Monday, June 28, 2010

Joined up thinking in Edinburgh

Juxtapose 2 recent news stories and you see the complete stupidity going on in planning for the future in Edinburgh. On the one hand there is a strong possibility that despite the fact that Leith has suffered more than any other area during the tramworks, the line will initially end at York Place, and then be extended at some point in the future to Leith and Newhaven. On the other hand, the council grants outline planning permission for thousands of new homes, hotel beds and office desks in Leith. Joined up thinking?

What will happen to the cash paid by the builders of developments close to the tramline if it is not completed? Presumably the council will have to refund that money. Does anyone know how much it is? What proportion is it of the £55m supposedly required to complete the job properly I wonder?

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