Thanks to a survey carried out by our friends at Nigel Rudd Ecology (www.nigelruddecology.co.uk), we now know that no bats will be affected by the creation of the mural in Colinton Tunnel. A bat survey showed that no bats are resident in the tunnel.
We invited mural artists from across Scotland to submit tenders to work with the community to develop the mural's design, and thereafter to take the lead in translating the design into reality. We also used Creative Scotland's "Opportunities" website, which reaches 25,000 artists, to invite subscribers to request the tender documents.
Two artists artists were shortlisted. Our full Board of Trustees will meet in mid-January to hear their presentations. A decision on the succesful artist/group of artists will be made before the end of January so thatwork cab begin to develop the exciting design.
We have been fortunate to have an generous initial block of funding from Sustrans, which will contribute significantly to our engagement with young people in developing the design of the mural. The Currie & Balerno News have also made an initial contribution to the project.
Other funding bids have been made and we look forward to hearing the response to our requests. Opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and companies to sponsor elements of the mural will be announced shortly. It may be possible to incorporate a loved one's image into the final mural!
The final design will be the subject of an exhibition and consultation in early Spring 2019, when we will look forward to it meeting with widespread approval.