Leith Custom House, Call for community projects

Custom House, Leith is becoming a bustling centre for creative industries serving the local community.

To continue this historic venue’s revival, SHBT is now calling for proposals on how space inside the building can be utilised for short term community projects from one-off events to programmes lasting up to two weeks.

Please see attached flyer for more details


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.



Leith Links CC Election results


The new Community Councillors for Leith Links Community Council for 2016 – 2019 have been elected.

All voters in our area received a polling letter from the City of Edinburgh Council, 586 or 6.9% of voters took part.

The following 12 candidates were elected:

IGOE David
MERON Abu Sayed Mohammed
REID Christine
ROGERS Jacqueline
TRAILL Michael

The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council is on Monday 31 October 2016, from 7pm, in Leith Community Education Centre (Kirkgate).

Here is a breakdown of votes cast:

ATTRIDGE Philip – 192
BRENNAN Stephan – 279
GRAHAM Adrian – 147
HARDIE Angus – 368
HUTTON Linda – 159
IGOE David – 296
MACKENZIE Andrew – 346
MERON Abu Sayed Mohammed – 287
MILLAR Sally – 350
REID Christine – 356
ROGERS Jacqueline – 310
SCANLON James – 340
SIMPSON Eileen – 265
TIBBITT John – 268
TRAILL Michael – 268
WILLIAMS Eleanor – 164

Leith Links CC Elections

Last chance to vote in the Leith Links Community Council elections. In you prefer to vote in person the ballot box will be open from 2pm until 8pm  in Leith Community Centre, New Kirkgate

Leith Links Community Council meeting 311016


The next meeting of Leith Links Community Council will take place on Monday 31st October at 7pm
The meeting will be opened by Councillor Chas Booth as returning officer for the elections for community councillors.

There are 12 places on Leith Links CC and 17 nominations have been received.
The election process is taking place until 27th October so we will have newly elected members attending for the first time.



Leith Links Community Council Elections 19th to 27th October

During the next few days you should receive information from City of Edinburgh Council on how to vote in this years community council elections.

Work is underway to deliver the election including a polling letter which will be sent to all eligible voters around 19 October.
You can vote on line through the city council website which will be live from 19 October.

Polling day is Thursday 27 October and the polling place will be open 2pm till 8pm in Leith Community Centre if you prefer a paper vote

The results will be declared on Friday 28 October

I have been involved with the community council and this is the first time full elections have been required so please take this opportunity to
use your vote.