The Astley Ainslie Community Trust (AACT), a local community group in South Edinburgh, received a boost for their campaign to negotiate community ownership of the iconic Astley Ainslie Hospital ground in Morningside. On Wednesday 21st November it was announced that they were awarded a grant of nearly £12,000 from the Scottish Government’s ‘Making Places Initiative’ for community-led design.
Robin Harper OBE, Convener of AACT said
These funds will help us give local people in South Edinburgh the opportunity to create a community vision for the Astley Ainslie site and how it should be developed. Astley Ainslie is an oasis of green in South Edinburgh, owned by the people of Scotland since the NHS took possession of the site in 1940s, and we want it to continue as a space that provides health and wellbeing benefits for the people of Edinburgh
AACT is a new community organisation, formed by local residents who believe that the Astley Ainslie site should be owned by and managed on behalf of Edinburgh’s people. AACT are working with NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council and other local groups to explore the potential for community-led development, taking advantage of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, and building on the models of community involvement, control and ownership trail-blazed in Portobello by community groups Action Porty and Action Westbank. They will holding a series of engagement and visioning events in early 2019.
Full press release: 181122 Astley Ainslie Community Trust receives funding from SG Making Places.