There is enough student accommodation. Why not think about residents and local shopkeepers for a change? Students disrupt communities because they don't keep social hours and we have seen too many of our cherished buildings turned into hostels or hotels. The city centre is overcrowded with pedestrians and party-goers, with very few local-owned shops and very few 'real' residents. Let's learn the lesson and keep Leith free of greedy developers making money out of developments like this.
So important for people living in communities to have a say about what happens to the space around them. So much of the city has been “developed” but not necessarily improved. Look at what happened with the space at the back of the library :( Good luck with this campaign.
Leith Walk is a special part of Edinburgh with its mix of shops and cafes. It has been badly damaged by long street closures but building mode student accommodation in this part of town will just kill it. Edinburgh is becoming a theme park- it is losing what has always made it special- a living thriving city .
I’m not against development, I’m not against students - but this development needs a lot of changes for it to be a worthwhile addition to Leith. I hope the SLW campaign can influence this!
This grassroots campaign is really important in maintaining the community and identity of Leith versus faceless capitalistic development. A few campaigners normally end up carrying the financial burden which isn’t fair-let’s all give what we can in support of an issue that is far beyond any cash value. Good luck guys!