Category Archives: News and Events

Update on Lorne Street works

From Trams to Newhaven (received mid-day on 12 August):

The installation of the attenuation pipes have been completed up to the junction of Leith Walk however we will be unable to reinstate and re-open the road until the evening of Wednesday 25 August 2021.  

This is due to a mechanical fault with the machine that completes the reinstatement works. We had hoped to have the road re-opened for the start of the new term on 18 August 2021. We have made contact with the school to advise them of this and we will highlight this in the fortnightly newsletter that goes out tomorrow.

In summary, the road will remain closed until the evening of Wednesday 25 August 2021 and there will be no works on site from w/c 16 August 2021 with reinstatement works commencing on Monday 23 August for approximately three days.  Reinstatement works will be between the hours of 09:00 to 15:00 each day to minimise site vehicle movement during school peak hours.  

Edinburgh’s new Low Emission Zone: Public Consultation now open

Transport Scotland have a consultation running on Edinburgh Council’s proposed Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The current proposed boundaries begin at Leith Street / Picardy Place / Greenside and extends south to The Meadows. Although none of Leith Central Community Council’s area are directly in the zone, there will likely be an impact.

Flyer from ‘Low Emission Zones Scotland’ – Edinburgh’s proposed LEZ would begin in June 2024.

Leith Central Community Council are currently listening to residents in the area and may respond accordingly before the close date in Septmeber 2021.

The proposed plans for Edinburgh could see the city introduce an LEZ in spring 2022, with enforcement expected to begin in June 2024.

As you may be aware, Edinburgh is one of four cities in Scotland where LEZ plans are being progressed. They include Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow.

Aimed at improving air quality and protecting public health, Scotland’s LEZ plans set emission standards on certain road spaces and restrict access for the most polluting vehicles. They also support the country’s wider climate change ambitions by encouraging people to think about active travel and using more sustainable transport options.

While Scotland’s air quality is generally good, road transport is a key contributor to the number of polluted hotspots that remain which is why progressing the country’s LEZs continues to be a top priority to help reduce the major impact that air pollution has on people’s health.

Further details about Edinburgh’s LEZ plans and how people can comment are available via the Edinburgh City Council links below:

Edinburgh LEZ plans – Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone – Edinburgh City Council.

Public consultation – Edinburgh Low Emission Zone Consultation.

Community Covid-19 testing this week at McDonald Road Library

McDonald Road Library will host another community testing hub for people without Covid19 symptoms from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st August (exlucding Sundays) from 9am – 6pm.

Leith Central Community Council recieved the following email from The City of Edinburgh Council with the full list of Community Testing Hubs:

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

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Gilmerton Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed 8 August)
  • Fountainbridge Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 August (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from Friday 16 July to Sunday 15 August,10am to 5pm
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)
  • Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August and Saturday 14 August from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 15 August 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF from Monday 9 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at

Communal bin hubs coming in November

The below was an email sent from the City of Edinburgh Council regarding the new bin hubs (a new approach to shared waste and recycling bins) and controlled parking.

Plans for Bonnington have been published on the Council website (, with Leith Walk and Pirlig coming at a later date.

What’s happening?

For on street locations, we are working in conjunction with parking to minimise the disruption to each street, by timing our changes alongside traffic regulation changes.

Leith, North Leith, Leith Walk, Pilrig and Abbeyhill areas will be subject to a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process which is taking place in summer 2021 as part of the Strategic Review of Parking. Residents will be able to provide feedback on the plans, including the on-street bin locations, through the TRO process, when available.

For other areas in Phase 1, which will not be subject to a TRO, which includes Bonnington, West Leith, Easter Road, Willowbrae North, Craigentinny and north of Restalrig, we will advise residents that the bin hubs are coming in advance, to allow them to feedback on the locations.

To do this, we will display posters on lampposts in the affected areas and advise local community councils and other stakeholders. Residents will be able to view the plans online from week commencing 26 July and provide feedback by 22 August 2021. The bin hub webpages will explain how to do this.

The feedback received from residents from both the TRO process and the engagement process by September will allow enough time to confirm the final locations and make any changes if required and start the roll out of the new bin hubs starting in November 2021.

Feedback will be considered where this can be delivered in conjunction with the fulfilment of the parameters and criteria as set out in the committee report.

When works are about to start on a street, we will send a postcard to let residents know.

We will then write to all residents to explain what is happening and to encourage them to recycle. A guide with information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle will be included in the letter.

Police Scotland consultation “How can we provide the best support to people affected by crime?”

Police Scotland is working with partners at Victim Support Scotland on a project to ensure that people affected by crime receive the best and most appropriate aftercare which meets their needs, particularly around the point a Police Officer provides information to an individual about a support service. 

The project is keen to hear the public’s views particularly those of survivors, and witnesses of crime and a survey has been launched which will be bolstered by one to one interviews with people who would like to take part – you can indicate this at the end of the survey.

Responses will support the development of valuable insights to improve the experiences of people in times of distress.

Please help Police Scotland by sharing the survey link below so that as many people as possible in Scotland’s diverse communities have the opportunity to take part and have their say. The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and is open until the end of August.

Basic details are requested but this is completely optional, and no one needs to enter any personal details to take part; all responses are anonymous. Access the survey at the link:

Accessible formats of the survey are available: an easy-read and British Sign Language of the survey are available via the above link.