I spent much of the morning discussing a gap site in my ward, in Restalrig Crescent to be exact, which has been an ongoing saga for nearly 5 years.
Originally allotments, it was used as the site office for refurbishments in the late 80s and early 90s and was never returned to any real use. Since then it has become a focus for activities that don't make for a quiet neighbourhood.
In 2004-7, I had a go at getting a youth club built there there along with some social housing. I got a group of young folk and a housing association and got detailed plans and a full funding package in place but I was but was beaten by planning.
So now I am looking at getting "sheltered" housing. though that seems to be a broader term than I first realised. I assumed that meant housing for pensioners but with the advent of individual care packages that allow folk to stay at home longer, "sheltered" housing now means "fully accessible" and could mean folk of varying ages who need a bit of support in a smaller home.
As ever, nothing is ever straightforward with these things but I will persevere. I am determined that one day that patch will be better used.
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