LCCC still committed to stakeholder consultation

Dear Spurtle

While it is good to see that the Leith Walk works have been getting a lot of attention thanks to your article [Breaking news, 17.12.13], it would not be correct to say that Leith Central Community Council is considering a withdrawal from the stakeholder process.

There was a lively debate at the December meeting, but no vote on withdrawal was taken, so the views reported are of individual LCCC members and not the collective view of the Community Council.

Yes, there is widespread frustration, and the main problem is the length of time it has taken to get to where we are and how long it will still take: the best estimate available is December 2015.

Given that Leith Walk is the most densely populated area in Scotland and the slow speed of progress is not driven by technical complexities, the prospect of another two years of Edinburgh's third most important street continuing in the current dilapidated state is clearly less than palatable.

Harald Tobermann
(Vice Chair, Leith Central Community Council)