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The future of Gorgie City Farm will be discussed in August

The future of Gorgie City Farm will be discussed in August

The future of Gorgie City Farm will be debated by councillors on August 8 at a Culture and Communities Committee meeting.

It has been 16 months since the farm closed its gates after the charity that runs it handed back the keys, but the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC), which looks after the site and looks at ways to make it sustainable in the future, says four options – which are already fully costed – will be put to councillors later this summer.

Some delays were caused by the condition of the farm buildings, frozen pipes and flooding, and damage to the barn roof which was partially torn off. The site remains closed to the public for safety reasons.

Farm site manager Suzanne Campbell said she was pleased to see ideas for the farm’s future taking shape. She said: “The Farm holds a very special place in the hearts of the people of Gorgie, Dalry and the wider town, and the input from local people on what the site might look like in the future has been excellent. It has taken longer than we expected to start putting together options for its future, but we are now in the process of preparing a report which will be presented to the Council in August.”

A consultation seeking views from local residents was carried out, led by project partner Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, which attracted hundreds of responses.

In February this year, Green councillor Dan Heap called for progress, telling the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “Gorgie Farm is a much-loved institution both in Gorgie and across the town, and considerable public funding has so far been used to develop a new vision.
“The public rightly expect the new vision to include a plan to reopen the farm as soon as possible. £141,000 has been spent and it is still closed – we cannot spend the best part of £150,000 and still keep the doors closed.”

Gail Porter came to meet the alpacas at Gorgie Farm. Photo: Martin McAdam

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