Leith Festival takes place between 10th-19 June 2011 with the usual packed week of events. The Gala on Leith Links will be held on Saturday, 11th June. Fingers crossed for great weather but I’m sure we’ll still enjoy the stalls and music. More details can be found at www.leithfestival.com
After last years very successful event the Mela will be returning to Leith Links between 2-4th September. The new director, Stephen Stenning will be coming to the Community Council meeting in May when more details of this years programme will be known. www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council takes place on Monday, 28 March at 7pm. The venue will be Ducan Place Community Centre. All local residents are welcome to attend. agenda 280311,minutes 280211
Like many other concerned public groups the community council submitted an objection to the proposed power station. The Forth Energy plan is now with Scottish Government and 1800 objections were received by the closing date of 11 March. City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA who are statutary consultees have a longer time frame to lodge any objections they may have. The council planning committee who will decide the city councils position hope to meet in May and will invite members of Forth Energy and local residents involved in the campaign to prevent the power station. They will be given time to speak for and against the proposal. LLCC LETTER FINAL VERSION
The next meeting of the CC takes place on Monday, 28th February. The venue for the meeting is Duncan Place Community Centre and starts at 7pm. If you live in the Leith Links area we would be happy to see you.
Winter’s not over yet, but good to see the first signs of last year’s bulb planting efforts, where around 200 local school children joined Leith Links Community Council to plant another 7,000 crocus and snowdrop bulbs. We worked mostly in the area in the centre of Leith Links West, around the millennium Park plaque.
A public meeting chaired by Planning Aid for Scotland has been arranged for a question and answer session with Forth Energy regarding the plan for a power plant in Leith Docks. The meeting will take place at DRUMMOND COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL on WEDNESDAY, 9TH FEBRUARYat 7PM. Places are limited so can I urge as many of you as possible to contact Jennifer Wood of City of Edinburgh Council to book . Jennifer can be contacted on email@example.com or 529 6173 Register on arrival at 6.30pm for start time of 7pm
Last night I attended Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Councils well attended meeting which was focused on Forth Energy’s proposal a power plant. After another slick presentation from Forth Energy there was time for many good questions from concerned members of the local community and I’m glad to report that there was overwhelming support for LHNCC to oppose it. Having another community council taking this decision is welcomed and we hope to work together to bring the whole project to the attention of local Leith residents who are still unaware of scale of this plan. See giant power station and www.noleithbiomass.org.uk
A New Year and a new venue. The next meeting will take place on Monday, 31st January 2011 at Duncan Place Community Centre starting at 7pm. We’ve had to change the start time as the centre closes earlier but hope the change may attract new faces to our meetings. If you live in the Leith Links area and have an interest on what goes on in your local community it would be great to see you. You can print off an Agenda here agenda 310111
I hope you had a enjoyable and peaceful festive period and hope that 2011 is a good year for you all. With a new year the community council will also be moving to a new venue for meetings. Our next meeting which will take place on Monday, 31st January will be held at Duncan Place Community Centre and hope the move may attract new faces to get involved with local community issues. At our last meeting in November Leith Links Community Council voted to support the campaign against Forth Energy’s proposal for a huge power station to be built in the Leith Dock area. I suspect January is going to be a busy month as the Forth Energy plan should be submitted to Scottish Government next week and hope we can get volunteers to help get the message out to local residents who still haven’t heard about the plan. Concerned groups only have 28 days to submit objections from when the plan goes to the Scottish Government who will then make the final decision. If you want to sign the petition please visit the campaign site at www.noleithbiomass.org.uk