E-Newsletter Winter 2021

Our New Year message

Community councillor Gail Clapton, Vice Chairperson of our Community Council gives our New Year message to you all -

Sadly 2021 has been a difficult year for many people in Leith and beyond, and our thoughts go out to all those who have faced hardship and the loss of loved ones throughout the pandemic.

Unfortunately, moving into the New Year of 2022 sees us under similar restrictions as this time last year so perhaps not ‘the times they are a changing’ just yet.

Many have faced having to adapt to working from home with little or no direct interaction with their work colleagues other than online. Not ideal but perhaps a safe approach. Similarly, Leith Links Community Council has continued with Zoom calls and it has been encouraging to see more people joining in and it would be good to see that participation continue whether online or in person, when that option returns to us.

It is to be hoped that as more medical advances are made we can meet the current setback as we have other challenges in the past.

So Leithers, lets Persevere, and head into 2022 with high hopes for a light at the end of this long tunnel.

With sincere good wishes to all for a happier and healthier New Year.

Leith Links Police box

City of Edinburgh Council have made it known that they are considering a Street Traders Licence application relating to the former Police Box on Leith Links.

The former Police Box is located adjacent to the
Leith Athletic building near the Links Gardens / East Hermitage Place / Gladstone Place junction.

Our Community Council is supportive of the application which will help to increase the
amenities available for users of Leith Links.

Any member of the public may make representation to
City of Edinburgh Council on the matter by 4 January 2022, full details are available on our website by clicking here.

Leith Community Councils call for the conservation of Manderston Street arches

The three community councils representing Leith (whose respective boundaries converge near the area in question) have jointly submitted this 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:

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 Links volunteers

The University of Edinburgh is seeking volunteers to observe users of Leith Links, and to record such observations so that the information collated on park users can be used by them (and others such as City of Edinburgh Council) to improve the park and strengthen any funding bids.

Volunteers are asked to record information such as how many people are using a certain area of the Links, what activities are happening and other characteristics such as age & gender).

If you would like more information please click here.

If you would like to volunteer please click here.

if you would like to ask any questions or submit any comments please contact

Community news

The Duncan Place Community & Enterprise Hub are recruiting

Duncan Place Community & Enterprise Hub in Leith are currently seeking Community Hosts and a Community Engagement Co-ordinator.

Click here to visit Duncan Place website

Edinburgh Community Food training & classes

Edinburgh Community Food provide a number of classes and training opportunities relating to food in the Leith area, many of which are free.

Classes and training opportunities include their ‘Fussy Eaters Workshop’ which support parents of children aged between one and six and also their online ‘Weaning Workshop’ aimed at the parents of babies.

Full details are available on their website.

Click here to visit Edinburgh Community Food website

Copyright (C) 2021 Leith Links Community Council. All rights reserved.

Update Preferences | Unsubscribe

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp