Author Archives: Jack Caldwell

Bin changes: how’s it working?

As you may be aware, Edinburgh Council have been installing ‘Bin Hubs’ (aka those new metal barriers surrounding communal bins) across Leith, Pilrig, Bonnington, Easter Road and Abbeyhill. Sections of Hillside will also be installed this Summer.

Leith Central Community Council understands from correspondance that the new bin hubs will be emptied “every other day”, however this may take a while to get into the flow.

For up to 50 / 55 properties we are planning where possible to use the following bins per hub:
– 2 x 1280 or 1100 litre non-recyclable bin
– 2 x 1280 or 1100 litre mixed recycling bins
– 1 x 500 or 660 litre glass bin  
-1 x 240 litre bin food waste bin in housing

For new developments which include smaller housing developments those will progress through the normal planning process of ensuring that off-street arrangements is developed. […] I can confirm that all on-street bins including non-recyclable waste, mixed recycling, paper and food waste bins will undergo an assessment for either being fully refurbished or replaced as part of the communal bin review project.

The City of Edinburgh Council

As with any major change in our area, we want to ensure it’s done to the highest standrad. We want to invite residents to send us photos of locations/bins that don’t match the Council’s plans or haven’t yet been refurbished or replaced. You can find the plans of your local area by clicking on the map on this webpage and selecting ‘Drawings’.

You can get in touch either uring the Comments section below, our usual social media channels or emailing a community councillor listed on the ‘About’ page.

Gullies, drains and how to prevent flooding

With last summer’s extreme wet weather, many streets in the Leith Central area such as Newhaven Road experienced flooding. Residents may also remember the severe floods in nearby Canonmills and Stockbridge.

Having clear gullies may help mitigate any water issues in the future, and Edinburgh Council are urging residents to report any blocked gullies so they can clear them.

They’ve also produced a useful guide on how Edinburgh’s drains work and who to report more severe (sewage) issues to:

Report a blocked drain or gullie on

Business support during the tramworks

The Trams to Newhaven project have published the ways they are trying to support local businesses impacted by the Leith Walk tramworks.

We note several schemes are only available to businesses who directly request it from the Trams project, so urge any local businesses to take up the offers.

Full details are on and include various marketing campaigns, Council-funded discounts, cargo-bike hire and the Business Continuity Fund.

The Business Continutity Fund for rents, wages and general operational costs can be found here on the Trams website.

Big changes to Leith Walk tramworks from 2nd Feb

The Trams to Newhaven team have published updated guidance on the second phase of works starting from Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

Please check out their news article for the whole story and how you’ll be impacted.

The following will impact road traffic including cars, buses and bicycles.

Road flipping on the Walk

The current city-bound running lane on Leith Walk will close and traffic will be diverted to the new road surface on the west side from Manderston Street.

Road openings from Leith Walk

  • Pilrig Street – access to and from Pilrig Street will be reintroduced heading south (ie going towards Leith Walk)
  • Steads Place – access to and from Steads Place will be reintroduced heading south (ie going towards Leith Walk)

Road Closures from Leith Walk

  • Dalmeny Street – as part of site set up there will be no access to Dalmeny Street from Leith Walk.
  • Iona Street – as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.
  • Lorne Street – as part of site set up a full closure will be implemented.
  • Manderston Street – as part of site set up there will be no access to Manderston Street from Leith Walk.

Again, please check out the Trams Team’s full update for details and other changes.

Leith Chooses voting is live

Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the Leith area is eligible to vote in until Monday 31st January on 20 projects looking for funding.

This includes the entire ‘Leith Central’ area including Hillside, Bonnington, Easter Road, Pilrig and part of Abbeyhill.

£eith Chooses is an event run by Edinburgh Council and the Community Councils of Leith for people to vote on which local projects get funding from the Council.

You can vote from any smart phone, tablet or computer. People with no access to technology can vote at the Utilita Energy Hub in the NewKirkgate, during office hours.

You can read more about the voting process here.

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