Cllr Caldwell and Lib Dems fight for Leith Walk trees

23 May 2024
Two images of the section of Leith Walk between Smith's Place and Inchkeith House side-by-side. The left depicts 3 trees in 2018 while the right depicts 4 planters.

Upon proposals from the Council to remove the planters from Leith Walk, Leith Walk Lib Dem Councillor Jack Caldwell said:

"With the majority of planters being removed on Leith Walk, it's important to mind why they were put there in the first place - to subsitute the trees lost.

I've been working with colleagues to push for replacement trees on Leith Walk & Elm Row & hope the Transport and Environment committee backs this today."

The text of the Lib Dem amendment to the Council report reads:

1) Recognises that this will materially impact the ‘Incorrect Parking on the Tram Line’
report at Rolling Action Log Item 62 and requests that Trams to Newhaven officers
engage with Network Enforcement in advance of the publication of that report.

2) Recognises that trees were removed from the tram route and the planters were to
meet a commitment at the start of the Project to ensure that trees are replaced,
and therefore instructs officers that the ‘vicinity’ as outlined in 3. must include
along the route where physically possible and access allows, including along the
southern section of the route which has seen a significant reduction of trees
notably at Balfour Street, Smith’s Place and the Foot of the Walk.

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