Inch Park in Danger

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Inch Park is one of the most extensive and beautiful green spaces in the whole of Edinburgh, beloved by generations of Edinburgh citizens over the years. It is visited daily as a place of recreation, for walking, meetings, playing sports, to encounter nature or simply to escape from the stresses of urban life. It is a place of extraordinary character and heritage value (with the historic Inch House in the middle of it), and is vital to the happiness and wellbeing of the local Inch community.

Now Inch Park is directly threatened by Edinburgh Council’s City Plan 2030 proposals to build housing for up to 2000 people in Inch Park Plant Nursery, smack in the centre of the Park. Moreover, the Council has made no attempt to share its plans for the Nursery development with the local Inch Community.

Such a development would destroy the unique character of Inch Park for ever. Instead of trees, there would be a view of concrete, and instead of people, there would be hundreds of extra cars criss-crossing Inch Park daily as the new residents inevitably use the existing road through the park as a ‘rat run’. This cannot be allowed to happen.

Edinburgh’s parks are a priceless legacy and community resource for future generations. They deserve to be treasured and protected, not simply sold off by the Council to property developers as an easy way of raising cash.

With these considerations in mind:

1) We call on City of Edinburgh Council to immediately withdraw the current proposal to build housing in Inch Park from their City Plan 2030 vision document.

2) We further call on the Council to commit itself to permanently protecting the essential character and integrity of Inch Park, as well as to engaging closely with the local community about how best to use the Nursery site in the future, if it is no longer needed by the Council as a plant nursery.

Please sign this petition and help us save one of the Edinburgh’s most wonderful parks!!

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