Community Associations and Centres. A Comparative Study by Alan C. Twelvetrees

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Thus, the Department always placed strong emphasis on education and culture and expected associations to develop these activities, when it was clear that the associations themselves had other priorities, very often of a social nature, and perhaps felt they might lose members if they developed an educational or cultural bias. By placing emphasis on these activities the Education Department appears to have neglected the fact that many sections of the population see education as formal and connected with authority, and that to encourage the interest of people in education and culture the process of merely offering it for consumption makes no converts.

P. 184. Membership and A ttendance 45 children's activities since the majority of members have children in common and are young married people. Parkhead and Sighthill Ratepayers' Association and West Pilton C. A. particularly exhibited these characteristics in the 1940s and early 1950s. 15 Sighthill Initially both membership and attendance in the Parkhead and Sighthill Ratepayers' Association were high, with general meetings in the local school attracting over 250 people. A strong paper membership which was rarely less than 1000 and sometimes over 1700 households was maintained until 1968 when the system was changed.

By 1951 there were no community groups known to the Education Department in Central or South Leith but there were some in West Leith. This area includes Trinity and Newhaven which are not strictly Leith although they are now part of the ward of West Leith. In 1953 a community association was started in Central Leith but quickly collapsed and according to the records of the Education Department there were no further developments until 1958. Leith Community Provisional Committee In 1958 the Corporation published its 'Central Leith Redevelopment Plan'.

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