CANONMILLS CAMPAIGNERS CALL IT A DAY
Organisers of the campaign to save 1-6 Canonmills Bridge (the former Earthy shop) issued a statement to supporters this morning.
It’s the end of the road. This particular battle is lost.
The news will come as a major disappointment for many. But this was still a valiant fight for local values and planning democracy, and locals involved can certainly take pride in their determination and resourcefulness.
HOSTILE REACTION IN ADVANCE OF EXHIBITION LATER THIS WEEK
Save Leith Walk campaigners have reacted scornfully to preliminary design proposals for the redevelopment of Stead’s Place.
They say demolition of the two-storey 1930s buildings, whilst retaining elements of their facades in a new five/six-storey structure, would be ‘overpowering and disrespectful’ of Leith Walk’s heritage.
They also criticise the incongruous use of brick.
CAN EDINBURGH RESIST SIREN CALLS?
British Telecommunications PLC seeks planning permission to remove 26 payphones from central Edinburgh and replace them with 12 InLink units.
InLinks offer free superfast WiFi, mobile and landline calls, mobile-device charging, and access to maps, directories and local services.
Developers and local community members met last night at Out of the Blue to discuss proposals for major changes on Stead’s Place and Jane Street. Jane Carnall was there, and sent us this report.
Chairing the event was Ben Macpherson, who is – as he reminded us – the constituency MSP for Edinburgh Northern & Leith (including Leith Walk).
CREATIVE SPACE AND NEW HOMES IN THE OFFING
The Council is considering the creation of a ‘workspaces and community space’ in the B-listed former stables and offices at 165 Broughton Road.
Artists’ studios and micro-enterprise offices could be leased out upstairs with flexible function space and other uses available on the ground floor. Attic and lower-ground-floor areas could be dedicated to ‘higher-value uses’.
ADVERTISING GIANT RETURNS WITH NEW DIGITAL DISPLAYS
JCDecaux and its controversial adverts are back.
Readers will recall the French-based multinational’s unsuccessful efforts to brighten-up George Street and St Andrew Square back in 2016 (27.10.16).
MORE DETAIL TO COME ON ARM'S-LENGTH MANAGEMENT OF NEW BANDSTAND VENUE
Councillors yesterday took a first step towards transferring certain management functions in West Princes Street Gardens to an arms-length external organisation.
Residents on Perth Street and Henderson Row are objecting to a major new development by Edinburgh Academy (Ref. 18/0563/FUL; 18/0568/LBC).
The Academy means to extend its premises along the eastern boundary to the rear of the library and the Clerk Maxwell Science Centre.