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An Eco-Village?

Lottery Funding

The Portobello community group, PEDAL (Portobello Energy Descent & Land Reform) has bid for 50m from the Lottery's Peoples' Millions fund in order to create Scotland's first 'eco-village'.

Proposals include:

-  car free housing promoting green sustainable living.

-  allotments and community smallholdings.

-  an exhibition centre, based on the Eden Centre in Cornwall.

The plan is to create the village on the site of the former Scottish Power HQ.  It was previously proposed to build a supermarket on this site, but these plans were rejected in 2005, following a public inquiry.

If the Portobello Eco-village is shortlisted, the project could be featured on ITV then put to a public vote before it is given any cash is granted.

[Herald & Post,  February 2, 2006, p.1.]


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