Leith Registrar’s office closure: Brock calls for rethink
Deidre Brock MP has called for an urgent rethink of council plans to close Leith Registrar’s Office. Ms Brock only heard of the plans recently from a constituent who was making enquiries about booking a wedding there, with services set to be moved up to the City Chambers from October this year.
Ms Brock said: “I was surprised to learn that Leith’s Registrar’s Office is set to close this year – it’s almost as if they don’t want people to know – and I urge the council to see sense and change their mind.
“Leithers want to get married in Leith and they must remain able to do so. This beautiful building is not only part of the history of the place, it’s part of the promise made to Leithers in 1920 when they merged with Edinburgh despite the 6 to 1 vote in favour of remaining independent. Back then they were told that Leith would get to keep things, yet this is another assault on the autonomy of Leith which flies in the face of that agreement.
“The council cannot ride roughshod over Leith’s unique history and character in this way. Leith Registrar is an iconic building which must remain open and serving the people of this area.
“People should speak out and let the council know that we want our registrar to stay in Leith.”