Letter from Council Leader, Andrew Burns clarifying the Council's position on Craigmillar regeneration

This letter appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Scotsman Newspapers on 12 December 2012.

 Dear Sir,

I write in response to the open letter to me from Save the Brae about Castelbrae High School , published in the Scotsman on 11 December.

This Capital Coalition is absolutely still committed to building a new school in Craigmillar when the time is right and money is available which is why the current round of budget consultations will take this into account.

I do not doubt the sincerity or commitment of the campaign group to the regeneration of the Craigmillar area and I certainly recognise the importance of a school in that process. 

The additional capital expenditure announced in the UK Chancellor's Autumn statement was for 'shovel ready projects', meaning that project planning, design and funding are all at a stage where work could start immediately.

Castlebrae is not a 'shovel ready' project in the sense that, regardless of whether plans have been drawn up, nothing has gone to tender and there is no contractor waiting in the wings to start building a school within this financial year. Because of that, the school would not fall automatically within the scope of the additional UK Government funding.

The consultation on the future of Castlebrae finished last Friday. We are due to look at the consultation results early next year and will be deciding on the future of the school then. We will also have had the opportunity by then, to consult on and set next year's budget as well as the 5 year capital budget framework which will give us a good base for planning future investment in Craigmillar.

Cllr Andrew Burns

Council Leader

The City of Edinburgh Council

 This letter was written in response to a letter from Save the Brae which appeared in the same newspapers on 11 December 2012. 

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