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24 April 2013
The City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils have completed a
deal to buy additional land at the site earmarked for the Zero
Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian project.
Land at the former railway marshalling yards near Millerhill was originally bought in January 2010 to meet the needs of the project. Additional land became available last year and the Councils approved the purchase from British Railways Board (Residuary) at a price of around £1.2million, which was completed the week ending 5 April.
By buying the additional land, it improves the overall site and will allow the councils to:
Gordon Pollock, Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian Project Director, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to secure the additional land for the Councils. It is an important development which will allow the Councils to plan the redevelopment of the whole of this derelict site."
Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian is a major joint-waste infrastructure project between the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils. A process to procure a long-term solution to recycle food waste was completed earlier this year, and the procurement process for facilities to recover recyclables and energy from mixed residual waste is ongoing.
British Railways Board (Residuary) is the body set-up following the break-up of British Railways, to manage owned land which was not needed for railway use by Network Rail.