Cleanup of Water of Leith basins: Sunday 16th February 2020 

(adapted from an email from the Friends of Water of Leith Basins)

Sunday 16th Feb.  Clean-up Leith. 10.30am – 1pm.   Meet at Coburg Street Car park.

The weather at the moment is snowy and wet, however the weather forecast for Sunday is dryer and cold. I hope you can join us and meet others who also care above our environment.

If the work continues on at Great Junction Street Bridge it will not be possible to park here still so I recommend public transport if you can’t walk to join us.

Here is a map link to the where we meet. You may need to use the steps because the entrance to the car park was closed off;
https://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326626&Y=676474&A=Y&Z=110&ax=326626&ay=676474

In case you missed it on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179715673346646/

Don Giles
Secretary
Friends of Water of Leith Basins

Our mailing address is:   fowl.basin@gmail.com

Environment projects drop-in

(adapted from an email from Leith Neighbourhood Network)

What: drop-in event to ask local people for their suggestions on projects which could be taken forward to help improve the local environment

Where: Leith Community Centre

When: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 3pm – 6pm

If you can’t attend: download the form, add your idea, and take it to the library or community centre.

In addition to the drop-in event, Officers from the Leith housing team are looking to deliver additional local walkabouts with tenants to identify potential projects, which will be promoted alongside the drop-in event. Once we’ve spoken to local people, we hope to have a refreshed list of potential projects for funding which we can revisit at the next Leith NN meeting (end of Feb time). We would also appreciate your support for the event by telling other people about it, or by coming along and talking to us about any ideas that you might have for an environmental improvement project. Officers from the Locality service teams (Housing, Transport & Environment and Lifelong Learning) are looking forward to the event and discussing any ideas you or other local residents may have.

Edinburgh Airport sustainability survey

adapted from an email from Edinburgh airport

Edinburgh Airport is currently developing a new Sustainability Strategy for the airport, and it wants to hear your views. Your feedback will form part of the materiality review which helps us understand which issues are most important to the business and its stakeholders.

Materiality is a concept that is central to a credible Sustainability Strategy. It is how Edinburgh Airport understands what topics have an impact on its ability to create, preserve or erode economic, environmental and social value for Edinburgh Airport, its stakeholders, and society at large. These topics then form the basis of what the airport will focus its sustainability efforts on and consequently what we will report on.

Achieving this cannot be done overnight, and Edinburgh Airport is working closely with BeSustainable who have already provided training sessions in October and hosted workshops and interviews last week with a variety of stakeholders. Edinburgh Airport wants you to have your say on sustainability at the airport. it understand that different issues matter to different stakeholders. To do this, Edinburgh Airport invites you to take part in a survey which asks for your views on sustainability issues for society and for Edinburgh Airport. The survey will be open until 6 January 2020.

You can complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YVDQM8T Continue reading

LHNCC October minutes

Minutes of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council meeting, held at the Leith Community Education Centre on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against an item. Continue reading

LATEST NEWS: Working together to protect Water of Leith basin

(adapted from a communication from Edinburgh Council.)

CEC says:

A new agreement on the day-to-day management of the Water of Leith basin is to be established amongst key partners.

Plans for the agreement, which will involve the City of Edinburgh Council, Water of Leith Conservation Trust, Water of Leith 2000, Forth Ports, and Friends of the Water of Leith Basin, build on the Water of Leith Management Plan 2010-20, approved in 2010.

Read the rest here: https://edinburghcoun-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/latest-news-working-together-to-protect-water-of-leith-basin

Rubbish being cleaned from Victoria Bridge

As you may already know, the rubbish on the Water of Leith is now being cleared. Here is the BBC News report.

Photos are © 2019 Jennifer Marlborough. Click any thumbnail to see the full-size photo in a new window or tab.

photo of rubbish under Victoria Bridge

28/6/19

photo of work to clear the rubbish under Victoria Bridge

22/7/19 – 11.25am: clearing the rubbish

Photo of work to clear the rubbish under Victoria Bridge

22/7/19 – 11.25am: clearing the rubbish

Photo of inflatable boat being used to clear the rubbish under Victoria Bridge

22/7/19 – 14.34pm

Photo of Victoria Bridge, with the rubbish cleaned away

23/7/19 – 13.44pm

photo of swans on Water of Leith near Victoria Bridge

The swans seem happy with progress.