Leith Programme Update

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 64

 Progress Update:

 Although some time has been lost due to the recent weather conditions, Crummock (Scotland) Ltd are still anticipating that the main contracted works will be completed by 19 December with any remedial works being carried out after the New Year. It should be noted that the completion of certain parts of the remaining contracted works are weather dependent such as the installation of road markings and anti-skid treatments. The contractors will continue to monitor the weather forecasts and endeavour to get everything completed as planned.

 Summary of Progress

 Section 6b West (Balfour Street junction northwards)

·         Minor pointing and road sign installation to complete

 Section 6b East (Lorne Street junction southwards)

·         Pointing and road sign installation to complete

 Section 8b West (Jane Street to Casselbank Street)

·         Minor pointing and road signs installation to complete

Section 8b East (Manderston Street to Crown Street)

·         Minor pointing and road sign installation to complete

 Section 8c West (Casselbank Street area)

·         Minor pointing and road sign installation to complete

Section 8c East (Crown Street northwards):

·         Minor pointing and road sign installation to complete


·         Raised tables at junctions complete with exception of Jameson Place, Smith’s Place and entry to current site compound

 Weekend Working – 13 December

The contractors will be carrying out footway works on Saturday 13 December 2014.

Looking ahead for next week:

·         Continue with footway inspections and remedial works

·         Container bin recess north of Pilrig Street junction

·         Concrete under slabs at area north of Iona Street junction

·         Asphalt works at Arthur/Balfour Street

·         Complete raised tables at Jameson Place, Smith’s Place and entrance to current site compound

·         Testing and commissioning of lights and crossings

·         Installation of poles and road signage

·         Complete road line markings and anti-skid treatment

 Bus diversion or traffic delay information reminder:

 For the most up to date information regarding any bus diversions and any traffic delays affecting Leith Walk please visit either of the sites below:




I was saddened to read the article in the Evening News’Neglected centre to be razed over repair bills’ but wasn’t surprised. When I first became involved with Leith Links CC our meetings were held in a church hall but we moved to Duncan Place to show our support for this community asset. I’m happy to be corrected but prior to the last City Council elections possibly 4 or 5 years ago I attended a meeting and the same repair cost figure of £3.5 million was quoted but nothing was done.(Strange how the figure hasn’t increased) The£387,000 for the lift which would have made the centre accessible for the disabled was allocated and ring fenced by the city council well before my time on the CC but nothing was done. The money has layen untouched over the years with someone wondering how they could get their hands on it to be used in the budget black pit. According to the News this money will now have to be pay for the building being pulled down. You couldn’t make it up but this appears to be another symptom of council mismanagement which when added to other failures has resulted in the population of this fine city facing cuts to chip away at the massive debt faced by the council. The building has always been well used by the local community but I fear that the real decision on its future was made many years ago by council officials and not elected councillors that it would be closed. The lack of necessary repairs which were identified in 2008/9 have allowed the building to deteriorate to the point where the only option appears to be to demolish it. Will any council officials be taken to task, reprimanded or dimissed? I’ll let you answer that one.

Budget Question Time

 7.00–8.00pm, Monday 1 December 2014

City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

 As a representative of your community or interest group, we would like to invite you to be part of our Budget Question Time event. This event is to give members of the public the opportunity to quiz our panel of senior councillors on the Council’s budget proposals for next year and beyond.

 The proceedings will be chaired by Edinburgh Evening News Editor, Frank O’Donnell, and broadcast live via the Council website.

 If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please complete this short online questionnaire by Monday 24 November. Please note that places are limited. If you are not able to attend please pass the invitation on to another representative.

This is a great opportunity to play your part in Edinburgh’s budget challenge but you can also get involved before 19 December 2014 by:

 ·        watching our short animated film

·        take the budget challenge with the online budget planner

·        taking a look at the 2015/16 budget proposals overview, or   download the full proposals.

Person completing online budget planner

Your feedback will help the Council to make its final budget decisions on 12 February 2015.

Find out more


Hello Everyone

 Applications are still needed to provide a good choice of projects for the people of Leith.  Making an application gives the opportunity to get a grant of up to £1,000 for a Leith project.  But, it does more than that.  Applicant groups / organisations become part of the £eith decides publicity which promotes the groups and organisations involved.  Posters are displayed in libraries as well as information going out on the Neighbourhood Partnership website and social media.  However, The Leith Event in February attracts hundreds of local people, providing valuable networking opportunities and enables participating applicants to recruit new participants, members or volunteers.

 The decision is made on the day of the event (7 February) for projects to be completed by 31 August.  So good timing for any Spring and/or Summer 2015 events or projects.  Projects who have been made awards in the past have benefitted children, young people, older people, families as well as people vulnerable for a number of reasons.  There have been a wide range of projects involving the arts, such as music, drama, dance and painting; the environment such as gardening and clean up campaigns; fun activities such as imaginative play, camping, sailing and day trips; skills training for young people and jobseekers; support for people with physical disabilities or mental health issues.  And more……..

 So spread the word and get those talented and capable Leithers involved.  See the website http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/leith/about/%C2%A3eith-decides/  to download an easy to complete application and easy to understand guidelines.

 Applications to be in by 28 November 2014.  This can be e-mailed toLoraine.duckworth@edinburgh.gov.uk (hard copy with signatures may need to be provided at a later date.)

 Need more info or have a question?  Contact details are as below.


 Loraine Duckworth | Partnership Development Officer | Leith Neighbourhood Partnership | Services for Communities | City Centre Leith Team| Cockburn Street| Edinburgh | phone: 0131 529 7403 | Mobile: 07739188437

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The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday, 24th November at our new venue Leith Community Centre, Persevere Room, New Kirkgate due to the closure of Duncan Place. If you plan to attend the meeting please try to be there for 6.45 for a prompt start at 7pm. Thanks Jim



The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday, 27 th October at our new venue Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate due to the closure of Duncan Place. If you plan to attend the meeting please try to be there for 6.45 for a prompt start at 7pm. Thanks Jim

AGENDA 271014 ,LEITH LINKS COMMUNITY COUNCIL Sept 2014, Leith Links Regeneration meeting

20 mph zones, Have your say

20 mph zones

Drop-in, learn more and give your views.

6.00 pm –8.00 pm, Wednesday, 24 Sept 2014

Business Hub, McDonald Road Library

2 McDonald Road, EH7 4LU

Presentation at 6.30 pm

All welcome

Opportunity to learn more, ask questions

and/or make comments


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