Street Traders Licence Application – Leith Links

We have been informed this week by City of Edinburgh Council that an application has been made for a Street Traders Licence in relation to a food & drinks unit on Leith Links.

Any person can make a representation with regards to the application but they must present that to City of Edinburgh Council by 3 May 2022. Leith Links Community Council will be submitting a representation, and should you have any comments which you feel should be considered as part of that representation please let us know in the comments area below. Please avoid only writing that you support or object to the application, please tell us why you object or support etc in the comments section below.

Below is a map of the location, and the formal notice of the application being considered.

Please note that we have published all the information relating to the application that we have been provided with.

Leith Ward hustings – Tuesday 26 April 2022

We are hosting an online hustings on Tuesday 26 April 2022 from 18:30 on Zoom.

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the candidates and hear their responses, which may help you to get to know them a little better and perhaps help you decide on your voting intention.

All candidates have been invited to attend, the candidates standing in this election are;

  • Scottish Green Party – BOOTH, Chas
  • Scottish Labour Party – FACCENDA, Katrina
  • Scottish Family Party: Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Life – ISSERI, Jacqueline Mary
  • Independent – MACKENZIE, Andy
  • Alba Party for independence – MCGLYNN, Euan
  • Scottish National Party (SNP) – MCVEY, Adam
  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist – PERCHARD, Teresa
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats – REA, Robin Thomas

The hustings will be chaired by Jim Scanlon MBE, Chairperson of Leith Links Community Council.

We expect all participants to conduct themselves in a dignified manner being respectful to all those participating. The Chairperson has the authority, if required, to remove any persons from the meeting.

When booking a ticket please note that the Zoom link will be sent to you on Tuesday 26 April 2022 between 12noon & 5pm. Please be sure to check your inbox and your spam/junk folders.

Questions can be asked in advance by being added to the comments section below.

Arboretum planned for Leith Links

Four organisations are working together to develop part of Leith Links as an arboretum, with work already having began some weeks ago when planting of the arboretum began at the Seafield end of the links.

City of Edinburgh Council, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspaces Trust are working together to develop the arboretum on Leith Links, with some funding provided by The Mushroom Trust.

An arboretum is a specially designed area of different types of trees for scientific, educational and ornamental purposes. Eighty four trees are planned for the Leith Links arboretum.

We are encouraging citizens with an interest in Leith Links to take part in the consultation, and to make their views known.


Citizens may also leave comments below for the Community Councils information, and they may also wish to email Councillors Booth, McVey and Munro who represent Leith Ward 13.








Local interest groups invited to join us

Leith Links Community Council is inviting local interest groups to become members of our Community Council. We have up to six places available for local interest groups who can join us to represent the interests of their community organisation.

So if your organisation has an interest in the Leith Links area then please do think about joining us & working with us to make the Leith Links area an even better place for everyones benefit.

If your organisation would like to join us please email

It is worth noting that organisations can sit on as many Community Councils  as relate to their area of work. And that our neighbouring Community Councils all have vacancies for local interest groups.

Scottish Parliament elections 2021: Online hustings opportunities to meet & question candidates

With the Scottish Parliament election campaign well underway there are two hustings which we are promoting for those who live in the Leith Links Community Council area.


If you are not sure which consistency you live in you can find out by typing your postcode into the Scottish Parliament website by clicking here.


Edinburgh Northern and LeithThe Broughton Spurtle have organised a hustings which is being held on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Click here for more information.

Edinburgh Eastern – Portobello Community Council have organised  a hustings which is being held on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Click here for more information.



Useful links:

Leith Links filming advisory

A small film shoot of a “protest” scene will be taking place on Leith Links on Thursday 7 April 2021 between 4pm and 6pm, adjacent to Vanburgh Place, and on the grass area at Wellington Place.
The production company, Wild Mercury, says it will make every effort to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum and have contacted local residents to inform them of the details of the shoot, which are contained in the letter below.


Leith Links Bowling Green Area – Community Consultation

As you will probably be aware if you use the Leith Links Park, the bowling green area and the building itself, most recently referred to as the ‘Dry Dock’, are in a sorry state of disrepair. The community council has been monitoring the situation and we are keen to see the building being renovated and used as an asset for the community along with its surroundings. A report from the Parks and Recreation Dept is being submitted to a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council in May.
We feel that time is of the essence and that community engagement and consultation is paramount. With this in mind, we have scheduled a meeting via Zoom at 7p.m. on Monday 19th April to give all interested groups and individuals the opportunity to put forward their views on how this space should be best used.
Invitation will be via the Eventbrite ticketing system, please click here to register to receive the Zoom link. We hope to see as many residents of Leith Links taking part as possible.
David Igoe
Parks and Green Spaces Sub-Committee


We are recruiting two new Community Councillors

Leith Links Community Council are recruiting two new Community Councillors following the resignation of two elected representatives (Who have moved out of the area).

As a result we are inviting interested members of our community to think about volunteering their time, energy, enthusiasm and local knowledge to make a difference in our community.

Any person from the age of sixteen, and listed on the Electoral Register as residing in the Leith Links Community Council area can be co-opted onto the Community Council following a vote by our members.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming one of our Community Councillors please contact us by emailing Your email will be received by our Chair and Secretary who will liaise with you directly to organise a discussion with you.

Jim Scanlon MBE, Chair of Leith Links Community Council said today;

Leith Links Community Council are keen to fill  two vacancies for councillors following the departure of two members who moved outside the area.

If you want to give something back to your local community and have an interest in a wide range of issues which could include green space/planning/transport then please get in touch with us to find out more.

We have a great well respected team and have a positive social media presence working together with other local community councils to be the voice for local residents in Leith



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