Important News – Dowies Mill Weir
Greetings to all members
We hope that you are keeping well and in as good spirits as
possible. There are signs that we should before too long
start returning to what we at one time regarded as normal
something to look forward to.
Most of you will by now be only too familiar with the never-ending
Dowies Mill weir saga. In a nutshell, the council s preferred
option for improving fish passage is to remove the weir with in our
view many deleterious consequences. We have proposed the
alternative option of installing fish passage measures at the Weir
which would retain the much appreciated mill pond down river from
Cramond Brig, remove the many risks associated with the council s
option and be cheaper.
Recently what may prove to be a key event has taken place.
Back in November 2019 a meeting with the council was held where our
proposals were put forward in a team led by Andrew Mather of our
Community Council. FRAW has been the lead group in the
Dowies concern but the active cooperation of our partner local
organisations has been vital in taking this forward and has greatly
added weight of our case. This meeting was demonstrably very
effective as the council agreed to commission a new consultant s
investigation into our proposal. Even more remarkable was
that this has actually taken place and that the report is
impartially put together. We can and do of course take issue
with a number of items within it but it largely does the job and
recognises some central issues of our case in particular those
relating to cost and risks. The report can be seen here..
A meeting was held on 19 February where the report was
presented. Our representatives George Bee and John
Crutchfield represented us and local groups where once again their
professional experience and judgement served us well. We have
now sent this response to the report
which we trust fully covers our position on this important
matter. Please let us know if you have any questions or
comments. In addition if you can make any representations to
our political representatives this would be welcome.
Although there is no guarantee we hope for ultimate success.
The support we receive from our members makes this possible as it
is so important that we can demonstrate a wide public
Recently a membership renewal notice was sent out and we are delighted that so many of you continue to give us your support. This support is vital, as it sends a powerful message to the council and other organisations like SEPA and the Forth Rivers Trust during these challenging discussions. If you haven’t yet replied, it would be very helpful if you would continue to show that you remain with us and for what we are trying to achieve.
With our best wishes
The FRAW Committee