MELA 2014

The 20th annual Edinburgh Mela runs from 29 – 31 August 2014, and we’ve put together our most exciting programme yet to celebrate. Fancy dancing to the ragga-tipped beats of legends like Apache Indian or GAUDI, journeying around the world in eighty tunes with blissfulQawaali, fast-paced Ghanian drumming or Chinese punk, falling in love with some beautiful choreography at the Mela World Dance Feste, trying out new spices in the Global Food Village, meeting animals from all over the globe at the Kidzone Animela, marvelling at the vibrant fabrics of the famous Mela Fashion Show, or being transported to fairyland by our brand new orchestral commission The King of Ghosts? Well, you’re in the right place: come on down to Leith Links, and join the party.

The next meeting takes place on Monday, 25th August at Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place. The meeting starts at 7pm prompt. If you live in the Leith Links area and have concerns over a local issue we would be happy to see you.   AGENDA 250814 LEITH LINKS COMMUNITY COUNCIL June 2014 doc

Invitation to Scotland’s biggest Volunteer Recruitment Fair
at St Paul’s and St George’s Church Hall on York Place,
Edinburgh EH1 3RH on Wednesday 24th September 2014
Free entry from 11am-7pm
The Fair will also feature: 
  • volunteering and employment specialists
  • a friendly café to relax and refresh in
  • access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the city
  • over 50 organisations looking for volunteers
Visit Scotland’s biggest Volunteer Recruitment Fair!
Date: Wednesday 24th September 2014
Times: 11am until 7pm
Venue: St Paul’s and St George’s Church (P&Gs), on York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RH (at the top of Broughton Street)
Cost: Free Entry – no need to book – just turn-up!
Charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are searching for volunteers, people like you! After more than a decade, the Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair is firmly positioned as the capital city’s volunteering event of the year.  It will showcase volunteering opportunities from across the city, putting potential volunteers in touch with hundreds of organisations.
If you’re considering volunteering, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with around fifty organisations currently looking for volunteers plus access hundreds of other volunteering opportunities, all under one roof.  
Last year our volunteer recruitment fair helped around 1,000 people in their search for volunteering opportunities to make connections with the organisations that needed them.  Make sure you’re one of them this year.
There are many benefits to volunteering, it’s a great way to use and develop your skills, try something new, make new friends and contacts, boost your confidence and general wellbeing, gain valuable experience, and of course, make a real difference!
The Fair will also feature:  volunteering and employment specialists * * café * * access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the city * * over 50 organisations looking for volunteers **
For more information visit: www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk
Call Lara on 0131 225 0630
When members of the public were asked to sum-up their experience of the Volunteer Recruitment Fair in ONE word here’s what they said: “Informative, Relaxing, Enlightening, Revealing, Useful, Helpful, Informing, Busy, Good, Overwhelming, Interesting, Inspiring, Lively, Buzzing, Inspiring, Welcoming, Busy, Organised, Worthwhile, Encouraging, Excellent, Stimulating, Timely, Comprehensive, Opportunity, Enthusiatic, Friendly, Effective, Engaging, Insightful, Comprehensive, Fantastic, Great, Eye-opening, Brilliant, Wonderful, Uplifting, Expansive, Mind-expanding!”
Other visitors to the recruitment fair said:
“There is such a variety of organisations looking for volunteers! I was amazed. I had the chance to talk face to face with a number that had opportunities that I found very interesting and really looking forward to getting started. I don’t think I could have got this far so quickly in my search without the opportunity to have direct conversations with so many organisations”.
“It makes such a difference having human contact rather than trawling a website – I could really get a feel for what an organisation was about and make sure that they were the right ones for me. Really very helpful”.
 “I was astounded at the wide range in the city.”
“Very friendly people on stalls. Lots of info and well organised. Thank you!”
“Surprised to find exciting groups I’d never heard of almost on my doorstep.”
“Lots on offer, people friendly approachable and willing to answer questions.” 
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Recycling Service

New recycling service

The Community Councils which will be affected in the first phase will be:

Craigentinny/Meadowbank, Northfield/Willowbrae, Portobello, Craigmillar, Liberton & District, Gilmerton Inch, Grange/Prestonfield, Granton & District, Trinity, Stockbridge/Inverleith, Drylaw/Telford, Leith Harbour & Newhaven, Leith Links, and if any of these community councils would like us to come to talk to them, just let us know by ontacting – justine.taylor@edinburgh.gov.uk

 From September through until summer 2015, we will be replacing the red and blue boxes with a wheelie bin and a box.  We will be rolling out this new recycling service to approximately 140,000 residents with individual wheelie bins.

 The new service will allow residents to recycle more of their waste and make it easier by less sorting of items. They will also be able to recycle lots more plastics; including bottles, pots, tubs and trays and also small electrical items.

We will be supplying residents with a smaller wheelie bin (140L) that will be used for general waste. The green wheelie bin will change from being a landfill bin to a recycling bin. It will be used for mixed recycling (plastics, paper, cardboard, cans etc) and they will continue to use their blue box (for glass), food and garden recycling. The red box will no longer be used, and we will collect those that residents don’t want to keep.

 All bin collections will be on the same day each week – one week it will be general waste and food bins. The next week it will be the recycling bin and box, garden waste and food waste bins.

 Introduction of the new service will be done in phases to ensure that we are able to resolve any issues as they arise, and can look to make any improvements, as the service roll out progresses.

 How will you let residents know about the changes?

We will be running a full scale communications and engagement campaign to support residents throughout the roll out. This will include information being sent direct to those affected before the start of the new service with introductory information on the new service.  This is arriving with residents this week.

 We will send another information pack near to the start date that will include a collection calendar, details on what items go in each bin, a sticker for their glass box, and where to find out more.

 Posters, signs, press, web and social media updates will also happen throughout the roll out.

 We are running events across the city, to speak to residents about the new service.  These are listed on this page: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20001/bins_and_recycling/22/roadshows_and_events

 We have briefed our customer and neighbourhood teams to make sure they are aware of the changes.

 Brief information on the new recycling service is on this web page:


 Information about what streets are affected and a map is on this web page, with a downloadable guide:



Are you doing your bit to #CleanUpEdinburgh?

Why not pledge your support at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/litter

Get email reminders for your next recycling box and/or garden waste bin collection atwww.greenboxday.co.uk

Check your 2014 green wheelie bin, garden waste and food waste collections atwww.edinburgh.gov.uk/bindays

and your red and blue box collection days on www.edinburgh.gov.uk/redandblueboxdays

You can also call  0131 529 3030 or email waste@edinburgh.gov.uk get a version by email or by post. Remember to include your full address.


Please see the attached flyer for the  fundraiser being organised for Leith Theatre.Seating at cabaret style tables and you can reserve a table(8-10).
More info on our website www.leiththeatretrust.org
A bar will be available, including draught beer from Leith’s very own Pilot Brewery.
If you would like to reserve tickets contact Jack Hunter at jackhunter@talktalk.net  Fundraiser 26 July Version 2 Poster (1)

Last month I was contacted by a local resident regarding the lack of putting facilities in North Edinburgh Parks.Putting greens have disappeared from Victoria Park and Powderhall. At the time I was happy to report that the putting green at the home of golf was still in position on one of the unused bowling greens. It could be better but a least it’s there or rather was there.

Edinburgh Leisure did have a sign up advertising open times on the door of the old changing rooms which has now been removed and no mention of putting is on their webpage. Here’s a reminder for Edinburgh Leisure of what it did say:

Putting at Leith Links
All age family fun  
Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm
Sat – Sun 10-4pm
Cost- adults £1.50 Children £1.00 equipment provided 
Develop spacial awareness and hand, eye coordination. Essential skill for existing and future golfers! Bowling and tennis also available at Leith Links
It may seem trivial but why remove it when they have to employ somebody to be there for the bowling and tennis so it can’t be down to cost savings. I suspect the main reason is they can’t be bothered.
In good weather the putting has been well used by local office workers and residents so Edinburgh Leisure lets have it back please.
We keep talking about making Leith Links a premier park but it’s still a poor relation to the city centre.
Another example of you’ll have had your tea Leith.

Local Development Plan

I am writing to update you on the Local Development Plan project and to let you know about the Council’s latest Development Plan Scheme – a booklet we prepare to give arolling update on the timetable for the plan.

The new Development Plan Scheme is available to view here or in Council libraries. 

If you would like to be sent a paper copy, please contact Marius Hince at

0131 529 4692 or by emailing localdevelopmentplan@edinburgh.gov.uk .

 It replaces the previous Development Plan Scheme which was published in October 2013. The new Development Plan Scheme explains that the Council has now prepared a Second Proposed Plan.

The Council has considered the representations which were made on the first version of the Plan in 2013.

You will be able to make written representations on the Second Proposed Plan from 22 August to 3 October 2014.

 The new Development Plan Scheme explains how to find out more about the Plan and its supporting documents.

It also has information on some drop-in engagement events taking place in August and September.

If you have any queries, please contact us using the details in the Development Plan Scheme.

You can get more information at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/localdevelopmentplan

Yours faithfully

Marius Hince

Project Support Officer – Local Development Plan

Planning and Building Standards | Services for Communities | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court, Level G:3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel. 0131 529 4692



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