The Community Council AGM takes place on Monday, 27th May in Duncan Place Resource Centre. The meeting will commence at 7pm and if you live in the Leith Links CC area we would be pleased to see you. The boundary area of LLCC is shown on the map linked to the web site. Later in the year Community Council elections will take place by 24th October 2013 and the election process starts from 2nd September. Margaret Moffett, our secretary has informed us she will not be continuing in her role and I would like to thank her for the many years she has worked on behalf of the community.
The next meeting of Leith Links CC takes place on Monday, 29th April. The meeting starts at 7pm in Duncan Place Community Centre. If you live in the Leith Links area we would be pleased to see you. MINS MARCH 2013,A290413
Funding has finally been secured to bring tennis courts back to Leith Links to be situated beside the bowling greens. The contract will go out for tender soon and it’s hoped work would commence in July. Watch out for more details in the near future.
We are pleased to advise you that work will commence on site in Constitution Street on 29th April 2013. The works will comprise the resurfacing of the existing footways and carriageway and environmental enhancements identified during consultation. These enhancements will include the introduction of new tree pits and the reinstatement of old ones, pavement widening, and cycle storage provision at specific locations in the street.
The initial contract period will be 8 weeks and the Contractor for the works is Lafarge Tarmac Limited. Location plans and a project programme can be found on our webpages. ‘Tarmac’ will carry out work to sections 11 (Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane) and 13 (Old Dock Gates to Bernard Street) and this part of the programme is scheduled to end around mid-June. Section 12 which is the middle section between Coatfield Lane and Bernard Street, will follow this. All being well, should archaeological issues not impact during the work, the aim is for the work on Constitution Street to be complete by mid-August.
If you walk your dog or just go for a stroll round the Links you will have a valued opinion on the state of the park. The Leith Links Regeneration Group meet quarterly to look at ways the Links can be improved . The group is made up of representatives from local users of the park which include the Community Council, Cricket Club, Leith Links Residents Association, elected City Councillors, Leith Rules Golf Society and many others.Our last meeting was held on Wednesday, 6th March and was the first meeting for the new officer responsible for taking forward improvements, James Hunter. Members of the group went on a walkabout the Links with James pointing out areas of concern which include paths, event damage, trees at dangerous angles, missing benches, lighting problems and the multiplying football pitches marked out on the park which encroach on other users. Mr Hunter has just taken over in his new post and was concerned over the state of Links. He’s promised to get things that can be fixed quickly dealt with as soon as possible. Mr Hunter has a background in parks and has had favourable comments made about other areas in his care in the East of the City including Lochend Park before he took up his new appointment in Leith so I wish him well .Our friends, Greener Leith have done excellent work in the community and completed a successful survey of what people would like and what concerned them most. It’s a few years since people had their say and although those views probably haven’t changed you may have thought of other things which annoy you and can be fixed. Money for improvements will always be an issue in the current economic climate but there are things that can be done which don’t cost that much. On behalf on the Community Council I would be interested in what makes you annoyed so I can take comments to the next meeting in June after speaking to other users. The City would like to make Leith Links a premier park like Princes Street Gardens or InverLeith but I think it has a long way to go before we can get it that status. An example of something that can be done would be the children’s play park where I believe money had been identified to be spent on play equipment as the quality on the Links had fallen behind similar play areas in other parts of the City so if the money is still there when will it be used? I look forward to reading your comments and unless you say it’s ok your name won’t be mentioned. Thanks for reading this Jim
The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday,18th March starting at 7pm.
If you’re free on Sunday, 17th March please see request from Don Giles for help at the Water of Leith walkway clean up.
I am looking for anyone who is willing to donate a couple of hours on Sunday 17th March to help us clean the accumulated litter from the Water of Leith paths around the basins.
We meet at 10am at Coalie Park so please come along 17th March at 1000hrs – that’s off Corburg St on the right, about 200m down from the Gt Junction St/Ferry Rd/Corburg St traffic lights. The entrance is just across the road from the Bistro Cafe
The City of Edinburgh Council are helping by providing clean-up kit – pickers, bags etc so all we need now is your help..
If you have a dog and/or have something to deal with the dog mess left by some less considerate owners then that will be a great help. Good footwear and some gloves to wear is also a good idea.
All the rubbish we collect will be be left at Coalie Park and will be collected by CEC on Sunday/Monday.
Hope to see you there and if you can let me know it helps me with the organising.
Best wishes Don Giles
Friends of Water of Leith Basin