Earth Day events in Leith

(Adapted from a a Facebook post by Zero Waste Leith)

Let’s give Leith a spring clean to celebrate Earth Day 2019. Last year almost 400 people took part in 11 litterpicks around Leith and collected more than
half a tonne of litter from our streets. Can we break this record in 2019?

Come along to an event:

Date Events
Mon 22 April
  • Pilrig Park – Earth Week Litter Pick
  • Plogging with Boda -Earth Week Spring Clean
Fri 26 April
  • Yardheads – Earth Week Spring Clean
Sat 27 April
  • Water of Leith – Earth Week Spring Clean
  • Abbeyhill – Earth Week Spring Clean
Sun 28 April
  • Leith Links – Earth Week Litter Pick

Please contact to let them know you’re going, so they can provide enough kit.

And join us for afternoon tea following the spring clean:
Mon 22 April – Earth Day Afterparty
Sat 27 April – Earth Week Afterparty

Also organised (for specific groups):
Mon 22 April – LS Productions, Constitution St
Wed 24 April – Leith Academy litter pick

Or get in touch with Zero Waste Leith and we’ll help you organise a Earth Week litter pick on your street or in the nearby area – we can provide the
equipment! Email:

LCCC April 2019 meeting agenda

Monday, 15 April 2019 at 7pm
McDonald Road Library, Nelson Hall

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
      1. to note: declarations of interest in any items on the agenda
      2. to agree: order of business
      3. to agree: co-option of new Community Council member Ian Mowat
  2. Approval of Minutes of 18 March 2019 meeting
  3. Matters Arising from previous minutes (and not on agenda below)
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Planning
    1. City Plan 2030
      1. to note: LCCC’s submission Local Development Plan Process: City Plan 2030 impact on LCCC area – “expanded statement of our thinking”
      2. to agree:to progress this through a local plan charette in August/September facilitated Duncan Bremner, Citizen Curator (proposal)
    2. to note: status of current planning applications (to 13-04-19)
    3. 19/00415/PAN (rear of 139 Leith Walk)
      1. to note: PAC events on 22 and 23 April at McDonald Road Library have been postponed for 3-4 weeks (Ross Manson 10-04-19) and that the formal submission of a detailed planning application is programmed for Autumn this year. (Ross Manson 22-03-19)
      2. to agree: pre-application consultation with LCCC in June in the preferred format (charrette) and date (as part of 17 June CC meeting)
    4. to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
  6. Parks & Green Spaces
    1. to note: Friends of Pilrig Park report
    2. to note: update on Water of Leith walkway
    3. to note: update on Powderhall Green Corridor
  7. Transport & Clean Streets
    1. Tram Extension to Newhaven
      1. to note: CEC decision to go ahead with tram extension and key dates
      2. to agree: during the Early Contractor Involvement period (to October 2019) to continue to pursue LCCC interests through the coalition of CCs (CCTT)
    2. to note: CEC’s agreement to close Leith Street for 20 days in May as reported in Broughton Spurtle
    3. to note: any other Transport & Clean Street matters relevant to LCCC area
  8. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
    1. to agree: to nominate a new Treasurer (to be appointed formally at the AGM) to allow handover preparations to get underway
    2. to note: Comms Group Report
    3. to note:Treasurer’s Report
    4. Licensing Report
      1. to note: Consultation on Draft Revised Guidance for Licensing Boards (closes 11-06-19)
    5. to note: reports from other Office Bearers
      1. organisation of Leith Gala 8 June
    6. to note: forthcoming CC elections (in October)
Event Day
Notice of Election (start of nomination period) -52
Close of Nominations (forms to Returning Officer) -31 4pm
Withdrawal of Nominations -31 4pm
Candidates’ personal statements -21
Notice of Poll (if required) -21
Polling Day 0
    1. to agree: practicalities of promoting CC elections through Comms Group (posters, leaflets) and potential collaborative promotion with neighbouring community councils
    2. to agree: AGM (20 May 2019) – speaker (TBC), agenda, practicalities
    3. to note: review of membership of LCCC committees and working groups
(1) Communication Group: Jack Caldwell, Sheila Kennedy, Bruce Ryan
(2) Licensing: Sheila Kennedy
(3) Parking working group: Charlotte Encombe, Sheila Kennedy, Julian Siann
(4) Parks & Green Spaces Committee: Charlotte Encombe, Nick Gardner
(5) Planning Committee: Clara Boeker, Nick Gardner, Lorraine Moore, Damien Sefton, Julian Siann, Harald Tobermann
(6) Transport and clean streets Committee: Harald Tobermann, Sheila Kennedy, Clara Boeker
(7) Clean streets subcommittee: Sheila Kennedy, John Wilkinson
    1. to note: draft protocol for LCCC agendas for adoption at AGM
  1. Bulletin
    1. Waverley Station Masterplan consultation to 26 April 2019 (Network Rail)
    2. Place-Age: Leith Neighbourhood Exhibition 22-26 April 2019
  2. Open Forum
  3. AOCB
  4. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations
    1. Dates 2019: 20 May (AGM), 17 June
    2. to note: potential future presentations
    3. Briefing by Euan Leitch, BEFS on upcoming Tenement Maintenance legislation and related matters – date TBC

Petition to re-open Leith Walk shops

Petition to re-open the Leith Walk shops

Last month, Leith Central Community Council worked alongside numerous organisations and neighbouring community councils to oppose the development on the site of 106-154 Leith Walk (also known as Stead’s Place).

The City of Edinburgh Council subsequently rejected Drum Property Group’s application. One of the items that was raised included the closure of the shops on Leith Walk.

The Save Leith Walk campaign has set up a petition to re-open the shops, which can be signed at 38Degrees.

Community Asset Transfer event

Between 2-4pm on the 24th March at the Leith Community Education Centre, Leith Creative will be hosting Matt Baker from the Stove.

For those who don’t know the Stove, they are an artist collective and community network who, amongst other things, are looking to buy back some of the local high street in the town for community use.

Matt has a wealth experience within the asset transfer process and can give an overview of the many forms of support that are available to communities, alongside sharing some personal insights as to how that happens on the ground.

Taking inspiration from some of the town hall debates happening nationally we are seeking to develop a new forum to address some of the pressing issues affect the area and are open to suggestions and recommendations for guests.

The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be be available but feel free to bring a dish for pot luck snacks.

More info available on the Facebook event at

Parking on pavements, cycle-paths etc

The following information was provided by Sergeant Weaver to Leith Central CC.

Parking on Pavements

Whilst it is currently not an offence to be parked on the pavement in Scotland, per se, legislation does exist to allow officers to deal with these type of incidents.

In most cases the offence of causing an obstruction will be most pertinent. There is no exact definition of obstruction, but a rule of thumb would be whether or not a pram or wheelchair could still navigate past, without having to going onto the roadway.

In most instances it will be necessary to examine the individual circumstances and determine what, if any, offences have been committed. Continue reading