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To: Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights

Our Green Space versus Bike Park Takeover (Edinburgh Dumbiedykes area)

Our Green Space versus Bike Park Takeover (Edinburgh Dumbiedykes area)

We want to have the planning permission for a bike park recalled, until there has been proper consultation.

Why is this important?

The area is needed for physical and mental wellbeing for all the nearby residents, living in high rise and low rise flats. It is our only garden space, used by children and families, dog walkers and wildlife such as foxes, hedgehogs and bats. It is where we see the seasons change and have a moment of peace.

Now there is a bike park development happening without local people knowing anything about it. The trees have all been cut down and the grassy area is about to be covered in tarmac. The residents here have not asked for a bike park, nor want it.

Consultation was kept to a finely calculated minimum, and an arrangement for just one person on the council to approve planning consent, sealed the deal. Most people had no idea the land was being sold off for £1 pa and no other ideas were discussed, despite surveys having taken place with the residents.

The idea for a bike park only came from councillors, who are keen cycling enthusiasts, back in 2012. They then involved other cycling specialist interest groups to set up a charity, called Braidwood Bike Group aka Skelf,, and ‘supported’ them with planning agreements to give away our land for £1 per year.

This means that the bike group, Skelf, now own the land and can build a bike park.

Whether you support a bike park or not, there was supposed to be a full consultation of local residents to discover ideas for our green space - promised as part of the planning permission presented to the council. The council refuse to do anything despite being presented with evidence of the flawed consultation and so we need your help - please - to make them take notice. Every single person who signs will make a difference.

Results from surveys in the area asked for:
· benches and picnic tables,
· keeping the area as it is as a quiet space
· some playpark activities for kids. (NOT a bike park)

The trees have all gone already but stage 2 is to cover up the grass areas with tarmac bike paths - please stop this from happening without proper consultation.

Bowmont Place, Edinburgh EH8 9RY

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Reasons for signing

  • Because this is classic for many green spaces in Edinburgh. We also have a Green Spaces campaign running for the same reasons - the secrecy, the in-group discussions, the lack of consultations are all the norm for these sites.
  • I bumped into local residents Dorothy and Suzanne whilst waiting for my daughter to finish an exam. Dorothy informed us of the issue and immediately I felt something dodgy was going on where the council is concerned. I have highlighted the issue on my Facebook page [I'm a Scottish artist and photographer], complete with photos of the ladies [I received their permission] and the state of this now destroyed woodland https://www.facebook.com/RubyMcMenemy/posts/10154184567836098
  • This is about localising and democratising Scotland - essential if we're going to make any political progress and positive change in our society.

Updates

2016-03-08 17:16:07 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-03-06 10:58:31 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-03-05 19:35:54 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-03-05 17:13:42 +0000

10 signatures reached