Some of the Sentinel’s most dramatic storylines are the demolition reports, showing how the landscape was changed as the high rise blocks came down. Westburn, Hailesland, Park And Drive, areas altered so completely it can be hard to match up then and now images. However, other parts of Wester Hailes changed too, and had their own stories to tell. We’re featuring Clovenstone on the Face book page this week as part of the ongoing project we have with the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
Clovenstone hit the headlines in the Sentinel several times over the years. In 1994, Clovenstone families were told they would no longer be able to use the Social Work Office in Wester Hailes and had to go to Oxgangs instead. Whilst this may have made sense to someone in a central office looking at a map, it would have been a huge problem for Clovenstone residents facing a long bus journey as public transport links between the two areas were limited. You can read more on this story here.
Clovenstone tenants also had to fight against rent increases brought in when some of the housing was modernised in 1994 as reported in the Sentinel. Tenants pointed out that firstly they had not been consulted, and secondly, they were being asked to pay for repairs and replacements such as rewiring, not modernisation. The Clovenstone and Wester Hailes Park Development Group pushed for the demand to be withdrawn and requested that the council provide a definition of modernisation. The council had a rethink and the rent increase was withdrawn. You can read more about this story here.
Meanwhile, other major changes were underway. Clovenstone tenants were being asked to consider voting yes to a tenure transfer to release regeneration funding. The proposed change did not include all of Clovenstone. After a long process of meetings, consultation and discussions, tenants voted to transfer to Wester Hailes Community Housing Association. The development was broken into phases and progress was reported on in the associations’ newsletter in June 1999.