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COMMISSIONING THE FUTURE OF EDINBURGH

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Ideas on what people in Edinburgh want for the future of the city and the government's plans for sustainable develo...
Ideas on what people in Edinburgh want for the future of the city and the government's plans for sustainable development in Scotland were discussed at a meeting of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh's commission on sustainable development.

The commissioners, drawn from all walks of life, have been taking on board ideas from people in the city for the last 12 months. Lord Sewel, Scottish agriculture, environment and fisheries minister, who attended, said:

'We have never been more conscious than now of the need to look at what the future offers. The Scottish parliament will offer the opportunity for change which meets the aspirations of the people of Scotland.

'Sustainable development, which brings together a demand for economic and social development matched by a concern for the environment must be a priority for all of us. It brings benefits to everyone, of confident communities, of a clean and healthy environment, and an improved quality of life.

'The Lord Provost's commissioners' report will be a valuable guide to what Edinburgh might be like in the next few decades. I am pleased to see a Scottish city taking this positive attitude to the future and I hope that other local authorities will follow this example. The Local Agenda 21 programmes which many Scottish local authorities are developing will make a valuable contribution to planning for the new millennium.'

The commissioners will be reporting to the Lord Provost next month.

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