Campaign to save Inverleith Park from housing development
- Anna Millar
- 19 January 2011
Proposal looks to build six homes in public space
A new year dawns and the city’s spaces are in jeopardy once again this fortnight as Edinburgh fights over another unique corner. In an unexpected development late last year, it emerged that Edinburgh City Council may try to build luxury houses on a corner of Inverleith Park. Campaigners are rallying the troops to petition before it is too late.
Following an annual general meeting in November, it came to light that the depot opposite the play area at the east entrance of the park could be used to build up to six homes, potentially selling for millions.
‘People have said they thought it was an April fool because they couldn’t believe it was really a possibility,’ Tony Cook, convenor of Friends of Inverleith Park, told The List. ‘With its extraordinary views, spare space in the park should be used for the people, whether that’s for allotments or a café or public toilets: there are positive things that could be done for the public in that space. It shouldn’t be about making money for the council.’
While the council has yet to comment, Friends of Inverleith has started a campaign and Cook has been heartened by the response.
‘We’ve been amazed by people’s feedback,’ he says. ‘From the shop owners to the locals, people really seem to care and have been putting their voices to the cause. We’re just waiting for them to put in an official application and then the fight begins.’