Author Archives: Jack Caldwell

Come along to our BIN HUB discussion this Monday

This month’s regular meeting takes place with a special feature on the new bin hubs being rolled out. We’ve previously written about them. Come along and learn more about the rollout. All welcome! The full agenda is listed below;

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Hillside Bowling Club, 138 Montgomery Street.

Agenda for the LCCC Meeting 25 April 2022

1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
2. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting
3. Matters Arising
4. Policing Matters
5. Presentation and Q&A: communal bin hub roll-out in LCCC area – update on progress and issues encountered
6. Transport & Clean Streets
7. Planning
8. Parks & Green Spaces
9. Licensing
10. LCCC Governance
11. Open Forum
12. Bulletin
13. AOCB
14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations

Leith Arches will be in conservation area… with a big exclusion

Back in November 2021, Edinburgh Council consulted on extending the Leith Conservation Area to the red-stone arches on Mandserston Street. We shared the consultation and supported the proposal.

The propsal was accepted by Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. However it does not include the building that currently houses the Bingo Hall, which was present on the consultation’s plans.

Please see below our joint letter, co-signed with our neighbours Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council and Leith Links Community Council both expressing our concerns with the process and our request that the Council to void the approval of the extension of the Leith Conservation Area and reinstate the Bingo Hall in the proposed Leith Conservation Area.

£500 grant for Edinburgh carers

Leith Walk-based charity VOCAL have requested we share the below information on their new Carer Recovery Fund;


VOCAL, Voice of Carers Across Lothian, is a local charity with access to substantial funds from the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council to help support carers in greatest need – people who support for a partner, child, relative or friend who is frail, has a disability or additional support needs, a long-term condition or needs regular support.

Carers may be unable to work due to their caring role, be in receipt of welfare benefits,
may struggle with food or fuel payments, may need a break from caring or experience
other difficult challenges.

To help ease the challenges faced by carers, VOCAL can allocate financial support of up to £500 to individual carers in (greatest) need. We already reach over 10,000 carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian each year, but we know that over 60,000 people in Edinburgh
have caring responsibilities.

Learn more and apply on VOCAL.org.uk.


In addition to VOCAL themselves, the City of Edinburgh Council have a guide on carers’ rights, best practice and support.

Find out more about the Low Emission Zones coming to Scotland this year

Edinburgh will join Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow this year in introducing Low Emission Zones.

We’ve previously written about the Low Emission Zone coming to the city centre, but here’s an explainer from Low Emission Zones Scotland on what they are aiming to achieve and how to prepare;


LEZs help to improve air quality, protect public health and encourage people to use more public transport and cleaner vehicles.

LEZs will be enforced from mid-2023 in Glasgow and from mid-2024 in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. They will stop the most polluting vehicles from entering the zone. Any vehicles entering a zone must meet minimum emission standards or will face a fine, certain exemptions will apply.


Find out more at lowemissionzones.scot/are-you-ready.

City centre Low Emission Zone plans

On January 27th, the City of Edinburgh decided to proceed with a ‘Low Emission Zone’ primarily featuring in the centre of the city.

Map of the proposed Low Emission Zone
(c) The City of Edinburgh Council

Although this may not directly impact the Leith Central area, it will have an impact on everyone in Edinburgh who visits the Old Town, New Town, Southside or West End or uses those areas to cross the city.

In line with the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 and the Low Emission Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2021, Edinburgh Council is required to prepare a statement which sets out the details of the consultation undertaken in accordance with section 11 of the Act and set out details of how the Council has taken account of any representations received in the course of the consultation:

Edinburgh Council is now commencing the statutory period during which the proposals for the Scheme are published and during which objections to the Scheme may be made.

The statutory period for objecting to the LEZ Scheme commences on 1 February 2022 and will run until 1 March 2022. Objections must be made in writing, stating the grounds of objection and must be submitted:

  • By email to low.emission.zone@edinburgh.gov.uk; or
  • By post to: Low Emission Zone, the City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG