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In particular has been able to undertake a greater range of activities than previously now that it has a new centre with a full-time warden. During 1969/70 two tenants' groups were formed by local residents, one in Muirhouse, initially to co-operate with the police in combating the rampages of a local gang, and the other in West Pilton to ensure that the neighbourhood is better provided for following an article in the Edinburgh local paper which called it a slum. In the spring of 1970 a type of sports organisation based on several junior football teams was also created and managed to arouse the active participation of many residents.
XIV, No. 270 (1947), p. 73, which states that this group headed the list of non-joiners. 46 Community Associations and Centres It appears that residents of Parkhead and Sighthill predominate in the association today with only a few from Broomhouse and even less from Saughton Mains which is further away. The Broomhouse parents group which is serviced by the community worker from the Edinburgh Council of Social Service can see no benefits for itself in joining the Sighthill Community Association which it says is condescending towards it.
The Education Department consequently decided on a youth and community centre, but it was to be sited up the hill in Oxgangs. A. maintained it was too far away and that they would not attend. In 1965 construction started and a steering committee was set up representing local interests with the purpose of establishing a Pentland Neighbourhood Association for the whole area which would also run the centre. This aim was not realised for the following reasons: The idea of a wider association had not caught on among the majority of local bodies.