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Published On: Mon, Oct 8th, 2012 at 4:03pm

Community Engagement event in the Calders this afternoon

A package of measures is being introduced to improve security on the landings of housing blocks in the south west of Edinburgh.

The Landing Upgrade Project will provide new digital CCTV cameras, screen doors and upgraded fire resistant paint in the six blocks in the Calders.

The improvements, which will cost £600,000, has been officially unveiled at a special Community Engagement event in Dunsyre House South this afternoon.

Work to the landings on the first floor of the tower block have now been completed and similar upgrades are planned for the remaining landings over the next 18 months.

The blocks currently have CCTV cameras which cover the entrances, the ground floors and lifts. The aim of the project is to reduce vandalism repair costs and give residents in the blocks a greater sense of security.

It is also hoped that today’s Community Engagement event will encourage residents to form two residents groups for the high and low rises. It follows on from the successful Operation Cipher campaign which was launched in the Calders last month.

Vice-Convener of Health, Social Care & Housing – Cammy Day

Councillor Cammy Day, the city’s housing leader, said: “I am sure these improvements will be welcomed by people living in the Calders. The new measures are designed to improve safety and give them a greater sense of security.

“Today’s activities reinforce the commitment made by the Capital Coalition to involve local people in decisions on how Council resources are used. I would urge everyone to come along to the Community Engagement event and make their views heard.”

Maude Wylie, a member of the Wester Hailes Community Council, approved of today’s Community Engagement event.

She said:- “This project was discussed at the community council with local young people who were very supportive. They felt it was a great chance for the local community to get involved in not only improving their local area but also finding out about what services can help support them.”

In addition to the unveiling of the first upgraded landing there are other events happening in the Calders this week.

Between 3pm and 6.30pm today Council staff, along with various partner organisations, will be available to meet residents to discuss any housing, recycling issues, promote the investment in the area and encourage resident involvement in the future of the estate.

Staff from Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade will also be on site today to encourage residents to use the recycling facilities available to minimise potential fire risk, due to residents storing rubbish/bulk items inappropriately.

Recycling skips will also be available for residents to dispose of any unwanted bulk items.

There will also be a Community Clean Up tomorrow and Wednesday between 9am and 4pm with staff from British Gas.

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