Next Community Council meeting – 24th of May

The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place at our usual venue – the St Andrews Church Hall at the bottom of Easter Road – 7.30pm on Monday the 24th of May.

You can download an agenda by clicking here.

You can download the minutes from the previous meeting by clicking here.

Biomass plant Facebook group

Although Forth Energy are still to submit a formal application to build their proposed Biomass Energy plant on Leith Docks, local residents groups are working together to share information. In just a few days, the “Leith Against the Biomass Plant Campaign” page on Facebook group has been “liked” by more than 110 people, keen to share links and discus what the proposals mean. If you’re on Facebook this could be a good way to stay up to date on the issue as it develops.

If you have concerns about the proposals, then we’d recommend using the web service to contact your MSPs.  It is the Scottish Government that will decide on the Forth Energy proposal, not the City of Edinburgh Council, and so if you only send one email – let it be one to all your local MSPs.

We also note that the biomass plant became an election issue with all the local candidates from every party expressing concerns about the proposals. Former city councillor, Sheila Gilmore, who succeeds Gavin Strang as Labour MP for Edinburgh East has a dedicated page on the Biomass plant proposals on her website. On it she says, “I fully support the objections to this proposal made by my Labour colleague Councillor Gordon Munro who has said: ‘It will be a huge blot on the landscape if it goes ahead…This is about profit not the planet…I will support the community in its opposition to this proposal.”

Leith Links Community Council meeting

The next meeting of the community council will take place on Monday, 26th April at Leith St Andrews Church Hall, Bottom of Easter Road and Lochend Road. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and if you live in area covered by the CC please feel free to come along.

You can download an agenda by click here.

Help Clean-up Leith Links – Saturday 24th April

Leith Links Community Council would like to invite you to come to our annual Spring clean event, on Leith Links. All welcome. No specialist equipment is required, although we would advise you to dress for the weather.

We’re laying on free soup and sandwiches for all volunteers, and we’re meeting at 10am at the Bowling Club on the West of the Links. This is the building near the corner of John’s Place and Links Place.

Children are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

The Drummond – Muthambi Schools Partnership Link

Leith Links Community Council agreed to provide a small amount of funding to support the pupils at Drummond Community High School who are involved in The Drummond – Muthanmbi Schools Partnership Link. The only condition we placed on our donation was that the pupils should provide us with regular updates for our blog. Here’s their first blog post below:

Muthambi Girls give blood

During the G8 conference in 2005, Drummond Community High School hosted a series of music workshops with young people from Rwanda and South Africa. After this event, our school was keen to develop a partnership link with an African school to foster active global citizenship. Through the City of Edinburgh’s International Unit, we found Muthambi Boys and Girls school, situated at the foot of Mount Kenya. Meru is a key area in which many schools across the city of Edinburgh have partnership schools.

In order for the partnership to work efficiently, we developed a partnership agreement between the three schools.

Curricular: Links between departments in both schools to share ideas, materials and projects.
Fundraising: Enhances the partnership by providing the schools with resources and opportunities.
Equality: Equal partnership between schools to ensure every individual is involved from all schools, which boosts the educational aspect of the project.
Visits: Encourages regular trips to both Edinburgh and Muthambi.
Communication: Improves communication between the schools, aiding learning opportunities and developing global education.

Visit to Muthambi

In June 2010 eight S6 students and three members of staff will visit our partner schools in Muthambi. We have been raising funds and collecting resources for the last two years.

We will be travelling from Nairobi to Muthambi in the space of four hours. We will be visiting villages, towns and markets on our journey. We will not be visiting conventional “tourist” sites.

Staying in the Transit Lodge in Muthambi. We will deliver presentations to the students about life in Scotland. The students have requested topics such as Fairtrade, politics, home economics, relationships and health.

During our stay we will be taking part in social activities with the students and the local community; a visit to the local church, to villages and community projects and businesses. We will also be part in various music, drama and sport workshops.

We will visit a Fairtrade tea plantation and processing factory where we will learn about tea from leaf to pot and meet with workers.

One of the highlights will be a trip to a wildlife conversation park with students from the Wildlife Rangers. This organisation is similar to the Guides or Scouts and helps young people get involved in conservation and educational work on the importance of Africa’s wildlife..

On the visit will be initiating and setting up projects for next year and organising the return visit of the Kenyan students in 2011.

We would like to thank Leith Community Council for their support and we will be adding reports and photographs of our visit.

Jemma Craig, S6

If you would like to know more about the project or would like to support us please contact.

Annie Scanlon
Drummond Community High School, 41 Bellevue Place,
EH7 4BS. Tel: 0131 556 2651.

Biomass Plant: How might it look?

The members of Leith Links Community council have not been to impressed with the ‘artists impressions’ provided by Forth Energy of how the proposed Biomass plant might look. So, using a photo taken from Ocean Terminal, we took the opportunity to try to make our mock up of the plant – to try to give people an indication of the proposed size of the building.

We’ve also submitted our formal response to the Scottish Government, as part of the first stage of consultation on the biomass plant proposals. You can download it from the link below:

LLCC Biomass response

Next meeting is on Monday 22 March

Next meeting at Leith St Andrews Church Halls, at 7:30pm on Monday 22 March. We are just finalising the agenda and it will be available here soon. We’ll certainly be discussing Forth Energy’s plans for a biomass power station in Leith Docks, and other local hot topics.

Does Leith Links need more bulbs?

Last autumn we organised a project to plant 10,000 bulbs in Leith Links. The cold weather has delayed spring somewhat, but we are starting to see the results of these efforts and this is a good time to ask … do we want more bulbs?

So, let us know what you think, if there are areas that you’d like to see planted or you are a fan of particular spring flowers, let us know. If you notice bare patches in the current bulbs please take a photo as it will help us to fill in the gaps!

How did you hear about the Forth Energy Biomass Plans?

Did you know that Forth Energy are proposing to build a power plant on Leith Docks? If so, we’d like to know how you found out about it.

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