In August last year we ran a ward by ward analysis of council spending proposals for new play facilities throughout the city.
It revealed huge disparities throughout the city and showed that Leith and Leith Walk – despite having older facilities than many other areas – appeared to be missing out on committed spend in comparison to other places.
Indeed, the only spend proposed in Leith Walk ward was for the removal of one of the play parks in Pilrig Park.
Fast forward a few months, and the final document that is released for the approval of councillors shows that a fair few people were somewhat aggreived at this and wrote into the consultation. As a consequence Councillors have now approved plans that will retain both play parks in Pilrig Park, and they’ve firmed up a commitment to spend £400,000 on a new Meadows style “magnet” play park in Leith Links.
This spend, combined with developing plans to reinstate tennis courts on Leith Links, will provide a much needed overhaul of Leith’s largest park.
It would appear that most people would agree that this promised investment can’t come soon enough. After all Leith Links has the oldest play equipment of all the premier parks in the city – and since 2007 consultation after consultation has highlighted local people think it should be renewed.
And the evidence that Leith’s parks aren’t quite up to scratch when compared to the rest of the city keeps coming in. Here’s a graph from another June council report, this time to the Planning Committee, that shows that Leithers haven’t exactly been overawed with the quality of their local greenspaces recently.