Comment: Traffic issues must be a major conern

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THE announcement that Fife Council has accepted that a former MoD site in Rosyth can be used partly for housing might be a welcome one for many young families. A shortage of affordable homes in Edinburgh has forced many to look outside the city for a house and garden. But what price will the west of Edinburgh pay?

Several hundred new homes, targeted at commuters, might seem obvious in light of the new Forth Crossing. But what happens when drivers hit the west of the city? Roads are already gridlocked at rush hour and this can only add to an intractable problem.

Houses planned for Barnton or Cammo will, understandably, prompt a major reaction from local residents who fear loss of amenity. But the effect will be similar if the new Forth Crossing becomes a conduit for the building of more houses across the water that appeal to Capital workers. Making it across the Forth might become easier with the new bridge, but the infrastructure in the west of the city remains the same.

The owners of the 120 acre Rosyth Waterfront site have ambitious plans which include leisure, retail, hotel, community and amenity space. While much of this will be of benefit, especially the creation of jobs, traffic issues must be a major concern.

Edinburgh’s politicians must make their concerns known, even though this is happening in Fife.

Helping Sparta

The Sparta Boxing Club is homeless and its members are using the slopes of Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park to keep in shape.

The club was formed around 70 years ago and has a loyal membership. But their premises are going to make way for a new supermarket, not something we are actually short of in Edinburgh.

So, can we find a new home for Sparta? Get in touch if you have any ideas.