VERY IMPORTANT – YOUR VIEWS COUNT!

Decisions are being taken very soon on three very important issues facing Edinburgh, and Leith in particular. The outcomes will affect us all for many years to come. City of Edinburgh Council has opened these to consultation. Your view, as a citizen, a voter and a Council Tax payer, really does count.  Please will every one of you take a few minutes to fill in the surveys (they are actually not very long or complicated) and send in your views.

(1) Massive cuts to Council services  (otherwise known as ‘Budget Savings’)
The Council aims to cut £21 Million from the budget for 2018/19. Every single one of us will notice effects of these cuts, every day, in things like bin collection, parking charges, Edinburgh Leisure facilities, libraries, school transport, services to disabled people, and much more. This is your chance to speak out.

Read more information here: Budget Leaflet

Send in YOUR views: Council Budget survey

(2) Proposed new arrangements for Picardy Place

Picardy Place at the top of Leith Walk is a key junction connecting Leith to the rest of the city. As the new St. James Quarter is developed, there is an opportunity to improve Picardy Place. Do we want a vehicle dominated multi-lane gyratory, maybe a hotel in the middle, or can we keep our street sculpture, make space, plant trees and improve pedestrian, cyclist and public transport access, while also future-proofing for any extension to the tram? Are the Council taking local peoples views into account enough? Will they reach the right decisions? Many think not…..

Read more information here:  Council proposals ; Broughton CounterProposal  ; Other Views ; Dirty Work at the Crossroads?

Send in YOUR views: Picardy Place Survey

(3) Licensing Board (alcohol) policy

The Licensing Board (which is actually separate from the Council) is reviewing its policy. A lot of people believe that one reason for the relatively high rate of violence and crime in Leith is over-provision of alcohol in the area. A recent survey by the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership confirmed this position. This is a chance to revisit the issue.

Read more information here: alcoholLeith – revised Feb 2015

Send in YOUR views: Licensing Policy survey 

 

LEITH CHOOSES LAUNCH, WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER

The three Leith Community Councils are teaming up with City of Edinburgh Council to create a pot of cash for the community in Leith, based on Scottish Government ‘Community Choices’funding.

Applications for £EITH CHOOSES will be invited very soon, and voting will be in March 2018. Many things will be similar to previous £eith Decides but there are a few exciting changes too.

The project Launch & first Funding Workshop will be held on 22nd November in Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate, at 6.00pm.

Come along and find out more!

Keep up to date via Facebook and Twitter, or download the press release.

Local Fire and Rescue Plan 2014-2017 Review – Have your say

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is required under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, as amended, to prepare Local Fire and Rescue Plans for each local authority in Scotland. Following the publication of our Strategic Plan in our inaugural year, the first Local Plans were published in April 2014.

These plans were developed to direct the Service through its initial transformation journey and have helped to forge our place as a national organisation with a strong sense of local accountability. Against the drive of public sector reform, the local planning landscape continues to evolve to provide a greater focus on protecting the most vulnerable and improving community outcomes through collaborative working.

The publication of their new Strategic Plan 2016-19 in October 2016 now instigates a timely requirement to carry out a mandatory review of all Local Fire and Rescue Plans. This review will provide them with information on how well they are performing against their existing priorities as well as highlighting areas for continued improvement and opportunities for change against the growing needs of our communities.

In very simple terms the review is aiming to gain the views of stakeholders on their performance against the existing plan and if the priorities it contains are the right ones. This feedback will be used to inform the preparation of a new Fire Plan which will be put in place in October this year.

 

Have your say by 31 March 2016 by clicking here.

Can you suggest new street names for Leith?

The City of Edinburgh Council is seeking suggestions for new street names.

 

Anyone can suggest new street names, which if appropriate will be added to the Councils ‘Street Names Bank’ for possible future use.  You can see which names are already on the name bank for Leith by clicking here.

 

Potential names should not duplicate any currently in use and meet at least one of the following criteria:

• commemorate local history, places, events or culture, and in particular any that relate to the development site;

• honour and commemorate noteworthy persons associated with the local area, or the City of Edinburgh as a whole;

• celebrate cultural diversity in the City of Edinburgh;

• commemorate national and international noteworthy persons, who have been deceased for five years or more;

• commemorate national and international events;

• strengthen neighbourhood identity;

• recognise native wildlife, flora, fauna or natural features related to the community or the City of Edinburgh as a whole.

 

If you would like make a suggestion to the Council, click here.

Could Leith be the next Zero Waste Town?

Leith based environmental charity, Changeworks, is looking to assess the potential of Leith becoming the next Zero Waste Town. As a householder located in Leith this is your opportunity to tell us what you think about how waste is currently managed in Leith, and to input into our proposed project activities.

Share your views by completing this online survey by Friday 17 March 2017 and be entered into our £50 voucher prize draw*.

This research is funded by Zero Waste Scotland. We will use the findings from the survey to inform our application for further funding from Zero Waste Scotland to run the Zero Waste Leith project. This project would follow on from similar projects in Dunbar and Bute, where the community and businesses have come together to increase recycling, reduce waste, improve their local environment and make better use of resources.

Policing 2026

Police Scotland have this week launched their consultation on the future of Police services here in Scotland.

It is important that as many members of the community as possible take the time to consider the consultation and respond as the outcome of the consultation will directly impact on how Police services are delivered.

Click on the logo for more information.

 

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.

Leithers Don’t Litter need your help

Our friends at Leithers Don’t Litter need your help!  They are putting together a campaign to prevent flytipping and are looking for your input.

Please take a few moments to take their survey by clicking the picture.

Community Planning for People & Planet: Help set the environmental priorities for the North East Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plan 2017-22.

This is a chance for local people and community groups to have a say in determining the environmental priorities for the North East Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plan, which includes the Leith area.

To have your say, attend their Craigmillar event, the full details can be found by following this link.

Consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

The Scottish Government are seeking the views of the people of Scotland on proposed changes to the planning system here in Scotland.

The consultation is open to anyone in Scotland to provide comment on, with a deadline of 4 April 2017.

To download the document and to respond to the consultation please follow this link.

Leith Links Community Council are aware of the consultation and will be working to submit its response in due course.

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