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NEWHAVEN COMMUNITY PROJECT
Newhaven, once a distinct community with a history going back to the 16th Century and a proud fishing heritage has struggled in recent years to retain its identity. Many of the original buildings were demolished in the 1950s and 60s and replaced by modern housing with improved facilities. Reclamation of land has pushed back the sea and development on Western Harbour continues to add thousands of new dwellings.
It’s been a close and supportive community with deep roots in a hard working past for more than five hundred years. It had to be because the people made their living from the sea and it was a hard life. The fishing may be gone but the ties that bound the people together are still there.
People need to belong to a place and Newhaven is a good place to belong to. It needs your help to keep that sense of community alive.
Why there is a need for this project
The current Victoria Primary School, which cannot meet the rising role, is to be replaced in 2020 with a new school on Western Harbour. The present building — the oldest operational primary school in the City of Edinburgh being founded in 1844, and much loved by the local community — would then be up for sale. Newhaven Heritage, a Scottish Registered charity, is taking the lead on the development of plans for the community to acquire and develop it as a Heritage Centre and community hub. Newhaven Heritage wants Victoria Primary School to be reborn as the Newhaven Heritage Centre and community hub, owned and run by and for the people of Newhaven.
There is growing concern that it is critical to the future sense of place and a cohesive community that local heritage and traditions are not lost but celebrated, widely shared, respected and built upon by new generations.
The Proposed Project Area
Victoria Primary School is at the junction of two Community Council areas and two Neighbourhood Partnership Areas. Whilst the focus must be to meet the needs of those in the very immediate area, the building could be a significant resource to the wider area which can support sustainability in the long term. The proposed project area however as defined by the term Greater Newhaven covers the old village boundary plus the houses in Western Harbour.
The proposed Project
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