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Latest on the WoL Upgrades -13/6


This helpful update from Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace......

Please find an update on the progress of the Water of Leith Walkway upgrades below.

The main contractor has set up their compound at the Gillespie Road Car Park area and the path has been closed between the end of the asphalt path at Lanark Road and the path at the Gillespie Road Car Park. The works should continue here for approx.. 3 weeks up to the end of June. Once the path is complete in this location and the surface given time to consolidate it will then be re-opened. This is subject to delivery of materials and any inclement weather which could hold up progress.

The next section between Gillespie Road Car Park and the by-pass will be delivered from the start of July for approx.. 3 weeks. The section at Spylaw Park may be delayed due to the proposed lighting works that are currently being designed by CEC Street Lighting at the moment.

Further signage will be put up for the section between Gillespie Road Car Park and the by-pass before it is closed for the works to commence.

We will be in touch with further information on site, by email and through social media as the project progresses.

Kind regards

Ross Woodside | Head of Operations | Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
Tel: 0131 445 4025 Mob: 07539 226 669 |

Swanston Steading, 109/11 Swanston Road, Edinburgh EH10 7DS

Water of Leith Walkway/Cycleway closed from 6 June for 3 weeks

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust have written to us with this Advance Notice of Path Closure:

The Water of Leith Walkway/National Cycle Network will be closed between Lanark Road and Spylaw Car Park.

Path upgrade works will be taking place from week beginning Monday 6th June 2022 for up to three weeks.  We apologise for the inconvenience; however, the Path Closure is necessary to allow these works to be undertaken.

We request the public respect the closure, use an alternative route, and do not put themselves or our contractors at risk.

Water of Leith Walkway Upgrade and Spylaw Park Lighting – update June 1


We’re delighted to hear that work on upgrading the Water of Leith Walkway/National Cycle Network Route 75 between the Union Canal at Lanark Road and Bridge Road, Balerno is due to start in the coming weeks. This is something the Community Council has been lobbying for, through our Councillors, for a long time! Result!!

 It is expected works will commence on the first section, between Lanark Road and Gillespie Road, on 6th June 2022 and will take two to three weeks, with the total project due to take around 16 weeks, path closures will be necessary during the works and these will be signed appropriately. Once the upgrading of the walkway is complete, lighting will be installed to provide a safer pedestrian route between West Mill Road & Spylaw Street.

The works are being funded by Sustrans and the Transport for Scotland and will enable more people to use the path. The project will be delivered by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council.


Colinton Dell Bridges and Landslip Update- January 2022

Colinton Dell Bridges Update 
The Council has stated that due to staff shortages in the Bridges and Structures team, they have been unable to provide the necessary professional expertise to develop designs and contract specifications for the closed bridges in Colinton Dell.
They have, however, recently secured the use of their engineering framework consultant (Mott Macdonald) and (after a site meeting in November) received confirmation they will be able to produce designs by February 2022.
After the designs are assessed by the Council's engineers and an Agreement in Principle (AIP) given, the bridges will be procured in April/May with the intention of delivery by October 2022.
Colinton Dell Landslip Update
The Council's geotechnical consultant has completed all the necessary surveys and have put forward a design for the remedial work which will be required before the path can be reopened safely. The Council are now working on formalising an agreement with a local landowner as an aspect of the design requires for pins to be driven in the bed rock located behind their property boundary.
The Council's consultant is also preparing a bill of quantity for the work to go to tender. The Council will get a better idea of the timescale for the work to be undertaken once a successful contractor has been appointed.
With thanks to Cllr Arthur for this summary.


Dell Path and Bridges Update May 2022

Dell Road path closure:

This path is closed due to a landslip and the Council have commissioned Geotechnical Consultants SWECO to monitor, survey and advise on solutions for stabilisation. The design has been finalised and the tender package is being prepared. The tender process takes around three weeks.

Following a house refurbishment project due to start in June on Dell’s Road until end of September, it is anticipated for the work to take place in Autumn/winter 2022, depending on the winning contractor’s availability. Once on site, we expect works to take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Dell's 2 bridges replacement:

The Council have an agreement in principle to the designs and our consultant engineers are developing a full specification of works to allow both projects to be taken to tender.  These details are expected within the next couple of months and thereafter the works will be advertised and a competitive tendering exercise progressed.

Campbell Park Path Proposals-thanks for your comments!

CEC Parks and Greenspace Officer Craig Dunlop has written to Colinton Community Council as follows:

“For some time there has been a community desire to improve pedestrian access into and throughout Campbell Park. I have been working on proposals which would include a 1.8 tarmac footpath connecting Woodfield Avenue with Campbell Park Avenue and offering a link to the pavilion and play area, an additional 3 meter wide path from the Woodhall Road to play area would serve as both vehicle access for maintenance and pedestrian route for those entering from this entrance.

The 3m path is showing as blue and the 1.8 as yellow, I have avoided making a loop to the south side as this would impact on the cricket boundary.

If there are no objections I would like to obtain estimates and suggest this as a project for parks capital funding to be considered for this financial year.”

The Community Council has supported this proposal in principle, but we are keen now to hear views from the community.

Many thanks for your comments- duly noted. The majority were in favour and the Community Council has welcomed this proposal in principle, reserving rights in future to comment on detailed proposals.

Water of Leith Walkway/Spylaw Park Update. Feb 2022

Following discussion of this issue at February’s ColCC meeting, CEC has written to Cllr Arthur on the matter of an improved lit path between Westmill and Spylaw Park. In summary they have said:

  • some progress is being made but as yet there is no official grant offer from Sustrans for the work. Due to the availability and cost of path construction materials (25%+) the budget and specification is being reassessed
  • officials are looking at getting lighting quotes. This will be subject to an ecological survey and report on the impact of lighting; these costs are not part of the path upgrading budget
  • a definitive decision from Sustrans is due soon and once there is confirmation that funding is in place CEC will liaise with community organisations and Cllrs
  • The tender returns are due back w/b 7th March with preparatory work starting just before the end of March 2022 and the main path works April to June 2022.
  • These are only indicative timings at this stage.


Colinton Public Toilets Update October 2021

  This is the report on the toilets which went to the recent CEC T&E Committee, where it was approved. Your Community Council continues to monitor this situation.

4.5 "Committee asked officers to engage with the local community in Colinton to understand if a community asset transfer (CAT) of Colinton’s public toilets could be used as a vehicle for improving provision and, meanwhile, retain the Colinton Public Convenience throughout the process of local engagement and the development of any other alternative plans as part of the ongoing public conveniences strategy. 

4.6 Officers met with community representatives and Councillors on 4 June 2021 to discuss the Colinton public conveniences. The community representatives indicated there was no local appetite for a CAT of these facilities at this time as they were already focussing on a CAT in Spylaw Park. On this basis, a further decision will now need to be made by Committee on whether to maintain the facility (outside of the plans for future provision) or close it. 

4.7 It was acknowledged that more people are visiting the area either on their way to the Pentlands or to go to Colinton Tunnel, which has recently been highlighted as a tourist destination by Visit Scotland. To aid the decision making, it was agreed that the usage of the toilets would be monitored for 12 months and that this data, along with qualitative data, would be considered to provide a ‘holistic’ view on whether Colinton toilets fall into the future provision. Meanwhile the toilets would remain open and additional signage would be installed to promote them further to visitors to Colinton Tunnel."