Feeling Safe Forum – this weekend

There is a Community Safety Forum meeting this Saturday, March 23rd, 11.00-13.00 with sandwich lunch at South Leith Parish Church Hall.

Residents are invited to come along and vote for three priorities for each ward. It is also a chance to meet members of the Community Safety Team, and learn more about their work, and what they can do to help. There will also be a report back on work done based on the vote taken at the November meeting.

The proposed SNT priorities for voting on Saturday are as follows:
Ward 12 (NW23, NW24, NW25, NW29).

McDonald Road – Speeding & road safety concerns
Drummond High School – Inconsiderate & unsafe parking
Leith Walk – ASB on Friday & Saturday nights relating to licensed premises
Albion Road – Speeding
Albion Terrace – Dog fouling & environmental improvements
Spey Terrace & Dryden Terrace area – Dog fouling

Ward 13 (NL26, NL27, NL28)

Pirniefield & Restalrig – Inconsiderate parking & traffic issues
Restalrig – Youth nuisances
Water of Leith Walkway – Seasonal anti social behaviour & street drinking
Restalrig – Dog fouling
Metal thefts
Western Harbour – Stair security & underground car park security
Great Junction Street – Stair security.


Leith Programme – update

Just a quick reminder that the Leith Programme  – Consultation and Design report will be considered at the Transport and Environment Committee today.
If you have any queries regarding the report then please contact either Anna Herriman 0131 469 3853, anna.herriman@edinburgh.gov.uk, or Alan Dean 0131 529 7519,alan.dean@edinburgh.gov.uk.  

Leaked plans…

Some wag has leaked the plans for the forthcoming improvements affecting Constitution Street and Leith Walk. Click here to take a look. They’ll be finalised at the Transport and Environment Committee meeting on March 19th.

What do you reckon? Are they planning to do all that they should? Could there be further improvements? If you’ve got comments do let us know and most definitely let your local councillors know.

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…


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?


So, we’ve been away for a while, but we’re happy to say that we’re back. And we couldn’t have come back at a better time given that ‘The Leith Programme’ (we’d say something snarky about the word ‘Improvement’ having been surreptitiously dropped but it’s our first post and we want to be positive) is about to begin.

Below is the latest update with website addresses and useful numbers too, so please do share it around. Also, if you have comments, concerns or unbridled enthusiasm for the project, we’d love to know.

Do you think they’re going to get it right?
Has the consultation period been handled well?
Is Constitution Street getting enough attention?

We’re always delighted to get feedback so drop us a line, and we promise we won’t disappear again!


THE LEITH PROGRAMME – email update 5, 25 January 2013.

Utilities – trial holes

Please be aware that ahead of the utilities work due to start week commencing 18 February, short term trial holes are going to be dug, as a final stage in preparation for utilities work. We have updated our web pages with this information, but wanted stakeholders to be aware.

These will be in three locations:

On Constitution Street , trial holes are required at the front of both 46A and 159 Constitution Street , and will be dug on Monday 28 January 2013; this is expected to last a matter of days at this stage. There will be some parking restrictions linked to the work.

On McDonald Road at the junction with Leith Walk, trial holes will be dug over the weekend commencing Saturday 9 February 2013. This will involve weekend work, and the temporary closure of McDonald Road at the Leith Walk junction.

It is the contractor who will be carrying out these final checks, and utilities work will still commence on site in the week beginning 18 February 2013.

Any enquiries can be fed into the City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood on 0131 529 7061, or direct to The Leith Programme’s key liaison officer, Alan Dean 0131 529 7519 or 07739 188 348.


Thank you very much to everyone (individuals, groups, organisations) that responded to our consultation on the preliminary design for The Leith Programme, through either online survey, on-street surveys, focus groups, drop-in events, or via email / letters. Thank you also to those who gathered and reported comprehensive feedback from stakeholder groups within the community.

The consultation has set out to seek views which would help inform the development of final design for the scheme, particularly in relation to the additional environmental elements of the programme above and beyond the road and pavement resurfacing.

The responses have been exceptionally well thought out and thorough. As they are being analysed, they are being fed into the design process. They have been useful in determining the desires and aspirations of the various user groups and individuals involved in the process, and the design team have gained a comprehensive understanding of these.

Officers are in the final stages of collating and analysing responses. They will produce a comprehensive report on the consultation findings, which will be fed back to everyone who has asked to be kept up to date about the process, also to our stakeholders, and published on our web pages from 13 March 2013 as an appendix to our report to the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee on 19 March 2013.

You can find this information and more on http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/leithimprovements where content is kept up to date with new information as it becomes available. Feel free to pass this email on to others.

Kind regards

Anna Herriman