Feeling Safe Community Forum

The Feeling Safe Community Forum, a sub group of Leith Neighbourhood Partnership is holding its next public meeting on Saturday 30 November 2013 in McDonald Road Library, doors open at 11am with formal business due to begin at 11:30.
Attendees at the meeting, which is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Leith will get to choose six priorities for local Police & Council officers to address over the following three month period, with a view to making Leith a safer place.  The group will also receive feedback on the word undertaken to address the current priorities which were elected at our last public meeting held in September.  As well as an open session where attendees can raise any areas of concern or ask any questions, we will also be hearing from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service on their work in relation to community initiatives.
It would be great to see each Community Council represented on the day.
I’ve attached a poster relating to the event, a list of the current safer neighbourhood priorities and a poster we are using to encourage people to suggest a safer neighbourhood priority.
Please feel free to share this email & invite with anyone who lives, works or studies in Leith as everyone is most welcome.
More information can be found on our website at http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/leith, but please do not hesitate to give me a call or email if you wish to discuss.
Kind Regards

Traffic Regulation Order Pilrig Street to Foot of the Walk


The Leith Programme – email update 34,  18 October 2013

Traffic Regulation Order – Pilrig Street to Foot of the Walk

 Dear Stakeholder,

 This is just to inform you that the process for the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) required to implement the proposed improvements to the Foot of the Walk to Pilrig Street section of Leith Walk is now underway and the TRO drawings containing the proposals have now gone out to statutory consultees in order to receive any initial comments.

 In due course these proposals will be advertised more widely and will be open to comments, both positive and negative, from the general public over a four week period. Another update will be sent out to let you know when this begins.

 Further work is required in order to refine the design for the Pilrig Street to Picardy Place section of Leith Walk, the later phase of the Leith Programme,  and we will continue to work alongside our partners in Sustrans to progress this. Once again, we will keep you updated.     




Alan Dean BA (Hons) MSc PGDip I Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) I Services for Communities I City Centre Neighbourhood Management Team

LLCC next meeting Monday, 28th October

The next meeting takes place on Monday, 28th October in Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place. The meeting starts at 7pm prompt and a city planning officer will be on hand to take questions relating to Salamander Place housing development by Hillcrest HA.

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Changes to Council Tax – empty homes and second homes

Members briefing 426: Changes to Council Tax – empty homes and second homes

 There is a significant housing shortage in Edinburgh. We’re committed to reducing the number of empty homes, helping to ensure we are making the best use of housing resources. Empty homes can also increase the amount of antisocial behaviour and vandalism in an area, as well as decrease the value of surrounding properties.

 Since April 2013 the Council Tax (Variation for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Act has given councils the option to reduce, increase or maintain discounts of between 10% and 50% on second homes and long term empty properties. It also gives councils the powers to discount or increase charges on properties that have been empty for 12 or more months.

 On 21 March 2013 the Council’s Finance and Budget Committee agreed to adopt a new policy, intended to reduce the number of empty homes in the city and encourage owners of empty homes to put them back into use.

The new policy includes an increase in Council Tax discount from 10% to 50% for owners as an incentive if they actively market their empty properties for sale/let. The policy also includes increasing the Council Tax due on long term empty homes by applying a 100% surcharge if they have been empty for 12 or more months or 24 months if they are on the market for sale/let.

 These changes will be introduced from 1 January 2014.

There are approximately 2500 properties that will be affected by this increased Council Tax charge.

A letter was sent to each owner on 1 October 2013. This  provides the customer with three months notice about the changes and the opportunity to speak with us about any questions they may have regarding the classification of their property.

We have been training staff in our Contact Centre to provide advice and support to property owners, as well as briefing staff in our neighbourhood offices. Third parties, including local Citizens Advice Bureau will also be notified. A letter to local MPs and MSPs advising them of the changes will also be sent out.

From 1 October detailed information about these changes will be available from our website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/emptyhomes .

Further information

Should your constituents have any questions, please ask them to call our Contact Centre on 0131 469 5000 or to email us at revenuesbenefits@edinburgh.gov.uk. Over the last few weeks staff at the Contact Centre have received training about these changes to ensure they can

Natural Neighbourhoods – What’s Your Patch?

Natural Neighbourhoods – What’s Your Patch?

If someone asks you which part of the city you come from, what would you tell them?

Abbeyhill or Alnwickhill, Brunstane or Bruntsfield, Craigmillar or Craiglockhart?

The Council is consulting on the “natural neighbourhoods” within the city. These are communities which local people would immediately recognise as having a distinct and important identity. We’re now seeking your views using an online survey on the Council’s website.

The survey  is short, it comprises two questions:

1.       Please tell us your postcode

2.       The city of Edinburgh is made up of many small communities, each with their own identity.  Which area of the city would you say you lived in?

We will use this information to help improve the Council’s understanding of customers, our measurement of outcomes and enable closer working with partners.

This project will inform two forthcoming consultations:

·         the Fifth Statutory Review of wards by Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland; and

·         the Scottish Government’s  consultation on datazone boundaries.

It is expected that both ward boundaries and datazone boundaries will change as a result of these processes and the natural neighbourhoods work provides an opportunity to ensure that the outcome of both projects reflects Edinburgh’s communities.

Community Councils will have an opportunity to comment on a provisional set of boundaries which we hope to be able to share with you later this year.

Iain Bell, tel  0131 469 3852 or  David Porteous, tel  0131 529 7127 email: business.intelligence@edinburgh.gov.uk

Leith Community Safety

The Feeling Safe Community Forum is currently encouraging anyone who lives, works or studies in Leith to submit suggestions for our next round of safer neighbourhood priorities.
Our current priorities, listed below are in effect until 14 December 2013;
Leith Links area – Address anti social behaviour caused by persons drinking alcohol. All Leith Primary schools – Run a safe parking initiative at drop off & pick up times. Kirkgate area – Address anti social behaviour caused by persons drinking alcohol. Leith Walk – Address anti social & intimidating behaviour by beggars. All Leith & Leith Walk area – Run a Halloween bonfire & firework initiative to address unsafe practices & anti social behaviour. Leith Walk – Run a road traffic initiative to address speeding motorists and cyclists on pavements.
A public meeting will be held around this time in order to decide upon a new set of six priorities.
If you have a suggestion to make, please let us know so that it can be given consideration.
This is a real opportunity for Leithers to make Leith a safer place so please do share this email as widely as possible.  Further information is available on our website by clicking here.
Kind Regards
Michael Traill | Community Safety Officer | City Centre / Leith Neighbourhood Office | Services for Communities | The City of Edinburgh Council | 1 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BJ | Tel 0131 529 7208 |  Fax: 0131 529 7542 | Michael.Traill@Edinburgh.gov.uk  | Michael.Traill@Edinburgh.gsx.gov.uk


Are you aware of Leith Decides and work or know of a community group in Leith who could benefit from money for a project or a piece of equipment? They may be able to apply for help through Leith Decides.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 8th November and applications forms can be obtained through www.edinburgh.gov.uk/leith      


leith decides poster


Friends of Water of Leith Basin AGM, Tuesday,22 October 7pm

The AGM of FOWL takes place on Tuesday, 22nd October in Malmaison Hotel 7pm for 7.30pm start.The CC has an excellent relationship with the friends and many of the problems that they identify should also concern us as members of the wider Leith Community. We all use and admire the area so we should continue to work and support each other when possible. If you would like to attend please contact the organisers at fowl.basin@gmail.com to give them an idea of numbers.


Citizen Curator Exhibition, City Arts Centre,26/10/13 to23/02/2014


Explore stunning landscapes, maritime history, proud sporting legacies and the galas, festivals and diversity of modern Leith.

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Who is this for? – All
Dates: 26 October 2013 – 23 February 2014
Cost: Free

Citizen Curator celebrates Leith’s fascinating and varied heritage, through the art collections of the City Art Centre and history collections of Edinburgh Museums. 

The exhibition includes artworks by well known Leithers such as Eduardo Paolozzi, and depictions of the local area by artists including Alexander Nasmyth, Jock McFadyen and Kate Downie. It also includes new works created by up and coming artists and a specially commissioned film exploring the diversity of the area. Alongside these pieces there will be historical objects and contemporary items exploring Leith’s heritage, from Hibs memorabilia, to Mela programmes, boxing gloves, to ship building tools and the skin of a catfish caught in Leith Harbour!

This exhibition is the cumulation of a project developed to give local communities, in particular young people, the opportunity to explore and interpret their local heritage. Several community groups have chosen collections items to put on display and created their own works in response to these.

Organisations taking part include: Leith School of Art, Leith Festival, Young Saheliya, Leith Late, Leith Library, Leith Academy and Home-Start Leith and North East Edinburgh.

If you are part of a community group or school and would like to arrange a visit to the exhibition or to receive an outreach visit, please contact Diana Morton at diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk or 0131 529 6365 to find out more.

To find out more about the Outreach Programme and Citizen Curator please visit the Outreach blog: www.edinburghmuseumsoutreach.wordpress.com

Citizen Curator has been supported by the Leith Townscape Heritage Initiative.

Leith Stakeholder update


 You will probably be aware that on Tuesday 24th September, the Transport Minister Keith Brown announced funding of £3.6m of the additional £20m recently allocated to cycling towards the Leith Programme. This will enable the Council to deliver an enhanced street scheme from Foot of the Walk to Picardy Place as part of the overall Leith Programme area.

 This funding is additional to the money that the Council has allocated to the Leith Programme which runs from Old Dock Gates up to Picardy Place. The additional money means the Council can deliver an enhanced design for the street from the Foot of The Walk to Picardy Place. This will prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and sustainable modes of transport, as well as creating a vibrant and lively thoroughfare which will benefit local residents and businesses as well as those visiting the area.

The draft designs  are developed in partnership with Sustrans Scotland, and responds to local aspirations for the streets that all kinds of local people told us about during the consultation process.

Key features of the design include:

·         Cycle lanes from Foot of the Walk to Picardy Place. There will be significant sections of uninterrupted cycle space including sections of dedicated on and off road cycling. Cycling will be largely segregated from Pilrig Street uphill towards the Omni Centre.

·         Improved pavements and junctions to benefit pedestrians and more frequent crossing points along Leith Walk.

·         Redesigned, simplified junctions that are much easier and simpler for pedestrians to cross.

·         Replacement of London Rd roundabout with a signalled junction to significantly enhance conditions for both pedestrians and cyclists.

·         A simplified streetscape more conducive to community activity, trading and business.

·         Improved connectivity for sustainable forms of travel between the waterfront and the city centre.

For further information on the Leith Programme please visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/leithimprovements

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