Last week we wrote about a report that branded Leith the Ghost Town of Scotland, as Leith alledgedly had the highest number of empty shops in Scotland. Well, Greener Leith has received statistics from council officers that go a long way to challenging that report. In fact, they show that Leith Walk is on the up.
Here’s how Leith compares to other parts of Edinburgh:
- In Corstorphine there are 102 shops with 12 empty = vacancy rate of 10.7%
- In Gorgie/Dalry there are 221 shops with 29 empty = vacancy rate of 13.1%
- In Morningside/Bruntsfield there are 248 shops with 14 empty = vacancy rate of 5.6%
- In Nicholson/Clerk St there are 224 shops with 19 empty = vacancy rate of 8.5%
- In Portobello there are 141 shops with 8 empty = vacancy rate of 5.7%
- In Stockbridge there are 165 shops with 17 empty = vacancy rate of 10.3%
- In Tollcross there are 120 shops with 11 empty = vacancy rate of 9.2%
- In Leith Walk there are 295 shops with 39 empty = vacancy rate of 13.5%
- In Leith Central (around Great Junction St) there are 102 shops with 19 empty – a vacancy rate of 18.6%
So things aren’t great in Leith, but they’re not awful. And crucially things are improving on Leith Walk; since July the ratio has reduced to just over 13% – with at least another 5 known Lettings/Under Offer – and since April 2009 the ratio has reduced from over 17.2%.
These new stats also mean that nationally, Leith doesn’t top the league table in Scotland any more. That unluckly title should really go to Ayr.