Local Green councillor Gavin Corbett welcomes a splash of colour brought to Fountainbridge by Edinburgh Printmakers
"The transformation of Fountainbridge is a slow and gradual process with ups and downs. When I first moved to the area in 1991, the breweries were still a dominant presence, the most recent in decades of industrial activity clustered around the end of the Union Canal, which opened in 1822.
The new flats at Horne Terrace make more of an effort to pay heed to the canal setting and the area around the new Boroughmuir High School has opened up a sense of space. Among the other highlights has been the rebirth of what is left of the rubber factory into Castle Mills. Not so long ago the building was on the demolition list but a determined community campaign and the vision of Edinburgh Printmakers will see it reopen in 2019 as a centre for printmaking and other creative activities.
I've been involved in various projects at Fountainbridge since 2011. It's easy to get impatient at the pace of development and the twists and turns along the way. That's why short term improvements like the Grove Community garden have been important. And the latest addition - a wonderful community mural near Leamington Lift Bridge - is part of that pattern, led by Edinburgh Printmakers, along with Tynecastle and Boroughmuir High Schools, Tollcross Community Centre and Saheliya. It's brought a fantastic splash of colour to what is very much an area in transition and I'm sure will herald an even more colourful future. I hope passers-by enjoy it as much as I do on my daily cycle into work."
Gavin Corbett is Green councillor for Fountainbridge and City Canal Champion