After three months of community pressure about the No Entry signs on publicly accessible open space and at the pedestrian entrance to the site – letters to politicians, the Council and an active Facebook campaign on the issue have forced the Craighouse Partnership to remove signage that made it look like there was no public access to the Craighouse site.
The signage – which should refer to the buildings only – made it look as though the site was no longer accessible to the public and that there was no public access when there is.
The Friends of Craighouse wrote to William Gray Muir three months ago on the 25th July on this issue – and again on the 6th August when he said the signage would be reviewed, But, the signs remained all over the Craighouse site for months.
A Facebook campaign was launched after the Friends discovered that many people in the local community were confused or intimidated by the signs and were left uncertain about whether there was still public access on the site.
Lots of people shared the Facebook posters to let people know the site was still open to the public, that the public have access rights at Craighouse and that the public must not let public access be eroded by being intimidated by the signage. Politicians also started to investigate.
We’re delighted to announce that sometime between yesterday and this morning the Do Not Enter signs from the pedestrian entrance, the green space and the path running up between the buildings were taken down.
Thank you everyone who shared the Facebook posters, wrote in or spread the word. This shows the importance of communities saying no to big developers trying to erode access rights by degree. The public have had access rights for decades – but we have to protect them and not allow them to be eroded by such measures.