The Pitz is one of the most valuable open spaces in Portobello, home to five-a-side football pitches and Tumbles, a gymnastics and soft play centre. Beach Wheelchairs Portobello also recently secured a storage unit on the site for their wheelchairs. The space is widely used and beloved by the community.
Regrettably, the City of Edinburgh Council moved forward with selling the site with zero input from the community. While housing is important, local services in Portobello are already greatly affected by the amount of new homes being built. Any decision about the Pitz’s future should be left to the community. I attended and spoke at a public meeting facilitated by the Portobello Community Council. The outcome of the meeting was that the Pitz’s future should be decided by some community-led initiative and that the Council plan should be ditched. Click here to read the Edinburgh Evening News coverage of the meeting.
As such, I wrote to councillors on the finance and resources committee asking them to immediately halt the sale of the Westbank Street site. I believe it would be a waste of time and resources to put any more effort into a plan that has lacked initial community input and lacks community buy-in at present. Click below to read my full commentary from the Edinburgh Evening News: