Deidre Brock MP has hailed "victory for the Leithers" over news that Edinburgh Council has backed down over its plans to close Leith Registrars Office, putting them on hold until a public consultation has been held. A petition to save the Registrar gathered 4000 signatures in just a couple of days, showing the massive support from Leithers for the service.
"Well done the Leithers – people power wins the day! It's fantastic to hear that the council has been forced to think again about the wrong-headed plans to close Leith Registrars Office. This is a brilliant example of local democracy in action. It's also great teamwork from the people of Leith who spread the word and added their voices to the petition in their droves. This should never have been happening without public consultation and without even the councillors being told but credit to the council for eventually listening to the community and turning round.
"We've won this battle but the threat of closure hasn't gone away and I'll be watching developments closely. When the consultation comes out I'll make sure that as many Leithers as possible have their say. We won't stop until any idea of closing Leith Registrar is abandoned for good. The 1920 settlement that Leith got from Edinburgh has to be respected and we will keep reminding council officials of that.
"There's an important principle here which is that services should be delivered where people need them. The council policy is to decentralise service provision so this closure proposal was out of kilter and I'm delighted that sense prevailed."
The petition to stop the closure of Leith Registrar was started by Deidre Brock on Wednesday 30 August. https://www.change.org/p/chief-executive-edinburgh-gov-uk-save-leith-registrar