Help celebrate Leith: 100 years as part of Edinburgh

Favourite memories of Edinburgh at Christmas will be celebrated in a moving Christmas card – to be shared online and at locations around the capital.

Cinescapes – a Leith-based project which specialises in hyper local pop up cinema events – is appealing for members of the public to share their favourite festive photographs.

These will be crafted into a multimedia installation which will be projected at secret locations around the city.

Members of the public who would like to share their favourite Christmas photographs or cinefilm clips should email:

Additionally, there is an online exhibition celebrating the people of Leith.

Launched on the centenary of Leith becoming part of Edinburgh, on November 5, 1920, it takes its title from a protest banner which read: “Leith For Ever. We protest against Amalgamation.”

Co producer Barbara Kerr said: “It’s very much a community project. We want people to make suggestions of people, places, stories and facts that make Leith what it is.

“Leith For Ever wil celebrate what makes Leith special. We want people to comment, make suggestions and share online – and if any other groups would like to participate we would love to hear from them.”

The exhibition can be found on

The exhibition is the brainchild of a group of Leith-based organisations, including Leith Civic Trust, Yardheads productions, Leith Festival and Cinetopia. The idea of presenting One Hundred Days of Leith was originally suggested by Leith-based Citizen Curator Duncan Bremner.

Duncan Bremner, Executive Director of Citizen Curator said: “I guess Leith has always had a different feeling from Edinburgh. In many ways Edinburgh history is the great and good – the Castle, the crown, the law – but Leith has always been a working community so the history of Leith is more about the social history, of everyday folk.

“The idea was partly inspired by the BBC series ‘A History of the World in 100 objects’. What would Leith be in 100 things – particularly when you think not just of objects but of people and places and stories.

“Leith is not just about its history, it is also about its community and it has a fantastic mix of assets.

“It is a really broad mix and hopefully a project like this will allow people to talk about the things they love about Leith.”

Leith Chooses 2021 is happening

The event will be fully online in January 2021

Our friends and colleagues at the Partipatory Budgeting event £eith Chooses are taking applications until Friday 11th December with the theme for this year’s event being;

  • Challenging food poverty in Leith
  • Reducing isolation / ensuring connectedness

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making in which local people decide how to spend a public budget.

In the case of £eith Chooses, money from the City of Edinburgh Council’s Community Grants Fund has been made available for projects within the three Leith Community Council Wards: Leith Links Community Council, Leith Central Community Council and Leith Harbour and Newhaven. Good causes / community groups delivering projects in this area are encouraged to apply for funding from this money – an overall total of £46,102, with a limit of £5K per project.

Visit for more information and to download an application form.

#ShopHereThisYear from Leith to Abbeyhill

Our area is full of amazing indepdendent shops – we bet you can get anything and everything within the same one-square mile. have started a new camapign #ShopHereThisYearcheck out their website for more info.

If you’re shopping locally, don’t forget to support them by sharing them online with the hashtag #ShopHereThisYear!

Leith Walk

(see the shops on Google Maps)

Specialty shops include Videogames, Music Gear, Pets, Bicycles, Sweets, Books, CDs, Vintage Clothing, Antiques and Beauty… Leith Walk businesses are open as usual through the tramworks.

Easter Road

(see the shops on Google Maps)

This mile-long street includes specialty shops for Pets, Gifts, Tech and Off-Licences.

Elm Row

(see the shops on Google Maps)

This stretch hosts specialty shops including Vinyls, Books, Hobbies, Florists, Deli food, and Gifts.

Abbeyhill’s London Road

(see the shops on Google Maps)

Florists, Knitting, Bikes & Picture Framers are just some of the shops found around Abbeymount.

Bonnington Toll

(see the shops on Google Maps)

Bonnington hosts DIY and furniture specialty shops inlcuding for paint, beds, tools and bathrooms.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 October 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Supporting working carers in your workplace

VOCAL is marking Carers Rights Day, next Thursday 26th November 2020, with a special event/workshop aimed at supporting employers and line managers to set up internal carer support networks in their own organisations.

Since the Coronavirus there has been a steady increase in the number of people caring for someone else, with many now struggling to balance this unpaid caring role with their employment responsibilities. This free workshop is suitable for managers and supervisors in any workplace including public sector services.

Standard Life and Carers Scotland, in partnership with VOCAL, will deliver this free online workshop, sharing experiences and best practice of supporting carers at work, and linking you to other services and external support.

To find out more and book your place on this free workshop, please go to our Eventbrite Supporting Working Carers page.

For more information please contact Hayley Burton at VOCAL on

LCCC’s web-weaver apologies for the delay in posting this.

Leith Central Community Council October 2020 Annual Report

NB. This report covers the period from June 2019 – May 2020. This was approved at the November 2020 AGM.

It has been quite an eventful year for Leith Central Community Council and one of adapt or die. We have had to make a stand to Edinburgh Council to keep our usual meeting place, the Nelson Hall at McDonald Road Library, open at a time that was suitable for the elected members of the Community Council; at one point we were forced to hold meetings in the café of the Kirkgate community centre; and lately we became early – if reluctant – adopters of virtual meeting technology when the Covid19 lockdown Started, unfortunately only able to communicate amongst elected Community Council Members.

Following Community Council elections in October 2019, our membership stands at 13 members and one nominated group. Recently we refined how our 5 sub-committees operate, with clear, available on-line remits: Communications and Co-operation, Licensing, Parks, Planning and Transport & Clean Streets. There is also a working group on Parking and anotherinter-community council working group, Community Councils together on Trams (CCTT). Each of these provide updates during the monthly meetings.


As one of the most centrally located and most densely populated areas in Edinburgh there are always plenty of developers wishing to build in our area. The year under review was no exception.

LCCC’s Planning Committee participated in, commented on and engaged with significant planning applications in our area, concerning hundreds of new homes, student accommodation, hotels, houses of multiple occupation, a restaurant and a building-sized illuminated advertising board.

For one application the three Leith Community Councils (Leith Central, Leith Links and Leith Harbour & Newhaven) worked together and alongside the grassroots Save Leith Walk campaign and managed to persuade Edinburgh Council to reject a planning application that would have involved the demolition of a much-loved sandstone building designed by Horace Gildard White between Stead’s Place and Jane street. Currently the same developer has come back with a new pre-application notice (PAN) for the same site, proposing an online-only consultation. LCCC unanimously agreed not to participate in such a restricted process, which inherently lacks transparency and open challenge and is therefore likely to undermine public support for planning procedures and indeed democracy itself. After extended negotiations, it has been agreed to consult also through the well-understood established methods of a presentation and Q&A to a public LCCC meeting, and – hopefully – a public staffed exhibition.

Trams to Newhaven Project

Since Summer 2018, CCTT have had regular monthly meetings with the Tram Project Team. The purpose of these meetings is to keep abreast of how the tram works will affect our area: both final design details as well as – during construction – timings, road closures, bus diversions, effect on local businesses. communications, bin collections. By providing a sounding board for the Tram Team, a number of potential issues have been resolved/ameliorated.

That said, a large construction project such as this can potentially be the cause of a significant headache for our community, especially in combination with other roadworks in the vicinity.

Out meeting venue – the Nelson Hall – Zoom

For the past 10 years or so we have held our meetings at the Nelson Hall at McDonald Road Library between 7-9pm. It was therefore disappointing to receive notice from Edinburgh Council that unless we were to finish at 8pm we should find another venue. Currently all our meetings have been via one of the members’ Zoom account.

Neighbourhood Networks

At the beginning of 2019 Edinburgh Council rolled out Neighbourhood Networks. As far as LCCC understands they are not unlike the previous Neighbourhood Partnerships. According to their own information they have a key role in community planning processes, and through their new remit and membership, provide a way of increasing community influence and involvement across the city. Some of our members attended a number of meetings, but LCCC had to come to the conclusion that, having no clear remit, authority or funds available, better opportunities for shaping our community probably lay elsewhere.

Green Spaces

LCCC members are well aware that in our area there is less greenspace available for residents than in any other ward in Edinburgh. Luckily most of our parks are in a reasonable state, partly thanks to the various Friends’ groups that have been co-opted onto LCCC (Pilrig Park and Dalmeny Park).

There is another park in our area that should get a mention as it currently doesn’t have a formal name although it plays a vital role in recreation and active travel. Known to locals as Coalie Park, area GRE 193 covers over 3 hectares along the Water of Leith and is in dire need of comprehensive refurbishment. Members of LCCC have periodically raised this issue and will continue to lobby for improvements.

Another important active travel transport link, the Water of Leith walkway, finally re-opened the bit between Bonnington Road and Anderson Place, following 18 months of lobbying CEC and pressing Miller Homes, who, while developing land immediately south of the walkway, had closed the footpath claiming is was unsafe.

Another potential new active travel route on the LCCC radar is the Powderhall Railway Path.

Funding has now been secured for a feasibility study to look into developing the disused railway

into an active east/west travel corridor.


Having taken the decision to introduce parking restrictions all over North Edinburgh to be operational when the tram starts running, Edinburgh Council carried out extensive consultations. LCCC was able to assist some small business owners and make sure their voices were heard after Edinburgh Council omitted to post out notices to them.

The resulting Traffic Regulation Order for a Controlled Parking Zone covering most of our area was due to be advertised later this year, but due to Covid 19 this time scale is now uncertain.

Profile and Presence on Social Media

We have a noticeboard on Leith Walk next to McDonald Road Library and thanks to our active Communications Group our website has 1600 subscribers and our Twitter feed 1,187 followers.

We have added an Engagement Officer to our existing roster of Chair, Vicechair, Secretary and Treasurer to expand LCCC’s visibility and impact.

I would like to thank all members for their active support of LCCC and in particular those who have represented LCCC on other bodies and contributed to working groups and sub committees, which require an additional and nat insignificant input of time and effort. A particular thanks goes to Julian Siann who, after many years, retired as our Planning Convenor.

Charlotte Encombe – Chair

Do you know someone who would benefit from a Christmas meal?

MealMakers (run by Food Train – Scottish Charity Number 24843) are looking for referrals of people who could do with a hot meal to help tackle lonlieness and social isolation this Christmas.

They are operating in both the EH6 and EH7 postcodes this year.

If you wish to refer someone in Leith, Abbeyhill, Bonnington, Canonmills or Restalrig who would benefit, please fill in this form on their website.

Register for our virtual AGM next Monday

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 16th November at 7pm on Zoom. It is open to all residents in the local area. It is an opportunity to hear about the LCCC activities over the last year, and to look forward to 2020/2021.

More details and registration on

The meeting will include;

  • Annual Report: brief review of year
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Demit of current office bearers and election of new office bearers

AGM Agenda

  1. Welcome and recording of LCCC membership present and apologies received
  2. to agree: Minutes of the previous annual general meeting of LCCC
  3. to note: the Annual Report
  4. to agree: Treasurer’s submission of Balance Sheet and Annual Accounts duly independently examined and certified correct (p4ff of Annual Report)
  5. This item will be chaired by Bruce Ryan:
    Demit of current office bearers and election of office bearers
  6. This and subsequent items will be chaired by the newly elected LCCC chair:
    Confirmation of LCCC committees and working groups, their convenors and members 
  7. to agree: Dates, times and venue of future ordinary meetings
  8. to note: Date of next annual general meeting: 17 May 2021.

Meeting papers (from October 2014 onwards) are on LCCC’s website on the meetings page:

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 01 October 2020

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 5:30pm Continue reading