LEITH LINKS COMMUNITY COUNCIL AGM,MONDAY, 28TH MAY

The next meeting of the community council will also be our AGM.  We meet in Duncan Place Community Centre at 7pm.The election of office bearers has been delayed until next year due to the local council elections this year. If you live in the Leith Links area and have an interest in the many issues which impact on local residents we would be happy to see you. Our councillors for the Leith Ward will all be there to listen to any concerns you would like to raise.

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ANTI-BIOMASS ACTION,THURSDAY 19TH APRIL

Scottish Parliament, Thursday 19th April at 1230

The Scottish Government has been vocal in its criticism of large-scale biomass power stations, and last year called on the UK Government to scale down its ambition for biomass expansion. 

But despite this rhetoric, Scottish Government has recently published draft proposals for biomass subsidies that would see companies like Forth Energy earn windfalls of over £170millions every year for  biomass power stations at Dundee, Rosyth, and Grangemouth – and maybe Leith, again, if they come back with another proposal in future. Ayrshire Power, which proposes a coal, and biomass power station at Hunterston in Ayrshire, would gain over £91milion a year from public subsidies, for co-firing biomass with coal, if their project is approved.

Please come along to support this demo, if you can. An hour spent NOW on persuading MSPs not to vote through subsidies for industrial biomass could save us all years of protesting against individual horrors like the proposed Leith biomass plant, in future.

LEITH DECIDES RESULTS

Saturday afternoon at Ocean Terminal gave local community groups in the Leith time to explain to the local population why they needed their support. There was £17660 available to be shared between a possible 22 groups and local Leithers turned out to vote. When ballot papers were counted there were 702 valid returns. If you want to find out who received funding go to http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/leith/about/%C2%A3eith-decides/

SPLASHBACK CAMPAIGN THROWN A LIFELINE

The hard work of campaigners to reopen Leith Waterworld as a community run pool was recognised at the City Chambers on Thursday, 2nd February when elected councillors agreed to delay the sale of the site by 6 months. Members of Splashback now have more time to put together a business case and seek alternative funding to run the pool as a community asset. For more information on their plans visit the website http://www.splashbackedinburgh.blogspot.com/

MELA 2012

The Mela returns to Leith Links from Friday, 31st August to Sunday, 2nd September and promises to build on the last two successful events. The new director, Chris Purnell will hopefully attend the April meeting of the community council when more details of the programme of multicutural events will be known.

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