Portobello Park school plans: Holyrood official in row over conflict of interest

Herald Sunday 22 June 2014

A top Holyrood official is embroiled in a conflict of interest row over controversial plans to build a school in an Edinburgh park.

Andrew Mylne, the head of the Parliament’s non-executive bills unit (NEBU), advised Edinburgh council about its legislative proposals for Portobello Park and met opponents of the plan.

However, a campaign group has made a formal complaint as Mylne lives in the area and has children in the school catchment.
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Exclusive countryside? Social inclusion and regeneration in rural areas

Rural Gentrification PDF

Most people in Britain know little about rural areas beyond a purely visual appreciation. Seen through a car window, or a TV screen, it is easy to see rural areas as idyllic and changeless. Many of us carry a picture of an imagined countryside where farming families till the same land as their forebears, where everyone knows and supports one another in ‘communities’, where life is slower and somehow better. Yet the economies and societies of rural areas of Britain are changing rapidly in the face of globalisation, economic restructuring, migration, and other social and policy changes. These forces have different implications for different areas and social groups.