Election hustings success

Our long awaited hustings event for candidates standing in the Leith Ward (Ward 13) was held yesterday evening in Leith Community Education Centre.

 

Four of the five candidates standing attended and answered twelve questions from the assembled audience of 35 members of our community.

 

 

Throughout the night we published various Twitter and Facebook postings using #LeithHustings view collated Tweets by us & others by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Candidates who took part were;

  • Chas Booth (Scottish Green Party)
  • Adam McVey (Scottish National Party)
  • Gordon Munro (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Paul Penman (Scottish Conservative Party)

 

The twelve questions were diverse;

  • Trams – if they come to Leith do you support additional business rates relief for affected local businesses.
  • Poverty – what battles will candidates fight to lift families out of poverty.
  • Rape & womans rights – will candidates condemn rape clause and what is their position on the tendering of domestic abuse services.
  • Leith Links – what will they do to improve the Leith Links area, specific mention of refuse related issues on Leith Links and HMO properties surrounding the Links.
  • Rape – what will candidates do to ensure there is help for rape victims to come report such crimes, and quickly. Also, how will they ensure that the third sector doesn’t become politicised.
  • Planning – what will candidates do to ensure that people are brought to Leith / kept in Leith.
  • Environment – what will candidates do to tidy up Leith, including getting bins emptied.
  • Seafield smell – how do candidates see this being resolved.
  • Libraries – what will candidates do to ensure services maintained.
  • Housing – rent controls for Edinburgh, yes or no.
  • Democracy – candidates thoughts on ensuring more power for local democracy.
  • Environment – will candidates be taking part in the next Leithers Don’t Litter community clean up. Also, are they against bottled water being used on City of Edinburgh Council premises.

 

Who are the candidates?  Follow this link to find a list of candidates.

Where to vote?  Follow this link to find details of polling places.

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.

If you live within the red line – you live in Leith Ward.

NB: Leith Links Community Council is a non political organisation and is not affiliated with any political party or cause. This event has been organised on a neutral non aligned basis.

 

Quiz the candidates standing in Leith Ward

It’s election time again and we are hosting an opportunity for members of our community to quiz the candidates on local Leith matters on Wednesday 19 April 2017, from 18:30, in Leith Community Centre (Kirkgate). Questions will be taken from the floor so this is a real opportunity for members of our community attending to quiz the candidates on issues that matter to them, providing they are Leith related and within the power of an elected Councillor.

 

 

There are five candidates standing for three seats, all have been invited to take part;

  • 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)

 

Where to vote?  Follow this link to find details of polling places.

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.

If you live within the red line – you live in Leith Ward.

NB: Leith Links Community Council is a non political organisation and is not affiliated with any political party or cause. This event has been organised on a neutral non aligned basis.

Community Clean Up | Restalrig Road & Railway Path

There is a community clean up happening this Sunday 9 April 2017, from 11:00, meeting at the Restalrig Road bridge – this clean up will focus on Restalrig Road and the Restalrig Railway Path.

 

This was a project funded by our Community Links Fund.

 

Many hands make light work so it would be great to see as many locals as possible take part.

 

There is a Facebook event, which you can click here to view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:  Around twenty members of our community took part, with about 25 bags of refuse collected, some graffiti tags removed from litter bins & street lighting columns, and a ton of larger refuse items.  Well done to all those who took part.

 

City of Edinburgh Council elections | Who are the candidates

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.

 

Aged 11 – 25? Join in the big vote party

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

Local Fire and Rescue Plan 2014-2017 Review – Have your say

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.

Can you suggest new street names for Leith?

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.

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