Holyrood paves way for Leith Links golf statue

An artists' impression of the statue on the Links. Picture: comp
An artists' impression of the statue on the Links. Picture: comp
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Legislation which will allow an “iconic” statue to be erected on Leith Links is progressing through the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood agreed to the general principles of the City of Edinburgh Council (Leith Links and Surplus Fire Fund) Bill, allowing it to proceed as a private Bill.

It makes provisions for amendments to regulations to allow a life-size statue of John Rattray to be put on the Links.

Mr Rattray was an accomplished golfer in the 18th century who was instrumental in setting down the rules for the game of golf.

Leith Rules Golf Society wants to mark his contribution and create an “iconic” Leith landmark by installing the statue, John Lamont, convener of the Bill committee, said.

Mr Lamont said sculptor David Annand - who created the statue of Edinburgh-born poet Robert Fergusson which stands outside the city’s Canongate Kirk - has been commissioned to design the statue, which has already received planning permission.

Mr Lamont added: “The committee is satisfied that the Bill is tightly drawn to create an exception only for this particular statue and that no further development can take place at this site on Leith Links.”

A second part of the Bill deals with transfer of a historic fund to the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Trust.