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Leith Chooses voting is live

Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the Leith area is eligible to vote in until Monday 31st January on 20 projects looking for funding.

This includes the entire ‘Leith Central’ area including Hillside, Bonnington, Easter Road, Pilrig and part of Abbeyhill.

£eith Chooses is an event run by Edinburgh Council and the Community Councils of Leith for people to vote on which local projects get funding from the Council.

You can vote from any smart phone, tablet or computer. People with no access to technology can vote at the Utilita Energy Hub in the NewKirkgate, during office hours.

You can read more about the voting process here.

VOTE at edinburgh.gov.uk!

LCCC November 2021 minutes

Minutes of Leith Central Community Council ordinary meeting, held via
MS Teams, on Monday 15 November 2021 at 7:00pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

Leith Community Councils call for conservation of the Manderston Street arches

In response to Edinburgh Council’s consultation on extending the Leith Conservation Area to include the former railway line that used to run across Leith Walk, the three community councils representing Leith (whose boundaries meet near the proposed area) have penned the following repsonse:

We, Leith Community Councils, would like to express our full support in response to the initiative by the Council to seek views from the Community about the proposal to extend the Leith Conservation Area to include the arches on Manderston Street / Jane street along with the former Capitol Theatre.

The significance, for Leith, of permanent elements such as these arches cannot be underestimated. Not only do they contribute to Leith’s collective memory, they also help Edinburgh reconcile itself to its industrial past by revealing layers of railway, manufacturing and service traditions.

Protecting such a landmark is about finding a balance between singular monuments like the arches and embracing sensitive new developments in Leith. It is about propelling Leith in a future where the Community keeps a sense of belonging, both symbolically and physically.

By having served the Community for over a hundred years and continuing to do so, the arches represent architecture at its highest degree, where constant alterations of functions emphasise the value of the form, may it be as the present Bingo Hall at 24 Manderston Street which once was Edinburgh’s largest cinema or the arches where airplanes used to be made.

We, Leith Community Councils, aspire to protect Leith’s unique character and appearance for future generations and for the city itself so we strongly support the inclusion of the arches and former cinema to the Leith Conservation Area as these are not only Leith’s architectural heritage, they are Edinburgh’s true foundations.

Leith Central Community Council

Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council

Leith Links Community Council

The consultation closes on December 19th if you wish to contribute.

Which sporting hero should be on the Meadowbank Wall of Honour?

Nominations are open for the Wall of Honour at the new Meadowbank stadium.

The City of Edinburgh Council write: ‘Edinburgh’s new Meadowbank will be one of the country’s top community sports centres when it opens and will feature some of the most state-of-the-art fitness facilities in the United Kingdom.’ 

‘A space within the atrium in the new building has been reserved to honour members of the public who have made significant contributions to Meadowbank’s past and legacy as a sports venue and community facility.’

Edinburgh locals can nominate individuals under the catergories of ‘Competitive Achievements’, ‘Community Service’, ‘Professional Service’ and ‘Special Contribution’.

Nominations close 26th November.

Should the railway arches be part of the Leith Conservation Area?

The railway line that used to run across Leith Walk near Jane Street and Manderston Street could soon become part of the Leith Conservation Area, according to the Council.

The current Conservation Area protects buildings on Leith Walk, but doesn’t stretch east until Duke Street.

The new plans would include the disused railway line heading towards Pilrig Park as well as the arches on Manderston Street and the Old Capitol Cinema.

Leith Central Community Council previously called for this in the Manderston/Halmyre masterplan review.

They are asking for feedback on the Consultation Hub. The consultation is open until December 19th.