Time and Place: 7:30 pm, Leith St. Andrews Hall.
Present: J Scanlon (Chairperson), M Moffett (Secretary), A Miller (Treasurer), Ally Tibbitt, Caroline Budge(Scottish Story Telling Centre), Loraine Duckworth(COEC), S Seilman, I Barrett (LLRA), D Wallace, S Bethune, I McCuskie, G Clapton, Cllr R Munn,
PC M Muir.
Guests: Caroline Budge from Scottish Story Telling Centre
Apologies: Cllr M Thomas. M Lazarowicz, Cllr G Munro, M Chisholm MSP
Minutes of Meeting on 220310 circulated and taken as read.
Approved by A Miller and G Clapton
J Scanlon welcomed all and introduced our guest tonight from The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Caroline Budge.
Our guest, Caroline was invited to speak to us and gave a short presentation on the work The Scottish Story Telling Centre had been doing in the Leith community. They have been involved in various events and will be attending Leith Gala this year. Caroline then answered questions and was thanked by the chair for coming along this evening.
1. Matters arising:
The chair introduced our new beat policeman for Leith Links area, PC Mark Muir who had previously covered the area covered by Leith Central CC.
PC Muir gave an update on crime figures in the area which have also been circulated in the monthly bulletin. The chair asked for an update on Hermitage Park School Playground and if the money we had obtained through the Neighbourhood Partnership had been helping reduce police call outs. PC Muir said he would get
PC Simm to supply information. The chair thanked PC Muir for his attendance and we would hope to see him again.
B. Grant Budget Pilot
Loraine Duckworth from City of Edinburgh Council gave an explanation of a decision made by the Neighbourhood Partnership to try to let local groups play a part on the decision making on allocation of grants. The NP were looking for two representatives from each CC to be on the steering group and training would be given to volunteers. A Tibbitt and S Seilman said that they would be willing to become involved.
C. Housing and Built Environment Group.
Next meeting to take place on 130510.
A Tibbitt reported that locations for cycle hoops which allow bikes to be secured to lamp posts was still decided but was looking for suggested locations.
D Leith Links Regeneration.
Secretary reported that she had attended the last meeting.
Plans were in place to plant new trees and repair path ways damaged by tree roots.
The benches missing from the Links which had thought to have been in storage appear to have been permanently removed.
No new building would be allowed on Leith Links which would mean the idea of a café would not go ahead. It was hoped that money to reinstate the tennis courts may become available in the form of a grant.
Chair reported that he had spoken to Director of Mela and he hopes to attend the June meeting of CC when final arrangements should be known. Concerns were again raised by of the prospect of restricted parking during the Mela event especially for local residents using disabled parking spaces.
F Duncan Place Resource Centre
A general discussion took place on the future of the resource centre and the
rumours of its possible closure .The centre is well used and requires upgrades to be
made more accessible and money for a lift has allegedly been agreed for a lift.
A decision was made for the chair to contact Mark Rosendale of COEC for an answer