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To: City of Edinburgh Councillors and the Finance and Resources Committee

Support the Out of the Blue bid for old Boroughmuir High School site

This campaign has ended.

Support the Out of the Blue bid for old Boroughmuir High School site

We would like the Finance and Resources Committee to seriously consider and vote in favour of the bid from Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust to purchase the old Boroughmuir High School. We believe that they represent a better community outcome socially and economically than a sale taking it wholly out of the public realm, and urge you to accept this bid as the best long-term outcome for the local and wider community in South Edinburgh.

Why is this important?

We believe that the bid from Out of the Blue will benefit the City of Edinburgh in all six of the Council’s pledges.

1. Providing for Edinburgh’s prosperity - the new SME and Social Enterprise businesses run from this space will contribute to the economic impact of the area and the City

2. Ensuring every child in Edinburgh has the best start in life - Out of the Blue’s bid includes working with the local schools for formal and informal education for children

3. Reducing poverty, inequality and deprivation - Out of the Blue intend to provide social housing within the space as well as developing work placements, training, supported employment, education and development projects to help those in poverty, inequality and deprivation.

4. Strengthening and supporting our communities and keeping them safe - Out of the Blue will make the space for the community and by the community with events/ classes and development for all.

5. Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Edinburgh - an arts and creative hub will improve the quality of life to benefit all in the area and the City of Edinburgh.

6. Ensuring Edinburgh and its residents are well cared for - the community aspect of the Out of the Blue bid ensures that outreach work (which also covers point 3 above) will benefit residents in the area and Edinburgh as a whole.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver this petition to the Finance and Resources Committee before their meeting next week.

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Reasons for signing

  • Typically this impressive building would be handed over for residential development at a knock down price. To maintain this impressive building for community use would be a splendid thing.
  • Once turned over to a profit based company this fantastic piece of Edinburgh public history will be out of public use and care. Public interest is what local authority is about; it isn't all about the money now but the long term future of the city and city LIFE. Do not sell this building out and keep it part of what it was built to be.
  • for the educational and social benefits of edinburgh


2015-05-07 13:06:54 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-05-06 22:54:33 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-05-06 17:28:00 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-05-06 16:00:05 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-05-06 14:53:46 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-05-06 14:33:22 +0100

10 signatures reached