Community Links Fund – deadline for applications approaching

Our Community Links Fund, which has £15,500 to fund local community projects closed for applications on Monday 27 February 2017.

If you are thinking about submitting an application, want to talk through an application or need some help formulating your idea – get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We have three drop in events scheduled to provide you with advice & support and to lodge completed applications;

  • Wednesday 22 February from 11am until 1pm in Restalrig & Lochend Community Hub
  • Thursday 23 February from 6pm until 8pm in Leith Community Centre
  • Monday 27 February from 6pm until 7pm in Leith Community Centre

If you need help, do not delay – contact us today by email, hello@communitylinksfund.net or by calling 0131 467 0884.

Leith Festival AGM 2017

The hugely important and successful Leith Festival is holding their Annual General Meeting later this month.

Their annual festival is an important and long established feature of community life in Leith.

Why don’t you attend to show them your support?

They have a website as well as both Twitter and Facebook so it is easy to keep up to date with their latest news.

 

 

 

Don’t miss out on your chance to vote

Later this year there will be elections to the City of Edinburgh Council however, only those on the Register of Electors will be allowed a vote!

The City of Edinburgh Council has massive control & influence over life in Edinburgh from providing essential services such as education, refuse collections, to important cultural services such as supporting our tourist industry to ensuring that our city is a safe & clean place.

The elected body of Councillors provides the political leadership of the Council, with an extensive ‘civil service’ to carry out it’s functions.

It is important that as many people as possible get involved in electing the Councillors but people must be on the Register of Electors, and time is running out to be added!

To check you are on the Register of Electors please call 0131 344 2500.

To be added onto the Register of Electors please call 0131 344 2500 or visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

There is a deadline: Monday 17 April 2017.

 

 

 

Participating in this research project could help save you money on your energy bills!

Reminder – would you like to take part in a project that may help to reduce gas and electricity bills?

Changeworks (a long established environmental charity) has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to deliver IDEAL, a cutting edge research project exploring how smart technology can help save energy in the home. They are looking for Edinburgh households (EH1-17) with gas combi boiler heating to participate. The benefits to you include:

  • Gaining insight into your home energy use
  • Receiving a free android tablet used to display energy use information
  • Receiving tailored advice from University of Edinburgh experts
  • Hopefully saving money on gas and electricity bills

There is no cost to participate in this project.

For more details on the benefits, and the criteria for taking part see the IDEAL leaflet, have a look at the Changeworks website, and to get involved, contact IDEAL@changeworks.org.uk, or call 0131 539 8610 (Drew Murphy, IDEAL Project Manager).

Important note:  Leith Links Community Council is sharing this information but is not either recommending / endorsing it, or otherwise.

Get ready for 20mph in Leith

The local community will have noticed that in many streets across the Leith Links, and indeed Leith area have seen the appearance of road markings and street signage relating to 20mph speed limits.

As can be seen from the map below, the new speed limit will go live in applicable streets on 28 February 2017.

For more information visit the special Facebook page by following this link or visit the Councils webpages by clicking here.

Seafield waste collection & transfer site

At the January 2017 meeting of Leith Links Community Council there was some discussion relating to the recent closure of Powderhall Waste Transfer Station and its impact upon our area.  A waste transfer station is being established at Seafield Community Recycling Centre and there were some concerns about possible odour & traffic problems arising.

Councillor Adam McVey, Leith Ward and Vice – Convenor of the Transport & Environment Committee of City of Edinburgh Council agreed to put some information together for us to circulate amongst the community to make clear the situation.

Please do provide us with any feedback in the comments section below.


Powderhall waste transfer station was closed after discussions with SEPA, who issue the licence and monitor compliance, after a number of concerns regarding the operation and condition of the site were raised.

The closure is happening ahead of the new state of the art waste treatment plant at Millerhill coming on-stream.

Interim arrangements have been put in place to use a commercially run existing facility at Granton. The end destination of the City’s waste for processing will remain the same until the new site at Millerhill is up and running.

 The Community Recycling site at Seafield is being developed to include a new collection depot and waste transfer station. When complete (around April 2018) about 1/3 of the City’s waste will be tipped at Seafield and then taken to Millerhill when the plant is operational. In the interim period of Seafield being operational but Millerhill not yet on-stream (as little as 6 months between both happening) waste will be taken to the existing destination of Dunbar.

Traffic movements have been taken into consideration. As part of the second phase of the changes at Seafield, a new access road to the Seafield Community Recycling Centre will be constructed to improve access for residents and allow for safer queuing areas during busy times.

There is a significant difference between Powderhall and the new uses being built at Seafield. Powerhall is a very old and unreliable waste disposal facility. The new Seafield depot is, first and foremost, intended as a waste collection depot where staff and vehicles will be based. The second phase of the project will be to build a waste transfer shed on site. This will allow the operational vehicles to deposit waste into a shed, for it then to be bulked and transferred to the end disposal facility. This will allow our bin lorries to spend less time travelling to tip and more time undertaking collections. The majority of the Council’s waste is deposited in Powderhall, where as only around 30% to 40% will be deposited at Seafield. The handling equipment at Powderhall is very complex and prone to mechanical problems where as Seafield will be operated with very simple equipment that is robust and easy to replace. The new Seafield facility will have to be constructed in line with guidance from SEPA and will require effective odour limiting controls meaning the impact on the surrounding area will be incomparable with Powerdhall.


Grow Wild – Funding for young people to promote native wild flowers and plants

Grow Wild is awarding £500 to young people aged 12–25 to lead projects that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

There are two funding streams – Transform a Space and Get Creative.

Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application and send it to us.

Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

 

Click on the picture for more information.

 

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