For seven years local people have worked to keep Portobello Park free from development by the City of Edinburgh Council. In September 2012, the Court of Session confirmed that the Park is inalienable common good land and that it cannot be used as the site of the new Portobello High School. Despite the Council having identified alternative suitable brownfield sites for the new school, they are now trying to use the Scottish Parliament to give them permission to build on the Park through a Private Bill. If successful, this Bill could set a precedent for other councils to use this route to obtain permission to circumvent common good protection, putting common good land and open spaces across Scotland at risk.
If you agree that building on green space should not be allowed when a brownfield alternative exists, and you are concerned about the implications of this Private Bill, please sign
Folk could also consider objecting to the private bill as we need as many folk across Scotland to do so. It does cost £20 though! Representation is not cheap. Here is a link to guidance for objectors: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/62502.aspx
There is mention of adverse impact to people’s interests and it seems to mention a list of points that look as though they are financial impacts but I think that even if people don’t live in Portobello or Edinburgh it is acceptable to say that because of the fear of a precedent being set for other councils to follow that could affect other common good land and open spaces across Scotland, you have an interest in the bill as it could affect your local open spaces, adversely affecting your health and wellbeing, or something along those lines.
If you do decide to object, can you let me know please as we would like to keep a tally of objections as far as we can.