Gorgie City farm to re-open under new name after takeover announced

Gorgie City farm is set to re-open under a new name after new owners for the community project were announced.

The centre will re-open on the same site as ‘Love Gorgie’ and will be operated by the charity ‘Love Learning’, who beat competition from the owners of East Links Family Park.

The farm went into liquidation in November 2019, resulting in the loss of 18 jobs, but was able to continue operating after a crowd-funding campaign raised over £100,000.

‘Love Learning’, a mental health charity, propose to turn the farm into a therapy petting zoo.

In a statement from LOVE Learning, CEO Lynn Bell said: “We are incredibly excited to be taking on such a treasured resource as Gorgie City Farm.

“At LOVE learning we seek to improve the education and life chances of vulnerable children, young people and adults, as well as their families.

“Not only will the farm remain open seven days a week and remain free, but we will provide a range of exciting education, environmental and social care programmes supporting vulnerable children and adults.

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“This will include learning programmes within a newly-established skills academy, social prescribing, animal therapy and employability projects.
“In addition, our educational centre will engage with local communities on environmental programmes around farming and food production and our intention is to have a food bank and social enterprise café. It will be a real community hub.

“We would like to commend the massive community support and fully recognise the love there clearly is for Gorgie City Farm. We cannot wait to get in and to work with the Council and other key stakeholders to get it up and running.”

The new farm is set to open in the spring.

FMQs; Snap Election And NHS The Main Talking Points

First Minister’s Questions took place today on the back of the Westminster government on Tuesday voting in support of a December 12th general election.


With MSPs off parliamentary duty last week, there was much to catch up on. Interim Scottish Conservatives leader Jackson Carlaw opened the questioning, citing Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour would allow a second Scottish Independence referendum if he became Prime Minister to suggest an alliance between Labour and SNP.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon replied that whether it was Labour or the Conservatives ended up in power in a December election, the Westminster system is “broken” and that only the SNP would allow Scotland the power to decide its future.

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Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard asked the First Minister about the NHS, looking back to 2013 when the SNP said they wanted to make NHS workplaces “a great place to work.” He quoted a recent audit that said the NHS in Scotland is “running too hot, with too much pressure on staff” and said that around a quarter of staff sick hours are being taken up by stress-related absences.


The First Minister replied by stating that her government had increased NHS staffing by 13,000, more than a 10% increase. She also pointed out a 6% health budget increase in the last five years and said that if at the last Scottish election Labour had come into power, the NHS budget would be £758 million less than it is now.


Co-Leader of the Green party Alison Johnstone used her question to bring up short let controls for properties in Scotland. This has been a hot topic in Edinburgh recently, with an increase in landlords choosing short term lets being linked to a housing shortage. Johnstone asked the First Minister to put a timeline on when controls on short term letting would be put in place, with the First minister replying that she aimed to have proposals in place at the beginning of next year. Johnstone cited a 2017 short term letting control proposal that the SNP blocked, but Sturgeon insisted that it was important for constituencies to be able to decide if controls were necessary on their own rather than enforcing a “one size fits all” blanket ban.


As we head towards a snap election and Brexit continues to rumble on, the tense atmosphere visible at Holyrood today will only continue.

Images of Banksy “Revealed” in Agent’s New Book

Banksy fans will be given a glimpse behind the mystery for the first time.

The artist’s former agent and photographer, Steve Lazarides, will publish photos from their 11 years of working together.

But, keeping with Banksy’s mysterious profile, the photos don’t show his face.

Lazarides said: “I worked with him for 11 glorious years, during which time we broke every rule in the rule book, along with a fair few laws.

“I hate the art world. I only became part of it because Banksy catapulted the movement into the stratosphere.

“It was a ride – however, I’m glad I’m out of it and about to enter the next ride.”

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Lazarides’ 250-page book, Banksy Captured, tells the story of Banksy’s early days.

The images provide a behind-the-scenes look at some of the artist’s most famous work.

The first 50 people to Lazarides’ self-published and self-distributed book will receive a Banksy “Di-faced” £50 note, a fake currency featuring the face of Diana Princess of Wales.

He will also release limited-edition prints of his photographs at affordable prices in a bid to open the art world to a broader audience.


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MSPs On Standby As Holyrood Not to Reconvene Early

MSPs look likely to not be reconvening until Tuesday after presiding officer Ken MacIntosh deferred his decision on an early return.

MacIntosh cited an “ongoing lack of clarity” from Westminster in making his decision, and the Scottish government will be keeping their eye on London for further developments before they return.

With further referendums and even a general election being discussed, the Scottish Government were keen to reconvene MSPs to debate Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.

In a message to MSPs, MacIntosh added that he would keep a close eye on events in Westminster over the coming days and may still reconvene the government early.

Parties continue to clash on potential second referendums on Britain leaving the EU and Scotland becoming independent.

Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton told EN4 News that whilst he saw no need for a second Scottish independence referendum, he believes anything could still happen at Westminster, and outlined the Liberal Democrat’s plan going forward.

But Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour insists a second EU referendum would be damaging for the United Kingdom, and that Brexit should be delivered now so that politicians can return to helping their constituents.

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