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Although the Cramond Association and Cramond Heritage Trust have worked hard to keep the neighbourhood in good shape, the area has continued to suffer from piecemeal and inappropriate development and neglect. The Scottish Parliament instructed Historic Scotland to bring together the many interested parties to ensure a coordinated approach to the area. The task was eventually taken up by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) who formed the Cramond Management Group. A comprehensive Management Plan was drawn up by the Group in 2003.

Members

Membership consists of all the owners of land within the Cramond Scheduled Area together with its elected representative on the city council. It also includes representatives from Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural History, Edinburgh Archaeological Field Society, Cramond Kirk, The Cramond Association, Cramond Heritage Trust, Cramond and Barnton Community Council and CEC’s Planning Department and Recreation & Leisure Department.
The remit for this group is restricted to the area covered by the Scheduled Ancient Monument designation. The Association and the Cramond Heritage Trust believe that Cramond should be considered as an entity and that this narrow remit does not completely answer the requirements placed on it by the Scottish Parliament.

Benefits

The activities carried out under the Management Plan did start to show a benefit. The Plan also had the fortunate effect of raising awareness of the area within the city and there has been a wider appreciation of Cramond’s unique character. Maintenance within the area was improved for a time but the Group has not met for some time and no work has recently been carried out by it.

Future Activity

The Cramond Association is now proceeding to rehabilitate the area surrounding the Kirk with a view to making it more accessible to the public. In the longer term the Management Plan envisaged rehabilitating the old kennels – in the woodland between Cramond Kirk and the public car park – into an education centre and museum to house the large quantity of archaeological artefacts which have been discovered in the area. Some of these are of major importance, such as the large sculpture of a Roman Lioness which was recently found in the River Almond. This is only the most recent of a large number of other items which remain in storage due to lack of a suitable display space.