City of Edinburgh Council review of the 2019 Edinburgh Community Councils elections

City of Edinburgh Council have shared with us a briefing note on their review of the Edinburgh Community Councils elections held in Autumn 2019.

Leith Links Community Council will discuss the briefing note at its next meeting on Monday 25 May 2010, from 18:30, on Zoom.

 

 

 

Housing Rights in Practice: Lessons learned from Leith

In 2015 the Scottish Human Rights Commission began working with a group of people who were living in poor housing conditions in Citadel Court, Persevere Court & West Cromwell Street. People were experiencing problems with damp, mould, ineffective or broken heating, pigeon, rodent and insect infestations, and maintenance issues.

Following on from this work the Commission has produced a report which it is now sharing with our community.

To download a copy of the report click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Police witness appeal following a woman being assaulted on Restalrig Railway Path

Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses following a woman being assaulted by a male on the Restalrig Railway Path earlier this week.

The incident is understood to have occurred towards the Easter Road end of the path on Monday 18 May 2020 however, no timescale is provided.

Following door to door enquiries of nearby properties, Police have been displaying notices in the local community asking for those with any information to get in touch with them.

If you have any information please contact Police Scotland by calling 101, quoting reference numbers PS-20200518-2291 and / or CR/030948/20.

If you have information but are reluctant to liaise directly with Police Officers you may provide information via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

 

Trams to Newhaven: Notice of works in Baltic Street & Constitution Street

The City of Edinburgh Councils Trams to Newhaven team have given our community notice of works due to begin on their work sites in the Baltic Street & Constitution Street areas.

In an email to Councillors Booth, McVey & Munro, a spokeswoman said;

I wanted to let you know that Morrison Utility Services will be carrying out essential gas maintenance works at the following locations within the Trams to Newhaven construction sites:

 

  • Baltic Street junction with Constitution Street
  • Constitution Street (Baltic Street Junction – Tower Street

Works will also take place to install ducting to support the BT Openreach project and maintain their digital network. Thereafter, BT Openreach will have a presence on site for the following six weeks.

 

 

The essential gas maintenance works will start on 13 May 2020 and last approximately seven days. There will be no interruption to resident and business gas supplies as a result of these works.

 

 

The project is committed to keeping our workforce and the public safe and to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID 19 virus. We will be working in line with the current Scottish Government guidelines of two metre social/physical distancing with extra safety measures in place to make sure that our teams and the public are protected.  These additional measures will include face masks, visors, glasses and gloves for use in any instance where two metres social/physical distancing cannot be maintained. Detailed briefings will be given to workers and we will be continuously monitoring working practices.

 

 

The works will be carried out during the normal working hours for the project which are 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm on Saturdays.

 

Questions & feedback can be submitted to any of the Leith Ward Councillors, or directly to the Trams to Newhaven team.  

Great Junction Street, Easter Road and Shore being considered as locations for temporary pavement widening by City of Edinburgh Council due to Covid-19

The City of Edinburgh Council has published papers making known it is considering adapting Great Junction Street, Easter Road & Shore as part of its response to Covid-19.  The plans being considered would see a widening of pavements to allow more space for pedestrians to observe social distancing measures. The adaptations being considered follow on from the recent closure of Links Gardens.

Click here to view the thirty three page report.The information relating to Leith is on page 10.

The report will be considered by Councillors at the Councils Policy and Sustainability Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020 at 10am. Members of our community can watch the meeting live on the Council website, click here to view the broadcast on the day.

If any members of our community have views on the plans under consideration there is still time to let your local City of Edinburgh Councillors know.

You can make your opinion know by commenting on this post, we’ll let local Councillors know where to look to see your comments. Or, you can email any of the Councillors using their email addresses as listed here;

Leith Councillors (Great Junction Street, Shore & part of Easter Road):

Leith Walk Councillors (part of Easter Road)

Update 14/5/20: Please note that commenting on this post closed at 18:00 on 14/5/20 as the relevant City of Edinburgh Council meeting had concluded.

Trams to Newhaven newsletter | 7 May 2020

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City of Edinburgh Councils Trams to Newhaven team have published their latest community newsletter which provides a community update on the status of the Trams to Newhaven project in relation to the current Covid-19 national health emergency.

Interestingly, the Trams to Newhaven team are still advising the community that the project is ‘scheduled to be completed and carrying passengers by Spring 2023’ as of 7/5/20, despite the works shutdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous motorbike riding causing concern in Leith Links area

This week our Community Council has become aware of a growing number of incidents involving motorbikes being driven in a dangerous manner, which is causing concern for many people throughout our community.

We have received reports of people riding motorbikes along the Restalrig Cycle Path, on pavements in residential streets such as Seafield Street and generally driving dangerously in the Leith Links area.  It is concerning to note that they are often not wearing any helmets, are driving at excessive speeds and are ignoring road signs & traffic signals. It has also become clear from social media that there are similar at various places in Leith.

Leith Links Community Council encourages members of our community to report any incidents to Police Scotland by calling 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency). You should do this whilst the incident is in progress, or as soon as possible afterwards. You should also report every incident to the Police. If possible please give the Police a description of the riders such as what they are wearing, what they look like, how old they appear to be, and any registration plates that can be seen.

Hopefully, a vigilant community who reports incidents to the Police will allow the Police an opportunity to take any necessary action using the powers & resources available to them in order to address this serious safety concern.

Any crimes should be reported to the Police using 101 or 999 however, the local Community Policing Team also have an email address which can be used to raise any general issues with them. Please be aware this email address is not monitored 24/7 so there may be a significant delay in them reading, considering & responding to your email. the email address is – edinburghleithcpt@scotland.pnn.police.uk. If you are on Twitter you can also send them a Tweet – @edinpolne is their Twitter handle.

 

 

Community Council to meet on Monday 25 May 2020 from 18:30 on Zoom

Our Community Council will next meet on Monday 25 May 2020 from 18:30 on Zoom.

If you would like to take part in the meeting please email us for the Zoom link to the meeting – contact@leithlinkscc.org.uk is the email address you should use.

Community views sought on temporary closure of Links Gardens

On 29 April 2020 we let you know about the partial closure of Links Gardens as part of the City of Edinburgh Council response to the current Covid-19 national health crisis.

In the comments below please tell us what your views are on this specific road closure.

Think about:

  • Telling us whether you support the closure, object to the closure, are neutral or have no opinion on the closure. And why.
  • Telling us how you and / or the wider community benefit from the closure, or you feel you and / or the wider community are negatively impacted by the closure.

Leith Links Community Council will consider the feedback at our next meeting, due to be held on Monday 25 May 2020 at 18:30 on Zoom. Further details will be published on our website.

In the meantime we will make sure that our local Councillors know that they may visit our website to see some of our communities views.

Community views sought on streets in Leith Links area which should be considered for closure

On 29 April 2020 we let you know about the partial closure of Links Gardens as part of the City of Edinburgh Council response to the current Covid-19 national health crisis.

We would now invite you to suggest other streets in the Leith Links Community Council which should be considered for closure.

Please be aware that the Council need to take into account a wide range of factors when considering closing streets which means that not all suggestions will be able to be acted upon. Likely factors may be whether the street forms part of a bus route and access for emergency services.

Think about telling us why you are suggesting a particular street and how you feel that street being closed would benefit our community.

 

The area within the red line is the Leith Links Community Council area.

Leith Links Community Council will consider the feedback at our next meeting, due to be held on Monday 25 May 2020 at 18:30 on Zoom. Further details will be published on our website.

In the meantime we will make sure that our local Councillors know that they may visit our website to see some of our communities views.

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