The South West
South West Neighbourhood Partnership covers two Local Authority wards of Sighthill/Gorgie and Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart. At the time of the last census the area had a population of 61,292.
The Neighbourhood Partnership covers a very diverse area, comprising a range of housing types and tenures, as well as a mixture of commercial, light industrial, retail, leisure facilities and green spaces. It comprises both areas of relative affluence, with higher levels of educational attainment and employment levels, and areas with significant levels of social need, relating to higher than average unemployment and poverty.
More about our NP area
Our NP area covers two Local Authority wards of Sighthill/Gorgie and Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart. It is densely populated and at the time of the last census it had a population of over 61,000. Just under 10% of the population below 16, whilst
approximately 13.5% of the population is aged over 65.
For a detailed breakdown of recent census information, please see https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/south-west/about/the-south-west.
The area contains pockets of deprivation which occur in the worst 5% overall in Scotland, as well as a number of areas that occur within the best 10% overall in Scotland, according to the SIMD 2006 index.
This information is important and actions in the Local Community Plan reflect the need to work to ensure that quality of life, access to employment and good health are available to all.
What amenities are available?
A large number and range of statutory educational facilities exist in the area, including twelve primary, four special and three secondary schools (plus further secondary schools just outwith the area that are accessed by local pupils). In addition the area is home to three libraries, ten community centres, and eight doctors surgeries.
South West Neighbourhood Partnership boasts a diverse range of other facilities, including further and higher educational institutions, shopping, commercial, leisure, sporting and industrial land uses. The Water of Leith and Union Canal, both focal points for walking and cycling activities which link the City's rural west to the urban centre of Edinburgh, both cross through the South West Neighbourhood Partnership area.
Transport issues are a key issue for this Neighbourhood Partnership and accordingly a Transport subgroup meets regularly and reports to the Neighbourhood Partnership.
The South West Neighbourhood Partnership works to highlight local issues, and drives work to tackle them through its Action Groups. Each of these groups has a membership relevant to the area of work and often include practitioners, community members and local councillors.
2014-2017 Local Community Plan
Local Community Plans are written as a summary of the main things local people want to see changed or improved in their area.
The new Local Community Plan will run from 2014 to 2017. The content of the new LCP was approved by the South West Partnership Board on 7th October 2014. It was officially launched at the end of October along with plans from the eleven other Neighbourhood Partnerships in Edinburgh. This Plan follows on from the 2011-2014 Plan, which can be found https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/south-west/about/2014-2017-local-community-plan.
The Local Community Plans are updated to make sure they stay relevant to the needs of communities. We intend to build on the work that has already taken place in the South West and include new emerging issues for the community.
To help revise the Local Community Plan we asked local people what they think the main issues are in their area.
What we did to consult
Over spring and into summer 2014 the Neighbourhood Partnership team consulted across the community on what issues the new plan should prioritise. We produced an online survey that local people were encouraged to complete, with paper versions available on request and at libraries. We focused on getting opinions from specific groups such as young people, disabled groups, and minority communities. We consulted with the voluntary sector, and tried to ensure the plan reflects the range of opinions that exist across South West Edinburgh.
An executive summary of the process can be accessed https://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/neighbourhood-partnerships/south-west/about/2014-2017-local-community-plan.
For more information please get in touch with Michael Edwards (0131 527 3884) by email or phone. If you're a member of a group based in the South West which you'd like to be involved in the Neighbourhood Partnership please don't hesitate to get in contact.
Your local contacts
South West Locality Manager
Tel: 0131 527 3801
Lifelong Learning Service Manager
Tel: 0131 527 3830