From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

Safe And Secure

Twenty years ago last month a commemorative plaque was unveiled to mark the start of a major scheme intended to improve safety and security for Clovenstone residents.

photo from the Sentinel April 1991

Alarm systems provided by British Telecom were fitted to flats in the area designed to inform police almost instantly when break-ins took place. The Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police carried out the opening ceremony which was attended by local people and representatives from Edinburgh District Council. Click here to read the report at Sentinel April 1991.

Many thanks to Clovenstone resident Pat Donnelly who rescued the plaque and handed it in to our office for safekeeping when the building to which it was attached was about to be demolished.

£100,000 was earmarked for the project and a total of 250 homes were meant to be linked in through the telephone network.  At the opening the Chief Constable was quoted as saying, “As far as I am aware this is the first scheme of its kind in Scotland and its progress will be monitored with great interest”. Does anyone remember anything about it? How long it lasted and how successful it was? British Telecom were going to manage the project for the first two years and then hand over to the District Council.

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