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Tuesday, 5 September, 2000, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Allotments to be bulldozed
Hawkhill allotments
The site is to be developed by a neighbouring company
Gardeners have been told their allotments must make way for an extension to a warehouse.

The controversial move won the backing of the Edinburgh City Council on Tuesday, despite a campaign by the allotment keepers to safeguard their land.

The council said the prospect of protecting 100 jobs at Hawkhill, near Easter Road, by allowing the development had to take precedence.

The allotment holders have been offered alternative plots in Pilrig Park, about a mile away.

Allotment
Allotments are disappearing
Building supply firm DF Wishart told the council that unless it could extend its premises it would leave the area and take 100 jobs with it.

It is also hoped the new extension will lead to the creation of new jobs.

The firm is paying 130,000 for the land and the council said the money would be used to pay for the relocation of the allotments.

Council leader Donald Anderson said: "Creating and sustaining employment opportunities for residents of Edinburgh is a key priority for the council."

He added: "This was an extremely difficult decision for the council's executive to make, but we believe we have got the balance right."

But the allotment keepers are likely to try to fight the move, having earlier pledged to sit in if permission was given to the building firm.

They also won the support of Liberal Democrat MSP Donald Gorrie.

He took up the cause and argued Scotland's 5,000 allotments should be given the same protection and support as those south of the border.

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