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Friends of Pilrig Park public meeting: Monday 11 April

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

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The Friends of Pilrig Park will be holding a public meeting on Monday, 11th April from 6.00-7.30pm at the McDonald Road Library. As always, FoPP is keen to hear your ideas and suggestions about how to continue to improve the park, so please do come along.

Over the last few months FoPP received a lot of comments about the state of the small play park (in particular since the slide was removed after it was deemed unsafe by City of Edinburgh Council). The Council have since said that they will not be replacing this equipment, so it seems unlikely that any further money will be spent on upgrading the play park in the near future. Continue reading

Open data Edinburgh map – planning in context!

Greener Leith’s open data map of Edinburgh is now online at https://myleith.wordpress.com.

It brings several open datasets together in one place, including:

  • significant planned developments in the Leith Central Community Council area (including links to the relevant documents on the CEC planning portal)
  • the wider urban planning context (housing land audit completions and schedule, local development plan, protected areas, listed buildings, open spaces, vacant and derelict land) Continue reading

Water of Leith Path clean up Sunday 28th February 10.30am – 1pm

(adapted from a post on Leith Links CC website)

Friends of the Water of Leith Basin


I took a walk along the WoL path recently to look at the spring flowers we planted  and was very disappointed by the amount of rubbish that has accumulated around Coalie Park and along the paths.

A joint cleanup has been arranged with the WoL Conservation trust for Sunday 28th February 10.30am – 1pm.

As usual we are meeting in Coalie Park – this link shows where it is:  http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=326617&Y=676480&A=Y&Z=110

Hope to see you there.
Best wishes

Don Giles

Friends of Pilrig Park – February activities

(adapted from an email from Friends of Pilrig Park)

The Friends of Pilrig Park are holding a tidy-up from 10.00am – 12.00pm on Sunday 21st February.  If you are free please come along.  It would be great to see you there and you can join in for as little or as long as you want, depending on how much time you have to spare. Click the graphic for more details:

Microsoft Word - Tidy-up Day Poster Feb 2016.doc Continue reading

Climate Challenge Fund OPEN

(adapted from a post on Leith Links CC’s website)

The Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications from community led-organisations including community councils.

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the Fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17.

The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food growing projects and initiatives to tackle waste.

We invite community-led organisations including community councils across to apply for a share of the £10.3 million funding with grants up to £150,000 available per project.

With application deadlines in February we encourage potential applicants to apply quickly

You can read more at www.climatechallegefund.org 

Waste Action Grants – apply now!

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. The upcoming deadline is Tuesday 9th February.

Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle. Groups who are working to prevent litter in their local area are encouraged to apply.

A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 – £2500.

For more information, go to http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20203/funding_opportunities/650/waste_action_grant

Anita Sharkey| Senior Waste and Open Space Development Officer | Services for Communities | The City of Edinburgh Council | 33 Murrayburn Road | Edinburgh EH14 2TF | Tel 469 5070

Royal High School – planning application submitted

(adapted from an email from the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland)

There has been some concern over plans to build hotel wings flanking the Royal High School on Calton Hill. A planning application has now been submitted. The consultation period ends on 2 October.

Click the graphic to see a flyer for a meeting to be held jointly by the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and the Cockburn Association on Thursday, 24 September at 6 pm at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in George Street.

RHS meeting flyer

Demolition of Imperial Grain Warehouse

(Adapted from a post on the Cockburn Association’s Facebook page)

Forth Ports have applied for planning permission to demolish the Imperial Grain Warehouse, associated out buildings and external plant | Grain Silo Imperial Dock

The Imperial Dock Grain Elevator is a multi-phase category B listed grain storage building sited adjoining the deep water dock on Leith’s waterfront. The original building dates from 1933-4 and was designed by JD Easton and AH Roberts for the Leith Dock Commission. It was added to and extended in the late 1950’s and late 1960’s. Internally, the building comprises a series of concrete bins used as grain storage silos with an access floor to the top and another to the bottom. To the front, an elevator block still houses the original conveyors and lifts. The building was listed in 1995 when still in use, and was noted as a remarkable survival containing its early machinery.

To find out what Forth Ports want to replace it with, please log onto Edinburgh Council Planning Portal and enter 15/03779/LBC into the search box.

You have until 11 September to comment on this application to demolish a listed building.