Vital community link is opened in Wester Hailes
A safe and wheelchair-friendly path to a state-of-the-art health centre in the west of Edinburgh has been officially opened.
The new Harvester's Link underpass to the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre was built by the City of Edinburgh Council and Hub South East Scotland following a campaign by local users.
Members of the Wester Hailes Community Council led the opening ceremony, which was also attended by Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, and Stephen Oswald, Development Manager from the Hub.
The centre is home to the Wester Hailes Medical Practice and the Wester Hailes Health Agency, offering services such as social work, dentistry, speech therapy and community health.
John Aitchison, chairman of the Community Council, said: "The opening of the new Harvester's Link is already a very popular and convenient pedestrian route between the shopping centre and the health centre.
"This is now much more accessible and safer than before, and we’d like to thank the many local people, organisations, councillors and politicians who have helped us with our campaign since it began over five years ago.
"We are now looking at various forms of public art along this route and hope to see this as helping to kick start a new "creative corridor" eventually running all the way down to the canal."
Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, said: "This fantastic facility is a real benefit to local residents as it's a one-stop shop for their health needs. The new underpass provides a safe, quick access for patients, particularly those with mobility issues."
Stephen Oswald, Development Manager for Hub South East Scotland, said: "We are delighted that the underpass is now open, allowing direct access for the local community to the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre – a facility delivered by Hub South East and our contractor, Morrison Construction."