There is frustration on the streets on Queensferry as the city council aims to steam-roller through its Local Development Plan 2.
With SESPlan stating 32,000 homes need to be built in the Lothians area over the next 10 years, the city council has decided 1500 should be built in Queensferry despite it already having another 1000 homes under development or at the planning stage. This week more than 200 people attended a public meeting in the town on the matter. Attended by MSPs, local councillors and senior council officials, locals hoped to get their viewpoint across but that did not really happen due to time constraints. But at least 200 people are now more aware of what is set to happen in their back yard and it is now up to them and their friends and neighbours to object to the proposals before it is too late. And here lies the problem. Queensferry was only added to the LDP2 in June and a council-led drop-in session in mid August was the first many had heard of what is proposed. To actually find out what is involved, you have to read numerous bound copies of reports and then file your objections on council forms and get these in by post or email by October 3. Queensferry is a historic small town with a population just over 9000 but within 10 years it could reach almost 15,000 - the size of say, Linlithgow or Bo’ness. But the question locals ask are what facilities will Queensferry have to supplement such a mass influx of people? There is a promise of a new primary and secondary school for the town and a further two bus stops, but people want to see facilities in leisure, health and car parking improved. And sadly, there will be little or no greenspace for locals to go walks or runs as all outlying land will have been utilised for housing. You will, however, still be able to jostle along the busy High Street and across the Forth Road Bridge along with the predicted half million visitors to the town annually if the Forth Bridge gets World Heritage Status.