Leith Custom House Open weekend 17th and 18th of December for crafts and activities


A reminder that Leith Custom House , Commercial Street will be open on Saturday 17th and 18th of December 10.00-16.00.

The Leith open Market will be open as usual, an added attraction is the craft market in the open space between Custom House and the Cruiser Store – that’s the long building behind Custom House.

In addition, some of the new businesses inside Custom House will running demos and activities where you can join in if you wish as well as showing off their crafts.

I hope you will come along and support what Custom House is doing as it helps secure its longer term future for the Leith Community

Leith Theatre Christmas Party



Leith Theatre Christmas Party, Friday 16 December
Black Friday, Mad Friday or Black Eye Friday – nicknames for the last big party Friday before Christmas in the UK. Whatever you call it, why not join the party at Leith Theatre that evening?

Live music from acclaimed rock and pop covers band CHIL, followed by DJs till close around midnight – reasonable bar prices, light bites, dancing and general merriment. A party for people who want to party!

Doors open 7pm, music starts around 8pm, tickets £8 plus booking fee from Brown Paper Tickets. See our What’s On page for more details and to book tickets. Be quick, they’re selling fast!

All profits to support Leith Theatre regeneration project.

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 92

Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)
Current progress
As we’ve highlighted in previous updates, the phasing of the work our contractors, Land Engineering, originally intended to carry out in delivering Phase 4 has been impacted upon by circumstances outside of their control. The upgrade of the Pilrig Street junction not commencing when originally planned, due to the mains replacement works being carried out by Scottish Gas Networks taking longer than anticipated, being the main example. In addition, their progress in relation to the installation of the new footway and cycleway adjacent to the former Shrubhill depot site has also been impacted upon by Scottish Water sewer infrastructure works connected with the new Places for People housing development. We are pleased to inform you that, following the relevant Shrubhill section becoming available to our contractors on 7 November, they have been busy working to finalise the new access route into the site and are looking to complete this work by 2 December. On the east side of the street, the contractors are also looking to complete the majority of the works on Crighton Place by 2 December. After the new year, there may be an element of slabbing still to complete adjacent to some shopfront areas but they will endeavour to keep this to a minimum. Overall, local people should see a significant improvement in progress over the next fortnight as the contractors have access to the full area to work in and look to complete, as much as possible, the current sites at Crighton Place, Shrub Place, and north of Middlefield.

Future plans
Early in the New Year, as of 9th January, Land Engineering plan to commence the Pilrig Street junction upgrade and details of the associated traffic management arrangements, including the closure of Pilrig Street at the Leith Walk end, will follow in a future update. In addition to the junction site, they also plan to press ahead working in the following areas:
· South of Middlefield
· Albert Place
· Croall Place
The activities and work sites from January will allow the Contractor to maintain their programme obligations that had been impacted due to unforeseen SGN works within Leith Walk

Drop-in Surgery – Thank You!
Leith Programme Phase 5 (Brunswick Street to Montgomery Street) Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who attended our informal drop-in surgery at the McDonald Road library on Thursday 10 November to get more information on and discuss the future Phase 5 draft TRO proposals. The Council officers in attendance on the day had a number of informative discussions, listened to a variety of opinions, and gathered valuable information from those who came along. Some of the feedback received can help us refine, where we can, the final designs for the next phase of the works so many thanks again to everyone for their time.

Salamander Place Special Meeting, Monday 14th November,630pm

 The Community Council have arranged a final presentation to newly elected community councillors on Monday 14th November by the developers of Salamander Place. The meeting will be held in The Shore Room of Leith Community Centre between 630pm and 830pm.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and can pass on any comments to the community council for possible inclusion in our response. The community council as a statutory body have been given until 21st November to submit their thoughts on behalf of the local community.

Salamander Place 4th November

Good Evening

The closing dates for public comments to the proposed development at Salamander Place is on Friday, 4th November.
The plans can be viewed through The City of Edinburgh Council website by going to the comment on a planning application.
The reference is 16/03356/PPP and there are already 110 comments.
After the 4th November as a member of the public you can’t lodge an individual response but if you notice something you feel is important after the 4th you should contact Leith Links Community Council through Facebook or webpage who as a statutory body have been given until 21st November to submit their comments to the changes to the plans submitted by the developer.

The Community Council have also arranged a final presentation to newly elected community councillors on Monday 14th November by the developers and members of the public are welcome to attend but any comments you have at that point would have to be discussed with community councillors for inclusion in our final response. Details and times of the meeting will follow tomorrow.