Referendum discussion Coffee morning


Make Leith a safer place

Tell us how to make Leith a safer place

 We are still looking for suggestions of things we can do to make Leith a safer place over the three month period starting in June 2014.

 For more information & to make your suggestion follow this link:

 Leith community conference

The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership are holding a community conference in Leith on Friday 16th May, 2pm – 4pm.

 For more information, follow this link:’s-on/latest-news-in-leith/2014/05/leith-community-conference-16-may-2014/

 Facebook question & answer session

 Paul Baxter, Environmental Warden for the City Centre & Leith areas is holding a Facebook question & answer session this Wednesday, between 2pm & 4pm.

If you have a question, visit Paul on Facebook by following this link:


Start of Works (Pilrig Street to Crown Place)

In advance of the construction work starting on the Pilrig Street to Crown Place stretch of Leith Walk on Monday 19 May, we’re now in a position to provide more information relating to a number of aspects of the work.

 Duration of Works

 The Pilrig Street to Crown Place section of the Leith Walk works is scheduled to last 30 weeks and with an anticipated finish in mid-December 2014.

Number of worksites

 There will be twelve separate worksites in total on this section of Leith Walk.

 Size of worksites

 The size of the worksites will vary but will, in general, be between 60-80 metres in length each.

 Duration at each site

 This will depend on the complexity of each individual site but is expected, on average, to be in the region of a month. In some sections, this may be less, while in others it may be more. We’ll provide more detailed updates during the works at each site.

 The first worksites

 Two separate worksites will be running in tandem at any one time. The first two will cover the following areas:

·         366 Leith Walk to 337 Leith Walk (area taking in Iona Street junction northwards)

·         202 Leith Walk to 172 Leith Walk (area taking in Smiths Place junction, Springfield Street junction extending south)

 Temporary loading/unloading bays

 Temporary bays will be provided adjacent to each worksite. A questionnaire has been distributed to local businesses in the worksite areas seeking information regarding the delivery/collection requirements of each business in order to help inform our contractor and to assist in trying to minimise any disruption to normal business operations.

 Waste collection arrangements

 Presentation points for both domestic and trade waste will be provided adjacent to each worksite and the collection times will remain the same as they currently are. Domestic waste will continue to be collected on Wednesday and Sunday evenings while the current trade waste presentation windows (10:00am to 11.30am and 2:00pm to 3:30pm) will continue to operate. Letters are going out to residents to inform of the temporary domestic waste arrangements while local businesses have also been informed in the delivery/collection questionnaire distributed by our contractors. Signage will be put in place directing people to the temporary presentation points.

 Bus stops

 The bus stop at 352 Leith Walk (adjacent to St Columba’s Hospice charity shop) will move temporarily northwards adjacent to 332 Leith Walk. The bus stop at 177 Leith Walk (adjacent to Miller’s Flooring) will move northwards to the former Lothian Buses depot at 165 Leith Walk.

 Pavement and Road resurfacing

 Work will firstly commence with the resurfacing of the outer pavement areas before then carrying out the resurfacing of the pavements in adjacent to property frontages. Every effort will be made to maintain access to businesses and residential properties at all times. In some cases, if the contractor identifies a significant problem in ensuring this, work may take place outside of normal site hours. Carriageway resurfacing will be carried out following this footway work and it is the intention to use lane closures on Leith Walk with the appropriate Traffic Management arrangements, such as temporary traffic lights where required. It will be necessary to temporarily close some side streets when the work is being carried out but these will be kept to a minimum and as much advance notice as possible will be provided.


 While it will be necessary to restrict parking while the works are ongoing in specific areas, our contractors will endeavour to keep these to a minimum.

 General questions regarding the work can be addressed to the City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood Team,, or 0131 529 7061. Issues related to the works on site, such as access enquiries or concerns can be directed to myself, in the first instance, as I will be based in the area and available on mobile number 07739 188438 or email


Leith Community Conference 16th May

Just a reminder that Leith NP is holding a Community Conference this Friday to determine the focus of its work for the next 3 years.  This is an open meeting with lots of opportunity to contribute.  If you attend only one NP meeting/event this year – make it this one! 


Leith needs Leithers’ views and ideas.

All welcome at

Leith Community Conference


Friday, 16 May 2014


South Leith Parish Church Halls, Henderson Street


A light lunch will be served at 1.30 pm and discussions will start at 2.00pm.


A crèche for children 4 years and younger and creative play for 5-9 years olds(short sessions) is available.  Limited places allocated on a first come basis.


Leith’s Community Plan 2014

Community Conference Poster

Vote for ‘The Junction’

Dear friends and colleagues,

 The Junction and Port of Leith Housing Association have been shortlisted for a Scottish Charity Awards, for our partnership in creating purpose-built new premises for the Junction to offer services to young people in Leith.

There is also an award for the people’s choice so please consider voting for the Junction!

 Click here to VOTE NOW (SCVO website)

 Many of you have already visited our beautiful new building and we’re still getting comments from young people about how welcoming it is and that they feel relaxed here.

 Many thanks for your support!

 Charity number SC036721

Company number 278505

 Finalist at the Scottish Charity Awards 2014



mural at the Parliament St bus stop?

Have you been along Henderson St recently and did you notice the mural at the Parliament St bus stop? It’s the one between Parliament St and Sandport Place.
For a long time before the mural it was a abandoned and derelict shop. With a lot of help from LeithLate and the Council we manged to have to shop boarded up and then have a mural by Russell Dempster.

If you missed the artist at work the have a look at this link to YouTube

If you want to see more about Russell and the mural then have a look at his Facebook  Page here

Please let us know what you think.

Best wishes Don Giles
Friends of Water of Leith Basin


Works Start Date (Pilrig Street to Crown Place)

Following discussions with our contractors, Crummock (Scotland) Ltd, the mobilisation timescales forthe next section of the Leith Programme have now been confirmed in more detail.

 Crummock staff will have a site presence in the area from 12 May in order to carry out a dilapidation survey of sections 5-8 (Pilrig Street to Crown Place)A ‘dilapidation’ survey records the condition of properties around the worksite prior to works commencing.

The construction work is scheduled to commence in the week beginning 19 May. This information supersedes that provided in the earlier stakeholder update of 9 April.   

 General questions regarding the work can be addressed to the City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood Team,, or 0131 529 7061. Issues related to the works on site, such as access enquiries or concerns can be directed to myself, in the first instance, as I will be based in the area and available on mobile number 07739 188438 or email

Leith Community Croft Sustainabilty Event

Leith Community Croft is a very exciting project in the heart of Leith and we are delighted to be hosting an event with the community on how to develop this huge underused space.
The event is coming up next Saturday 26th April @ 1pm, and as we have some terrific speakers coming along to discuss sustainability related issues, we really think its a fab opportunity for leithers to come and learn more about our work and why it is so important.
We’d like to ensure that information gets sent out to as many people as possible so we can make this a real success for all. Therefore we are asking for you all share this event around your networks, stick it on twitter or your facebook pages, or even your websites, and print of our flier for your office if possible.
 Confirmed speakers Barbra from Nourish Scotland, Mike Small from The Fife Diet and Tom Kirby from Granton Community Gardens.
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Leith Links CC Monday, 28th April

The next meeting takes place on Monday, 28th April at Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place. The meeting starts at 7pm prompt. If you live in the Leith Links area and have concerns over a local issue we would be happy to see you.

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