New signs have been put up at several key gateway points to the Capital, including Calder Road, demonstrating the city’s fair trade credentials.
Coinciding with Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, 15 signs bearing the universal Fairtrade logo and the words ‘We are a Fairtrade City‘ are currently being put up at various sites around the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004. This means the Council officially supports fair trade and helps the city work towards agreed fair trade goals.
Transport Convener and former Lord Provost Lesley Hinds welcomed the installation of the new Fair Trade signs. She said:
As the first Chair of Edinburgh Fairtrade, I am delighted we now have Fair Trade signs promoting our long-standing commitment to Fair Trade. The signs will be spotted by hundreds of thousands of drivers and passengers every week, helping to give a massive boost to Fair Trade awareness in the city.
Rachel Farey, Chair of the Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group, is delighted with the signs. She said:
The signs are a great advantage to the work we have been doing; Edinburgh has been a Fairtrade City for 11 years now and the signs will highlight that fact to all who drive in. Many of the other Fairtrade towns and cities throughout Scotland already have these signs, so we are thrilled they have been erected.
The signs are located at:
A199, Musselburgh Road
A6095, Newhailes Road
A1, Musselburgh Bypass
A7, Dalkeith Road
A701, Straiton Road
A702, Biggar Road
A70, Lanark Road West, Balerno
A71, Calder Road, Burnwynd
A89, Edinburgh Road, Newbridge
A90, Echline Junction, slip road
A71, Calder Road, at Cultin’s Road.
A90, Queensferry Road, west of Cramond Bridge.
A8, Glasgow Road, west of Maybury Junction.