Leith Custom House
Leith Civic Trust, together with several other Leith Community organisations, negotiated with the City of Edinburgh Council to save the building for the community. They purchased the building and leased it to SHBT to manage its regeneration and restoration. Since then it has become a thriving hub for creative arts. The longer-term vision is to include a museum, a tourism hub, and more public areas. We are represented on the Custom House Heritage Advisory Committee.
String of Pearls
We are now working with other Leith groups and Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to develop walks around Leith’s String of Pearls. It is hoped that these would be well signposted and open to the public where possible. It is hoped that the routes will be shown on a Leith app as well as in tourist paper maps replacing those which we have produced for the last few years.
SS Explorer is one of the last surviving sea-going steam trawlers and is registered to Leith. She has been placed on the National Historic Ships Register and the SS Explorer Preservation Society is currently restoring her in the Edinburgh Dock, Leith. The Society have a vision for the ship to become a permanent member of the String of Pearls as a museum ship. We fully support this.
It appears that the Trams project will be extended through Leith to Newhaven. It is essential that we are provided with sufficient funds to make Leith and Newhaven worth coming to before the trams are operational.