House-building, Leith

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st January 1958.

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Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith 12:00 am, 21st January 1958

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has approved for house-building in Leith; and if he can now state when building will commence on the site at Leith Fort.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

Proposals have been approved and work is in progress for the erection of 45 houses at Pilrig Street, 48 at Annfield, and 27 at Laverockbank. It is hoped that a decision on the winning design for Leith Fort will be announced this month. Thereafter drawings and specifications will be prepared and tenders invited. The Corporation cannot yet forecast exactly when building will begin, but I am assured that there will be no avoidable delay.

Photo of Mr James Hoy Mr James Hoy , Edinburgh Leith

In view of the appalling housing conditions in certain parts of Leith and the continual decline in the numbers of people living there, does not the hon. Gentleman agree that this is a matter of great urgency? Will he give an assurance that he will push on with re-housing and slum clearance in this area?

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

Yes. Sir. We will do everything we can to push on, but I think the hon. Member will agree that Leith Fort is a very important site and that it should be carefully planned.