New balls!


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More exciting news about the neighbourhood. Leith councillor Adam McVey (@adamrmcvey) revealed on Twitter last week that the Scottish Government had made an £80,000 contribution to the reinstatement of tennis courts on Leith Links. Building is to start in July. Nice one!

The new courts will be built on the site on the public lawn bowls area. According to Greener Leith, one of the four bowls areas is likely to be retained as well. It’s great news for the park and great news for Leithers.

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And we’re off… nearly

photo (2)You’ll have probably seen these yellow signs appearing all along Constitution Street in recent days. They signal that the long overdue repair work is about to commence. Alan Dean, the Leith Programme coordinator, sent out an email recently stating that work will start a week today:

“We are pleased to advise you that work will commence on site in Constitution Street on 29th April 2013. The works will comprise the resurfacing of the existing footways and carriageway and environmental enhancements identified during consultation. These enhancements will include the introduction of new tree pits and the reinstatement of old ones, pavement widening, and cycle storage provision at specific locations in the street.

“The initial contract period will be 8 weeks and the Contractor for the works is Lafarge Tarmac Limited. Location plans and a project programme can be found on our webpages. ‘Tarmac’ will carry out work to sections 11 (Foot of the Walk to Coatfield Lane) and 13 (Old Dock Gates to Bernard Street) and this part of the programme is scheduled to end around mid-June. Section 12 which is the middle section between Coatfield Lane and Bernard Street, will follow this. All being well, should archaeological issues not impact during the work, the aim is for the work on Constitution Street to be complete by mid-August.”

“Update information will be put onto our webpages regularly along with our stakeholder emails. We will of course be actively engaging with traders and residents in Constitution Street as much as possible before and during work on site. While recognising that some disruption will be inevitable giving the type of work involved in the programme, it is the intention to try to minimise this as much as possible and it is our hope that any short term disruption is made up for by the improved environment that will be created for residents, businesses and visitors to the street.”

Get your hands dirty

spring gardeningOk, it’s not quite Constitution Street, but we’re posting this in the hope that one day it might be. This Saturday (March 9) at 11am a group of locals are hoping to transform the gardens around old St Paul’s on Lorne Street. The plan is to grow veg, herbs and flowers to make a small oasis in the local area. If you fancy getting involved then head along to find out more or to help with some gardening. And if you need more of an incentive, hot soup will be provided for lunch.

 

Into the heart of darkness…

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Into the heart of darkness...

Otherwise known as trying to walk across Leith Links. If you use the Links at night then you’ve probably been sticking to the Links Place side of the park recently as the other half of the park is pitch black due to a lighting fault that’s been going on for weeks now. Some people have already been in touch with Clarence to report the problem but nothing much has happened in terms of fixing it, so if you’ve got time and could give a call or send an email to add a little oomph to the calls for action, here are the details:

Email: clarence@edinburgh.gov.uk
Telephone: 0800 232323

****BREAKING****BREAKING NEWS (OF TWO NIGHTS AGO ANYWAY)**** The lights are fixed. And what a difference it’s made. Thanks to everyone who contacted Clarence to hurry them along.

How fast do you need to go?

We came on this interesting post on 20MPH zones and by way of a tweet the other day. It’s the kind of fascinating stuff that you get if you’re willing to get on a random bus with a GPS tracker in order to work out how fast they go on average over a given distance. Impressive! Anyway, do read it because what you’ll find is interesting information about how or publicly owned bus service – Lothian Regional Transport – opposes 20MPH zones but, it seems, for absolutely no good reason. As for the comment that someone seriously considered changing Leith Walk to Leith Drive, I’m going to keep everuthing crossed that that was just a bad joke.

There’s also some really interesting info about Twenty’s Plenty here.

Seriously, wouldn’t it be great if when the improvements are made to Leith Walk and Constitution Street, the great and the good realised that Twenty really is Plenty?

Carry on regardless? We don’t think so…

A great post on Greener Leith about the Leith Improvement Programme. It seems that Edinburgh City Council are following in the footsteps of Forth Ports when it comes to how they respond to consultation feedback – carry on regardless seems to be the attitude. It’s not good enough. And for that reason our favourite paragraph of the Greener Leith post is the following:

“In the interim, if you would like to see the council take the ideas contained in the Vision for Leith Walk top 20 ideas list more seriously, please do write to both your local councillors and indeed the convenor of the finance and resource committeeCllr Alasdair Rankin, to let him know which ideas you would like to see supported. Local councillors which sit on this committee include Cllr Angela Blacklock and Cllr Adam McVey.

LET’S DO IT. NO, REALLY, DON’T JUST THINK ABOUT IT – SEND SOME EMAILS!

And if you’re looking for some assistance to get you started, check out the Twitter responses at the bottom of the post. People are not happy and they’re absolutely right not to be. The trams have been a fiasco and that gives even more reason to ensure that the end of the process is much, much better than the beginning.

Hooray for LeithLate 2012

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If for no other reason that it offers a chance to post something that focuses on issues other than crappy road surfaces and vibrating buildings we are excited to be mention LeithLate 2012. But actually, it’s not just a welcome distraction from potholes, LeithLate is a properly exciting one-night festival of the arts. Programmed by Morvern Cunningham, on June 28, more than 10 venues will take part hosting gigs and exhibitions, site specific works and, of course, a party.   

It’s not just bigger than its first year either, new developments for 2012 include the launch of The Shutter Project in conjunction with iloveleith which will give a local artist the chance to create a permanent or semi-permanent artwork on the shutter of a Leith business each month. The work will be visible after business hours when the shops are closed and the first is to be done by Edinburgh-based illustrator Jamie Johnson on the shutter of Gamesmaster Games Exchange (287 Leith Walk) opposite the flat where Johnson grew up. The work will be unveiled on June 28. Further artworks will be appearing on local businesses on Leith Walk in the following months, including work by Leith artists Rabiya Choudhry and Bernie Reid.

So take a wander on Thursday and see what’s going on. Leith is just brilliant, isn’t it?

VENUES TAKING PART

1 Whitespace Gallery, 11 Gayfield Square: Kevin Harman, new work

2 Superclub, 11a Gayfield Square: Open Studios

3 Windsor Buffet, 45 Elm Row: Live music showcase featuring Boy Up A Tree

4 The Old Ambulance Depot, 77 Brunswick Street: The Making of It, work by Joseph Calleja, Martin Campbell, Irfan Donmez, Deniz Guvensoy, Dominik Lipp, Scott McCracken, Eilidh McPherson, Roz McKenzie, Nikos Mantzios, Allan J. Robertson, Andrew Smith, and Augustus Veinoglou.

5 Word of Mouth Café, 3A Albert Street: Inky Fingers & Lowedef films hosted by Rachel McCrum and Paul Maguire

6 Brass Monkey Leith, 362 Leith Walk: Superclub exhibition + Black Diamond Express acoustic set

7 Elvis Shakespeare, 347 Leith Walk: Exhibition of Leith-based artists, plus the showcase of a new collection by JRF Rouge Milliner, plus live performances from The Last Battle, Blueflint and Edinburgh School for the Deaf

8 Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, 25 Arthur Street: Its Hard to Find a Good Lamp, featuring Jennifer Bailey, Emily Fogarty, Sadie Murdoch, Method Furniture, Alex Pollard and Oliver Smith

9 The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street: QMU Art Therapy final year graduate exhibition, plus a night of ping pong shenanigans with special guest DJ

10 Victoria, 265 Leith Walk: Open exhibition plus music from Piece of Cake.

11 Boda, 229 Leith Walk: Exhibition by Steven Collier, plus music from folk duo Julias’ Daughters and Blues ‘n’ Two’s

12 Silverhub Studios, 130/7 Leith Walk: Residents exhibition plus acoustic set from Blueflint.

13 Leith Circle of Friends, 115 Leith Walk: Live music from rapper Zeba, singer-songwriter Jennifer Davidson and live African music performance.