Park and work with the team during the morning.  Here is a link to a map where an arrow points to the start location.

http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326616&Y=676473&A=Y&Z=106

Hot drinks will also be provided halfway through the clean-up.
City of Edinburgh Council will take away the litter at the end of the clean-up.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification.

Next Meeting Leith Links Community Council; Monday 26th March 2018

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 26 March

at 7pm, in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate

Our guest speaker is Rory Garriock from the Trams Project.

All welcome

 

Agenda26.3.18     LLCC MINUTES Draft2 Feb 2018

Cleanup along the Water of Leith

Please come along this Sunday 25th February to help with a joint cleanup with the WoL Conservation Trust..
I hope you will be able to spare a couple of hours to come along and enjoy yourself and at the same time pick up some of the plastic and litter that has collected since our last cleanup..
Very sorry for the short notice this time, however the weather looks good with some sunshine so hope to see you there.

We are meeting at Coalie Park at 10.30am. See the link below if you are not sure were we are meeting.

http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326616&Y=676474&A=Y&Z=106

If you do manage to join us please come and say hello

Next Meeting Leith Links Community Council; Monday 26th February 2018

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 26 February

at 7pm, in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate

Our guest speaker is from Port of Leith HA to give an overview of their proposals for the Porthaven House site.

All welcome

Agenda26.2.18   LLCC Minutes Jan 2018 Draft3

Children’s Orchard Pruning Day SUNDAY 4 February

Children’s Orchard
Pruning & Clean-up Day
Sunday 4 February 2019
10.30am to 12.30pm
on Leith Links Eastern End

We’re holding a pruning day for adults interested in learning how to carry out pruning on young fruit trees. Demonstration will be provided by Ben Dell from the Royal Botanic Garden

All volunteers are welcome as there will be plenty to do with tree planting and general orchard clean-up. However, places available for pruning instruction are limited to 16, so please book in advance if that is your main interest.

Please bring secateurs and gloves if you have them, and wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

All equipment for the clean-up is provided. Children must be supervised by a responsible adult. Wear warm outdoor clothing and suitable footwear. Lunch is provided

For more information please contact: chair.lccc@leithcentralcc.co.uk

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