Community Council Elections

Nominations for Edinburgh’s community council elections opened on 5 September and will close on 26 September 2016.  If needed, elections will take place on 27 October 2016.  If you want to become a community councillor, Information and nomination forms can be downloaded from the elections page.

To find out about community councils near you, and how to contact them, use the community council boundary map and list of office bearers, available in the pack below, or get in touch with the Community Council Liaison Officer.



Community Councils

Community councils are groups of people who care about their community and want to make their area a better place to live. They have an important role in local democracy. They represent the views of local people on Neighbourhood Partnerships and convey these views to the Council and other organisations. They are governed by the Scheme for Community Councils, which you can download in the information pack below.

Community councils are always keen to hear from local people, and want more people to get involved in their work. They usually meet once a month and, between their meetings, many organise local projects that help the community or improve the area.

The Neighbourhood Partnership website lets you find out about their role and which partnership you live in(external link).

How to get involved

There are different ways to get involved in your local community council

  • attend your community council’s regular public meetings
  • email your local community council or visit their website
  • become a community council member.

Find out more about the recent Community Council Induction(external link) on the Neighbourhood Partnership website.

Contact your community council’s secretary for more details.

As part of the Scottish Government’s work in collaboration with COSLA to enhance the role of Community Councils, the Improvement Service has developed a Community Council website(external link).

Community Council Liaison and Development Officer


Tel: 0131 469 3838


Diversity In Community Councils’ work

(Adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association‘s website)

Community Council elections start on Monday, 5th September. Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) has organised a workshop on Wednesday, 7th September (6pm to 8:30pm) followed by drop-in sessions to encourage members of Edinburgh’s ethnic population to become involved with their local community councils.

Community Councils are for everyone, and Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC would welcome new applications to become a CC member for our area. Nominations open on Monday, 5th September and forms can be obtained from the returning officer, Cllr Adam McVey (email or downloaded from Edinburgh Council’s website from next week.


Waterfront Plaza

Cala has recently submitted a planning application for this development. In the accompanying press release, Cala says:-

  • The 425 home development will provide a range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, colonies, studios and townhouses on brownfield land in Leith’s former docklands, opposite Ocean Terminal.
  • Cala has addressed concerns about loss of green space by reducing the planned density and by proposing a prominent area of publicly accessible open space as well as a café building, overlooking Victoria dock.
  • It is clear that there is a demand for a range of high quality properties to include desirable apartments and family homes in the area. This development not only helps address the substantial shortfall in housing that typifies the Edinburgh property market, but it will also provide excellent affordable housing in a project with high quality design appropriate to the waterfront location.
  • The Leith development will further embody CALA’s commitment to developing on brownfield sites in central Edinburgh.
  • Subject to securing planning permission, CALA hope to be in a position to commence development in early 2017.

There will be more information to follow on LHNCC’s website, on Cala’s website and on Edinburgh Council’s planning portal. (Enter the application reference 16/03684/FUL.)

However, Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC members are concerned that the current proposal has serious faults, such as high density of occupants, the height of the proposed buildings, poor design quality, lack of leisure areas for families, segregation of affordable homes and effects on nearby conservation areas. A full list is at the bottom of this post.

LHNCC wants your views!

Please let us know what you think of the proposals, no matter whether you support them, oppose them or simply want to comment on any aspect. Email LHNCC via

Full list of planning concerns

  • Contravenes current policy for site use
  • High density (425 units)
  • Height of buildings (Up to 6 stories)
  • Design quality
  • No leisure/play area for families
  • Removal of landscaped green space
  • Removal of established trees
  • Segregation of affordable homes
  • Not sympathetic to Conservation Area and listed buildings in Commercial Street
  • Impact on Schools and Health Service provision
  • Traffic and parking
  • Environmental concerns



Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting: ‘Young Leithers’

The next Leith Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting will be at 6.30 pm on 29 August 2016 at the Fort Youth and Community Centre.

The theme is Young Leithers and there will be lots of information about services for young people in the area, so young people are particularly welcome. Also, as the City of Edinburgh Council moves into four Locality Areas, there is an opportunity to meet the newly appointed Housing and Regeneration Manager and Community Safety Manager for the North East Locality. Continue reading

Volunteer Recruitment Fair – 21st September 2016

(adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association‘s website)

Scotland’s leading Volunteer Recruitment Fair is on Wednesday, 21st September 2016!

Volunteer Edinburgh and over 50 voluntary organisations will join together on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 between 11.00am and 7.00pm at St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place to host Scotland’s leading Volunteer Recruitment Fair. Continue reading

Community payback orders – your views are wanted

Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Service (CJS) is consulting residents, community groups and organisations about Community Payback Orders (CPOs). These are given out by Courts so offenders can pay for their crimes as an alternative to prison sentences.

You can send in your views by completing CJS’s consultation form. If you provide contact details, CJS can let you know when the Council’s 2015-2016 CPO Report is available. If you would like further information, please contact , or telephone 0131 469 3408. Continue reading