City of Edinburgh Council has announced that those living in the Leith area without Covid-19 symptoms will be able to pop into McDonald Road Library for a Covid-19 test.
The tests take around fifteen minutes, with the results known within the hour.
The Library will be used as a Covid-19 testing centre from 14th June 2021 from 9am until 6pm, up until 20th June 2021. No booking required, just pop in.
Click here to read more information about community Covid-19 testing.
It is worth noting that almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.
We have been informed by City of Edinburgh Council that the North East Locality Improvement Plan has been revised.
The various Locality Improvement Plans, including the North East Edinburgh version are often used by public sector and third sector organisations when considering which services they provide, and is therefore of some importance to the citizens of North East Edinburgh, which includes Leith & surrounding communities.
In a City of Edinburgh Council report considered by its Culture and Communities Committee on Tuesday 16 March 2021 Council officials said;
In December 2019 the Edinburgh Partnership agreed to carry out a review of the plans to address challenges identified through the annual reporting process. This review activity was paused in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic but resumed in September 2020. The revised plans were subsequently presented and agreed by the Edinburgh Partnership at its meeting in December 2020.
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Since this post was made the Edinburgh Evening News have deleted their article on their website & social media, and City of Edinburgh Council have advised that the article was false.
To avoid confusion the article written on this website has been removed.
Later, a retraction & apology was issued by the Edinburgh Evening News.
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council is being held on Monday 29 June 2020 from 18:30. Due to Covid-19 this meeting is being held using Zoom.
If you would like to join us at our meeting to either to watch, ask a question or make a comment, please send us an email & we will send you the Zoom link. Any citizen can come along regardless of where they live.
To request the Zoom link please email – email@example.com.
Matters under discussion include the recent foul odours from Seafield, as well as updates on our work in the areas of planning, parks & greenspaces and traffic & transport.
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Earlier today City of Edinburgh Council emailed Leith Links Community Council with a request that we share the below information relating to pay and display parking charges.
Like many Council services, pay and display parking charges were suspended as part of the Councils immediate response to the Covid-19 national health emergency however, as we proceed through the Scottish Governments Route Map the local authority has decided to reimpose pay and display parking charges from Monday 22 June 2020.
The email to us said;
Pay and Display Parking Charges
As you may know, in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown restrictions introduced by the government, pay and display parking charges were suspended in Edinburgh on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
I’m writing to you to inform you that it is proposed to re-introduce pay and display parking charges on Monday 22 June 2020. From this date any vehicle parked incorrectly in a public, shared-use or residents’ parking place may be issued with a parking ticket.
Residents who hold a valid Residents’ Parking Permit were granted dispensation to park their vehicles in pay and display parking places located within their own zone, provided those bays are not subject to a suspension. I can confirm that this dispensation will continue to remain in place until further notice and we will be writing to residents to inform them in due course.
It would be most helpful if you could distribute this information through your networks to help inform members of the public who may be affected by these changes.
If you have any queries regarding this e-mail please visit our website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The City of Edinburgh Council, with support from Sustrans Scotland, is introducing temporary measures to protect public health and support physical distancing. These measures will make it easier and safer for people to get around our streets for essential journeys and exercise.
Using their online tool citizens can submit suggestions on their interactive map, and others can show their support for any suggestions. Of course, additional feedback can still be submitted to your local Councillors – Booth, McVey & Munro or by emailing Council officers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of suggestions & feedback relating to the Leith Links Community Council area on the Councils website, an example of three such streets are;
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The City of Edinburgh Council have made Leith Links Community Council aware of its new Places for Everyone campaign.
We have become aware of a few concerns raised by our community about difficulties being encouraged through inconsiderate use of shared spaces such as Leith Links and the Restalrig Railway Path hopefully, this new guidance will support our community to use shared spaces in a way which avoids conflict.
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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.
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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.
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 – email@example.com is the email address you should use.