Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in odour emissions from Seafield. It’s disgusting and ruins local residents’ enjoyment of this good spell of weather. I’m disappointed to report that Veolia have been slow to react to public concerns and if SEPA and City of Edinburgh Council have taken any action they haven’t communicated that to the community council or local residents association who have been working hard on your behalf for many years. Rob Kirkwood from Leith Links Residents Association and I will be meeting with Ben MacPherson MSP on Monday evening to raise our concerns. I will then give you a full update on where we go from here.
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday, 28th May at 7pm in Leith Community Centre. The Agenda and other documents will be issued soon, so watch this space. We have two guest speakers from City Car Club and the developers of Salamander Place who will show us their plans for the next stage of the site which will include town houses and colony type homes. More importantly they will also be talking about the extension of green space and allotments plus plans for public art and historical interpretation which has to be included as part of the planning permission. Please join us because your input will be important. Thanks Jim
Please come along this Sunday 20th May to help with a joint cleanup with the WoL Conservation Trust..
Come along and help us for a couple of hours. As well as making a difference you can enjoy the sunshine and meet new people who also care about cleaning up the litter, plastic and general rubbish that spoil were we live and work
The weather looks good with warm sunshine so hope to see you there.
We are meeting at Coalie Park at 10.30am. See the link below if you are not sure of were that is – it’s off Coburg St opposite the Ostara cafe
Hope to see you there.
Lovely Leith Links is YOUR park! This is the final chance for you – and the kids, of course! – to have your say on the forthcoming upgrade of the play park on Leith Links. Please take time to consider the alternative proposed designs, and feed back your views, either in person at the local sessions next week (see poster below) or online. Click here to access the designs and to vote for your favourite
It’s not just ‘either/or’ – it may be possible to mix & match across the different designs, apparently, so get in there quick!
PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WITH COMMERICAL UNITS AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPE, DRAINAGE, ROADS AND INFASTRUCTURE ON BEHALF OF BDW TRADING LIMITED. Baltic Street
A chance for the public to view another pre planning application for a housing development in Leith. This project is at an early stage but will be for approximately 200 new homes.
These will be for private sale with 25% affordable homes provided. The application has been submitted on behalf of BDW Trading Limited. Details for the public event are below.
Location – Leith Public Library
Date – Wednesday 9th of May 2018
Time – 3pm till 7:30pm
The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 30th April
at 7pm, in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate.
Visiting Speakers on update of Leith Links Playpark
Please, find attached this month’s Newsletter from the Leith Community Education Centre Management Committee with very important information. Please, make sure to circulate this Newsletter among your group members to make sure that everyone is aware of the changes to come. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Also, please note that there is a special meeting set up by the Management Committee on the 26th of April, Thursday 7:00pm in the café to discuss the possible changes to our community centre and how they will affect the groups.
The Chairperson and Treasurer of our Management Committee are stepping down in September this year and if we won’t find volunteer to take their place we might have to shut down the centre, as it cannot run without a Management Committee.
The weather forecast for next week is for us to have some sun. If you have some time to help us then please come along on Tuesday 17th April 10.30am – 1pm. We are having a clean up along the paths along the Water of Leith. We want will clean-up both sides of the river and walkway between Coburg Street car park – and West Bowling Green Street. We will be joining the WOL Conservation Trust Volunteer Team and staff from Change Works. The event will also be advertised as part of Changes Work’s Earth Day,
If you are coming please wear weather appropriate clothes you do not mind getting mucky. The WOL Conservation Trust will provide all equipment for the clean-up (gloves, black bags, litter pickers etc). We are meeting in Coalie Park and work with the team during the morning. Here is a link to a map where an arrow points to the start location.
Hot drinks will also be provided halfway through the clean-up.
City of Edinburgh Council will take away the litter at the end of the clean-up.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification.
ONECITY TRUST OPEN FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS
GRANTS OF BETWEEN £5,000 AND £10,000 AVAILABLE
The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city. Ideally with an annual income of less than £200,000, are invited to apply for funding for equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;
- COMMUNITY CONNECTEDNESS
- CULTURAL BRIDGING
- CIVIC INCLUSION
For the third year, we are also in a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. This is a Community Benefit Legacy fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract and is managed through the OneCity Trust.
Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes.
Overall, the Trust intends to make up to 15 grants, of between £5,000 and £10,000.
For further information and to request an application form, please seewww.onecity.org.uk, or alternatively, please telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or e-mail email@example.com.
Please note that the Trust is supported by the council on a part-time basis.
The deadline for applications is 20 April 2018, and projects should commence on 2 July 2018 and run for up to one year. Please note one off projects will also be considered. A condition of this funding agreement will be the promotion, media and photographic opportunities organised with the OneCity Trust, at any time throughout the period of the fund. You must also acknowledge the source of your funding at every opportunity, e.g. logos on websites, promotional materials, etc.
After the Community Council was contacted by local residents about a burning smell coming from Seafield I contacted Scottish Water and received the following response.
“Veolia have confirmed that at around 18:00 on Sunday, a blockage was detected within part of the sludge treatment process. This unexpected issue meant that one stream within the process had to be taken offline so that the problem could be quickly resolved. A short controlled release of air from the thermal hydrolysis plant was required so that personnel could safely gain access to carry out the repair. This release of air lasted for around 30 minutes. This early intervention to fix the issue minimised the impact on operations and any longer term potential impact on the community.
This short release of air briefly caused an odour that was detected in localised areas within the community. Veolia apologise for the impact this had on the local community but would like to reassure you that this is not a routine event, and that there were no other equipment problems at the time, including the siloxane filter.
In assessing and responding to the query, Veolia have been undertaking spot checks out in the community at various times today and feel that the issue described above has been addressed.”
Veolia and Scottish Water want to be good neighbours so I’ve asked them to review their communication system with the public. As Scottish Water have said the incident was unexpected and dealt with quickly but they have to keep the public informed.
Both Scottish Water and Veolia who operate the plant have websites to make the public aware and I have also suggested they contact me so that the CC can post on this site to make the locals who suffer the most aware of what’s going on.