Greener Leith is calling for everyone to vote on the future of Leith Links, with the launch the Leith Links Ask. The project aims to find out which options for improving the park have the most popular support.
Alastair Tibbitt, Chair of Greener Leith said ‘There are 10 project proposals for improving the Links, so we’re certain that there will be something that appeals to everyone. Our volunteers have put 10 short film clips on the internet that explain a bit about what the proposals mean and show what park users think of each proposal. Now we want everyone else to have their say too at www.leithlinksask.org.”
“Leith Links is a really significant park, so we’re not just targeting Leithers – we would like to see everyone who lives in Edinburgh voting and having their say. We do recognise that some people don’t have internet access, so we’re also producing 1000 leaflets which allow people to vote using a freepost ballot paper.”
Amongst the 10 proposals there are plans for bringing back tennis facilities to the links, creating mini nature reserves throughout the park, building modern facilities for footballers and establishing a café.
Cllr Gordon Munro, Chairperson of the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership said, “I welcome this unique initiative. Leith Links is loved throughout the city, not just in Leith . Here is a chance for you to have your say and give your priorities for the future development of the Links .I’ll be making my choices – its up to you to make yours .”
Greener Leith volunteers were involved behind the video camera too, working with the support of locally based film maker, Lou McLoughlan of Beanland productions. Local volunteer Elric Honore, said, “It was great to pick up tips from a professional film maker, and interviewing Leithers about the proposals for the Links was really good fun.”
The video clips feature local residents, well known Leithers and regular users of the sports facilities on the links, as well as people who were just passing through on the days when our volunteers were filming. It is hoped that the videos provide a fun and thought provoking way to bring the 10 improvement proposals to life.
Once the results are in at the end of the summer, The City of Edinburgh Council, together with Greener Leith and other partners, will then aim to implement the most popular projects.
Please help promote this project by telling your friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours about it. See the Leith Links Ask website for more info.