Alliance of Campaigns
Following the city-wide meeting at Central Hall on 29th May, a meeting was organised on Monday 16th July to discuss forming an alliance between local groups and individuals concerned by inappropriate and insensitive development in Edinburgh.
Thank you to all who attended, whether as members of particular groups or as individuals.
Short accounts of concerns and experience were given by all groups present:
Save Leith Walk
Save Comiston Farmhouse
Community Councils Together on Trams
The Grassmarket Residents Association
Granton Castle Wall Garden Group
Tollcross Community Council
Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links
Edinburgh Canal Society (accounts of the latter two were given by the Tollcross CC representative)
Let There Be Light Edinburgh
Recurrent concerns included the way new hotel construction and short term lets are undermining residential communities, exacerbated in particular by a considerable increase in student housing. Moreover, much dissatisfaction/ disaffection was expressed with the processes for granting planning permission, which all too frequently permit well-argued views from local communities to be discounted or even dismissed.
The idea of forming an alliance or network whereby groups and individuals could communicate with, and assist, each other was then discussed. The general spirit of the meeting was constructive and positive, with some interesting exchange of ideas and experience, encouraging the prospects for co-operation.
A small provisional steering group was formed, and will meet soon to discuss how these ideas can be taken forward and report back to those who attended the meeting and others wishing to be involved in the alliance.
The Let There Be Light Edinburgh campaign will remain focussed on the threat to the Central Library/ Old Town Community of the proposed Virgin Hotel site but is keen to promote city-wide cooperation to work towards an alternative, community-led future for our city.