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.
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 27 March 2017, from 7pm, in Leith Community Education Centre.
All members of our community are welcome to attend.
Click here to view the agenda
Click here to view the minutes of our previous meeting.
Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, the the City of Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.
The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and City of Edinburgh Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.
This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.
A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.
Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.
You can vote:
Results will be announced in April and projects will begin from May 2017. This is your chance to decide how money is spent that benefits you.
If you have a Young Scot card, when you vote online you will also receive reward points and these can be redeemed against a range of awards. You can find out more about Young Scot here.
If you would like to find out more, please contact CF.Commissioning@edinburgh.gov.uk
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.
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.
Our Community Links Fund social voting day was a overwhelming success with 192 people casting 1467 votes to decide who should receive over £15,000 of funding.
With thirty three projects seeking funding competition is tough but the community of the Leith Links Community Council area took the time to meet the projects before casting their votes. A face painter and two social cafe areas were available to ensure the day was as much about bringing the community together, as it was to vote.
Online voting remains open until 12noon on Wednesday 15 March 2017, with results announced on Thursday 16 March, from 18:30 in Leith Community Education Centre.
Community Links Fund online voting is now closed (as of 12noon on Wednesday 15 March 2017).
Results will posted online on this website, posted on our social media accounts, emailed to our mailing list and emailed to all applicants on the evening of Thursday 16 March 2017.