"Westside Plaza is looking fantastic after its renovation! Thank you to Eoghan, Emily and Vicky from the Wester Hailes Community Trust and Eunice Olumide for showing me round today."
It was very interesting to hear how the Community Trust and its partner Harrison Stevens ran a series of consultations around the Plaza and across Wester Hailes to find out what local residents, businesses, young people and community groups wanted from this civic space. They then developed a plan for renovations that the City of Edinburgh Council could use to secure funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund.
I am currently working to secure further funding for regeneration projects in Wester Hailes through the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund. I have been very disappointed with the UK Government’s lack of engagement with communities so far. It is clear from the Westside Plaza project that local groups like the Wester Hailes Community Trust have the vision and experience to deliver a successful regeneration that puts the community at its heart.