next LCCC meeting

Leith Central Community Council provides a forum for local people to engage with and work for their local community. The meetings are on the third Monday of every month and these meetings are public, so you are very welcome to attend and engage with what is happening in your local area.

The next meeting will be held on
19 February 2018
7.00pm
in the Nelson Room, McDonald Road Library

Do NHS boards adhere to good corporate governance?

(adapted from a press-release from the Scottish Parliament)

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the effectiveness of corporate governance in NHS Boards. This is the third and final stage of its wider inquiry into NHS Governance which has also been looking at staff and clinical governance.

In this next stage, the Committee will assess if NHS boards follow the key principles of good corporate governance it will draw upon Audit Scotland’s ‘Role of Boards Report’ and the Scottish Government’s ‘On Board’ Guidance. The Committee will look at the structures and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour at senior levels of NHS Scotland. Continue reading

Funding opportunities

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Funds are available in each of the three Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Funds for the South East Locality. These funds will be available until the end of March 2018. The Neighbourhood Partnership can award grants of up to £5,000: organisations and groups can use these for local community activity that supports the work of the Partnership and/or the Locality Improvement Plan.

For information on the process and an application form, please visit:

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Year in Review 2017: what LCCC has done

Engage

One of Leith Central Community Council’s main remits is to ensure residents in the area know what’s going on. The large volume of works across the Leith Central area has meant we’ve put extra focus in ensuring information is getting relayed. This has included having several developers in to present building work proposals to the community, such as at the site of the soon-to-close John Lewis depot in Bonnington and Student Accomodation along Leith Walk. We’ve also hosted various public meetings regarding national items of interest, such as Scottish Government Planning Reform, which was presented by Ben Macpherson, our MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith.

Lastly, we’ve held discussions with Leith Walk and Leith Street contractors on multiple occasions to learn more about upcoming works and feed back into the plans. Several times, this has also resulted in some members going on walking tours with the contractor to inspect completed works, such as those in Pilrig Street.

Organise

When the 2017 snap General Election was called, we invited all five candidates to the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street for a live elections hustings – an opportunity for the community to hear candidates’ views on various issues and policies. This was chaired by Port of Leith Housing Associations’ Keith Anderson.

We are taking part in the newly launched ‘Leith Chooses’ alongside ‘Leith Harbour Community Council’ and ‘Leith Links Community Council’. Similar to last year’s Leith Decides, this one-day event in 2018 will give everyone in Leith a chance to vote for funding to organisations, injecting local democracy into public spending.

Campaign

We were in favour the proposed community buyout of London Road Church, which was sold by the Church of Scotland. We campaigned alongside In:Spire, the steering group of local residents who were interested in turning the church into a community centre, with some members of our Community Council knocking on doors in the evening to get supporting signatures. Unfortunately, despite massing 15% of signatures of support from local residents, the final application was declined by the Scottish Government.

Lastly, we ran successful small-scale campaigns, such as a campaign to keep the Royal Mail Postbox in Montgomery Street open.

Collaborate

Most importantly, LCCC is a forum which allows residents, business-owners, police, the third sector and elected representatives to discuss the area. Thank you to all of those who have taken part in 2017, and we look forward to working with everyone in 2018 and beyond!

Armadillos on Leith Walk – an unwanted invader?

Leith Central CC’s vice-chair suggests that armadillos may be an undesirable, bolt-on solution for cycle-safety on Leith Walk. While not everyone agrees with their removal, it’s hard to disagree with this:

Arguably, rolling up sleeves and getting the whole length of the Walk finally and speedily done after 10 years of devastation and stop-start repairs – and using up the remaining £5m (?) in the Leith Walk programme pot for an easy-to-read, robust design – should be the focus. And consistent enforcement of basic rules of parking reguations and the Highway Code.