Leith Community Councils take part in Leith Volunteer Fair 2

We will be taking part in Leith Volunteer Fair #2 alongside colleagues from Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council.

We’ll be recruiting volunteers to get involved with various events and activities organised & participated in by Leith Links Community Council

Pop along to Leith Volunteer Fair #2, being held in Leith Community Centre (12a Newkirkgate) from 4pm until 7pm on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Over thirty organisations are taking part with one off, occasional & regular volunteering opportunities in Leith and the wider Edinburgh area.

Community Council elections 2019: Last few days to submit nomination papers

Over recent weeks we have been promoting the Edinburgh Community Council elections 2019, click here to view our blog posts on the subject.

Leith Links Community Council have seats for twelve elected members, as does Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council. Leith Central Community Council have seventeen seats available for elected members. 

Being a Community Council is a great way to support your local community, learn new skills & gain an insight into local democracy as well as being a great way to learn more about your community.

Nominations close at 4pm on Monday 30 September 2019.  So there is still time to get your nomination papers submitted.  You can find the nomination form for your local Community Council by clicking here.  Please be aware that you can submit your nomination paper by scanning it & emailing it to the returning officer, handing it to them personally or handing it into the City Chambers.Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

Please do read some of the posts on our website about the elections and being a Community Councillor, and please do give serious consideration to joining us.

 

 

 

Community Council elections 2019: A message from Community Councillor Andrew MacKenzie

Nominations to become an elected member of Leith Links Community Council are currently being accepted until 30 September 2019.

The last LLCC election was held in 2016 when seventeen candidates stood for election (with twelve positions available). 586 members of our community voted which represented a turnout of 6.9%.


Ever find yourself standing on the street in your neighbourhood, looking at something you think is being done badly – or could be done better – and scratching your head and thinking: “Now why are they doing that like that? Who the hell’s idea was it? And who are they anyway? Where is the department of joined-up thinking when you need them? And how come it’s the first we’ve ever heard about it?”

 

I don’t mind admitting that the main reason I became involved in the community council was because I’d become bored of my own belly-aching about this, that and the other thing, standing on the fringes and feeling frustrated at the sorry state of affairs that sometimes seems to pass for progress and development in our public and civic realm.

 

It’s not all bad of course. And if I’d really wanted to change anything I might have gone into actual politics. One of the great things about community councils is that they are non-political. Which doesn’t mean that we don’t have political views, it’s just that they are not material to the voluntary work that community councils do. No time is wasted on ideological dispute or partisanship. Pragmatism is the currency of a well-functioning parish pump.

 

And while it’s true that they only have very limited powers, community councils do continue to have some influence and can be a power for good. There are plenty of positives. And that’s certainly been my experience of Leith Links Community Council in the three years that I’ve been one of its elected members.

 

It may be the bottom rung of the democratic ladder, but it’s an important rung, and a solid one. Grounded in the grassroots. We’re not nosey neighbours but we care about our neighbourhoods, we’re not Nimbies but we do want the best for our backyards. We try to pay attention, we are bothered, and we’d be glad if you joined us.


Could you be a Community Councillor?  On Wednesday 25 September 2019 from 7pm in Leith Community Centre we are hosting an informal information evening for those members of our community thinking about becoming a Community Councillor.  The event is being hosted jointly with Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council.  All welcome.

 

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Seafield odour complaints

There has been a spike in complaints relating to Seafield over recent days.  Since Friday 20 September 2019 we have received over forty complaints relating to odour.

Click on the image to complete our web form.

Reporting odour from Seafield supports us and others to campaign for an effective long term solution to the issue by building a catalogue of incidents, it also allows us to challenge the responsible bodies about specific incidents to see what happened and how it can be avoided in the future.

When you report any odour issues via our website the simple web form is sent to a number of people & organisations:

  • Councillors Booth, McVey & Munro
  • Ben MacPherson MSP
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform)
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Water
  • Veolia
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

 

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Community Council Elections 2019: Information evening for candidates

Are you thinking about standing as a candidate in the Community Council elections for either Leith Links Community Council or Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council?

We are partnering with our neighbouring Community Council to jointly host an informal information evening for those thinking about standing.

Come along to the Leith Community Education Centre on the evening of Wednesday 25th September (7-8:30pm) to find out about the roles & responsibilities of being a Community Councillor. You will hear from current Community Councillors about their experiences and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Community Council elections: Information from City of Edinburgh Council

City of Edinburgh Council have this week released some promotional materials relating to the upcoming Community Council elections.

The materials are copied below for your information.

The Returning Officer for Leith Links Community Council is Councillor Gordon Munro.

Please ignore the reference to Neighbourhood Partnerships in the leaflet.  Neighbourhood Partnerships have been disbanded but the Council still had several thousand of the leaflets to use. Please also note that £eith Decides is now known as £eith Chooses.

Leith Conference | 26th & 27th October 2019 from 11am until 4pm

Leith Conference is an opportunity for local people, community organisations and businesses to explore, identify and prioritise key issues affecting life for better or worse in our community.

As a partnership of Leith Trust and Leith Creative, the conference builds on a wide body of research about the area gathered over the last five years. Not just another discussion event, the weekend is instead an opportunity to move forward and agree joint actions for a plan, shaped by the people of Leith.

Join us to share experiences and have your say at this FREE event being held in North Park Conference Centre.

Click on the image below to book your ticket’s.


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Leith Community Centre extends opening hours

Leith Community Centre (Where Leith Links Community Council holds its regular monthly meetings) is extending its opening hours from Monday 2 September 2019.

Leith Creative recently described Leith Community Centre as the town hall for Leith.

The Community Centre is managed through a partnership between Leith Community Centre Association SCIO and City of Edinburgh Council. For fifty years the Community Centre in the Newkirkgate has been supporting the Leith community to access opportunities to learn and be active. The centre provides eight rooms & halls for community activities such as adult education classes, sports, exercise & dance classes & activities, local community & interest groups and even hosts the annual Leith Chooses voting event.

From Monday 2 September 2019 the new opening hours will be:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 5pm

In order to support new community groups & activities to take advantage of the new Sunday opening there is a special Sunday offer for new regular bookings, entitling them to up to two hours per Sunday free for the first four weeks providing their booking starts in September.

The centre still has availability through the week, and on weekends.


 

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John Rattray statue landscaping blooming lovely!

Recently some landscaping works have taken place in Leith Links in preparation for the arrival of a bronze statue of John Rattray. The area around the statue has been landscaped in the style of dunes which once covered the site.

Regular updates as to the progress of the Rattray statue, and the associated works are provided on the Leith Rules Golf Society website (click here). With information relating to the life of John Rattray available on Wikipedia (click here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leith Volunteer Fair 2019

A Leith Volunteer Fair will be held in Leith Community Centre on Friday 7 June 2019 from 1pm until 3pm.

This will be a chance for our community to find out about volunteering opportunities from a number of local organisations including Leithers Don’t Litter, Bethany Christian Trust and Leith Festival.

Pop along on the day to find out more.

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