Fireworks Warning – 17th March

Warning for pet owners!

There will be a fireworks display from Royal Yacht Britannia on Tuesday 17th March at 10pm, lasting around 3 minutes.

Update – bus changes around Leith Links

Leith Links Community Council (supported by all of our local Councillors) is vigorously contesting the loss of bus services to the north side of Leith Links since we heard that the 12 is to be stopped and only partially replaced by the No 1.

So far, at our request, the Convener of the Transport Committee set up a meeting between City of Edinburgh Council Transport officials and Lothian Buses – at which Councillor Adam McVey was present, also someone from MSP Ben MacPherson’s office – to ‘go through the issues’. Currently Lothian Buses have been asked to find a solution and Council officials have been ‘tasked with helping to facilitate any changes necessary to help enable a change’.

We are hoping to hear soon about another meeting with news about possible solutions. We will keep you posted!

The current situation is that, as of 29th March, the 12 will not run beyond George Street. To partially replace the 12,  the No 1 will come down Easter Road as before and then continue along the Links and on to Seafield (old Eastern General site). But it will go from the foot of Easter Road along Vanburgh Place, Hermitage Park and Claremont Park, in other words along the south side of the Links. There will be no bus serving people who live on the North side of the Links, e.g Links Gardens, Links Place, Salamander Place/Street, Elbe Street, Mitchell Street, Queen Charlotte St. etc. and Constitution St (who have already lost the No. 16 bus).This means quite a long walk across the Links for many people, which may be a problem for anybody older  / with mobility impairments  / pushing a wheelchair or buggy / carrying heavy shopping etc. There could be safety issues, at night time.

However people beyond the lights at Restalrig Road (Claremont Park, Pirniefelds, Seafield) will be served by the No 1.

Going into town,there will be no access to Leith Walk or York Place, as the 1 goes to Princes Street via Easter Road and Leith Street. So some people may need to take 2 buses, which has financial implications as well as time/effort costs.

The 25 and the 21 will continue, so if you can access Restalrig Road, that might be a better route for you than the 1. The 21 route is unchanged apart from bus stop closure on Duke Street. The 25 is unchanged going into town (apart from some bus stop closures on Duke Street and Leith Walk). Coming down from town, the 25 will be rerouted down Easter Road instead of Leith Walk.

Please read the details on the Lothian Buses web site, for more details about proposed changes, routes, timetables etc.

Please continue to use the comments facility, below, to add your voice and tell us how you will be affected by changes to the bus services around our area. We will use your comments to continue to press the case for an acceptable solution.

Changes to bus routes – Leith Links is hit hard!

The tramworks that have already closed Constitution Street are soon to also affect Leith Walk, for the next 18 months. From 28th March, there will only be one lane on Leith Walk, for traffic going south (that is, going UP Leith Walk). Buses will still go up Leith Walk but those coming down will go down either Easter Road or Bonnington Road (No.10,11).

People who live beyond the bottom of Leith Walk  / Easter Road will be especially hard hit. We are told that the No.12 bus will terminate at George Street and stop coming down to Leith at all. This was the main bus serving Leith Links (and Salamander, the Pirniefields and Prospectbanks) and Seafield, and will be a major loss.

To partially replace the 12,  the No 1 will now come down Easter Road as before and continue  along the Links and on to Seafield (old Eastern General site). But there are two problems with this:

  1. The No. 1 will go from the foot of Easter Road along Vanburgh Place, Hermitage Park and Claremont Park, in other words along the south side of the Links. No buses will go along Duncan Place / Links Place as they have been doing recently. There will therefore be NO bus at all serving people who live on the North side of the Links, e.g Links Gardens, Links Place, Salamander Place/Street, Elbe Street, Mitchell Street, Queen Charlotte St. etc. and Constitution St (who have already lost the No. 16 bus).
  2. Although we have not yet managed to get sight of a finalised revised timetable, it seems likely (since there is now only one, not two) that the overall frequency of buses along the Links will be reduced, possibly by as much as 50%.

This means quite a long walk across the Links to get to a bus stop for many people, with a particular impact on anybody older  / with mobility impairments  / pushing a wheelchair or buggy / carrying heavy shopping etc. It could also significantly increase journey times. There could be safety issues, at night time.

Leith Links Community Council is very disturbed by this change. There was no consultation at all with the local community. The population on the north side of the Links is increasing hugely with all the new flats going up – people are told to use public transport, not cars (and few car parking spaces are provided) – but now the public transport is being removed!

We have signalled our concern to our three local Councillors and to Lothian Buses in the strongest terms. We will continue to campaign vigorously and will keep you posted with whatever replies we receive.

Please use the comments facility, below, to add you voice and tell us how these changes will affect you. These comments will, hopefully, strengthen the argument for this very damaging decision to be reviewed.

You can read more about the bus diversions overall here.

 But where is the 12? 

 

Leith Links Community Council meets 24 February 2020

The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will be held in public on Monday 24 February, 2020, in the Shore Room of the Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate, at 6:30pm, All local residents, businesses etc. are very welcome to attend.

Minutes of last meeting

Agenda for 24 February 2020

Traffic around The Shore, 3-4 January

Friday 3rd-Saturday 4rth January 2020
Due to filming of a Netflix feature film at Mimi’s Bakehouse at The Shore, there will be some parking restrictions around The Shore, affecting also Tolbooth Wynd, Shore Place, Coalhill, Henderson Street. (This is not actually within Leith Links Community Council area, but there may be knock-on effects as regards parking that affect our area on these days).
There will also be some very short traffic hold-ups on the Shore between 8 and 11 am on 4 January..
Please see the attached document Traffic around The Shore that provides all the details.
The film is to be ‘The Princess Switch, Switched Again’ which is the follow up to the successful ‘The Princess Switch’ currently available to watch on Netflix.
The film is a family friendly Christmas movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and is set in a fictional
country in which the lead characters, a baker and a princess, swap places.

 

Update on Easter Road roundabout

Read the first response from the Council, below, to the strong email sent by Leith Links Community Council regarding the current disastrous situation at the new junction, where, since the traffic lights were switched on, there have been long delays and traffic queues in all directions, frustrations for drivers and some near misses for cyclists. Fingers crossed that we will see some improvements in a few days…..

But be assured that we will continue this conversation with the Council as necessary, and will pass on the views of local residents!

Dear Leith Links Community Council

Thank you for your email regarding the new traffic signals at the junction of Easter Road and Duke Street.

In short, works are still ongoing, including some matters relating to the traffic signals and so delays are to be expected.

With regards the traffic signals timings, these will be changed after a few days once a number of outstanding works have been completed.

The traffic signal team will also set separate plans for the different peak periods as these all change throughout the day and week. But in general its always preferred to leave the new site a few days to bed in as well before making any changes, to avoid having to make too many changes and confusing drivers.

The remainder of the road markings are still to be completed, as is the installation of vehicle detection loops and some other minor works such as creating a lay-by for the bus stop on Vanburgh Place. BT are also due to install a final cable to allow further changes to the timings to be made remotely and I’m told this will happen in the coming days. Once these are all complete the timings will be changes to suit current traffic patterns.

It’s also worth noting that the closure of Constitution Street is diverting extra traffic along Vanburgh Place but as above this will be considered within the changes to the signal timings.

Furthermore, the presence of general traffic management will also have an effect on peoples driving behaviour but the site is due to be mostly cleared by Friday afternoon.

I would therefore imagine that by the end of the working week the timings should be noticeably better and I apologise for any delays at the moment. If you have any specific comments bout the timings next week, feel free to get back in touch and I can pass them onto the team who manage the traffic signals.

Kind regards

Steven”

Steven Blacklaw ¦ Engineer – Transport Design & Delivery

Place ¦ Planning & Transport ¦ The City of Edinburgh Council

G4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Tel 0131 529 3252  steven.blacklaw@edinburgh.gov.uk

Next LLCC meeting, Monday 25th November, 6:30pm, Leith Community Centre, Shore Room

The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday 25th November, at 6:30 pm in the Shore Room, Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate. Local residents are welcome to attend.

Minutes of the October meeting are here and Agenda

Past documents can be found in our Library

Respond NOW! Controlled Parking Zone for Leith?

How do you feel about parking in your area? Take this chance to HAVE YOUR SAY!

Please be sure to look at the preliminary plans for a controlled parking zone, and respond to the consultation by this weekend. You can enlarge the plans and look carefully at ‘your bit’ and other areas that you know well, and have your say about the proposals.

www.pclconsult.co.uk/edinburghcpz

A happy ending for our exotic plants

Let’s start the week with some nice news! The exotic plants from the Easter Road/ Duke Street roundabout (now removed) have found a lovely home! They have all been taken and replanted by Edinburgh Zoo, and will enhance new animal enclosures.

“The flax are perfect for our wallaby walkthrough enclosure, and the cordyline will go into our redevelopment at Living Links, where we have capuchin monkeys and squirrel monkey”.

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/animals-and-attractions/main-attractions/wallaby-outback/

We (Leith Links Community Council and City of Edinburgh Council) were alerted to the plight of these plants by a local resident who hails originally from New Zealand and recognised the flax as a plant from his homeland. (He is happy to know it is now ‘back in Australasia’ with the wallabies.) We DID TRY to find the iconic plants a new home in Leith. Leith Primary School and Projekt 42 were both interested but had to step back, in the end, for various reasons. Thanks to all who helped!

Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Leith?

What do you feel about parking in your area? Many Leithers will have received a big leaflet through the door about the proposal to introduce controlled parking across a very wide area of Leith (basically from Abbeyhill to the docks). The Council is now seeking the views of residents, but unfortunately have only allowed a short period for this consultation – your views must be in by 10th November 2019.

This could make a HUGE difference to life in Leith – some will feel for the better, and some will oppose bitterly. It is important that everyone’s voice is heard. So PLEASE respond to this consultation. You can do so online at www.pclconsult.co.uk/edinburghcpz 

If you didn’t get a  leaflet, you can see it at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/parkingreview

There is a chance to go along and look at the plans and ask questions – do take this chance!

  • St. Paul’s Church, 1b Pilrig St, EH6 5AH on Thursday 31 Oct 2019, 4-7pm
  • North Leith Parish Church, 1a Madeira Pl, EH6 4AW on Tuesday 5 Nov 2019, 4-7pm
  • Fort Community Centre, 25 N Fort St, EH6 4HF on Wednesday 6 Nov, 11am-2pm

When you respond, remember that this is not just a ‘Yes / No kind of issue. You can give your view about particular streets or areas. You can express your opinions about different kinds of parking control. There is not just one kind: there is permit holder only; pay and display; mixed permit holder/pay and display(8:30-5:30). There is also Priority Parking Area (PPA) which may be more suitable for some areas. This stops all-day commuter parking by requiring a permit or paid ticket for a short period in the middle of the day, but not all day, read more here

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