Piershill

Piershill is a suburb of north east Edinburgh, Scotland. In the shadow of Arthurs Seat.It is mainly residential, and partly formed out of ex-army properties, built in the 1920s by the Edinburgh Corporation Council. The east coast railway line between Edinburgh and London lies to the immediate north of the estate. The houses were built over the top of the foundations of the previous Piershill Barracks, The houses at the northern (railway) end of the Piershill estate still vibrate to the trains thundering past. (that part of the estate being built on a platform over the topography which slopes north towards Craigentinny). Smokey Brae, immediately west of Piershill, and the route to Restalrig travels beneath the railway line, immediately before the first bridge on the high wall to the right can be seen the remains of the original back gate to Piershill Barracks, now walled up but still with the legend "BACK GATE" visible on the wall, there is also a bricked up doorway to the left of the "BACK GATE".
Mountcastle and Willowbrae are to the south,Jock's Lodge and Meadowbank just to the west, Portobello to the east and Restalrig and Craigentinny are to the north. The name Piershill is thought to come from a Colonel Piers who built a house on the high land overlooking Restalrig, land which subsequently became the cavalry installation at Piershill Barracks.

There is a crossroads here, the main A1 road (Great Britain) trunk route between Edinburgh and London passes here, making it a transport nexus, and also a supermarket.

Community Flat

Piershill Square West has a "Community Flat", run by the National Health Service (NHS).

Staffed full time by a coordinator, with additional staff from various agencies supporting the project on a weekly basis, the Community Flat is run in partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian. It currently offers services including a resident's group; a parent and toddler group; stop smoking services; state benefits advice; social groups; links to "Working Towards Health"; and links to "Action for Jobs" with Jobcentre Plus. The flat is predominantly for use by residents of the two squares in Piershill, Potobello Road and the top of Restalrig Road South, but from March 2007 will be part of the greater "Regeneration Outcome Agreement" area of Restalrig, Lochend and Craigentinny.

External links

* [http://www.freewebs.com/phcommunityflat/ Community Flat]


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