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.
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will be on Monday, 29th October, in Leith Community Centre (Shore Room). Please remember the new start time is 6.30pm.
If you live in the Leith Links area, and have questions or concerns to discuss, we would be pleased to welcome you.
Agenda Monday 29.10.18
Draft Minutes Monday 25 September 2018
All previous Minutes are available here
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.
Following a series of racist incidents in our city over the last few months, Stand up to Racism Edinburgh is organising a “Leith Stands Up To Racism” march and rally on October 27 to say refugees and migrants are welcome here and no to racist attacks in our multicultural community.
The march and rally will be followed by a music event in Leith Dockers Club.
Please see attached flyer for more information.
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.
The investigative / fact checking online journal The Ferret recently researched just exactly how much Councils invest in its Community Councils. It seems City of Edinburgh Council invests 7p per head of local population per year, to hear views from local people. The least was Dundee – 1p – and the highest was Shetland – £6.81) Read the full article here.
What does this mean for local democracy?
Community Councils are statutory bodies tasked by local authorities to “ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authority for its area…the views of the community it represents”. All Community Councillors are volunteers.
So what does your Community Council do? A fair question. One short answer is (slightly facetious, yes, sorry!) – we do our best….