Linkwood development: first steps

Finally, the company who owned this land decided to knock-down the decrepit, derelict buildings and leave the site ready for redevelopment. As you can see from the photographs, there is a real transformation already. The area feels more light and open with the four houses, in particular, benefitting from not being overshadowed.

However, clearly much work still needs to be done. I cannot understand why Moray Council are spending so much time and money discussing plans for Cooper Park, now flood-alleviated and already looking amazing, whilst on the other side of town, everything seems to be in limbo with litter accumulating behind temporary metal barricades, seagulls nesting right in the middle of our city and damaged fences left broken.

The Linkwood site is better, but just a small injection of cash could spearhead new building work. There’s such a demand for affordable housing and, rather than tear-up more countryside, why don’t the Council use all available resources to regenerate brownfield areas?

Rather than wait years for some private sector company to finally decide there might be a profit to be made from building another retail park (after sorting out the flooding issues), the Council needs to see investing in the overall appearance of Elgin as a very worthwhile cause. Removing eyesores makes our city more desirable for tourists and can improve the mental well-being of residents who don’t have to be depressed walking past sites blighted by rot. Moreover, the Linkwood site presents excellent opportunities to improve transport links, creating a new crossing over the railway bridge.

Regeneration is a win-win proposition.

Rubbish out of reach, but not of sight!

Rubbish out of reach, but not of sight!

A wonderful development opportunity

A wonderful development opportunity

Linkwood demo site (7)

A new view of Linkwood’s old saw mill

 

Temporary metal barricades still seem all too permanent

Temporary metal barricades still seem all too permanent

Rubble mountain

Rubble mountain

This house now sees the light!

This house now sees the light!

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One thought on “Linkwood development: first steps

  1. It is worth noting that this site cannot, under current laws, be transformed into housing because there is a gas storage site nearby. Although the older houses you can see in the photograph could be incinerated at any moment, if there was a major gas explosion, planning rules mean no new residential units can be built. I only discovered this fact by chance through corresponding with a local councillor.
    You often hear people complaining about brownfield sites that surely could and should be turned into homes. I wonder how many other areas face the same restrictions and barriers to being improved? Maybe we need more imagination in revitalising these wastelands.

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