£eith decides 2013-14

Applications are invited to be submitted, no later than 8 November 2013.  Click on the links below to download an application form and other information.  £22,092 is available to be allocated in community grant awards of up to £1,000.

Application Form

Application Guidelines

Map of Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Area

The City of Edinburgh Council Funding Conditions

The £eith decides Steering Group meet on 25 November 2013 to assess applications against Community Grants Criteria.  It is expected that invitations to take part in the Libraries Poster Exhibition and decision-making event will be sent to all applicants whose projects meet community grants criteria by 6 December 2013.

 A poster exhibition of projects will take place in McDonald Road and Leith Libraries from 13 January to 7 February 2014.  You may score projects in the library or submit scores by post up to 5.00 pm on 7 February 2013.  Please Note:  If you score projects in the library or by post you cannot score projects again at the event.  Library and/or postal scoring sheets will not be accepted after 7 February 2013.

The decision-making event is on 15 February 2014 at the Leith Community Education Centre at New Kirkgate.  Previous participating Local Community Groups have found that the events provide a valuable opportunity to promote themselves, recruit new volunteers and/or participants, network with other groups as well as the possibility of being made a community grant award.  Local People have said that the events are fun and that they enjoy learning about Leith through the applicant groups. 

There are lots of reasons for taking part, either as an applicant or in scoring projects to make the decision on which projects are given a community grant.

Support through the application process is available for Community Groups who wish to apply.  Contact:  Jackie Mearns, Community Learning and Development, Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place, Edinburgh.  Telephone 0131 554 9951 or e-mail jackiemearns@ea.edin.sch.uk.

The people of Leith are asked to give every project a score out of 5.  Everyone 8 yrs or older, who lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area can score projects.  Come along to the event if you can.  But if you can’t postal scoring sheets are available from 13 January by e-mailing Loraine.duckworth@edinburgh.gov.uk or from the library.

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Leith Links Community Council meeting Monday 24th June 2013

The next community council meeting is on Monday, 24th June starting at 7pm in Duncan Place Resource Centre. If you live in the the Leith Links area we would be pleased to see you.

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Please find details for Temporary Traffic Regulation Order and route plan for this years Moonwalk which starts at Leith Links.
 Residents living in Vanburgh Place, Hermitage Place,East Hermitage Place,Gladstone Place, Claremont Park and Easter Road may find they may be moved even though the order suggests 2230pm to 1am is when restrictions apply.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think this may apply to.


The Community Council AGM takes place on Monday, 27th May in Duncan Place Resource Centre. The meeting will commence at 7pm and if you live in the Leith Links CC area we would be pleased to see you. The boundary area of LLCC is shown on the map linked to the web site. Later in the year Community Council elections will take place by 24th October 2013 and the election process starts from 2nd September. Margaret Moffett, our secretary has informed us she will not be continuing in her role and I would like to thank her for the many years she has worked on behalf of the community.



The next meeting of Leith Links CC takes place on Monday, 29th April. The meeting starts at 7pm in Duncan Place Community Centre. If you live in the Leith Links area we would be pleased to see you.  MINS MARCH 2013,A290413

Leith Links Tennis Courts

Funding has finally been secured to bring tennis courts back to Leith Links to be situated beside the bowling greens. The contract will go out for tender soon and it’s hoped work would commence in July. Watch out for more details in the near future.

Constitution Street to be resurfaced

The Leith Programme – Work to commence on Constitution Street, 29 April 2013.

 We are pleased to advise you that work will commence on site in Constitution Street on 29th April 2013. The works will comprise the resurfacing of the existing footways and carriageway and environmental enhancements identified during consultation. These enhancements will include the introduction of new tree pits and the reinstatement of old ones, pavement widening, and cycle storage provision at specific locations in the street.   

 The initial contract period will be 8 weeks and the Contractor for the works is Lafarge Tarmac Limited. Location plans and a project programme can be found on our webpages. ‘Tarmac’ will carry out work to sections 11 (Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane) and 13 (Old Dock Gates to Bernard Street) and this part of the programme is scheduled to end around mid-June. Section 12 which is the middle section between Coatfield Lane and Bernard Street, will follow this. All being well, should archaeological issues not impact during the work, the aim is for the work on Constitution Street to be complete by mid-August.

Update information will be put onto our webpages regularly along with our stakeholder emails. We will of course be actively engaging with traders and residents in Constitution Street as much as possible before and during work on site. While recognising that some disruption will be inevitable giving the type of work involved in the programme, it is the intention to try to minimise this as much as possible and it is our hope that any short term disruption is made up for by the improved environment that will be created for residents, businesses and visitors to the street.     
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Alan Dean BA (Hons) MSc PGDip I Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) I Services for Communities I City Centre Neighbourhood Management Team I 1 Cockburn Street I Edinburgh I EH1 1BJ
Tel: 0131 529 7519        Mobile: 07739 188 438


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you walk your dog or just go for a stroll round the Links you will have a valued opinion on the state of the park. The Leith Links Regeneration Group meet quarterly to look at ways the Links can be improved . The group is made up of representatives from local users of the park which include the Community Council, Cricket Club, Leith Links Residents Association, elected City Councillors, Leith Rules Golf Society and many others.Our last meeting was held on Wednesday, 6th March and was the first meeting for the new officer responsible for taking forward improvements, James Hunter. Members of the group went on a walkabout the Links with James pointing out areas of concern which include paths, event damage, trees at dangerous angles, missing benches, lighting problems and the multiplying football pitches marked out on the park which encroach on other users. Mr Hunter has just taken over in his new post and was concerned over the state of  Links. He’s promised to get things that can be fixed quickly dealt with as soon as possible. Mr Hunter has  a background in parks and has had favourable comments made about other areas in his care in the East of the City including Lochend Park before he took up his new appointment in Leith so I wish him well .Our friends, Greener Leith have done  excellent work in the community and completed a successful survey of what people would like and what concerned them most. It’s a few years since people had their say and although those views probably haven’t changed you may have thought of other things which annoy you and can be fixed. Money for improvements will always be an issue in the current economic climate but there are things that can be done which don’t cost that much. On behalf on the Community Council I would be interested in what makes you annoyed so I can take comments to the next meeting in June after speaking to other users. The City would like to make Leith Links a premier park like Princes Street Gardens or InverLeith  but I think it has a long way to go before we can get it that status. An example of something that can be done would be the children’s play park where I believe money had been identified to be spent on play  equipment as the quality on the Links  had fallen behind similar play areas in other parts of the City so if the money is still there when will it be used? I look forward to reading your comments and unless you say it’s ok your name won’t be mentioned. Thanks for reading this Jim



The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday,18th March starting at 7pm.

We meet at Duncan Place Resource Centre and if you live in the Leith Links area and have interest in local issues please come along. A180313 FEB 2013 MINS




Water of Leith walkway clean up Sunday, 17th March 10am

If you’re free on Sunday, 17th March please see request from Don Giles for help at the Water of Leith walkway clean up.

I am looking for anyone who is willing to donate a couple of hours on Sunday 17th March to help us clean the accumulated litter from the Water of Leith paths around the basins.

We meet at 10am at Coalie Park so please come along 17th March  at 1000hrs – that’s off Corburg St on the right, about 200m down from the Gt Junction St/Ferry Rd/Corburg St traffic lights. The entrance is just across the road from the Bistro Cafe

The City of  Edinburgh Council are helping by providing clean-up kit – pickers, bags etc so all we need now is your help..

If you have a dog and/or have something to deal with the dog mess left by some less considerate owners then that will be a great help. Good footwear and some gloves to wear is also a good idea.

All the rubbish we collect will be be left at Coalie Park and will be collected by CEC on Sunday/Monday.

Hope to see you there and if you can let me know it helps me with the organising.

Best wishes Don Giles
Friends of Water of Leith Basin

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