Submission of fresh bids for the Sick Kids hospital

MSDT has now submitted new bids for Community Right to Buy of the Sick Kids site.

The previous bid was held up after complex land ownership issues around the 122-year-old hospital revealed that although it is being marketed as one site, it is owned by two separate legal entities: NHS Lothian and its charitable trust, the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.

Under the terms of the legislation, the Sick Kids sale process has now been paused and Scottish Ministers have 30 days to decide if MSDT should get first refusal on the site.

The past few weeks have involved an intense effort from our unpaid volunteers to try to clear up complex land ownership issues, but we have been sustained by the growing support for the bid from across the community.

The renewed submissions were made with the continuing belief that this route is currently the best way to ensure a community-led development which is focused on issues directly relevant to the people living in Marchmont and Sciennes.