Great Junction Street bridge works begin on Sunday 5 January 2020 for up to 10 weeks

The City of Edinburgh Council has arranged for waterproofing works to be undertaken on the Great Junction Street bridge from Sunday 5 January 2020 for up to ten weeks.

Although this is outwith the Leith Links Community Council area, these works when taken into consideration alongside tram related works in Leith has the potential cause disruption to many members of our community.

The works mean that the bridge will be closed to south bound traffic, bus stops & routes are also affected.

The below letter and map have been published by City of Edinburgh Council.

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Plans for derelict Duke Street site open for public consultation

Pub chain J D Wetherspoons have published their plans for the derelict site at 15 Duke Street – to turn the site into a beer garden for their Foot of the Walk public House.

The building & land at 15 Duke Street has been highlighted by the community as an eyesore for a number of years.

Those who would like to find out more about their proposals, ask any questions, make any suggestions etc will be able to to do so at a consultation event has been arranged for Thursday 16 January 2020, from 3pm to 8pm in their Foot of the Walk public house.

And ofcourse the community will be able to submit views etc to City of Edinburgh Council when formal planning permission/s are sought.

 

 

 

Our website during 2019.

Throughout 2019 our website has continued to go from strength to strength as it continues to grow in terms of the information published & stored, and also in terms of extending our reach amongst our community.

In 2019 our website has had 34,765 visits (1/1/19 to 12noon on 28/12/19). This compares to 10,661 in 2018 and 12,243 in 2017.

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Concerns raised about condition of former Leith Town Hall (now Leith Police Station)

A local community member has highlighted the deteriorating condition of the former Leith Town Hall (now Leith Police Station) on Queen Charlotte Street.No photo description available.

Leith Links Community Council intends to discuss the condition of the building at its next meeting on Monday 27 January 2020, at 18:30, in Leith Community Centre.

The building was used as Leith Town Hall until 1920 when Leith amalgamated with the City of Edinburgh. The building currently services as a Police Station.

With significant concerns amongst our community as to the future of Leith and how it will look & feel in years to come due to significant local development work, important community assets linked to our heritage & history are important to many.

 

 

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City of Edinburgh Council considers future of Leith Walk / Halmyre Street site

City of Edinburgh Council Planning Service are holding a series of public consultation events early in the New Year on the future of a development site at Leith Walk / Halmyre Street. The site area is shown on the plan below although the surrounding area will be considered in the consultations.

They are looking to gather people’s views about the future of this site to inform the development of a place brief (a place brief sets out high level principles to guide the future development of a site).

Clearly there has been a lot of community engagement activity in the area. It is crucial that the place brief is progressed in the context and spirit of the recent Leith Conference, held at the end of October.

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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.

 

Duncan Place Resource Centre Community Asset Transfer takes another step forward

In late 2014 the council closed Duncan Place Resource Centre & subsequently proposed demolition.

The community came together to achieve the following:

  • Demolition prevented
  • Charity formed
  • Business plan developed
  • Building refurb & business start up funds secured.

On Thursday Dec 19th Jim Scanlon, Chair of Leith Links Community Council, represented the area on a panel to scrutinise the plans & finances for Duncan Places future.Image

Under the Community Empowerment Act, the panel unanimously agreed to recommend a Community Asset Transfer of building from the council to the charity. This recommendation will be put to the Council’s Finance & Resources Committee in March 2020.

This is an historic moment for Leith and so, the setting of the Historic Leith Town Hall was a befitting venue. The charity will reopen the building in early 2020 and plan to hold a community celebration in Sept, when the building itself will be 100 years old. There will be rooms available by the hour for groups & classes as well as rooms available for permanent let to charities, social enterprises & similar. A great achievement when compared to the potential demolition.

For further details please email: Info@duncanplace.org

 

 

 

 

Scottish Government dismiss appeal by Steads Place developers

Today the Scottish Government has announced that it has dismissed the appeal by Drum Image result for scottish government(Steads Place) Ltd against the decision by City of Edinburgh Council not to grant them the required consents to demolish buildings at Steads Place, and replace with a new development.

 

 

 

You can download and read both decision notices here:

 

 

General Election 2019 decides membership of two Leith Links Community Council seats

Although it is unusual for our local Members of Parliament to attend our meetings, they are members of our Community Council in the same way that our local Members of the Scottish and European Parliaments are.Image result for house of commons logo

Following General Election 2019 the following Members of Parliament are returned as ex officio members of Leith Links Community Council:

 

 

 

  • Edinburgh East: Tommy Sheppard MP
  • Edinburgh North and Leith: Deidre Brock MP

 

 

 

 

 

Projekt 42 seeks community support for new Leith Links facility

Leith based charity Projekt 42 provides accessible, inclusive and affordable health & well being services in Leith.  Image result for projekt 42

The charity, led by Sara Hawkins, has requested a Community Asset Transfer from City of Edinburgh Council of the old pavilion at Leith Links with a view to using it to provide their services.

 

The building is currently not in use and has recently attracted graffiti & vandalism.

 

 

 


Re-post of message from Projekt 42 published on Facebook:

 

Projekt 42 needs a little help 🤗

Projekt 42 submitted a community asset transfer request in August 2019 to the Edinburgh Council for the Leith Links Pavilion, and the Edinburgh council has ignored our request.

The charity has plans to bring the area back to life. We want to rebuild the pavilion and create a space for family activities, yoga and meditation classes, and space to extend our mental health services. Our plans include partnering with the Judy Murray Foundation who will provide the support we need to launch family tennis activities and we hope to bring other activities to the space including volleyball, outdoor fitness and yoga.

We’re a great fit for the area. All the profit we make goes back into leith through providing training opportunities and funding towards qualifications, free and subsidised counselling, free activities for seniors, a youth fitness academy and support for people undergoing cancer treatment. Nobody personally profits from anything we do.

We’re under a really tight deadline. If we don’t receive the support of the Edinburgh Council by the 24th December, the charity loses the funding opportunities we need to renovate the space.

We need your help.

⭐️If you have Twitter, login and RT the @projekt42edi messages to the Edinburgh council.

⭐️If you can, email the local councillors and ask for their support for the community asset transfer (Chas Booth, Adam McVey and Gordon Munro).

⭐️Email the Edinburgh council and ask for an explanation to why they are not creating a safe space for families in this area, why they’re not processing our community asset transfer request and ask what their plans are.

We really need the communities support.


Photographs of the pavilion:

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