Community Council elections 2013

Are you Interested in your Community?

In three years this website has had over 10,000 visits so thank you very much for your support.  It’s not to late to come forward and stand as a community councillor in the Leith Links area.

Health, Safety, Transport, Planning, Green space, Cleansing and much much more? There must be things you notice every day which annoy you and wish you could try and change.

If you think you can give up some of your free time and be committed to improving your community over a range of issues then this could be for you. If you would like to find out more about the role of Community Councillors please contact me or check out

The nomination period and entry forms  for this years Community Council elections are available now. Completed applications have to with the returning officer nominated for each community council by 23th September.

The returning officer for Leith Links Community Council is Cllr.Chas Booth. 2013 elections,                              cc election poster


UK  HONOURS                                                                                   

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their valuable voluntary or community work?  Then why not consider nominating them for a UK Honour?


If someone has gone the extra mile over and above their day job, this is someone who can be considered.  Perhaps they’ve demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship or philanthropy. Their fundraising efforts have had a positive effect in their local community or they’ve achieved great things against the odds.  Any and all of these are things that can be considered.

Achievement comes in many forms but what stands out is someone who has made a difference in their field of work or community. However, it should not be just because of their job title(s) or the grade they have attained.

Honours can be awarded for all sorts of work – paid or unpaid – but your nominee must still be involved in the activity for which they’re nominated.  Other than where the nomination is for someone who has been doing voluntary work in retirement, people who have retired will not be considered unless it is within one year of retirement.  If you are thinking of nominating someone for their work (voluntary or otherwise), consider submitting it at least 1 year before they are due to retire to ensure they are in with a chance. 

If they are particularly young, could they achieve more in their career in future?

To be in with a chance of seeing your candidate on the Honours List, you have to make sure your nomination has what it takes to make it all the way.

Has your nominee:

  • made a difference to their community or field of work?
  • improved the life of those less able to help themselves?
  • How do they compare to others doing the same work?

General UK Government Cabinet Office guidance to nominators states that if a candidate has not had word of any award in a two year period then they are unlikely to have been successful.  Scottish Government Honours Secretariat retain documents for five years and are happy to update nominations if new information is received.  After five years, a fresh nomination would be required.


There are two Honours rounds per year.  New Year and Birthday and we are particularly keen to get representation from more ethnic, disabled or female candidates for all levels.


More information on UK Honours including the nomination form and guidance, which is UK wide, can be found at:


Forms can be sent to the Scottish Government Honours Secretariat at 3D South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ either by post or by email to

Mela 2013 TTRO

Please find details attched for temporary traffic restrictions during the Mela this year.


Mela 2013 and The Orb

The Mela returns to Leith Links from 31st August to 1st September. The headline act this year will be The Orb who will be on stage on Sunday night. Full details can be found at I’m still waiting to receive details of any temp road traffic orders which may impact on local residents but hopefully they will be kept to a minimum. When they are issued I’ll make sure they can be found here

Green dog walker’s scheme launched

The Green Dog Walkers Scheme has been launched in Edinburgh to encourage pet owners to take responsibility and clean up after them.

Volunteers pledge to encourage changes in attitudes about dog fouling in a non-confrontational, friendly way. Dog walkers are encouraged to act as ambassadors for responsible ownership and are asked to ‘pledge’ to always:

  • clean up after their dog;
  • wear a GDW armband or put a GDW collar on their dog;
  • carry extra waste bags;
  • be happy to be approached and give a waste bag to those without one.

Developed by Falkirk Council, the scheme has had such a positive effect that it has been adopted by several local authorities.

Results include a drop in the number of complaints about dog fouling, an increase in local cleanliness scores, and positive feedback from the public.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “Evidence from other local authorities which have adopted the Green Dog Walkers Scheme shows that it has had a lot of success in tackling the anti-social issue of fouling.

“I would like to thank the many responsible dog walkers who do care about the environment and pick up waste. If anyone has any concerns about dog fouling, I urge them to call the Dish the Dirt hotline on 0300 456 3476.”

The scheme will be rolled out through community groups in the south of the city initially, with others areas following afterwards. Anyone who is interested in the scheme should contact their local environmental wardens through their neighbourhood office.

The Council’s website has more information about dog fouling and the Green Dog Walker scheme.

Safer Leith Forum, next meeting 14th September

The Feeling Safe Community Forum is looking for your suggestions for safer neighbourhood priorities for the Leith & Leith Walk areas.
If you have an issue of concern which you feel should be addressed over a three month period from 14 September 2013 then please let us know by completing our brief online survey.  We will select up to 6 priorities which will benefit from Police Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council resources [including manpower] for the duration of the priority.
Suggestions will be considered and could go forward to the public vote at our next public meeting on 14 September 2013.
If you have made a suggestion previously which hasn’t been voted as a priority, please think about submitting it again for further consideration.
You can complete the survey by following this link:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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 |  |

Autumn Education Programme

Do Something Different this Autumn

Learn something new!

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Adult Edcuation Programme for this autumn has now been published.

A wide range of subjects is offered that includes art, languages, computing, cookery, dance and music.

Course are offered during the day, the evening and at weekends. Some last for 1 day and some continue until next Easter. There is something fdor everyone.

Browse the programme online at  Details of course descriptions, fees and enrolment methods can be found there.

Classes are held in around 40 venues across the city, they are generally informal, you will make new friends as well as learn something new.

For further information email or telephone 0131 556 7978 during office hours.

Learning Opportunities for All

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Community Council Elections September 2013

Interested in your Community?

Health, Safety, Transport, Planning, Green space, Cleansing and much much more?

If you think you can give up some of your free time and be committed to improving your community over a range of issues then this could be for you. If you would like to find out more about the role of Community Councillors please contact me or

The nomination period and entry forms  for this years Community Council elections will be available from Monday, 2 September. Completed applications should be with the returning officer nominated for each community council by 23th September.

The returning officer for Leith Links Community Council will be Cllr.Chas Booth. 2013 elections, cc election poster

Leith Links Community Council meeting ,Monday, 26th August

After our summer break the next meeting of Leith Links Community Council takes place on Monday,26th August.
The meeting starts at 7pm in Duncan Place Community Centre, Duncan  Place.
 Monday, 2nd September is the start of the Community Council elections and I hope that those already involved will stand again and that new attendees will also consider coming on board.
Leith Links Residents Association are represented at meetings but I would like to see more interested groups in the CC area come to meetings or be be added to our distribution list to be kept updated.
If you know of any other residents groups please let me.
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Leith Programme Constitution Street progress update

Please see information from Alan Dean below

The Leith Programme –email update 28 – Constitution Street open to traffic – 1 August

 Following the road resurfacing work, Constitution Street fully reopened to two-way traffic again on 1 August. The squads on site will now be focusing on completing the laying of the Caithness slabs on both east and west side footways in order to endeavour to meet the 16 August completion schedule.

 The west side footway, from Maritime Lane northwards, has been widened and a significant amount of resurfacing has already been completed there. For people who haven’t seen this part of Constitution Street recently, it’s well worth a visit to see the changes that are being made. These changes, it is hoped, will result in the area getting a real lift that benefits residents, businesses and visitors and increase the street’s attractiveness as a destination point.       

 New photos, showing the most recent work, have been uploaded onto our image gallery.

 If you require any further information then please don’t hesitate to contact me.



 Alan Dean II Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) II City Centre Leith Neighbourhood Team II 1 Cockburn Street, EH1 1BJ II 0131-529-7519 II

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