We the undersigned object to council-approved plans to build a huge glass and metal complex of student flats facing directly onto World Heritage Site, the Meadows. We believe that the so-called \'negligble\' destruction of ancient trees is unethical at best, that the corporate babysitting of students undermines their independence, that over Â£500 per month rent does not constitute \'affordable accommodation\' and that a 6th student-only block in the Tollcross area significantly affects community diversity. We are concerned with the aesthetics of the buildings, which will be totally incongruent with the neighbouring tenement flats, as well as with the green space of the Meadows.
We kindly request that the City of Edinburgh Council adhere to European Directive, Agenda 21 which states that local authorities should consult with the public on planning matters affecting their environment - we feel that proper public consultation has not been carried out in this case. We also ask that an Environmental Impact Assessment be independently carried out, and that a full bat survey be given sufficient time for completion.
\'Save the Meadows\':
We are a a small group of young local residents who believe that over-development in the vicinity of the Meadows is a huge problem. We\'re looking to expand and get as many concerned people involved in direct action and campaigning as we can.
DISCLAIMER: We are NOT anti-student, nor do we support derogatory comments about any social group - please refrain from using them in your comments. We also would like to point out that the Meadows are not going anywhere, just being encroached upon in what we believe is an unethical manner. Please see our blog at www.savethemeadows.blogspot.com for more information.
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