About us

The Causey

Slideshow above: In 2007 we transformed the street for three days in an award-winning event. Inspired by this we held Ideas Workshops for our community to explore the area's history, examine the present road junction, and work together to imagine a better place.

The Causey Development Trust

The West Crosscauseway Association (WCCA) was formed in February 2007 in response to The Causey — a temporary project that was part of the SIX CITIES Design Festival held in May 2007. This project transformed the place from a car-dominated traffic island into an elegant tropical island for local people to enjoy.

Following the success of that temporary project, the WCCA decided to pursue the spirit of The Causey and to make a permanent transformation of the space into a place for people. In 2011 the WCCA renamed ourselves more appropriately as The Causey Development Trust (CDT) and in April 2011 became a registered charity (SC042217).

CDT aims to promote the amenity and environment of the West Crosscauseway area and promote education, learning and enjoyment for individuals who are either a resident or where their place of employment is in the area.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the aims of the Trust, regardless of sex, nationality, political party, race or religious opinions. The Committee and office bearers are elected at the Annual General Meeting and meetings are held regularly at the Southside Community Centre.

CDT is working in partnership with other local community organisations such as the South Side Association, the South Side Community Council and the South Side Community Centre as well as the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, Canongate Youth Project and RCAHMS.

For more information email info@thecausey.org


CDT and our track record:

  1. Grass roots organisation, meets regularly, properly constituted, manages finances responsibly. Thorough community engagement and consultation integral to our work.
  2. Developed The Causey May 2007 by engaging with the community.
  3. Secured additional funding for this.
  4. The Causey 2007 placed 2nd in UK-wide Architects Journal small projects competition.
  5. Gathered support from the community for a permanent transformation.
  6. Secured the necessary funding for meaningful community engagement and to develop an outline proposal based on this.
  7. Carried out three professionally-led Ideas Workshops for 80 participants and recorded their ideas in models,films and photos as to how the place could be used and designed.
  8. Developed website, exhibition banners, timeline.
  9. Communicated with local people at Meadows Festival, Southside Community Council, Southside Association, Southside Community Centre, Southside Heritage Group, Living Memory Association, Edinburgh University, Canongate Youth Project and Edinburgh College of Art.
  10. Have good links with City of Edinburgh Council South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, Living Streets, Greenspace Scotland, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Supported by the above and by The Cockburn Trust and local business owners.
  11. Open to new members and ideas that support our work.

Why our work is important:

  1. Pro-active, grassroots, enterprising.
  2. Local people will reclaim a historic street making it a striking, sustainable asset of highest design quality.
  3. The City of Edinburgh Council will gain an asset on edge of World Heritage site.
  4. Joint work with professionals, with mutual benefits.
  5. Raising the bar for local people in terms of meaningful community engagement.
  6. Educates local people in awareness of urban traffic and sustainability issues and addresses accessibility issues.
  7. Design and planning from the ground up, not top down.
  8. Brings attention to how traffic gets more priority than people.
  9. Raises issues of physical accessibility for pedestrians.
  10. Offers a model in good practice for community engagement.
  11. Seeks to influence the City of Edinburgh Council planning policy and practice.
  12. Re-connects people with their streets, encouraging neighbourliness and responsibility.
  13. People sense a stronger community by working together by sharing ideas, learning new skills together.
  14. Offers many volunteering opportunities.
  15. Counters existing cynicism about planners.
  16. Raises awareness of the function of local community groups and encourages local people to participate in them.
  17. Encourages a more sustainable way of living.


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