Piershillis 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 Edinburghand Londonlies 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 Piershillestate still vibrate to the trains thundering past. (that part of the estate being built on a platform over the topographywhich slopes north towards Craigentinny). Smokey Brae, immediately west of Piershill, and the route to Restalrigtravels 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". Mountcastleand Willowbraeare to the south, Jock's Lodgeand Meadowbankjust to the west, Portobelloto the east and Restalrigand Craigentinnyare to the north. The name Piershillis thought to come from a Colonel Piers who built a house on the high land overlooking Restalrig, land which subsequently became the cavalryinstallation at Piershill Barracks.
There is a crossroads here, the main
A1 road (Great Britain)trunk route between Edinburghand Londonpasses here, making it a transport nexus, and also a supermarket.
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, Lochendand Craigentinny.
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