As you are aware, Dalton Metal Recycling is seeking to redevelop its scrapyard site at 52-66 Salamander Street for a proposed mixed-use development, comprising purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), residential (build-to-rent), retail/commercial space and associated works.
The site has been operated as a metal scrapyard for over 30 years. During this period much of the surrounding land has been transformed from industrial to residential, with recently constructed residential properties now encircling the site.
Dalton is now seeking to have the site redeveloped as a mixed-use development. This will provide high-quality living accommodation including PBSA and residential (build-to-rent), as well as retail/commercial space, serving to compliment neighbouring residential-led developments.
A second public consultation event outlining these proposals will be held on Wednesday 18th October 2023 from 3pm to 7pm at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road EH6 4AE.
This follows an initial consultation event held on Wednesday 20th September, and will aim to update the initial proposals and incorporate relevant feedback from the first event.
A flyer promoting this event is attached, and please feel free to circulate it as you see fit. This is in the process of being distributed in the local area neighbouring the site.
A project website can be viewed at www.daltonregen.co.uk.
Consultation material, detailing the proposed development, will be available to view on the website from 9am on Wednesday 18th October.
After an absence of two years due to covid Leith Local History Society returns with a programme of talks over the next five months. Unfortunately numbers of people attending meetings have dropped as some members have moved on.
It would be great to see new faces so if you’re interested in finding about the history of the local area it would great to see you
The next meeting of the Leith Local History Society will be held on Tuesday, 21st February at 7.00pm in Leith Community Centre. The Talk will be by Ashleigh Thompson, City of Edinburgh Archivist who will tell us about new items added to the city collection
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
It’s always a shock when you hear about the death of a much loved Leither.
This week has been particularly bad with the deaths of three people who contributed so much to our community.
The Queen of Leith, Mary Moriarty died last week and her funeral is on Tuesday 25th October. A service will be held in South Leith Parish Church at 12pm then on to Seafield Crematorium (limited spaces). You will then have the chance to raise a glass to Mary in The Dockers Club and share your memories with friends.
Mary was well known in Leith, not only as the owner of the famous Port of Leith pub where many a fun night was had, but also for her many years of hard work with Leith Festival helping it survive through good times and bad.
From my window I remember that on the day before the gala Mary would be out on the Links spraying and numbering the pitches for the gala day stalls.
She was always there at the crack of dawn on the Saturday and still there hours after the last stall had left with a litter picker and black bin bag making sure the park was cleaner than how she had found it.
I’m proud to say that I knew Mary for many years, and she will be sorely missed by many of us in the Leith community who will all have our fond memories of her. She could always make you smile even when you were feeling down.
I also lost another friend, Jim Tweedie recently who died over a week ago and his funeral is on Friday, 28 October, Warriston Crematorium at 2pm.
Jim was a hard working member of the Leith Community and Chair of Leith Local History Society preserving our history and informing new residents about our rich past.
The society continue to meet on the third Tuesday in the month in the community centre and with a series of monthly talks.
Jim and I were also on the steering group to save Custom House for the people of Leith and with the help of local councillors, especially Councillor Gordon Munro the city council was persuaded to purchase the building using Common Good Funding. Work to establish a heritage display in the building is ongoing.
Finally, Davie Jeneil who ran a successful jewellers shop in Great Junction Street for over 30 years providing gifts for the many birthdays, weddings and celebrations of Leithers.
I also knew Davie as a great supporter of Leith Rules Golf Society. His family always put in a team for the Foulis Medal. A fun competition on the Links every year using hickory golf clubs which is open to local Leith businesses and community groups.
When Davie’s son in law turned up to play, I always thought we would be quicker just handing him the medal because he is such an excellent player.
Davie also supported the society by providing the quaichs and engravings for our other team events and again he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
On behalf of Leith Links Community Council, I would like to extend our condolences and best wishes to the family and friends of all these great Leithers who we will all miss.
Jim Scanlon MBE
Leith Links Community Council
Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty The Queen yesterday. A range of ceremonial events are planned to take place in Edinburgh and the Royal Household will confirm plans for events in the coming days.
We’re working with The Scottish Government and Police Scotland on plans to accommodate large crowds of visitors to the city who wish to pay their respects and attend the events.
We expect significant disruption in the city centre, and we want to advise you, and the residents and businesses in the Old Town, about road closures and changes to some services that may impact you, and your stakeholders, and access for deliveries to businesses and homes in the area.
Some of the services that will be affected include changes to parking, public transport, bin collections, some city centre school closures and diversions. Please visit our website to find out which services are impacted and how this will impact you and your stakeholders. We will keep it updated with the latest information as it becomes available. Please check it regularly for updates.
City of Edinburgh Council
Email received form Leith Police this morning
Good morning ,
With the sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen I am writing to inform you that we have decided to postpone Emergency Services Day.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the support you have shown to myself and the team so far, and I want to assure you that when the time is right, we will begin discussions around arranging a new date.
PS Samantha Rose
Leith Police Station
Emergency Services Day in Leith
Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Commercial Street
Saturday 10th September 2022
1100 – 1500 hours
Entry at Commercial Street ONLY
In partnership with Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Military Police, HM Coast Guard, Water Rescue Unit, British Army, RNLI Lifeboats, Scottish Air Ambulance, British Red Cross, Mountain Rescue, RAF, Rapid Relief Team, Ambulance Service, City of Edinburgh Council, Places for People and third sector agencies such as Citadel, YMCA and The Ripple, we would love your attendance to show your support to all our services and celebrate all the amazing work each and every service provides to our communities.
Rapid Relief Team have many volunteers attending the event providing free hot food to every attendee.
This is a family day providing opportunities to speak with every service, whether it be for general advice, to discuss career opportunities or to have a look around the brilliant equipment which they use daily.
Third-sector youth providers are attending to offer fun activities for the younger members of our communities to take part in, such as sports and face-painting.
We look forward to seeing all of you there – and please share with your partners, friends and families. I have attached the poster for your offices.
The next meeting of the Leith Links Community Council will be held on Monday 27th June at 6:30pm, online (Microsoft Teams)
Papers for the meeting will be issued soon.
Scottish Water and the operators of Seafield, Veolia, will be attending to give an update on the sewage plant and answer questions about recent odour issues.
As always, our meetings are open to interested members of the public. If you wish to attend, please email email@example.com and you will be sent an invitation / link for the meeting.