Leith Festivals ‘Christmas in Leith’ celebrations

Leith Festival invite our community to join them at the Foot of the Walk for the start of Leith Festival’s “Christmas in Leith” Celebrations. No photo description available.

Enjoy hearing the choir from St Mary’s (Leith) Primary school who will also lead the Community Christmas singalong and switching on of Leith’s Christmas Tree.

Leith Festival wish to thank to GAMECHANGER for their much appreciated support.

 

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Leith Links Community Council responds to Leith Festival Funfair plan being considered by City of Edinburgh Council

Earlier this month we let you know that City of Edinburgh Council are considering an application to for a funfair to be brought to Leith Links in 2020 as part of Leith Festival.

We invited our community to submit to us their views, suggestions & questions on the application.

The event application has been considered by the Leith Links Community Council Sub Committee on Parks & Greenspaces, who have submitted the below response to the City of Edinburgh Council.  This application specific response is our addition to our standing policy on requests for events on Leith Links.


Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to give the response of both Leith Links Community Council and the members of the public who responded to our asking for comments on our website.

Firstly, LLCC is happy for this event to proceed. The fair has been setting up on the Links during around the time of Leith Gala Day for a long time and their has never been a problem with that. Our only concern is around the short timescale initially given for consultation. As you will know, there are a lot more events that are being planned for the Links and we would ask yourselves to give us and the public sufficient time to respond to these.

Regards,

David Igoe

Leith Links Community Council

Comments Received on the Leith Links Community Council Website

“Is this around the same time as the Chef Food Fair that you advised us of? The consultation is insulting to the intelligence of the interested parties. There is insufficient information given here about:

Where exactly on Leith Links the Funfair will be located.

How many rides and stalls it will consist of and what their nature will be.

Hours of operation.

Sound/music/noise nature and volume during operation.

Management of the site including rubbish and recycling.

Charges and revenue that will be generated and how that money will be used improve Leith Links

Making good any damage after the event.

Also I suggest all properties facing Leith Links are distributed with information about the proposal, they are the most likely to be affectedly noise etc and better effort should be made to inform and consult them

Unless better information is provided to consulates, no decision to approve this should be made

It should also be clearer what the Councils decision criteria are in these cases.”

“It’s a simple ‘no’ from me. For the last four years a resident I’ve had to put up with road closures, building works and noise. I’ve simply had enough.”

“The level of information provided is very poor and not enough to form any decision.

There is not enough information about numbers expected, how the crowds will be managed, how they will protect the grass etc, what their plans are to fix any damage, how they will manage any additional traffic etc. How will they manage the impact of music and noise on other park users, local residents and local businesses etc.”

“I am supportive of this application, provided that the event organisers minimise vehicle use on the Links (i.e. only for set up and take down, no driving on and off/around in between times) ensure scrupulous litter prevention/collection and cease noise by 1pm or midnight if not before.

This is a traditional event linked to a community event that has been coming for many years. Local residents enjoy it and is good for young people, unlike any of the events that want to use the Links, it does not last long, local peopler used to it, it does not generally attract young people from outside the area so no problems with traffic congestion, parking problems,ms etc.”


 

Public exhibition: 1 -5 Baltic Street and 7 – 27 Constitution Street

Sundial Properties are hosting an en exhibition where you can ask questions, make suggestions & voice your views on proposed developments at 1 – 5 Baltic Street and 7 – 27 Constitution Street.

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General Election 2019 | Hustings information

A General Election is being held on Thursday 12 December 2019, the United Kingdom will go to the polls to elect 650 Members of Parliament to sit in the House of Commons (the lower house of the United Kingdom Parliament).

Hustings are being arranged across the United Kingdom, in various formats, to allow voters to in some way question or debate with candidates.

The Leith Links Community Council area sits within two constituencies;

  • Edinburgh East
  • Edinburgh North and Leith

We therefore thought it would be useful to let you know about a hustings taking part in each constituency, which you may wish to participate in.

if you are unsure which constituency you are in, click here to put your postcode into the handy online tool to find out.

Edinburgh East

The declared candidates for this constituency are:

  • GILMORE, Sheila – Scottish Labour Party
  • MILLER, Claire Helen Innes – Scottish Green Party
  • PRICE, Eleanor Margaret Louise – Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • REILLY, Jill Mary – Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • SHEPPARD, Tommy – Scottish National Party (SNP)

 

 

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The declared candidates for this constituency are:

  • ASTBURY, Heather Jane – Renew
  • BROCK, Deidre Leanne – Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • BURGESS, Steve – Scottish Green Party
  • MCGILL, Iain – Scottish Conservative and Unionist
  • MUNRO, Gordon John – Labour and Co-operative Party
  • SPEIRS, Robert – Brexit Party
  • WILSON, Bruce Roy – Scottish Liberal Democrats

 

 

Safer Leith at Christmas – Festive community information event.

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Leith Links Residents Association lodge formal complaint against Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in relation to Seafield odour

Leith Links Residents Association recently undertook a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to pay for a solicitor to represent community complaints regarding odour from Seafield.Image result for seafield odour

Having raised sufficient funds they engaged Ian Cowan to write to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman on their behalf.

 

 

 

 

John Rattray statue update

Earlier this year the John Rattray statue and the associated landscaping & information signage was officially unveiled. This was a project delivered by Leith Rules Golf Society.Image result for john rattray golf

Since then the area has remained fenced off but we can provide the community with the following update:

 

 

 

 

The plan was for the mounds to be a mix of maritime grasses that would be found on a links course. Marrim grasses were planted and to support their growth a selection of other grasses was seeded on the mounds. Unfortunately this mix included poppy seeds which dominated the mounds and although very attractive was not what was proposed and suffocated the grasses.

The landscaping company will rectify this error but the results won’t be known until next summer. The city council museums department appear to be ready to accept the statue when they’re paid £6000 but the parks department aren’t prepared to take ownership of the mounds until the landscaping is sorted. This means that the fencing currently round the whole site will be moved to allow access to the statue but still be in place round the landscaping.

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust seek your views on future of Custom House

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) is considering how Custom House should be developed in the long term. Their questionnaire follows extensive consultations with individuals and organisations plus displays at the 7 Open Days in Custom House.

Their short survey has been developed from the consultations. It is intended to help them build on these and ensure Custom House’s future includes the ideas and needs of everyone in the local community.

Their questionnaire is designed for:

  • People who live or work in Leith
  • Organisations and businesses who are involved in Leith
  • People with an interest in the development of Custom House
They would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire as soon as possible – by Monday 6th January 2020 at the latest. After they have analysed the results, they will report back on them.
All your entries will be anonymised and they will only contact you again if you provide your contact details at the end of the survey.

Leith Festival Funfair plan being considered by City of Edinburgh Council

City of Edinburgh Council are considering an application to for a funfair to be brought to Leith Links in 2020 as part of Leith Festival.

Leith Links Community Council will, as always, include a copy of our policy on events held on Leith Links.

Unfortunately, the Council provides a very short window to consider & respond to applications, with the Community Council response to be submitted by Friday 29 November 2019.

Leith Links Community Council would ask our community to submit their views, concerns and / or suggestions in relation to this current application to us by noon on Wednesday 27 November 2019, this will allow us to take them into account & include them in our formal response to the application. To submit your views, concerns and / or suggestions please use the form at the end of this post.

To keep up to date with progress of the application subscribe to our website as we will post updates as & when we receive them.

*Please note that we have published all the information that has been made available to us by City of Edinburgh Council.

*Please note that your responses will be sent to City of Edinburgh Council Parks & Greenspaces Service, and Councillors Adam McVey, Chas Booth & Gordon Munro, as well as being published on this website (with the exception of your post code & email address).

 


Web form removed at 21:30ish on 27 November 2019.


 

Update on Easter Road roundabout

Read the first response from the Council, below, to the strong email sent by Leith Links Community Council regarding the current disastrous situation at the new junction, where, since the traffic lights were switched on, there have been long delays and traffic queues in all directions, frustrations for drivers and some near misses for cyclists. Fingers crossed that we will see some improvements in a few days…..

But be assured that we will continue this conversation with the Council as necessary, and will pass on the views of local residents!

Dear Leith Links Community Council

Thank you for your email regarding the new traffic signals at the junction of Easter Road and Duke Street.

In short, works are still ongoing, including some matters relating to the traffic signals and so delays are to be expected.

With regards the traffic signals timings, these will be changed after a few days once a number of outstanding works have been completed.

The traffic signal team will also set separate plans for the different peak periods as these all change throughout the day and week. But in general its always preferred to leave the new site a few days to bed in as well before making any changes, to avoid having to make too many changes and confusing drivers.

The remainder of the road markings are still to be completed, as is the installation of vehicle detection loops and some other minor works such as creating a lay-by for the bus stop on Vanburgh Place. BT are also due to install a final cable to allow further changes to the timings to be made remotely and I’m told this will happen in the coming days. Once these are all complete the timings will be changes to suit current traffic patterns.

It’s also worth noting that the closure of Constitution Street is diverting extra traffic along Vanburgh Place but as above this will be considered within the changes to the signal timings.

Furthermore, the presence of general traffic management will also have an effect on peoples driving behaviour but the site is due to be mostly cleared by Friday afternoon.

I would therefore imagine that by the end of the working week the timings should be noticeably better and I apologise for any delays at the moment. If you have any specific comments bout the timings next week, feel free to get back in touch and I can pass them onto the team who manage the traffic signals.

Kind regards

Steven”

Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery

Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council

G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

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