People to have their say on Scotland’s public services

(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)

People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.

As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website:https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future

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Bike theft precautions

Police Scotland warn that professional bike thieves are active all over Leith. Click the graphic to see what to do.

Poster - ensure your bike is locked and you have a full description of it

As a precaution against theft, Police Scotland recommend services such as veloeye.com: recording a photo and the frame number of your bike, and putting a marker on the bike itself.

If your bike is stolen, Police Scotland would find it helpful to know the following:

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Invitation to attend second round of public consultation events for proposals at Stead’s Place, Leith Walk

Drum Property Group is offering further public consultation events:

  • Former Barnardo’s shop, 144-148 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT
    • on Tuesday 1st May 4pm-7pm
  • Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
    • on Friday 4th May 12pm-8pm and
    • on Saturday 5th May 12pm-5pm

Click the graphic for maps and contact details:

OneCity trust open for grant applications: grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city. Ideally with an annual income of less than £200,000, are invited to apply for funding for equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;

  • community connectedness
  • cultural bridging
  • civic inclusion

For the third year, the trust is also in a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. This is a Community Benefit Legacy fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract and is managed through the OneCity Trust.

Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a…

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Please Vote for the Leith Greenspace Feasibility Study and Masterplan

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As part of  Leith Chooses Leith Central Community Council and Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council have a funding application running for a Feasibility Study and Masterplan for Leith’s unloved green spaces.

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You need to request a code and password online by emailing your full name, address AND postcode to leithchooses@edinburgh.gov.uk. If you belong to a group, mention the name, address and postcode of that group. Once you have the information, all you need to do is go to the LeithChooses website and click on the Vote Here button, cast 4 votes in each of the three categories and don’t forget to vote for our project in the Large Grant category.  You must cast all 12 votes to complete the process.

You can also pick up cards with the necessary information at the Leith and McDonald Road libraries as well as the Kirkgate Community Centre. Once you have the information, all you need to do is go to the LeithChooses website and click on the Vote Here button.

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You can then cast 4 votes in each of the three categories. Our project is in the Large Grant category. You must cast all 12 votes to complete the process.

 

Happy Voting!

Improving Parking in the Leith Central Area Part II

Recently we started a petition www.edinburgh.gov.uk/petition to make Edinburgh Council aware that many people are not happy with the way parking is organised in our area, which to date has attracted 300 signatures.  The petition is open until 14 April 2018 and more information about our reasons for starting this petition can be found here.

We have, however, had some feedback from people who DON’T want to see any changes in the parking and they have commented that the petition doesn’t allow them to express their preference and they feel that that is unfair.

To be clear, the petition is not about asking for controlled parking to be introduced. Rather, it asks the Council to look at the parking issues that we have in the area. If there are enough signatures to the petition, then the Council will be obliged to do this. And once that process is set in motion, everyone will then have their chance to say whether they would be in favour of controlled parking, or not. 

LCCC and is aware that controlled parking may not be a definitive answer to the parking issues. As was said in our Leaflet: “in an area as densely populated as Leith, there is no system that can guarantee a parking space for every resident at or near their door.  However, there are ways which could improve car parking for residents, reduce congestion and pollution and manage access more safely and effectively.”
Here is also more information on parking controls should that be of interest:
if you wish to make further comments Leith Central Community Council also has a Facebook page and is on Twitter.
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