The GRA have been members of Portobello Community Council since 2011.
The association was formally established in November 2010, as a direct result of green belt housing plans. The group aims are: to safeguard and promote the interests of residents in the area on matters concerning housing, and the environment of the area, along with the social and community life of the area. Working towards good relations amongst all members of the community.
Since our formation the GRA has built excellent working links with the Newcraighall Residents Association, Local Councillors, our MSPs and our MPSs, as well as the PCC.
Gilberstoun is probably the furthest away constituency from Portobello town centre and prior to our involvement in the PCC sometimes it felt that were not best connected to what is going on around us. Through our involvement however, we have been able to make our immediate community aware of wider community issues so as that our view could be clearly articulated in PCC discussions. For example articulating our views over the development of housing in the green belt, the redevelopment of the former Big W site, developments at Fort Kinnaird and proposals for the new Portobello High School.
Our position on the Community Council helps to ensure that one of Portobello’s remotest communities continues to have an influence over policy decisions that affect us all.