Concerns over plans to build on Kirkliston park

Campaigners of all ages join forces to fight plans to build houses on Allison Park
Campaigners of all ages join forces to fight plans to build houses on Allison Park

Politicians have spoken out in support of residents who are against proposals to develop an area of green space into houses.

The landowners of Allison Park, in Kirkliston, have submitted a blueprint to Edinburgh City Council for consideration to include the area in the Local Development Plan.

Toni Giugliano, SNP candidate for Edinburgh West, said: “There’s been a shortage of services and residents are getting short-changed. Hundreds of lorries and cars go through every day. They just can’t cope with yet more housing. It’s the only green park that’s used for the gala and by the football team, and there’s a children’s playground. We have to preserve it. ”

Councillor Norman Work is against any plans to build on Allison Park and says, because of the rural setting, residents get hit harder when it comes to housing proposals. He said: “Proportionally we’ll be getting hammered.”

A spokeswoman for the landowner said: “Hopetoun Estates is committed to meaningful engagement with the community. We would encourage everyone to get involved to shape what will be an upgraded leisure resource.”