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About the Almond Area

Almond encompasses a large area of north west Edinburgh, combining both urban and relatively rural areas. It comprises a number of  smaller and quite distinct communities, each with a strong local identity. These include  - Cramond, South Queensferry and the surrounding area, Ratho Station and Newbridge, Kirkliston, Davidson Mains, Silverknowes and Muirhouse. 

Key landmarks in the area include the Forth Bridge and Road Bridge. The coastline along the the Forth Estuary which is of major environmental significance: local heritage sites, including Roman remains. The area is well supplied with parks and green spaces, with access to the coast and beach around Cramond and Quensferry.

Both industry and tourism play an important role in the local economy. Edinburgh Airport is located in Almond and there are firm plans for the Airport to to expand over the next 15 - 20 years.

Much of Almond is recognised as being of key importance for future economic develoment. It occupies a strategic location in the Central belt, close to major centres of population well beyond the Ward boundary and is within commuting distance, not just of Edinburgh, but a number of locations further West and into Fife. There are firm proposals for enhanced rail links connecting to the Edinburgh tram network. Future developments around Edinburgh Airport and the new Forth Crossing are likely to have a significant impact on the physical development of the area.