LIVING WILD SATURDAY 24th FEB 10 - 12.30pm King's Church Hall 104, Gilmore Place

21 January 2018

FCI Deputation to Economy & Housing Committee Thurs 18th Jan

21 January 2018

Hearing that this Committee was preparing to put back two options on the table that FCI had vigorously opposed for years - a Build to Rent model across the site or selling off the land, we led a deputation supported by Tollcross Community Council and Merchiston Community Council on Thursday.

Tellingly, the deputation before us was about the appalling conditions that homeless families were being put into because of a shortage of Council housing in Edinburgh and how homelessness had increased in the last few years. Our presentation was to emphasise the local view that has been consistent over the past 7 years - that the housing on this site should provide a mix of mid-rent, social and Council housing, so that local workers - nurses, teachers, labourers and care workers can afford to live in the centre of our city.This was at the heart of the third option that the Committee had to consider.

That it should not become the sole preserve of high income groups or transient populations of short rentals, appart hotels and student accommodation ( now reaching 2, 250 around the edge of the site).

A decision will be taken at the March meeting and we will be watching events closely.


16 January 2018

Council supplying bags, gloves, litter pick ups and will collect all rubbish at 3pm. Fresh air, exercise, cleaner environments, great company - what's not to like!

Exhibition panels showing Vastint's plans for East Fountainbridge

19 November 2017

A more sensitive plan for the canalside

6 November 2017

The new design shown today in the exhibition in Fountainbridge Library, ( see drawing below)shows a much reduced height of housing along the canal edge, in response to feedback from the local community, a more direct view of the liftbridge from Fountainbridge, garden spaces and more varied roof line.

The target is 240 houses consisting of of studio, one, two and three bedroom appartments and townhouses for sale. The townhouses and live-work units could face directly onto the canal and engage the canal and towpath.

The PAN submitted is for the hotel and office block along Fountainbridge. There will be opportunities for more dialogue with the developer over the coming months in relation to the housing and public realm. FCI are planning an even about greening the site - 'Living Wild' will include lots of local groups who have been active in showing the benefits of community gardening, maintaining and supporting wildlife and creating bio-diverse corridors within the urban realm. The date for your diary is Saturday 27th January 2018. More details to be released later in the year.

New design for the east end of Edinburgh Quay site

6 November 2017