When representatives from Drum property group visited live music venue and bar Leith Depot in April 2017, they didn’t mince their words. ‘They said “We are your new landlords, pleased to meet you, our plan is to demolish this building in the very near future”,’ says Pete Mason, part owner of the venue. The news was a bolt from the blue. ‘We were pretty shocked. So, we put a message on our Facebook page and one of their PR representatives rushed down to meet us and apologised for dropping a bombshell.’ Drum, in partnership with Places for People and The University of Edinburgh, hopes to demolish a two storey 1930s sandstone row of buildings on Leith Walk in Edinburgh to create ‘innovative’ postgraduate student accommodation with 500 beds, as well as building a hotel, new retail spaces and some housing. The development has led the community to fight back against yet … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Thomas Barrett is a journalist at New Start magazine. Follow him on Twitter