Dear PCS supporter,

Well, the new charity Pentlands Community Space (PCS) has been, and gone, and done it!

PCS has entered into a legally binding contract with the City of Edinburgh Council under the “Right to Buy” scheme and takes possession of the disused toilet block on Lanark Road in Juniper Green at the end of March. The hope now is to partially demolish the existing block and create a two storey building with a public meeting place on the ground floor and an affordable flat above, the whole owned by the community. Rental from the flat will help sustain the activities in the community hub.

In the last 18 months PCS has benefitted from several offers of free help from members of the Pentlands communities and wishes to publicly thank project management from John McLeish, fund raising support from Colin MacLeod, practical and moral encouragement from Vic Stewart, development planning from Domenic Tedesco and financial backing from you all. In addition, Nixon’s of Glasgow have given invaluable free advice to date as Quantity Surveyors for the project.

Moreover, the trustees of PCS would like to thank the pro bono support they have received from Shoosmiths solicitors; Fraser Mitchell and Gillian Wood deserve special recognition. Help too from Shoosmiths corporate experts has enabled PCS to have the structure to accept a £75k grant from the Scottish Government’s regeneration fund.

Stage 1 has been completed but further work lies ahead and PCS is delighted to welcome Doug Harley, who will step into the project management role at the start of April.

To facilitate the demolition and building work PCS has set up a subsidiary company to contract the work. Two of the PCS trustees have stepped forward and Mark Porteous and Lynn Elliott are acting as directors of the limited company. They need the help of an experienced accountant. As this update was being prepared David Dewhurst has volunteered to provide his financial expertise in the role…this community has again risen to the challenge.

There are other skills too that would help this project along and a great opportunity for someone to add their experience to the team already in place. So, if you can and want to help please get in touch with us.

With all good wishes,

Cliff Beevers, Chairperson of PCS