Telfer – Urgent Action Needed

A recent sexual assault on a woman at the Telfer Subway has underlined again the importance of additional CCTV in the area.  We need a deterrence and a clear message to be sent that the subway is monitored.   Dedicated CCTV for the subway would also help with identifying perpetrators.  

In November of last year I launched an online petition calling for robust action to improve the CCTV coverage at the subway and in January this year I met with representatives of the City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Borders Police on a site visit to discuss safety concerns.  I was advised that there was not enough money to install CCTV cameras in the subway.

It is evident that community safety issues remain and that they are very serious.  I am acutely aware that a number of residents feel unsafe and are deeply concerned by the vicious attacks that have occurred in recent years.  The subway is a major thoroughfare for local residents and links key parts of the community.   As the council considers my representations for additional CCTV I will be raising the issue of additional police cover in the area. 

I am strongly in favour of further investment in the area and I will be speaking to residents through a local listening campaign to get their views on what should be done.  If you have comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or call me on 0131 348 5751