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To: Drum Property Group
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. Local community businesses such as the Leith Walk Café, music venue, Leith Depot and others are threatened with early closure thanks to the actions of the developer, Drum Property Group. The University of Edinburgh who was their partner has now withdrawn from the plans.
The red sandstone building at 106-154 Leith Walk used to house up to 40 offices and shops in its two floors. Yet even without a university tenant, the developer, Drum Property Group wants ‘vacant possession’ as soon as possible.
Drum is threatening to end the leases of these last 4 businesses as soon as they can. Instead Drum could at least offer rolling leases until plans for the building are finalised which would give them a couple of years of life as the council recently rejected their planning application.
Drum claims they want to take the needs of the local community into account when building new student accommodation. It can do this by offering existing businesses month to month or longer, repeating leases and also offering the vacant shops to new businesses on a similar basis.
We call on Drum Property to Open The Shops at 106 -154 Leith Walk. Please sign below