Author Archives: Jack Caldwell

Bin & recycling hubs rolling out in Bonnington from today

An example of the bin hub locations around Godford Place.
(c) The City of Edinburgh Council

After the initial announcement and resident consultation back in August, Edinburgh Council are rolling out new ‘bin hubs’ across the Bonnington area.

Streets such as Newhaven Road, Pitt Street and Redbraes Place will now see communal bins (typically black bins on wheels and for use by tenement residents) unified into ‘hubs’ at kerbside.

You can view the Council’s map at to see where your bin will be located.

There may be disruption to resident parking while these new hubs are installed.

The bin hubs will feature metal railings to keep the bins in place and and include a static ‘food recycling’ bin alongside the green-lidded recycling and black-lidded waste bin. You can see examples of them in Albert Street and across Hillside.

Leith Chooses funding applications still open

The locally-run grant scheme closes on Tuesday 30th November so Leith-based organisations are urged to apply soon.

Any constituted community group or organisation that works within the Leith Central, Leith Harbour & Newhaven or Leith Links Community Council areas can apply for up to £5,000 funding. That includes the areas of Pilrig Bonnington and Hillside as well as Leith itself.

The theme this year is ‘Reconnecting in Leith: Nourishment, Creativity, Sustainability’.

Anyone over 8 years old within the area can then vote online between 24th – 31st January 2022 on which projects should recieve funding.

See the full guidance and updates on

Leith Chooses is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and organised by the Community Councils of Leith alongside the City of Edinburgh Council.

Which sporting hero should be on the Meadowbank Wall of Honour?

Nominations are open for the Wall of Honour at the new Meadowbank stadium.

The City of Edinburgh Council write: ‘Edinburgh’s new Meadowbank will be one of the country’s top community sports centres when it opens and will feature some of the most state-of-the-art fitness facilities in the United Kingdom.’ 

‘A space within the atrium in the new building has been reserved to honour members of the public who have made significant contributions to Meadowbank’s past and legacy as a sports venue and community facility.’

Edinburgh locals can nominate individuals under the catergories of ‘Competitive Achievements’, ‘Community Service’, ‘Professional Service’ and ‘Special Contribution’.

Nominations close 26th November.

Should the railway arches be part of the Leith Conservation Area?

The railway line that used to run across Leith Walk near Jane Street and Manderston Street could soon become part of the Leith Conservation Area, according to the Council.

The current Conservation Area protects buildings on Leith Walk, but doesn’t stretch east until Duke Street.

The new plans would include the disused railway line heading towards Pilrig Park as well as the arches on Manderston Street and the Old Capitol Cinema.

Leith Central Community Council previously called for this in the Manderston/Halmyre masterplan review.

They are asking for feedback on the Consultation Hub. The consultation is open until December 19th.

Scotland’s census will take place in 2022

After the delay, Scotland’s next census will be held in March 2022. This census will be a digital first census and the Scottish Government want to encourage as many households in Scotland as possible to complete it online. They are inviting people to one or more of the online events listed below, to give information on how the census will be delivered.

Wednesday, 27 October 202114:00 – 14:30Parents of young childrenClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 3 November 202111:00 – 11:30Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME)Click here to register for event
Wednesday, 10 November 202114:00 – 14:30VeteransClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 17 November 202111:00 – 11:30Older peopleClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 24 November 202111:00 – 11:30Digitally excluded/High deprivationClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 8 December 202111:00 – 11:30People with disabilitiesClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 12 January 202211:00 – 11:30LGBTIClick here to register for event
Wednesday, 19 January 202211:00 – 11:30Young people not living at homeClick here to register for event

As noted in recent Community Council meetings, the census, which counts the population of our area, informs local decisions such as new developments, schools and transport facilities. Our last census was in 2011.

The Leith Central area covers some of the highest-density housing in the UK, so we look forward to updated figures coming through.