For over two years fencing surrounded the statue of John Rattray and the landscaped mounds on the Links so that the planting of wild flowers selected by Royal Botanic Gardens staff could become established.
We could see the wonderful display of flowers developing each summer and the public, quite rightly asked when would the fencing come down and last September it was removed.
The ecosystem of the coastal planting is developing but is now in danger of being destroyed due to adults and children walking and cycling over the mounds.
The statue and mounds were created to celebrate Leith’s connection with the history of golf when the first recorded rules of the game were written for a competition on the Links in 1744.
The mounds represent the original landscape of the Links when it would have had a similar appearance to Longniddry, St Andrews or Carnoustie.
As we come out of the covid pandemic we hope that the statue will attract many visitors interested in the origins and history of golf. Hopefully they will also spend more time in Leith discovering the areas historic past and supporting local businesses by spending their money in shops, cafes and restaurants.
The statue and landscaping are a great asset to the Links and Leith but we need you the public to help by respecting and caring for them.
I’ve attached a list of the range of seeds planted on the mounds below which we would hope to see each year.
PDFWildflowers planted on Leith LInks 2019
Jim Scanlon MBE
Chair Leith Links Community Council and member of Leith Rules Golf Society
The City of Edinburgh Council launched Phase 2 of its consultation yesterday on proposals for Controlled Parking Zones in the Leith area including Bonnington, Easter Road and what is described as ‘West Leith’ but is actually the area between Lochend Road and Restalrig Road, East Hermitage Place and the colonies.
If you live in these areas please take time to look at the plans for the introduction of permit holder parking, pay and display and other measures. Then make your comments known via the online survey.
You can see the plans here.
The consultation company have also organised two virtual drop in sessions on
Wednesday, 24th February between 6-8pm
Tuesday, 2nd March between 1-3pm
You can sign up to attend these meetings through the link below
Phase 1 of the consultation on parking took place in late 2019 for other areas of Leith.
This consultation is separate from the other consultation currently running on Leith Connections / Leith Low Traffic Neighbourhood.
Earlier in the year, there was a big question mark hanging over £eith Chooses, but the Steering Group has been working away in the background and the good news is that it is ON! There is £46,102 available for community projects in Leith (max £5,000 per project). Applications are open NOW and voting will be in January 2021.
Some things will be a bit different from previous years, but face to face discussions and advice sessions are not possible for now, so an online community meeting has been set up to share the news of how it will run, and to give everybody the chance to ask questions and chat about things. Survey results will also be discussed.
Anyone / everyone in the Leith community, or with an interest in participatory budgeting, is invited to an online community discussion meeting on Tuesday 10th November at 18:30 – 20:00 (max).
To get the link, attend and participate, please register with Eventbrite:
The meeting will be via the (free) Microsoft Teams platform
Read more / download an Application Form, at the £eith Chooses website.
It was unclear whether or not £eith Chooses would be able to go ahead this year or not, but the good news is Yes! It’s happening!
The application process for £eith Chooses 2021 is now open – and your community group is invited to apply.
To find out more, and to download an Application Form, head over to the £eith Chooses website.
£eith Chooses (called £eith Decides, originally) is an annual event since 2010 in which members of the local community in Leith vote to make the decisions on how community grants funds are to be allocated to local community projects. It’s called ‘participatory budgeting’ (PB) but its more than that – it’s a brilliant form of community engagement and involvement, as local voters get to know about the great community groups and projects in their area.
Leith Links Community Council has been very closely involved with this process for many years, having been the successful recipient of Scottish Government funding to support PB (between 2016 – 2019) and also very actively involved in the day to day running of the organisation of £eith Chooses (via the Steering Group – a partnership between the Leith Community Councils, the City of Edinburgh Council, and community groups in Leith).
Information received from Scottish Water:
“We wanted to make you aware that Veolia plans to clean the storm tanks at Seafield between Monday 21st September and Wednesday 23 September, next week. This is the first available opportunity to complete this maintenance task following the recent heavy rainfall in the catchment area, and whilst weather conditions are forecast to be favourable.
In addition, as part of planned maintenance activities at the site, Primary Settlement Tank 1 (PST1) is to be drained and cleaned. This activity has been scheduled to commence today with work expected to take approximately one week.
Conditions are currently forecast to be favourable and every effort will be made to minimise the odour risk when carrying out these activities.
Both SEPA and the City of Edinburgh Council have been informed.
We will issue a further update once Veolia has completed the work.
Note: A link to this communication will be posted on social media and also on our website – https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/seafield
As always if you smell any sewage it’s important that you complete our report form.
I can assure you that all public bodies and elected councillors sit up and pay attention to every complaint made. Your MSP Ben MacPherson has also worked hard on your behalf to secure a commitment by the Scottish Government to invest no regrets funding to reduce odour emissions in 2020/21 and a new state of the art sewage works will be built on the same site in 2030 hopefully to end the Seafield Stench.
Chair, Leith Links Community Council
After 10 years of fund-raising by Leith Rules Golf Society, amounting to an amazing £120,000 followed by motions to Parliament, Royal Consent and planning applications, the statue of John Rattray was cast by Powderhall Bronze and erected on its current position on the Links last September surrounded by a fence.
Finally, after a further year of negotiations with City of Edinburgh Council, the fencing came down yesterday.
Leith Links and Rattray have an important part in the history of golf. The original 13 rules of the game were written down by Rattray for a competition on Leith Links in 1744. Those 13 rules were the foundation of the rules of golf up to the present day.
The statue belongs to the people of Leith and we should all be proud of this additional part of our rich history.
I hope we can all respect the statue and protect it from vandalism and I encourage you all, like me, to keep an eye on it to protect it.
Since yesterday there’s been lots of interest in Rattray and we hope it will attract visitors from all over the world who, fingers crossed, will also spend their money in Leith.
City pf Edinburgh Council’s ‘SpacesforPeople’ scheme is proposing the following changes to Great Junction Street in order to make it better for pedestrians and cyclists.
Consultation time is very short – all comments must be in by 1200 on Friday 10 July to email@example.com
“Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures
Proposed waiting/loading restriction changes to facilitate footway widening – Great Junction Street
We would suggest that you view the attached plan to see the detail of what is proposed. In summary it shows:
- Intervention to widen footpaths where necessary adjacent to commercial properties, unfortunately Great Junction Street has considerable street clutter that reduce the available width. Additional parking/loading/unloading facilities can be provided in adjacent side streets, and reintroduced where possible.
- All of the existing bus stops will be retained.
- Unfortunately, due to the limited width on the footway, and the presence of on street queueing significant footpath widening is necessary.
- Footways widened into the bus lane on both sides of the road from Leith Walk to Junction Place, to enable social distancing in the area of highest density business premises.
- Remainder of bus lane outside of widened footway to be availible for cyclists.
- South west footway widened from Junction Place to Bangor Road to provide additional capacity for social distancing and to aid businesses reopening.
- Note that it is planned that several narrow points at existing bus stops will be widened under Phase 2 when temporary ramp materials are available.
In the first instance these measures will be introduced quickly using temporary traffic management equipment, such as cones. Where deemed suitable, this equipment will then be replaced with more robust semi-permanent materials once available.
Given the urgency to make the required changes any comments relating to these proposals should be received by 1200hrs on Friday 10 July to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All feedback will be reviewed and where possible the scheme will be further refined. Feedback will be summarised in an assessment feedback form which will be presented to the Council Incident Management Team for approval. Please note that we will be unable to respond to each and every email.
If the proposal is approved for implementation, publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals –email@example.com
The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.
Spaces for People Team”
(you will see the map better if you open the view the attached plan document, this is just a screen shot)
Friday 3rd-Saturday 4rth January 2020
Due to filming of a Netflix feature film at Mimi’s Bakehouse at The Shore, there will be some parking restrictions around The Shore, affecting also Tolbooth Wynd, Shore Place, Coalhill, Henderson Street. (This is not actually within Leith Links Community Council area, but there may be knock-on effects as regards parking that affect our area on these days).
There will also be some very short traffic hold-ups on the Shore between 8 and 11 am on 4 January..
The film is to be ‘The Princess Switch, Switched Again’ which is the follow up to the successful ‘The Princess Switch’ currently available to watch on Netflix.
The film is a family friendly Christmas movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and is set in a fictional
country in which the lead characters, a baker and a princess, swap places.
Leith Festival invite our community to join them at the Foot of the Walk for the start of Leith Festival’s “Christmas in Leith” Celebrations.
Enjoy hearing the choir from St Mary’s (Leith) Primary school who will also lead the Community Christmas singalong and switching on of Leith’s Christmas Tree.
Leith Festival wish to thank to GAMECHANGER for their much appreciated support.