Monday, 23 April 2018

Morgan Playing Fields consultation

The Morgan Playing Fields lie between Peffermill Road and the Prestonfield House Hotel - pretty well opposite Nairns Oatcakes.

The playing fields owe their name to Dr Alexander Morgan, who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, obtained them for the recreation and training of students of the then Church of Scotland Moray House.  In recent years the premises have come into Council ownership.  They have been used for baseball, football, shinty, and Gaelic football and are used by Prestonfield Primary School.

There is now an application pending for the transfer of the Morgan Playing Fields to two Edinburgh organisations - Edinburgh South Football Club and Street Soccer Scotland who have proposals for a Change Centre.  The intention is to create a community facility for local sport - but also to provide 'Change Centre' facilities for some of Edinburgh's homeless people.  The application is under the Community Asset Transfer legislation.

A public consultation has launched today (23rd April) to seek the views of Edinburgh residents ahead of the proposed opening of a football-themed self management and personal development centre for people experiencing homelessness at the Morgan Playing Fields.  I understand that each night this week there will be events and a display at the Morgan Playing Fields for interested people to find out more about the proposals.

I see there are more details here.

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