Election hustings success

Our long awaited hustings event for candidates standing in the Leith Ward (Ward 13) was held yesterday evening in Leith Community Education Centre.

 

Four of the five candidates standing attended and answered twelve questions from the assembled audience of 35 members of our community.

 

 

Throughout the night we published various Twitter and Facebook postings using #LeithHustings view collated Tweets by us & others by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Candidates who took part were;

  • Chas Booth (Scottish Green Party)
  • Adam McVey (Scottish National Party)
  • Gordon Munro (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Paul Penman (Scottish Conservative Party)

 

The twelve questions were diverse;

  • Trams – if they come to Leith do you support additional business rates relief for affected local businesses.
  • Poverty – what battles will candidates fight to lift families out of poverty.
  • Rape & womans rights – will candidates condemn rape clause and what is their position on the tendering of domestic abuse services.
  • Leith Links – what will they do to improve the Leith Links area, specific mention of refuse related issues on Leith Links and HMO properties surrounding the Links.
  • Rape – what will candidates do to ensure there is help for rape victims to come report such crimes, and quickly. Also, how will they ensure that the third sector doesn’t become politicised.
  • Planning – what will candidates do to ensure that people are brought to Leith / kept in Leith.
  • Environment – what will candidates do to tidy up Leith, including getting bins emptied.
  • Seafield smell – how do candidates see this being resolved.
  • Libraries – what will candidates do to ensure services maintained.
  • Housing – rent controls for Edinburgh, yes or no.
  • Democracy – candidates thoughts on ensuring more power for local democracy.
  • Environment – will candidates be taking part in the next Leithers Don’t Litter community clean up. Also, are they against bottled water being used on City of Edinburgh Council premises.

 

Who are the candidates?  Follow this link to find a list of candidates.

Where to vote?  Follow this link to find details of polling places.

Register to vote? Follow this link to find out how to register to vote.

How to vote?  Follow this link to find details on how to vote.

If you live within the red line – you live in Leith Ward.

NB: Leith Links Community Council is a non political organisation and is not affiliated with any political party or cause. This event has been organised on a neutral non aligned basis.

 

Quiz the candidates standing in Leith Ward

It’s election time again and we are hosting an opportunity for members of our community to quiz the candidates on local Leith matters on Wednesday 19 April 2017, from 18:30, in Leith Community Centre (Kirkgate). Questions will be taken from the floor so this is a real opportunity for members of our community attending to quiz the candidates on issues that matter to them, providing they are Leith related and within the power of an elected Councillor.

 

 

There are five candidates standing for three seats, all have been invited to take part;

  • BOOTH, Chas (Scottish Green Party)
  • DIJKSTRA-DOWNIE, Sanne (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • MCVEY, Adam (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • MUNRO, Gordon John (Labour and Co-operative Party)
  • PENMAN, Paul (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)

 

Where to vote?  Follow this link to find details of polling places.

Register to vote? Follow this link to find out how to register to vote.

How to vote?  Follow this link to find details on how to vote.

If you live within the red line – you live in Leith Ward.

NB: Leith Links Community Council is a non political organisation and is not affiliated with any political party or cause. This event has been organised on a neutral non aligned basis.

City of Edinburgh Council elections | Who are the candidates

Elections to the City of Edinburgh Council are taking place this May. The Returning Officer has released the list of candidates standing in our area.

Following the election, all seven elected Councillors will automatically become ex-officio members of Leith Links Community Council.

The Leith Links Community Council area is encompassed by two electoral wards, please find information relating to the candidates and wards below:

 

Leith Ward 13

Map of ward below.
This election is to return three Councillors, the candidates are as follows;

  • BOOTH, Chas (Scottish Green Party)
  • DIJKSTRA-DOWNIE, Sanne (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • MCVEY, Adam (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • MUNRO, Gordon John (Labour and Co-operative Party)
  • PENMAN, Paul (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)

 

Craigentinny/Duddingston Ward 14

Map of ward below.
This election is to return four Councillors, the candidates are as follow;

  • CAMPBELL, Ian (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • GRIFFITHS, Joan (Labour and Co-operative Party)
  • HADFIELD, Patrick (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • LUNN, Alex (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • MARTIN, Lyndsay (Labour and Co-operative Party)
  • MCLELLAN, John (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • STANIFORTH, Alex (Scottish Green Party)
  • WADHWA, Mridul (Scottish National Party (SNP)

 

Where to vote?  Follow this link to find details of polling places within both wards.

Register to vote? Follow this link to find out how to register to vote.

How to vote?  Follow this link to find details on how to vote.

 

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.

 

 

 

Seafield smells | Don’t give up, please always complain

There continues to be cause for complaint by local residents due to ongoing nuisance odours from the Seafield Sewage Works.

Whilst Leith Links Residents Association and Leith Links Community Council continue to fight for a resolution it is vitally important that those affected by any nuisance odour report such instances, at the time, every time.

The more reports made the better.  Even if a neighbour or someone nearby phones & complains, you should still complain too.

Burning type smells should be reported to;

Sewage type smells should be reported to;

 

 

Quiz the candidates | Leith Ward 13 election hustings

Leith Links Community Council has organised an election hustings so that local people can ask candidates standing in the City of Edinburgh Council elections what their opinion is on local important issues.

We don’t know who will be taking part yet as not all parties have selected their candidates but there is an open invitation to all parties & any independents who stand.

  • Wednesday 19 April 2017
  • 18:30
  • Leith Community Education Centre (Kirkgate)

Please do share our Facebook event, and watch out for posters & leaflets around the community promoting the event.

PS – Don’t worry, we know it’s a few months away so we will remind you all again nearer the time.

Make sure you are on the Register of Electors

Later this year the people of Scotland will go to the polls to elect the Councillors who will form Scotlands 32 local authorities.

 

The Leith Links Community Council area is encompassed by two distinct City of Edinburgh Council Wards.  Leith Ward 13 for those on the Links side of the Restalrig Cycle Path, and Craigentinny / Duddingston Ward 14 for those on the other side.

 

However, regardless of which Ward you are in you must be on the Register of Electors to be able to vote, either in person, by post or by proxy.

To register to vote, or to check you are on the Register of Electors click here.

To find our more about elections in Edinburgh, visit the City of Edinburgh Councils web page by clicking here.