Response to Ladyboys / La Clique event proposal for Links

Below is the response from Leith Links Community Council (LLCC) to City of Edinburgh Council (Parks and Greenspaces Dept.) on the proposal to use Leith Links as a Fringe venue between 29 July 2019 and 28 August 2019, by Lady Boys of Bangkok / La Clique Cabaret. Leith Links Community Council itself starts from an impartial position on the matter but considers its duty is represent the interests of local residents, who have raised a number of important points and concerns. Follow the links to read those points in more detail.

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The Leith Links Community Council has considered all aspects of this application very carefully. Please see attached our policy on events outlining the general terms that any applicants (and City of Edinburgh Council) need to meet in order to be acceptable.  It is clear that for a large and exceptionally long-running event such as is proposed here, there are many key issues that would need to be addressed, on which we would need to be reassured, before even considering accepting such an application. We have also carefully read and considered the many views expressed by local residents, and these have very much informed our view as a Community Council.

Views of local residents / community

Because this proposal is unusual in proposing a much longer use of the Links than previous applications for events, LLCC decided to put this proposal out to wider public consultation. From our website, FaceBook page and Twitter accounts we provided a link to an easy-to-complete ‘form’ for local residents to give their views. In the 5 days the form was available, we received 56 formal responses (plus a number of informal comments, that are not recorded here).

We have copied and pasted from those responses into the attached document public comments . Please take the time and trouble to read these comments – or you will not be ‘listening’ to our community.

We are aware that these are popular Fringe shows in need of a new venue. We have nothing against the shows in question. We can appreciate the potential value for local businesses in bringing more Festival visitors down into Leith. However, overall, we would have to question whether that is a powerful enough rationale for granting the application, when set against the opposing arguments. It is not clear that having these shows on the Links for 4+ weeks would be in the best interests of the local community. We therefore propose that City of Edinburgh Council should not approve this proposal at least until there has been wider consultation and until all the concerns raised have been adequately addressed.

On a practical basis, there are barriers to Area 9 as a potential venue, due to the John Rattray Statue due to be installed shortly exactly on the access point for that part of the Links. (See attached picture). Also, the childrens Playpark close to Area 9 is due to be upgraded in 2019, so there could be vehicles to and fro-ing, and fairly major building works still taking place there. Furthermore, it is our understanding that that part of the Links is already booked by LAFC for football (which season restarts in mid-August).

The Links is a large park, however other areas on the Links are equally ‘booked’ or in permanent use e.g. football, cricket pitches, St. Mary’s Primary school playground, PE and sports (term restarts in mid-August), informal childrens’ play, informal sports and/or relaxation, family picnics, dog walking, cycle path, formal and informal bootcamps, tennis, future development of the ex Dry Dock area etc. etc.

In short, Leith Links is not a commercial business but a green space for relaxation, health and well-being, much needed by the community in this very densely populated area of Edinburgh. It is a busy, family-friendly, public place that belongs to the local community and that should be openly accessible to them at all times, rather than blocked off in part for a long chunk of the summer for adult shows and private profit.

Wider Consultation?

We think that the Council should undertake further consultation with the community, given the scale of the event proposed, the risk of a significant precedent being created, and the sensitivity of citizens of both Leith and the whole of Edinburgh, at the moment, about Council decisions about the use of public green spaces being imposed upon them.

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Edinburgh Mela 2018 on Leith Links next weekend

Not this weekend, but next weekend – the 2018 Mela opens on Friday 31 August (tickets needed) and runs through Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September (FREE!) opening at 12 midday both days. It will be great! Please note that it will be along at the far (Seafield) end of the Links this year (No. 12 bus goes along there). For more details of programme see www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk

 

Leith Festival Volunteers required

Leith Festival are still looking to recruit 10-15 volunteers to help out at this years festival.
Do you enjoy meeting new people? Want to support your local community? Agree that Leith Festival is a great event?
Leith Festival are currently recruiting volunteers for this year’s Festival. We primarily need Stewards to help set up on Galaday morning, for the Pageant (dressing up optional!), and to help with clean-up on Galaday evening. If you are interested in supporting this fantastic community event, register to volunteer using the online form at the QR code or the link above.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Leith Festival Team!!

SEAFIELD SEWAGE WORKS STINK

Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in odour emissions from Seafield. It’s disgusting and ruins local residents’ enjoyment of this good spell of weather. I’m disappointed to report that Veolia have been slow to react to public concerns and if SEPA and City of Edinburgh Council have taken any action they haven’t communicated that to the community council or local residents association who have been working hard on your behalf for many years. Rob Kirkwood from Leith Links Residents Association and I will be meeting with Ben MacPherson MSP on Monday evening to raise our concerns. I will then give you a full update on where we go from here.

LEITH LINKS COMMUNITY COUNCIL AGM, MONDAY, 28TH MAY 7PM

The AGM and next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday, 28th May at 7pm in Shore Room, Leith Community Centre.

AGM Agenda May 2018

All welcome, interesting visiting speakers

May 2017 AGM Minutes (draft until adopted)

LEITH LINKS PLAY PARK – What do YOU think?

Lovely Leith Links is YOUR park! This is the final chance for you  – and the kids, of course! – to have your say on the forthcoming upgrade of the play park on Leith Links. Please take time to consider the alternative proposed designs, and feed back your views, either in person at the local sessions next week (see poster below) or online. Click here to access the designs and to vote for your favourite
It’s not just ‘either/or’ – it may be possible to mix & match across the different designs, apparently, so get in there quick!

 It is difficult to see all the small details in the three different designs from the pictures, but  you can download them as three separate pdfs from the web site. Ideally, you could download and study the details on line and form your opinions,  and also go in to the library or community centre in person to ask questions and have a chat with the guys. Voting must be completed by 28th May.
   

Next Meeting Leith Links Community Council; Monday 30th April 2018

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 30th April

at 7pm, in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate.

Visiting Speakers on update of Leith Links Playpark

All welcome

 

LLCC draft Minutes March 18    Agenda 30.4.18

 

 

Next Meeting Leith Links Community Council; Monday 26th February 2018

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 26 February

at 7pm, in the Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate

Our guest speaker is from Port of Leith HA to give an overview of their proposals for the Porthaven House site.

All welcome

Agenda26.2.18   LLCC Minutes Jan 2018 Draft3

Busy Week!

Want to catch up and join in with what’s happening in and around our local community? You may be interested to attend one or more of the following events, all happening this week:

  • Monday 26 June – Leith Links Community Council Meeting – 7 pm Leith Community Centre.
  • Wednesday 28 June – Project team, former Tram Depot (165 Leith Walk) news about demolition and new plans for the site – drop in event, 4:30 – 7pm, McDonald Road Library.
  • Thursday 29 June – Make Leith Better pitching event.  Leith Creative offering £500 awards for the best ideas  – 6 pm – 8pm, Bakers Arms, 87-91 Henderson Street.
  • Saturday 1 July – Restalrig Road + Railway Path Clean Up event –  11am – meet at bus stop on bridge above the railway path, Restalrig Road.
  • Sunday 2 July – Farmers Market on the Croft – 10am – 5 pm – Leith Community Croft, at the Johns Road end of Leith Links.

 

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