Campaign to save Inverleith Park from housing development

Campaign to save Inverleith Park from housing development

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.’
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1. Ross W21 Jan 2011, 3:42pm Report

This is my favourite park in Edinburgh, and I've tweeted to spread the word. Fettes next door have already sold much of their land for development which neighbours the park, so to lose more green space would be a travesty.

2. pink panther21 Jan 2011, 6:08pm Report

I think that the council have YET AGAIN GOT IT WRONG !! who do they think they are !? going round pleaseing them selfs as usual !! Spoiling the beauty of a great city . NOW they are just geting up people"s backs with there attitude going round ruining SUCH A GREAT CITY !! WHAT NEXT !!?? That park is just one of the finest parks we have ! Are they going to build in holyrood park next i don"t think so !!

3. UJ25 Mar 2011, 10:08pm Report

The previous posters are misguided. The plot of land in question is actually a concrete council yard and is currently fenced off and full of dilapidated buildings and machinery. It is NOT part of the green space of the park. It is not currently accessible by the public in any way. Being a local, I love this park as much as everyone else, but it's disingenious of the protesters to allow people to believe that the park itself is at risk. Although I agree with them that the land could be re-integrated into the park for public use, such as allotments or a cafe.

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