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Support for the Causey

EWH is helping to develop a project to transform an area of Edinburgh’s southside.

Apr 24, 2012

The Causey is a historic space south of Edinburgh’s city centre, near the University of Edinburgh’s main campus.

Its name comes from the fact that it runs across the city from east to west, and was paved, or ‘causeyed’, in 1599. Since the 1970s however, the area has configured as a traffic island, shifting its character to become a space dominated by cars.

EWH has now awarded a grant of £2,000 towards developing proposals to transform the area and re-claim it for people.

The project is being led by a local community organisation, The Causey Development Trust. The Causey engages with local people, works with professionals and partner organisations, considers the past, tries to understand the present and imagines the future of the place if it is freed from cars, re-designed and reclaimed for people.

In 2007 as part of the Six Cities Design Festival the area was temporarily transformed into a pedestrianised green space. The experiment proved to be very successful, but now the group aim to make more permanent changes to the space. Following on from a series of public workshops and consultations, the next step is to develop a detailed and costed proposal.

Isobel Leckie, Secretary, the Causey Development Trust said: "The Causey Development Trust exists to reclaim one small, historic, urban space from cars – and transform it into a place for people. It’s a grassroots initiative by local people for people. The current phase of work is for a professional team to develop this design in more detail , prepare costs for implementation and apply for Planning consent. EWH has contributed £2000 to this stage and its support has been vital in securing other funding."

Below: The Causey transformed in 2007, photographer Mehul Ruparel

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