A recent event in Braidwood Centre saw the Word Bank revive an important film about Dumbiedykes made in 2000 by Pilton Video in partnership with the Workers Educational Association.

Dumbiedykes: a Community Worth Preserving was made at a critical time for the community, right in the middle of the new development of Holyrood South with the Scottish Parliament under construction. Built to replace slum housing in the 1960s, Dumbiedykes now saw itself on the verge on becoming a slum once more with a growing backlog of house repairs and housing stock transfer from the Council on the cards.

The mood of the film is largely pessimistic but there’s also ample evidence of a community resilient enough to fight for a better future. And while the pessimism about the future of Dumbiedykes as a community has not been fulfilled, some of the old problems (such as poor public transport) persist and changes in the residential population have brought new challenges.

A report on the discussion which followed the film is available here.

Most importantly, it includes suggestions to help revive the fortunes of Dumbiedykes. If you have a contribution to make to this discussion we would like to hear from you.

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