In last weeks Evening News, there was an article detailing where the council would be installing Christmas trees around the city this year. Leith wasn’t mentioned.
Last year because of ongoing tram works the council decided not to put one at the usual central Leith spot at the Kirkgate. I know we all have enough on our minds with fuel and food costs going through the roof but a bit of Christmas cheer would be welcomed.
When I asked why another location couldn’t be found to place a tree, I was informed that the council had planted one in Taylor Gardens.
The council did eventually install a full size tree, which we welcomed, but could have been placed more centrally possibly at the Shore outside Malmaison or outside Bank of Scotland in the Kirkgate where many more tourists and Leithers pass during the day.
This year we had the same excuse about tram works for no tree at the Kirkgate but the council told us they had planted a tree beside Leith Library.
The council also intend to install a full size tree in Taylor Gardens but when I passed there yesterday there was one Christmas light from the bottom of Leith Walk stuck on a lamp post.
Why have I decided to moan? Because I feel the people of Leith deserve better and have stoically put up with continual disruption to their lives from ongoing tram and road works.
Having had a year to investigate alternative sites, it should have been simple for the council to find somewhere for a tree in Leith’s historic centre where more people pass including much welcomed visits from tourists.
Rightly or wrongly it does give the impression that the council really don’t care.
From an environmental point of view I applaud them for their tree planting but it could be 20 years before these trees are mature enough to be decorated.
After all Leith has been through over the last few years surely it’s not a lot to ask for a Christmas tree to be located in the heart of the community to be enjoyed by all.
Jim Scanlon MBE
Chair, Leith Links Community Council