City Council consults on policy for holding public processions

A consultation by the City of Edinburgh Council is currently underway on the rules and guidance around holding parades and processions, including protest marches, in Edinburgh.

With Leith no strange to public processions, think Leith Gala Day and United Colours of Leith, this is a matter that will affect Leith.

The public are being asked for their feedback on a new policy and code of conduct providing more clarity on the process for staging a public procession.

Organisers are required by law to give the Council at least 28 days’ notice of such an event, which will then be considered by the officers, along with the police and other interested parties.

But with an increase in the number of parades and processions taking place in Edinburgh over recent years, the need for a clear and consistent approach is apparent.

To view the consultation click here.

The consultation runs until 31 March 2017.

Changes to garden waste collections

Collections of garden waste will be changing for residents across Edinburgh from March.

Brown bins will now be collected by the City of Edinburgh Council once every three weeks all year round, instead of every two weeks in the summer and four weeks in the winter.


The change will result in more consistent collections throughout the year, and was agreed as part of last year’s Council budget in order to enable the service to continue running despite increasing financial pressures.

Click here for further information.

 

Leith Links Community Council | February public meeting

The next public meeting of Leith Links Community Council is approaching;

  • Monday 27 February 2017
  • From 7pm
  • Leith Community Education Centre (Newkirkgate)

All members of our community are welcome to attend.

There will be an opportunity for members of our community to ask questions & raise any concerns with us, the Police and with other local elected representatives.

The full agenda is available here, and the minutes from our previous meeting is available here.

Community Links Fund – deadline for applications approaching

Our Community Links Fund, which has £15,500 to fund local community projects will close for applications on Monday 27 February 2017.

If you are thinking about submitting an application, want to talk through an application or need some help formulating your idea – get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We have three drop in events scheduled to provide you with advice & support and to lodge completed applications;

  • Wednesday 22 February from 11am until 1pm in Restalrig & Lochend Community Hub
  • Thursday 23 February from 6pm until 8pm in Leith Community Centre
  • Monday 27 February from 6pm until 7pm in Leith Community Centre

If you need help, do not delay – contact us today by email, hello@communitylinksfund.net or by calling 0131 467 0884.

Leith Festival AGM 2017

The hugely important and successful Leith Festival is holding their Annual General Meeting later this month.

Their annual festival is an important and long established feature of community life in Leith.

Why don’t you attend to show them your support?

They have a website as well as both Twitter and Facebook so it is easy to keep up to date with their latest news.

 

 

 

Don’t miss out on your chance to vote

Later this year there will be elections to the City of Edinburgh Council however, only those on the Register of Electors will be allowed a vote!

The City of Edinburgh Council has massive control & influence over life in Edinburgh from providing essential services such as education, refuse collections, to important cultural services such as supporting our tourist industry to ensuring that our city is a safe & clean place.

The elected body of Councillors provides the political leadership of the Council, with an extensive ‘civil service’ to carry out it’s functions.

It is important that as many people as possible get involved in electing the Councillors but people must be on the Register of Electors, and time is running out to be added!

To check you are on the Register of Electors please call 0131 344 2500.

To be added onto the Register of Electors please call 0131 344 2500 or visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

There is a deadline: Monday 17 April 2017.

 

 

 

Participating in this research project could help save you money on your energy bills!

Reminder – would you like to take part in a project that may help to reduce gas and electricity bills?

Changeworks (a long established environmental charity) has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate. The benefits to you include:

  • Gaining insight into your home energy use
  • Receiving a free android tablet used to display energy use information
  • Receiving tailored advice from University of Edinburgh experts
  • Hopefully saving money on gas and electricity bills

There is no cost to participate in this project.

For more details on the benefits, and the criteria for taking part see the IDEAL leaflet, have a look at the Changeworks website, and to get involved, contact IDEAL@changeworks.org.uk, or call 0131 539 8610 (Drew Murphy, IDEAL Project Manager).

Important note:  Leith Links Community Council is sharing this information but is not either recommending / endorsing it, or otherwise.

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