Next Meeting of Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council

The Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council look forward to seeing local people at their new meeting venue.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month and all meetings are public.  Please feel free to attend and engage with what is happening in your local area, when you can be sure of a very warm welcome.

The next meeting of LHNCC will be held on

03 September at 7.45pm

in the Trinity Room at the Leith Community Centre.

Future meeting dates: 01 October 2014; 05 November 2014; 03 December 2014; 04 February 2015; 04 March 2015; 01 April 2015; 06 May 2015; 03 June 2015

Street design – consultation ends soon

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

This is a reminder that Edinburgh Council has added additional information to its web site about the detailed design of streets. It would like your views on this information. This consultation will run until 31st August 2014.

You can read the documents on the Council’s web site at and you can e-mail comments directly to

You can follow progress on the consultation on Twitter at

Edinburgh Street Design I Services for Communities I City of Edinburgh Council I Waverley Court I 4 East Market Street I Edinburgh EH8 8BG I I

Local Development Plan – online documents, submitting comments

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council) 



Edinburgh Council has prepared a Second Proposed Edinburgh Local Development Plan. It sets out policies and proposals to guide land use and development.

It is accompanied by a Environmental Report – Second Revision, a Second Proposed Action Programme, a revised Draft Habitats Regulations Appraisal Record and a number of other supporting documents. These include a Schedule of Representations, which explains what regard has been had to representations made in 2013 to the first Proposed Plan.

All of these documents are available for inspection from 22nd August – 3rd October 2014 at:

  • Planning and Building Standards Reception, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • All Council libraries during normal opening hours.

The documents can also be viewed at

Representations can be made on the Second Proposed Plan. These must be submitted in writing using the form provided by 5.00pm on Friday 3 October 2014. Representations can be submitted electronically to or by post to Local Development Plan Team, City of Edinburgh Council, Business Centre G.3, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

Copies of the representations form and guidance note on submitting representations are available on the above website, at Waverley Court and in Council libraries.

If you made a representation to the first Proposed Plan in 2013, please note that you will need to resubmit your representation if you wish it to be formally considered by the Council and dealt with through the examination process.

Written comments can also be submitted on the Environmental Report, Action Programme, Draft Habitats Regulations Appraisal Record and other supporting documents. These should be sent to the above email or postal address by Friday 3rd October 2014.

Drop-in engagement events have been arranged to provide further information on any aspect of the Second Proposed Plan:

  • North West Edinburgh, Rosebery Hall, Queensferry, 26 August, 3.30-6.45pm.
  • West Edinburgh, Drumbrae Library Hub, 28 August, 4-7pm.
  • South East Edinburgh, Kings Manor Hotel, Milton Road, 1 September, 4-7pm.
  • South West Edinburgh, Gibson Craig Hall, Currie, 3 September, 4-7pm.
  • South East Edinburgh, Faith Mission Hall, Gilmerton, 4 September, 4-7pm.
  • General session, Urban Room, Waverley Court, East Market Street, 22 September, 4-7 pm.

For more details see or contact Marius Hince on 0131 529 4692 or


Here are new and updated sources of funding:


Source: The Teddy Bear Foundation

Theme: Improving the lives of children with special needs in Scotland. Small equipment, minibuses

Min/max: not stated

Eligibility: Schools and community groups in Scotland


Deadline: apply any time


Source: People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund

Theme: Advance participation in sport, community development, environmental protection, health, human rights, prevention of poverty, distress sickness.

Min/max: £750k & 250k 2 years max

Eligibility: Joint bids from a pair of projects one large, one smaller


Deadline: 30/9/14


Source: Awards for All

Theme: Relaunched with focus on smaller organisations. Priority for projects concerning BME, disabled, LGBT older or carers groups .

Min/max:  £500 to £10,000

Eligibility: Constituted voluntary groups


Deadline: Apply any time


You may also be interested in looking at previous monthly Newsflashes. Please have a look at our website:


You can also access a free on line database of funding sources Edinburgh4Community. All you need is a library number to log in:


Edinburgh Planning Concordat Engagement Fund – very small uptake

Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee agreed in August 2013 to provide small grants (around £300) to assist community councils in carrying out engagement on major applications*. Recently, the Planning Committee stated that it’s received only 2 applications for such grants. It has asked CCs:

  1. Is there a particular reason why you have not applied for grant assistance to engage with the wider community?
  2. Are there any changes to the rules which would make it easier for you to apply for assistance?
  3. Any other comments?

*As far as the author of this post is aware, the Edinburgh Planning Concordat is the framework for this assistance.

Leith Central CC’s planning subcommittee suggested the following reasons:

  • available funds are insignificant compared to developers’ resources
  • the timescales to deploy any funds are often very short: CCs who will often struggle to submit a considered response, don’t have time to think about applications at this point
  • unless a consultation can address all relevant households (efficiently and reliably), any quantitative results are statistically irrelevant (or even unreliable, as we can’t check the authenticity of individual responses); so we rely on old-fashioned qualitative methods – small numbers, but free
Of course, CEC could automatically pay a consultation grant to a CC (proportionate to scale of application) as a major application is being submitted (and the processing fee is collected).


Community Payback Orders Consultation

(adapted from an email to CCs from the Criminal Justice Service)

The CJS wants to hear your views on Community Payback Orders (CPO). These are given out by the Court so offenders can pay for their crimes as an alternative to a prison sentence.

In particular, the CJS wants to know what you think about the unpaid work part of a CPO, which replaced community service in 2011. This is when an offender does unpaid work within the community.

  • Do you have any experience of offenders doing unpaid work in your community?
  • Do you have any ideas about residents, community projects or organisations who could benefit from unpaid work support?

You can send in your views by completing the CJS’ consultation form. If you provide contact details, the CJS will let you know when the Council’s 2013-2014 CPO Report is available.

If you know of someone or a group that could benefit from unpaid work support, you can complete the CJS’ suggestion form. Please note that the CJS may not be able to help with every request but they will tell you why.

Why the CJS is asking for your views

Your information will help the CJS improve how it works with communities. It wants to increase understanding of CPOs and their importance in helping offenders reintegrate into society and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. The CJS also wants to generate more discussion with communities about unpaid work opportunities.

You can contact the Criminal Justice Service via 0131 469 3408

Volunteer recruitment fayre

(Adapted from a post on Leith Links CCs blog & Leith Central CC)

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 11am-7pm– 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: or call Lara on 0131 225 0630
Lara Celini
Core Services Manager
Direct dial: 0131 603 5163 (Lara’s usual days of work are Mondays-Thursdays)
Volunteer Centre Edinburgh
24 Torphichen Street (3rd Floor)
Edinburgh EH3 8JB
0131 225 0630