Readers will be aware that NHS Lothian plans to sell the site of the Astley Ainslie Hospital by 2019. The Grange Association set up a working group with the local Community Councils to make known the community’s views for the sale. This group has met on two occasions. Meanwhile we are pleased to learn that NHS Lothian is setting up a Forum of interested parties, consultations with which will inform the masterplan for the site. The Forum was due to meet shortly after this newsletter went to press. NHS Lothian also intends to appoint consultants to manage the sale but no appointment has yet been made.
Following the article in the last newsletter we are delighted to welcome Alan Farningham, a town planning consultant who lives in the Grange. Alan has kindly offered to help with our negotiations with NHS Lothian.
Jo and Richard Doake have arranged several guided walks through the AAH grounds which participants have found interesting and informative. Information about the site can be found on our website at http://gaedin.co.uk/wp/astley-ainslie-hospital.
One of the many items of archaeological interest on the site was a series of boss stones (see photograph). These were originally thought to be from the former Chapel of St Roque but are probably from the 15th century Trinity College Church which was demolished to build Waverley Station. These stones were in front of Canaan House and then moved to the wall in front of Millbank. Just in the last two months, most of them have disappeared. If anyone has seen these ancient stones, the police would like to hear from them.