Mini-best hunt, Pilrig Park, Saturday

The RSPB are going to be running a mini-beast hunt this Saturday (17th September) from 10am until 4pm in Pilrig Park.  They will be setting up in the play park next to Pilrig Street and will be running a number of drop in sessions throughout the day.
At the moment the forecast is for a dry day but please bring along waterproofs if the rain looks like it may start!
Further information can also be found on the Friends of Pilrig Park Facebook page.
Hope to see you there!
Friends of Pilrig Park

Stakeholder Update 85 – Leith Programme Phase 4 – Works update for week commencing 12 September

(adapted from an email sent by Alan Dean, Partnership Development Officer, sent on 2016_09_09 at 15:49)

Leith Programme Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)

Following their site mobilisation and initial preparatory works this week, Land Engineering Ltd, the contractors appointed to deliver the Pilrig Street to McDonald Road section of our improvement works, will commence construction next week (12 September 2016) adjacent to the Shrubhill redevelopment site and Middlefield on the west side of Leith Walk. These works will concentrate on footway reconstruction. The traffic management will consist of a single lane closure in order to ensure minimal disruption and traffic flow. Continue reading

Stakeholder Update 85 – Leith Programme Phase 4 contractor mobilisation reminder, and Bernard Street survey work

(adapted from an email sent by Anna Herriman, Acting City Centre Programme Manager, sent on 2016_09_02 at 13:55)

Leith Programme Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road) contractor mobilisation on site

A reminder that following the procurement process for Phase 4 of the Leith Programme, Land Engineering Ltd was appointed to deliver the Pilrig Street to McDonald Road section of our improvement works. Land Engineering are currently mobilising on site, ahead of a 10 month construction period due to start in September 2016, with a planned completion date expected in Summer 2017.

In addition, in advance of the Council deciding on whether or not to extend the tram line north of York Place, enabling works will be incorporated in the footways in order to ensure that, should the decision be taken in 2017 to extend the current line, future disruption impacting on the local area is kept to a minimum. Continue reading

Community Council elections: forms and posters

Nominations for CC elections open tomorrow, Monday 5 September.

Anyone on the voters register living in the LCCC area can be nominated as an ‘Elected Representative’; using the relevant form. Registered Community Groups put themselves forward as potential ‘Nominated Representative’ on LCCC.

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Diversity in Community Councils’ work

(Adapted from a post on Tower Wharf Residents’ Association‘s website)

Community Council elections start on Monday, 5th September. Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) has organised a workshop on Wednesday, 7th September (6pm to 8:30pm) followed by drop-sessions to encourage members of Edinburgh’s ethnic population to become involved with their local community councils. Community Councils are for everyone and Leith Central CC would welcome new applications to become a CC for our area. Nominations open on Monday, 5th September and forms can be obtained from the returning officer, Cllr Lewis Richie (email  or downloaded from Edinburgh Council’s website from next week.


NHS Lothian’s Annual Review – rescheduled

NHS Lothian’s Annual Review has been rescheduled (it was to take place on 31 August) and will now take place on Monday 10 October 2016.  The Public Session will be held at 2pm at NHS Lothian, Waverley Gate, Meeting Rooms 7 and 8, 2nd Floor, 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

The Annual Review is the formal process through which the Scottish Government assesses NHS Lothian’s performance in 2015-2016. The meeting will be chaired by Ms Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. British Sign Language Interpreters will be available during the meeting. Questions in advance of the meeting are welcomed. Please email your questions to

During the main Annual Review meeting there will be a 30 minute public Question and Answer session, at which members of the public will have the opportunity to ask about health services in Lothian. It will not be possible to answer questions about an individual patient’s care or treatment at this session.

Community payback orders – your views are wanted

Edinburgh Council’s Criminal Justice Service (CJS) is consulting residents, community groups and organisations about Community Payback Orders (CPOs). These are given out by Courts so offenders can pay for their crimes as an alternative to prison sentences.

You can send in your views by completing CJS’s consultation form. If you provide contact details, CJS can let you know when the Council’s 2015-2016 CPO Report is available. If you would like further information, please contact , or telephone 0131 469 3408. Continue reading