7.30pm, Monday 13th August 2018
Portobello’s Old Parish Church, Bellfield Street: the first successful Urban Community buy out in Scotland
Two talks, with a very brief film – Is community ownership the route to a viable future?
– Milka Chepkorir, a Sengwer community activist from Kenya, on her community’s attempts to secure a win-win for the community and conservation, and to stop the state burning their homes and evicting them from their lands, including through trying to use Kenya’s 2016 Community Land Act.
– Justin Kenrick, Chair of Action Porty, on the community’s campaign to secure Bellfield, and Portobello’s ongoing attempt to secure a win-win for the community and Edinburgh Council at the Pitz/ Westbank site, including our use of the 2016 Land Reform Act and the 2015 Community Empowerment Act.
[This event was filmed, for a series of videos being made about Community Land Week, for the Scottish Government]