Night shelter details

There is a free night shelter offering food and sleeping facilities to people who are homeless.

Evening meals will be provided by local churches from 9.30-10.30pm. Breakfast is available at 6.30am and people using the service must leave by 7am.

The shelter is at Diadem, 539 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3AR

Transport is provided to the shelter in the evenings from the first bus stop going out of town on the Western Approach Road at the Lothian Road end at

  • 9pm
  • 9.30pm
  • 11pm (please note: no food will be available at this time)

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Beer-garden in Leith: Wetherspoon’s open-day

(adapted from an article in the Edinburgh Evening News)

As the site in question is outside LCCC’s area, it is unlikely that LCCC will comment if and when the proposal described below proceeds to a formal planning stage. LCCC also notes how a similar application for the same site was handled in 2018.

J D Wetherspoon is hoping to transform a redundant piece of land on Duke Street into an outdoor drinking space for the Foot of the Walk, which runs behind the frontage of the site.

What: A drop-in event where the project team will be on hand to provide more information about the proposals and answer any questions.

Where: Foot Of The Walk pub

When: Thursday 16 January, 3pm until 8pm

For more detail, check out the Evening News article – or go to the drop-in session!

National Planning Framework 4 – early engagement

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Please note that the early engagement period for the development of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is now underway. https://blogs.gov.scot/planning-architecture/2020/01/09/national-planning-framework-4-npf4-early-engagement-now-underway/.

NPF4 will be a long term plan for Scotland setting out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth. Forming part of the development plan, it will be key in day-to-day decisions at all levels of planning in Scotland.

The early engagement programme provides people an opportunity to set out their aspirations for a future Scotland, and sets out how the planning system can help deliver those aspirations. To make sure you and your community can keep up-to-date and stay involved, it will be using a new website www.transformingplanning.scot as a hub for essential information and opportunities. Over the next few weeks the Government will publish dates and booking details for the Scotplan 2050 Roadshow; details of a community grant scheme; more information about national developments; and background information notes on Scottish Planning Policy topics.

The Government’s Programme for Engagement explains and highlights the package of engagement opportunities over the coming months to help gather ideas to inform the draft NPF4 that will be published for consultation in September 2020.

The Scottish Government has also opened a Call for Ideas – the Government wants to hear about your priorities for NPF4.  It is inviting any comments within the scope of the NPF by 31 March. You can find more information at www.transformingplanning.scot.

It will be regularly adding to this new web resource with further materials over the next few weeks and will tweet whenever it adds significant new material – @ScotGovPlanning #scotplan. If you have any other questions, the Government can be contacted at scotplan@gov.scot.

The Scottish Civic Trust ‘My place’ awards 2020: nominations and submissions open

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Civic Trust)

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of design and community involvement/impact.

Winners of the My Place Awards are honoured at a reception at Glasgow’s The Lighthouse and have a short film commissioned about their project. Winners and finalists are also featured in an exhibition at The Lighthouse. The My Place Awards are a great opportunity to showcase a project’s success to the community, stakeholders and funders by receiving much-deserved exposure and media attention. The short film about Bellsbank, the 2019 My Place Award winner, reached over 16,600 people on Facebook and the My Place exhibition at The Lighthouse hosted over 12,300 visitors and built environment stakeholders!

Community councils may have suitable projects themselves, or know of others in their area – please circulate this email.

HOW TO ENTER: This year we’ve revamped the nomination process to make it even simpler to apply. Local people can nominate any project they think is special by tagging us on social media @scotcivictrust or by answering a few questions here. Or you can give us a call at 0141 221 1466 for a brief chat. The SCT team will then follow up with the nominated projects. Community groups can also directly apply through our My Place website.

MORE INFORMATION: myplacescotland.org.uk.

ANY QUESTIONS: Erin.Burke@scottishcivictrust.org.uk

See further information are guidelines leaflet here.

Environment projects drop-in

(adapted from an email from Leith Neighbourhood Network)

What: drop-in event to ask local people for their suggestions on projects which could be taken forward to help improve the local environment

Where: Leith Community Centre

When: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 3pm – 6pm

If you can’t attend: download the form, add your idea, and take it to the library or community centre.

In addition to the drop-in event, Officers from the Leith housing team are looking to deliver additional local walkabouts with tenants to identify potential projects, which will be promoted alongside the drop-in event. Once we’ve spoken to local people, we hope to have a refreshed list of potential projects for funding which we can revisit at the next Leith NN meeting (end of Feb time). We would also appreciate your support for the event by telling other people about it, or by coming along and talking to us about any ideas that you might have for an environmental improvement project. Officers from the Locality service teams (Housing, Transport & Environment and Lifelong Learning) are looking forward to the event and discussing any ideas you or other local residents may have.

Leith Walk & Halmyre Street site: consultation

During January, the Council will be hosting a number of consultation events to allow the public to express their aspirations and ideas about the area between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street and its redevelopment potential, resulting in a Place Brief. This Brief will set out a series of high level principles for the design of future development proposals. These principles will be based on community priorities and Council requirements for this part of the city, including:

  • Scale and density of any development
  • Housing – mixed tenure housing
  • Commercial spaces – the provision of commercial and office spaces
  • Routes – new pedestrian and cycle routes
  • Green Space – opportunities to create new green spaces in the area
  • Other Uses – what and where other new uses would be appropriate

Leith Central Community Council, who called for such a brief in March last year, will debate this issue and submit views in due course.

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