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To: Drum Property Group and University of Edinburgh
Open the Shops
Drum Property Group is threatening to end the leases of the last 4 businesses at 106-154 Leith Walk as soon as they can. The University of Edinburgh should make its partner Drum Property Group offer at least rolling leases to the remaining businesses until plans for the building are finalised. This would give them a couple of years of life as the City of Edinburgh Council recently unanimously rejected their planning application.
Why is this important?
The Leith Walk community is in real danger of being ruined. The red sandstone building at 106-154 Leith Walk used to house up to
40 offices and shops on its two floors. The developer, Drum Property
Group wants ‘vacant possession’ as soon as possible to build student
accommodation for the University of Edinburgh.
Thriving local community businesses such as the Leith Walk Café, grassroots music venue Leith Depot and others are facing early closure thanks to the joint actions of the University of Edinburgh and Drum Property Group.
The University claims that it wants to take the needs of
local communities into account when building new student
accommodation. It can do so by working with its partner, Drum
Property Group, to offer existing business month to month, repeating
leases and also offers the vacant shops to new businesses on a similar basis.