Wester Hailes

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Savile telling children on his show about how he built Wester Hailes with his own bare hands.

Wester Hailes is an area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was built from 1969 onwards as part of Edinburgh's ongoing programme to hide the working classes out of public view, this had already proved successful in areas such as Gilmerton and Oxgangs. It originally contained 3 million council homes but as many as 7 of these have now been lost from public ownership due to tenants taking advantage of the 'Right tae Git Ootay This Pit' scheme. Most homes were designed and built by Sir Jimmy Savile after receiving a letter from the head of Lothian Regional Council asking him to 'fix it' for them. The area is twinned with Pripyat, Ukraine.

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Several flats and houses overlooking the Union Canal.

Drugs. The area's full of them. A recent survey by the Daily Sport found that 4 fifths of the areas population regularly smack up at least twice a day. Even more so whilst Postcode Challenge is on the telly.

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There have been several attempts to improve the appearance of Wester Hailes and this has been somewhat of a success. But only to a certain extent. You gaze around and see that many of the streets do look beautiful after a reclad and a new set of swings, that's until you hear "Aidan!! Kenzie!! hurry the fuck up or am gettin oan the bus withoot yiz!!" echoing from down the road as a single parent attempts to instill some discipline into her two young children. As part of ongoing regeneration work, the Union Canal was reopened in the early 2000s having been kept stored in a warehouse in Sighthill for more than 30 years. Despite all this "regeneration", Wester Hailes has managed to somehow eclipse every shitehole in Europe and is now facing up against a Mogadishu shanty town for the world title. The title will be settled by an all out gang war between the WH Young Team and the Mogadishu Moggies.

The council did once attempt to improve the area by dropping a large bomb on it but ironically this only resulted in a large rise in claims for incapacity benefits and disability allowances due to injuries sustained from the bombing.

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A well-to-do couple from Wester Hailes.

Wester Hailes has its very own "mini Oxford Street" in the form of 'Westside Plaza'. The centre was constructed in the early 1970s and the actual building was designed by Nasa, boasting new cutting edge technology such as stairs, doors and escalators. Its main use was so that the local bairns could be fed. It contains many up-market shops such as a Lidl, Greggs, and Iceland and is where all the locals go to save on their own heating bill.

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Wester Hailes even has its very own cinema. It originally opened in late 1869 but then the owners realised Wester Hailes was not due to be built for another 100 years and that moving film had not yet been invented so in the meantime it was used as a crèche for the mentally retarded. It was finally reopened as the ABC cinema in the 1990's but nobody really liked that name so they changed it to the ODEON.

edit Wildlife

Many forms of wildlife can be observed throughout Wester Hailes, dead swans and neglected bull terriers are commonly spotted throughout daylight hours. At night time, however, creatures known as 'gadgies' are regularly spotted partaking in a variety of activities, often at the 'Hailes Bar' or 'The Westsider', these activities range from staggering and swearing to smoking and pissing, all of which the average 'gadgy' can do at the same time.

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Buses 3/3A, 18, 20, 21, 30, 32 and 33 all serve the area at least once a week.

Taxi drivers can sometimes be persuaded to take you to Wester Hailes if you buy them a yum yum from Greggs.

Alternatively, one can sail through Wester Hailes "Venice style" via Gondola, although fares on these are around 20p dearer than Lothian bus fares.

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