Pitz/Tumbles community-led design weekend

Saturday 3rd March (10– 5) and Sunday 4th March (12.30-1.30)

Portobello Town Hall

For the content and timing of the event please click on this link to see the leaflet below: Westbank leaflet – FINAL

Do you care about the future of the Pitz/Tumbles site by Westbank Street, Portobello?

Action Porty warmly invites all residents of Portobello and the wider area to take part in an open, drop-in design event focused on shaping the future of this important site.

The design weekend will include a mix of information sessions, public discussions and participatory design sessions led by experienced local facilitators and architects. You are welcome to attend one or all of these sessions, or just drop in to receive more information. However you choose to get involved, your ideas are valued and we would encourage everybody with an opinion about how this site should be developed to come along and make their voice heard. A detailed timetable for the day will be published soon.

More information:

In response to concerns over the proposed sale of the Council owned Westbank Street site (Pitz), Action Porty are running a participatory event to engage people in shaping the future of this site.

We are keen that the starting point for any development of the site should be the needs and aspirations of the community, rather then a process driven simply to profit a commercial house builder.

Occupying a key gateway location between the Promenade and the High Street, and with over 700 new houses under construction across the road at Baileyfield, this area of West Portobello is already rapidly changing.

We believe there is a pressing need to delay the sale of the site and take stock of the site specific and local issues. We seek to explore the needs of the community and the competing demands for housing, leisure, commercial and social space. We believe the community has the answers and should play an active role in informing the future of this important site.

Utilising the evidence of Portobello Community Council and City of Edinburgh Council surveys relating to the site* and assisted by our locally sourced teams of facilitators and designers the event aims to explore options for change on the Westbank site. With the ultimate aim of producing a “site development brief”, we believe this approach is a once only chance to plan properly for the site and establish long term benefits for the Portobello and wider Edinburgh community.

We would very much welcome your participation at the proposed event on 3rd-4th March 2018.

Our community led design approach is supported by the Scottish Government under their “Making Places” initiative.



Earlier: 22nd December Update:

Thanks to all who encouraged our Councillors to recommend to the Council’s Finance and Resources Committee to delay any sale decision until their March meeting. This has now been done (many thanks Councillors!) which should allow us enough time for the community-led process to reach its conclusion and (hopefully!) inform the next steps for the site.

You can read more about the proposals for Westbank Street/the Pitz area which Action Porty is responding to at the Edinburgh Evening News and Portobello Community Council websites.

For details on how to get involved email westactionporty@gmail.com


18th December update: Community-led design for Westbank/Pitz

Action Porty is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £12,000 by the Scottish Government under their Making Places initiative. This funding will contribute to a community-led design process we aim to use to ensure that whatever happens on Portobello’s Westbank/Pitz site takes its lead from the community.

We very much hope you will participate in the consultations we are planning.