General Election hustings for Edinburgh North & Leith

Thursday, 28 November 2019 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent

Organised by The Spurtle, this is a unique opportunity to check out the candidates for our constituency and ask them questions important to you.

  • Heather Astbury RENEW
  • Robert Speirs THE BREXIT PARTY

LCCC October 2019 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 21 October 2019 at 7:30pm Continue reading

Support lonely elderly people (and bag a great prize at the same time)

(adapted from an email from

We are aiming to raise £7,500 so we can continue to develop our services in Scotland for lonely or isolated older people through food and friendship. Due to an extremely challenging financial climate we’re having to identify new funding sources to support us to continue to grow the work that we do.

To achieve this target, we need to spread the message of our campaign far and wide. It is essential for us to get as many shares and re-tweets as possible on all the posts and announcements and promote the amazing reward prizes that have been donated to us to be purchased during the campaign.

During the next 30 days that the campaign will run, with all the above in mind If you can contribute towards the crowdfunding campaign in any of the below ways, we would be extremely grateful:

  • Share the campaign on Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram)
  • Contribute an in-kind donation. Gift experiences, branded products, restaurant vouchers, concert tickets, sport memorabilia etc.
  • Get your workplace involved. Organise a bake sale, donate a hamper for us to use as an award, hold a sponsored event etc.
  • Promote our Christmas Card campaign. Donate £10 and we’ll send a Christmas card with a message from you to an older person who would appreciate it.


Don’t forget we have some fabulous award prizes which would make amazing Christmas present for someone – so make sure you check them out on our crowdfunding page:

To deliver our services we rely on the amazing generosity of the general public and businesses to help our charity support older people in need across Scotland’s communities. The kindness of people like yourselves helps make the daily lives of our older members safer and happier.

Thank you for your valued support.

The Meal Makers Team
0141 551 8118

Safer Leith at Christmas

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service & the City of Edinburgh Council Trading Standards will be holding public drop in events focussing on providing the public with information on how to stay safe over the festive period.

Bogus callers, Dangerous Christmas presents/CE markings, Fire Safety, Home Security, Cycle Safety  etc. are all impacted by the change in season so come along to learn how to stay safe.

On Monday the 9th of December 2019 at the following locations.

  • Bield Sheltered Housing Complex, Gordon Court (Lounge area) – 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
  • Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please come along and speak to them about how to stay safe over the forthcoming festive period. Free bike marking and cycling safety equipment available (limited availability, so come early).Leith poster.Festive

Newhaven Tram project update

(adapted form an email from ‘Trams to Newhaven’)

Leith Walk Planters

In order to facilitate construction of Trams to Newhaven project, the 14 planters that are currently situated on Leith Walk will be moved to the Leith Links / Duke Street / Lochend Road / Easter Road junction. This will be a permanent move in order to accommodate dedicated cycling lanes post construction. The planters will be moved as part of the enabling works commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.

We are aware that some businesses / residents have been looking after the planters and where this is known we have made contact to explain. An example of this is the Kadampa Meditation Centre who we visited to explain what is happening and to thank them for the work they have done. We will be attaching posters to the planters this week to highlight the planters being moved.

Trimming of trees at South Leith Parish Church Wall

In order to begin works on the South Leith Parish Church wall later in December 2019, TD Tree and Land Services Limited, a specialist in tree maintenance, will trim back overhanging branches in order to gain access to the wall. The works will take place over two days (Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November) and will not damage the trees in any way.

Wherever possible all work will be carried out from the ground.  If required, trees will be climbed by trained personnel and will only take place once an assessment has been made that is safe to do so.

An eco-check for bats and nesting birds was undertaken recently which identified the trees had not been used by either species.

We will be highlighting both of above on the project website and in the electronic newsletter this week.

Parks consultations: please have your say – thrice!

(adapted from a rather confusing email from Edinburgh Council) 

Survey of events in parks

This year’s survey about events held in parks across the city in 2018-19 has been published today:

This surveyfocuses on views and comments on a range of events which took place between October 2018 to September 2019. Events include the Beltane and Samhuinn Fire Festivals on Calton Hill, the Summer Sessions and the Virgin Festival Fireworks in West Princes Street Gardens, the Circus and Colour Bomb Carnival in Sighthill Park and many more.

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LCCC September 2019 approved minutes

The content of the following is exactly the same as the draft minutes published here

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading