Four organisations are working together to develop part of Leith Links as an arboretum, with work already having began some weeks ago when planting of the arboretum began at the Seafield end of the links.
City of Edinburgh Council, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspaces Trust are working together to develop the arboretum on Leith Links, with some funding provided by The Mushroom Trust.
An arboretum is a specially designed area of different types of trees for scientific, educational and ornamental purposes. Eighty four trees are planned for the Leith Links arboretum.
We are encouraging citizens with an interest in Leith Links to take part in the consultation, and to make their views known.
Citizens may also leave comments below for the Community Councils information, and they may also wish to email Councillors Booth, McVey and Munro who represent Leith Ward 13.
Leith Links Community Council is inviting local interest groups to become members of our Community Council. We have up to six places available for local interest groups who can join us to represent the interests of their community organisation.
So if your organisation has an interest in the Leith Links area then please do think about joining us & working with us to make the Leith Links area an even better place for everyones benefit.
If your organisation would like to join us please email email@example.com.
It is worth noting that organisations can sit on as many Community Councils as relate to their area of work. And that our neighbouring Community Councils all have vacancies for local interest groups.
With the Scottish Parliament election campaign well underway there are two hustings which we are promoting for those who live in the Leith Links Community Council area.
If you are not sure which consistency you live in you can find out by typing your postcode into the Scottish Parliament website by clicking here.
Edinburgh Northern and Leith – The Broughton Spurtle have organised a hustings which is being held on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Click here for more information.
Edinburgh Eastern – Portobello Community Council have organised a hustings which is being held on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Click here for more information.
A small film shoot of a “protest” scene will be taking place on Leith Links on Thursday 7 April 2021 between 4pm and 6pm, adjacent to Vanburgh Place, and on the grass area at Wellington Place.
The production company, Wild Mercury
, says it will make every effort to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum and have contacted local residents to inform them of the details of the shoot, which are contained in the letter below.
As you will probably be aware if you use the Leith Links Park, the bowling green area and
the building itself, most recently referred to as the ‘Dry Dock’, are in a sorry state of disrepair. The community council has been monitoring the situation and we are keen to see the building being renovated and used as an asset for the community along with its surroundings. A report from the Parks and Recreation Dept is being submitted to a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council in May.
We feel that time is of the essence and that community engagement and consultation is paramount. With this in mind, we have scheduled a meeting via Zoom at 7p.m. on Monday 19th April to give all interested groups and individuals the opportunity to put forward their views on how this space should be best used.
Parks and Green Spaces Sub-Committee
Leith Links Community Council are recruiting two new Community Councillors following the resignation of two elected representatives (Who have moved out of the area).
As a result we are inviting interested members of our community to think about volunteering their time, energy, enthusiasm and local knowledge to make a difference in our community.
Any person from the age of sixteen, and listed on the Electoral Register as residing in the Leith Links Community Council area can be co-opted onto the Community Council following a vote by our members.
If you would like to find out more information about becoming one of our Community Councillors please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be received by our Chair and Secretary who will liaise with you directly to organise a discussion with you.
Jim Scanlon MBE, Chair of Leith Links Community Council said today;
Leith Links Community Council are keen to fill two vacancies for councillors following the departure of two members who moved outside the area.
If you want to give something back to your local community and have an interest in a wide range of issues which could include green space/planning/transport then please get in touch with us to find out more.
We have a great well respected team and have a positive social media presence working together with other local community councils to be the voice for local residents in Leith
Leith Links Community Council has submitted its response to the City of Edinburgh Councils City Plan 2030 consultation.
Click on the image to read the response document.
Community Councillors have been working for a number of weeks to understand & respond to the consultation as the product which arises from the Councils work developing City Plan 2030 will have a massive impact upon our communities future for generations to come in areas such as new homes, transport, education and green spaces.
The consultation ran online from 31 January to 30 April 2020 and included a series of drop in events throughout the city. Originally due to close in March the deadline was extended by the local authority due to the Covid-19 national health crisis.
The Council website pages dedicated to City Plan 2030 includes a brief description of what the City Plan 2030 is;
Choices for City Plan 2030 in 200 words
Our next local development plan
Our city continues to grow. We must manage that growth and make sure everyone can share in our city’s success.
Our City Plan 2030 will set out the long-term vision for Edinburgh. It will set out locations for new homes and businesses, protect places of value, and make sure that essentials for a good quality of life – like public transport, schools and green space – are core to our city.
Scottish Government requires councils to produce a local development plan. The plan is used to guide decisions on planning applications.
We’re planning for a city that is a great place to live, where you don’t need to own a car to move around, where everyone lives in a home which they can afford and where everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing is supported.
We’re not starting from scratch – many of the policies in our existing local development plan are working well. The choices outlined for City Plan 2030 looks at key areas for change such as addressing climate change, building affordable housing, short-term lets and student accommodation. They will play a major part in helping us to meet our ambition for a carbon neutral city by 2030.
City of Edinburgh Council have announced the closure of Links Gardens, from Gladstone Place to Links Gardens Lanes from 30 April until 21 May 2020.
The road has been closed by the local authority as part of its response to the current Covid-19 national health crisis. The road will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians and is part of efforts to improve the safety of those using the nearby Leith Links for exercise.
Read the City of Edinburgh Council press release by clicking here.
The Trams to Newhaven team have published their latest newsletter which can be read by clicking here.
Since City of Edinburgh Council made clear its intention to build the tram line from York Place to Newhaven our Leith community has been heavily divided as to whether it is in the public interest to do so, or not.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 public health emergency the Trams to Newhaven team have assured our community that the project is still scheduled to be completed and
carrying passengers by Spring 2023. Many people would have thought that the ongoing UK & Scottish Government restrictions in place to address the Covid-19 outbreak would have led to delays but the newsletter has quashed that possibility.
Police Scotland are inviting members of our community to take part in an online survey entitled ‘your Police 2020-2021’.
Anyone wishing to take part in the survey can do so until 31 March 2021.
The survey also includes a number of questions specifically relating to Police activity during the current Covid-19 National Health Emergency.
In their introductory statements Police Scotland say;
We recognise the importance of understanding the views and priorities of Scotland’s diverse communities. This is especially important during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This survey is a platform for you to give us your views and opinions during these challenging times, and beyond.
The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
We have included some screenshots of questions from the survey to provide a flavour of the types of questions they are asking.