Author Archives: Jack Caldwell

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.

New parking plans for Leith Walk, Pilrig & Abbeyhill announced

Edinburgh Council have announced the final layouts for the new Controlled Parking Zones across Leith Walk (including the area surrounding Lorne Street), Pilrig and Abbeyhill (including the area just east of Easter Road).

The Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has just been released, and residents can feedback on the plans and maps until December 5th (this was originally pupblished as November 12th but the consultation has been extended);

Here are some examples of the maps that are hosted above:

Proposed plans around Pilrig Street and Leith Walk, with the purple areas highlighting new permit-holder places.
Proposed plans around Lorne Street and Halmyre Street, with orange lines highlighting ‘no waiting’ zones.
Proposed plans around Easter Road, Hillside and Abbeyhill Colonies with yellow lines indicating ‘no waiting with restricted hours’.

Covid19 facilities in the area

Community Covid Testing Continues at McDonald Road Library

McDonald Road Library will host another community testing hub for people without Covid19 symptoms from Monday 11 October to Saturday 30 October (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm. This is to aid research into the effects of Covid19.

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways the Government can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so the Scottish Government are urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated. More info can be found on

Actual library services will be unaffected by this.

Getting a Covid-19 test (for people with symptoms)

For regular Covid testing in the area, Leith Library on Ferry Road are one of the many locations in Edinburgh that will perform a PCR test upon booking through Gov.UK/get-coronavirus-test. The library itself remains closed while the test centre is open.


As for vaccinations, the Leith Comunity Treatment Centre on Junction Place will remain open Monday – Friday, 08:30-12:00 / 13:00-18:00 with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines for ages 12+. Please visit NHSLothian.Scot for up-to-date information and a full list of locations.

Please note the information on this page has been sourced directly from various public health bodies. Please visit the linked websites for the most up-to-date information as it may be subject to change.