On Thursday night, the Community Alliance Trust and Neighbourhood Alliance held their first community meeting to gather your views on Changing Craigmillar.
Their new project, entitled ‘Changing Craigmillar’ is looking to deliver an extensive review of the regeneration over the last 15 years and the impact it is having on people living here. To help deliver this, they have employed Smith Scott Mullen Architects and Caskie & Co.
The project was launched at the Council’s Know Your Neighbourhood event on Saturday 2nd February and since then they have been asking your views on the regeneration so far.
Whether it be in the new housing or adjacent older housing, the traffic, the schools, they want to know your views on what has worked well and what hasn’t worked so well? What still needs to be done to make it a place where people want to live and raise their children? Does the area have everything it needs to make it sustainable?
The first Changing Craigmillar event was held in the White House on Thursday and included a presentation by Smith, Scott, Mullen showing a timeline of how Craigmillar has developed since 1900. It was interesting to see how it mushroomed with the onset of the railway and breweries and extended until a steady decline started in the 90’s and by the turn of this century started to show gaps where housing was demolished. There were old photographs of the housing that was pulled down and plans showing how the new housing is being developed.
Changing Craigmillar is not just about housing and there was a lot of discussion on ‘place making’ and how Craigmillar is measuring up to be a good place to live.
The Scottish government has developed a place standard tool which allows people to score how they rate their area. It looks at a variety of areas like housing & community, facilities & amenities and influence & sense of control to name but a few out of the 14 different categories.
As well as gathering some interesting comments at the event, everyone was asked to complete a simple questionnaire to give them an opportunity to say what they thought is needed to improve the area.
The Community Alliance Trust and Neighbourhood Alliance want as many people as possible to take part in this to give people a chance to review what has happened here over the last 15 years and have a voice to say what is still needed.
Whether you live, work or simply visit the area, have your say on how well the regeneration has worked and what is still needed by taking part in the online survey here.
If you or a group you are part of would like to discuss this in more detail, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.