Next LHNCC meeting

The next meeting of Leith Harbour & Newhaven Community Council will be

  • In the Shore room of Leith Community Centre 
  • On Tuesday 27 March 2018
  • at 7.00pm

Bank closures: impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy inquiry

Leith Central Community Council

(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee wishes to share information about its inquiry into the impact of bank closures.

The main inspiration behind the Committee’s inquiry is that the number of bank branches across Scotland reduced by a third between 2010 and 2017.

The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible (individuals, business owners, community council members). The Committee is keen to find out how branch closures have impacted communities at as local a level as possible.

More information is available in the hyperlinks below.

Bank closures: impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy inquiry:

The Call for views. For the call for views, there isn’t a requirement to answer every question, only the ones that are relevant to the community:

The Committee is also running a survey that is targeted more…

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Edinburgh Local

Leith Central Community Council

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh University)

The University of Edinburgh is offering some public services and activities to local communities and organisations in the Edinburgh region, via a new initiative called Edinburgh Local. This involves:

  • A community grants fund which local organisations and projects can apply for up to £5,000.
  • Free events and activities on a huge range of topics that are usually free and open to the public
  • Volunteering and support for communities, including helping in local schools/workshops for kids and other things.

Sign up for their newsletter at to find out about their events and services to support communities. Or contact them via

0131 650 4063 | 07905118047 |

University of Edinburgh | Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability | 9 Hope Park Square, Meadow Lane, EH8 9NP

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Final phase of 20mph network goes live

(adapted from a recent email from Edinburgh Council. While this final phase does not include Leith Harbour & Newhaven CC’s area, the following is provided to inform LHNCC residents, visitors and workers who may drive to, from and in South Edinburgh)

The fourth and final phase of Edinburgh’s 20mph rollout came into effect in South Edinburgh on Monday 5 March 2018.

The  20mph rollout  extends the 20mph speed limit to the city centre, main shopping streets and residential areas while retaining a network of roads at 30mph and 40mph on key arterial routes.

While many cities elsewhere in the UK, Europe and beyond have already established 20mph (or 30km) limits,  Edinburgh is the first Scottish city  to roll out the limit in this way, with many other areas also introducing or considering this lower speed.

In addition to improving road safety, the 20mph scheme aims to make streets calmer, quieter and more pleasant places to spend time in, boosting a sense of community and helping the environment by encouraging active travel such as walking and cycling.

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Edinburgh Shoreline project kicks off

(adapted from an email from the Botanic Gardens)

You are invited to an Edinburgh Shoreline event at the Botanic Garden on 29 March. This is the start of a year- long project focusing on the Edinburgh Shoreline – its rich history, culture and biodiversity – with input from local communities regarding how they relate to their section of coast and how they envisage it in the future. Please feel free to pass on to all those who might be interested. There will be a range of ways in which local communities can get involved and this first event focuses on community contributions to an RBGE exhibition this summer. See below the cut for more information about the project.

Event details

Balfour Building, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row. Edinburgh EH3 5LR. Enter on the east side of the garden at 20 A Inverleith Row as the John Hope Gateway entrance on the west side will be closed.

Tea and coffee will be available from 6.00 pm and the meeting will finish at 8.00.

To book a place please contact Charlotte Johnson at

The 8, 23 and 27 buses all stop close to 20 A Inverleith Row.

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A Celebration of All Things Leith 2018

(adapted from an email from At The Market Limited)

Last April, Leith Market hosted an event called A Celebration of All Things Leith. It had a range of regular traders, local/community groups, art hubs and charities showcasing the best Leith has to offer. The event was so successful that Leith Market decided to host another one on the same weekend this year.

A Celebration of All Things Leith 2018 will take place on Saturday April 28th.

The event will have the same goal, to spread the word locally about the great things going on in Leith and to spread the word about the market at the same time.

There will be the usual market, with more traders than usual. Local groups will have platforms to show the community who they are and what they do. Custom House will be open on the day, including spillover space for the market. Continue reading