Public Consultation on revised Design for the Causey
- Have Your Say!
February 2018

(TRO/17/101 West Crosscauseway & RSO 18/01 West Crosscauseway)

The Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Re-determination Order (RSO) for the revised design for The Causey have now available to view at this link on the CEC website.

Comments can also be submitted by members of the public until the deadline below.

Please note the following points:

Note - it would also be very positive for CDT and progressing this proposal if you email your support to:

Convenor of CEC Transport and Environment Committee
(Cllr Lesley Macnnes):

Southside and Newington Ward Councillors:

The current design proposal:


New Design Proposal and Public Exhibition
Janaury 2018

CDT has developed a revised design proposal to make West Crosscauseway and the surrounding area safer, more welcoming and attractive, pedestrian and cycle friendly, and better meeting the needs of local residents, businesses and the local community.

This revised design responds to a range of views that were expressed with regard to the proposal submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) last year. It seeks to address key areas of concern in a proactive and positive manner.

Click here to view a leaflet showing the proposal and here for further information.

New Traffic Regulation Orders and Re-determination Orders are now being promoted by CEC.

The proposals are currently under consideration by a range of statutory consultees who will provide feedback to advise CEC.

Public consultation period: The next stage is a period for public consultation which is expected to commence in late January 2018. The relevant drawings will be accessible at this link: (enter TRO in the “search” box). An update will follow here when the public consultation period goes live.

Public Exhibitions
CDT will be running two public exhibitions in January 2018 to exhibit and explain the proposals. These will aim to facilitate people to understand the proposals and comment from an informed perspective as the TRO/RSO drawings can be hard to interpret. All are welcome.

Saturday 20 Jan (2.30-4.30 pm)
Tuesday 23 Jan 2018 (5.30-7.30pm)

Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church,
10 West Crosscauseway,
Edinburgh EH8 9JP

This event will also ia celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the award-winning temporary transformation project which initiated the Causey project.

Can you join us in sharing out vision of a better place for everyone? If you would like to discuss how you can support us or get more closely involved please email



Developing designs
September 2016

The proposals for The Causey — transforming a place are moving forward. Over the next few months we’ll be working to develop the designs in detail. Local people are welcome to get involved in this process.

We had great feedback from the Community Exhibition in March 2015. The response to the design proposals was overwhelmingly positive, with 90% of those responding in favour of the proposals.

We’ve also listened to more detailed comments and are working to address these. Click on the Proposals tab to see the revised drawings.

Download the summary leaflet here

A consultation on making the necessary Traffic Regulations Order (TRO) and Road Determination Order (RDO) to support the transformational change at The Causey is now under way.

Please show your support for our proposal to transform The Causey at this link:

Our proposal will


We’ve got more plans…come and see them
March 2015

Causey Development Trust would like to have your response to its design proposals for The Causey — transforming a place.

Hosted at Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church, plans and visualisations of the latest proposals will be on display and members of the Trust’s Steering Group and the Design Team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Don’t miss this opportunity to come to the Exhibition, comment on the proposals and influence how The Causey is designed for and used by people in the future. We’d like to hear what you think.

Opening times and venue
Thursday 26 March, 6 – 8 pm
Saturday 28 March, 3 – 5 pm
Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church, 10 West Crosscauseway,
Edinburgh EH8 8JP

> Map
> Download a flyer to share

Public Art project for The Causey
Opportunities for local people to be involved
July-August 2014

CDT has commissioned Del Whitticase - an artist with a lot of experience in working with communities - to develop a public art project as part of the transformation of the Causey. Del is currently  running a series of four creative workshops aimed at local people who would like to get involved. The workshops will offer the opportunity to contribute to the development of this significant public art project at The Causey as part of the transformation of the space into a place for people.

Del will lead the participants using photography techniques, lighting and creativity to start off the process of building a body of work, to contribute to the design plans.

The workshops are free of charge. Places are limited, so please do let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come along. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop Dates
(all 10:15-12:45) - it's fine to come along to some or all of the workshops)

Artist proposals welcome
May 2014

CDT seeks to appoint an artist to develop ideas and proposals for site specific art work(s) on the Causey site through a period of research and development.

More details are available from the Creative Scotland's Opportunities website here.

Southsiders: Portrait of a Community
August 2013


Disability activist Caroline Barr, photographed by Peter Dibdin

Southsiders logo

Since the successful Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories award in December 2012, work on the Southsiders photography project has been continuing with further funding achieved from Foundation Scotland, The Cray Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council Business Partnerships Project.

The project launches at 2-4pm on Saturday 7 September in University of Edinburgh Inspace when a selection of the thirty portraits will be on display in The Causey and the full collection of portraits goes live on the project's dedicated website: A free special edition newspaper capturing the portraits and the stories behind them will also be published that day.

On the evening of Friday 4 October, a public panel discussion event will be held in the Main Hall of the Southside Community Centre to explore some of the questions raised by the project.

All are welcome to both events (subject to venue capacity).

> More on the project.


Southsiders: Portrait of a Community
10 December 2012

The Causey Development Trust is celebrating being awarded a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Grant for a photography project, Southsiders: Portrait of a Community.

We are one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant. CDT will team up with photographer Peter Dibdin to celebrate and explore the identity of the South Side community through photographic portraits of people who live and work in the South Side. Among other activities this will culminate in an exhibition of selected portraits next year in the Causey.

All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme in support of BBC Two's The Great British Story and is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage, inspiring them to look at our history through the eyes of ordinary people.


Doors Open Day
22 September 2012

Doors open day

CDT loved being part of Doors Open Day and it was fantastic to welcome over 200 people to The Causey in glorious autumn weather; discuss our plans for the space; and show-case Buccleuch Graveyard (burial place of  Deacon Brodie) and the spectacular interior of Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church. Thanks to all the visitors who came along, and Alex MacDondald of Buccleuch & Greyfriars for his support; also to The Cockburn Association; and City of Edinburgh Council and University of Edinburgh for allowing us to open up the graveyard.

Doors open day

Causey FiveUP
8 June 2012

new wall panel to celebrate 5 years

To mark the five year anniversary of our original temporary transformation of the Causey into a place for people, we invited all our friends and supporters along to a celebration.

5 years

5 years

Councillor Steve Burgess addressed the attendees and we were delighted also to have Sheila Gilmore MP in attendance, along with representatives from City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University. David Wood - CDT's current Chair - reflected upon the history of the space and CDT's plans to transform it into a beautiful place that everyone can enjoy. Many local residents and steering group members recalled how great the space had looked when it emerged as a tropical island back in 2007 and expressed enthusiasm for CDT's on-going work.

5 years

5 years

A new CDT sign board was unveiled, aimed at drawing people's attention to the history of The Causey, the existence of the Causey Development Trust, and our aim of creating a beautiful place which everyone can enjoy.

It even stopped raining towards the end of the event allowing people to spill out from Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church (who kindly hosted the event) into the Causey!

5 years

5 years


Causey Development Trust on STV
22 June 2012

The Causey on STV

Chair of Causey Development Trust talking about our work on STV. See the video here.

pop up at the causey

pop up at the causey

PopUP Lighting at The Causey
Thursday 10 March 2011  

On Wednesday evening fifty brave and cheery citizens of all ages threw their energies into lighting up two significant and historic buildings in the South Side of Edinburgh. While the event, a PopUP Lighting flashmob, had been advertised, the actual buildings to be lit were a closely guarded secret until the night.
They lit up spectacularly Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church on West Crosscauseway and The Chapel of Ease, an Edinburgh University building on Chapel Street. A group worked from the traffic island, lightpainting to create images recalling the Trust’s hopes to make The Causey a place for people where community events happen.

The torchbearers were local Southsiders, Napier and Edinburgh University students and Causey supporters, led by Natalie Bell of KSLD and her colleagues. The event was organised by The Causey Development Trust. The design of the PopUp Lighting event is created by professional lighting designers and Napier University, offering their professional services freely. The event is supported by KSLD, Arcade Architects, Mike Stoane Lighting, Philips Dynalite, XAL Architectural Lighting, BDP Architects, 56 North and Tesco Metro.

More photos are available on Facebook



PopUP Lighting at The Causey
Wednesday 9 March 2011  

In a flash, or flashmob, 50 torchbearers will be spectacularly lighting up part of Edinburgh’s South Side, banishing the gloom of winter and showing some of our great buildings in a new light.

The Causey Development Trust, in collaboration with professional lighting designers, has created this event to highlight the historic significance of these buildings and the potential of The Causey as a place for people where community events happen. The event also draws attention to the history and cultural significance of this part of the South Side of Edinburgh on the edge of the World Heritage site.

Torchbearers are local people, residents and members of local community groups, Causey supporters, and students, mainly from Edinburgh and Napier University.

The event begins with advice to “guerrilla” torchbearers at the South Side Community Centre then moves to the site for the lighting up.

But which buildings will receive the “treatment”?

If you are in Buccleuch Street at the junction with West Crosscauseway between 7.45pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday 9 March you will see the spectacular result!

> Map link

Change of name, not direction
January 2011

As we are applying for Charity Registration we took this opportunity to change our name from The West Crosscauseway Association to The Causey Development Trust. We think that this more accurately describes our aspirations to develop The Causey into a place for people. It also gives us the opportunity to embed the use of the words "The Causey" in the public's mind. This name change hasn't altered our aims, our constitution, or our grassroots approach to our work.   


June 2010


Watch our new filmed interview with a former resident about his childhood memories growing up in the Causey.


June 2010


Thanks to all who attended the Public Consultation (3-5 June). We received lots of useful feedback on the outline proposals and encouragement. More details, new photographs and a film footage are online for a limited time.

The Guardian wrote this article about the event.


ideas generated in the community workshops

May 2010
We’ve got plans… come and see them
Public Consultation announced

The West Crosscauseway Association would like to consult you on its outline design proposals for Causey2 — transforming a place.

Public consultation opening times and venue

Thursday 3 June, 6–8 pm
Friday 4 June, 12–2 pm
Saturday 5 June, 11 am –1 pm

Inspace Gallery, Crichton Street / Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Since our award-winning temporary transformation of The Causey in May 2007 we have been working towards the permanent transformation of West Crosscauseway from a space for cars into a place for people. Hosted at Inspace — New Media Scotland and Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics joint exhibition space — the exhibition includes films and photographs of the Community Ideas Workshops that were attended by over 90 people, as well as the outline design proposals for The Causey based on the ideas expressed at these workshops.

Don’t miss this opportunity to comment on the proposals and influence how Causey2 is designed and used in the future for people. We’d like to hear what you think.

PDF download Click here to download a flyer

19 April 2010
Success at The Scottish Civic Trust 'My Place' Award 2010

Congratulations to Arcade Architects on their success at The Scottish Civic Trust's 'My Place' Award 2010. They received a commendation for their involvement in The Causey 2007 event.

Our inspriational community event has was also awarded second prize in the Architects Journal Small Projects Award 2008.

workshop 3 participants
17 October 2009
Causey2 Ideas Workshop at Inspace Gallery

This was our third very successful Ideas Workshop, giving the opportunity for the local community to express its ideas for the future of the Causey. Living Streets gave a presentation of their work in making streets into places for people. Participants were drawn from local residents and businesses, local organisations, West Crosscauseway Association members and students from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art...

> Read about the workshop and watch the video here.

July 2009
A future Causey2 Ideas Workshop

Interested in what happened at our previous workshops and now want to take part in one? We'll be holding another one in October 2009. It will be free and led by professional architects and designers. We will publish information and a date soon. If you'd like to be kept in touch or know more details please get in touch.

research at a Causey ideas workshop
16 June 2009
Causey2 Ideas Workshop at The Southside Community Centre

This was a very successful event with participants from The Southside Heritage Group, The Living Memory Association, local churches, artists, residents and The City of Edinburgh Council...

> Read about the workshop and watch the video here.

6th June 2009
Meadows Festival

WCCA took up this opportunity to promote Causey2 to a wider public. Ben, Kate, Alison, Isobel and Bob had a very productive time talking to Meadows Festival go-ers and listening to their ideas about The Causey, about public space and how people’s needs can be prioritised in the city. Our display banners, describing the past, present and future of The Causey attracted much attention. Over 40 people signed up to be kept informed of WCCA’s progress, some with offers of direct support. Thank you to all of you who did this and for the encouragement it gave us.

June 2009
Causey2 Timeline update

We've created a Causey2 timeline to describe the process, and our progress, in transforming The Causey. We are almost half-way there in our ambition to transform this urban space into a vibrant place, designed for people.

PDF download Click here to download a PDF of the timeline

Monday 11 May 2009 at 7:30 pm
DVD launch of The Causey2 Ideas Workshop for Young People

The West Crosscauseway Association (WCCA) invites you to the launch of the DVD of The Causey2 Ideas Workshop for Young People. This workshop is the first of several events to engage the local community in exploring their ideas for transforming The Causey permanently into a place for people...

> Read about the workshop and watch the video here

workshop participants from Canongate Youth Project
21-22 October 2008
Causey2 Ideas Workshop for young people

A very successful Ideas workshop was held at CYP, over two half days, for 30 young people who researched the history of The Causey and imagined its future as a vibrant space for people...

> Read about the workshop and watch the video here.

01 October 2008
Workshops announced

The community engagement process will be as extensive as possible and a key part of this process will be a number of design workshops for different groups in the Southside including young people, older people, existing community groups and “hard to reach“ groups.

March 2008
Architects Journal declares The Causey a prize-winning project

Congratulations to all those involved in our original three-day Causey 2007 event which inspired members of our community to work towards a permanent improvement of the area.

Architects Journal has awarded The Causey second prize in the AJ Small Projects Award 2008.

Read more and watch videos of the 2007 Causey event here.