Proposals have been announced by Scottish
Widows, whose Head Office is at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, to demolish
Fat Sam's restaurant on the corner of Fountainbridge and Semple
Street and to build a £50m office complex.
These proposals included removing the arched
frontage of Fat Sam's with its signage above the arch:
"1884 EDINBURGH MEAT MARKET" and placing the arch over a
Millennium Link path to be built on the site.
This development has not been given planning
permission to proceed. Planning Committee officials and local residents
believe that the arch would look out of place over a new path.
Fountainbridge councillor, Lorna Shiels, speaking
on behalf of the local residents said she would have preferred to see the
arch remain in its present position and be incorporated into the new
Edinburgh Evening News,
December 9, 2005, p.3