Constitution Street to be resurfaced

The Leith Programme – Work to commence on Constitution Street, 29 April 2013.

 We are pleased to advise you that work will commence on site in Constitution Street on 29th April 2013. The works will comprise the resurfacing of the existing footways and carriageway and environmental enhancements identified during consultation. These enhancements will include the introduction of new tree pits and the reinstatement of old ones, pavement widening, and cycle storage provision at specific locations in the street.   

 The initial contract period will be 8 weeks and the Contractor for the works is Lafarge Tarmac Limited. Location plans and a project programme can be found on our webpages. ‘Tarmac’ will carry out work to sections 11 (Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane) and 13 (Old Dock Gates to Bernard Street) and this part of the programme is scheduled to end around mid-June. Section 12 which is the middle section between Coatfield Lane and Bernard Street, will follow this. All being well, should archaeological issues not impact during the work, the aim is for the work on Constitution Street to be complete by mid-August.

Update information will be put onto our webpages regularly along with our stakeholder emails. We will of course be actively engaging with traders and residents in Constitution Street as much as possible before and during work on site. While recognising that some disruption will be inevitable giving the type of work involved in the programme, it is the intention to try to minimise this as much as possible and it is our hope that any short term disruption is made up for by the improved environment that will be created for residents, businesses and visitors to the street.     
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Alan Dean BA (Hons) MSc PGDip I Partnership Development Officer (Stakeholder Liaison and Engagement) I Services for Communities I City Centre Neighbourhood Management Team I 1 Cockburn Street I Edinburgh I EH1 1BJ
Tel: 0131 529 7519        Mobile: 07739 188 438


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you walk your dog or just go for a stroll round the Links you will have a valued opinion on the state of the park. The Leith Links Regeneration Group meet quarterly to look at ways the Links can be improved . The group is made up of representatives from local users of the park which include the Community Council, Cricket Club, Leith Links Residents Association, elected City Councillors, Leith Rules Golf Society and many others.Our last meeting was held on Wednesday, 6th March and was the first meeting for the new officer responsible for taking forward improvements, James Hunter. Members of the group went on a walkabout the Links with James pointing out areas of concern which include paths, event damage, trees at dangerous angles, missing benches, lighting problems and the multiplying football pitches marked out on the park which encroach on other users. Mr Hunter has just taken over in his new post and was concerned over the state of  Links. He’s promised to get things that can be fixed quickly dealt with as soon as possible. Mr Hunter has  a background in parks and has had favourable comments made about other areas in his care in the East of the City including Lochend Park before he took up his new appointment in Leith so I wish him well .Our friends, Greener Leith have done  excellent work in the community and completed a successful survey of what people would like and what concerned them most. It’s a few years since people had their say and although those views probably haven’t changed you may have thought of other things which annoy you and can be fixed. Money for improvements will always be an issue in the current economic climate but there are things that can be done which don’t cost that much. On behalf on the Community Council I would be interested in what makes you annoyed so I can take comments to the next meeting in June after speaking to other users. The City would like to make Leith Links a premier park like Princes Street Gardens or InverLeith  but I think it has a long way to go before we can get it that status. An example of something that can be done would be the children’s play park where I believe money had been identified to be spent on play  equipment as the quality on the Links  had fallen behind similar play areas in other parts of the City so if the money is still there when will it be used? I look forward to reading your comments and unless you say it’s ok your name won’t be mentioned. Thanks for reading this Jim

Water of Leith walkway clean up Sunday, 17th March 10am

If you’re free on Sunday, 17th March please see request from Don Giles for help at the Water of Leith walkway clean up.

I am looking for anyone who is willing to donate a couple of hours on Sunday 17th March to help us clean the accumulated litter from the Water of Leith paths around the basins.

We meet at 10am at Coalie Park so please come along 17th March  at 1000hrs – that’s off Corburg St on the right, about 200m down from the Gt Junction St/Ferry Rd/Corburg St traffic lights. The entrance is just across the road from the Bistro Cafe

The City of  Edinburgh Council are helping by providing clean-up kit – pickers, bags etc so all we need now is your help..

If you have a dog and/or have something to deal with the dog mess left by some less considerate owners then that will be a great help. Good footwear and some gloves to wear is also a good idea.

All the rubbish we collect will be be left at Coalie Park and will be collected by CEC on Sunday/Monday.

Hope to see you there and if you can let me know it helps me with the organising.

Best wishes Don Giles
Friends of Water of Leith Basin


If you live in the Leith area and have an interest in local community projects please take the time to come along next Saturday and cast your vote. If you click on the link below you can see a list of all groups who are looking for your votes.

£eith decides

The next £eith decides event will take place at Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street on 2 March 2013.   Registration opens at 12.30 pm and the Project Stalls can be visited for information from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm. 

If you have difficulty in attending the event, you may submit your scores at McDonald Road or Leith Libraries where you will find a Poster Exhibition of the choice of this year’s Projects.  If you cannot attend one of the libraries, you may request a scoring sheet and registration form to be sent to you.  Phone 0131 529 6194 or e-mail

Scoring sheets must be submitted with the registration information which verifies your eligibility.  The scoring sheet and aregistration form will be separated before scores are counted.  All postal scoring sheets must be submitted no later than 5.00 pm on 26 February 2013.

Contact Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Information Officer on 529 6194 or e-mail for further information.

Click here for summary of all projects.

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