Over the last few months, we’ve had some posts that we want to keep the spotlight on. As time progresses, we’ll add to this list.
David Pirie provides a comprehensive review of post war housing and its legacy for areas such as Wester Hailes. In this article he describes the growing reliance on prefab housing, the acute social problems these “streets in the sky” generated and the long term consequences of speed driven large scale developments. Whilst he points out that the road to Wester Hailes was paved with good intentions, he highlights key issues and the need to learn from past mistakes.
Some personal reflections from Prospect’s Money Advice Officer Pete Mowat on working in Wester Hailes, the changes he has seen, and his perspective on issues of financial exclusion.