From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes

1989

January
23 years ago, much of the front page is given over to the mascot chosen by the Wester Hailes Employment Initiative.  There’s also details of the repair and improve package agreed by the council for Wester Hailes Park and Drive, and Clovenstone. Other stories include

  • Rival bids for Hailesland creating tough competition for the development of Hailesland Park
  • Below The Breadline: the difficulties facing young people trying to find work and facing cuts to benefits.
  • End of An Era: the dismantling of the original Venchie
  • A Family Centre For Wester Hailes being proposed by the Parents Support Group
  • Development of the Greenway: Simon the community planner was looking for feedback on suggested improvements.

You’ll find all these stories and more by clicking here.

October
October 1989 .  The articles featured include

  • Protests about plans to transport nuclear waste by train right through the middle of Wester Hailes
  • An interview with Hector McRae who started the Sentinel
  • Community news: information and reports from around the neighbourhoods
  • An interview with Scott Crabbe about playing for Hearts

November
In November 1989, the lead story was the announcement that high level nuclear waste was to be transported through Wester Hailes on trains carrying spent nuclear fuel.  There were concerns about the levels of secrecy surrounding the plans and what would happen in the case of an accident.  The Rep Council agreed to mount a campaign.  Other stories include

  • The Acorn Club facing closure after a major cut in fundingWindmill's new premises
  • A dispute between Hailes United Football Club and a local launderette
  • X-Position, Wester Hailes’ latest band
  • New premises for Windmill
  • Interview with Scott Crabbe, Hearts’ newest star

You can read more about these stories and others by clicking here on November 1989.

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