George Street quarterly public stakeholder meeting minutes – 15 June 2015

(Ian MacPhail also emailed 'It’s been a genuine attempt to put grassroots stakeholders in charge. The fact there has been standing room only has been a testimony to how engaged people are.

Minutes of George Street Quarterly Public Stakeholder Meeting

Date – 15 June 2015, Venue – West Drawing Room at Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Chair & Minutes – Iain MacPhail, City of Edinburgh Council, City Centre Programme Manager       Contact Email - iain.macphail@edinburgh.gov.uk

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  • This is the 3rd quarterly meeting of the group. All are welcome, including members of the public with no other form of affiliation (other than a wish to see George Street achieve its potential). As with the two previous meetings there was a full house in attendance, which is testimony to the passion, commitment and level of engagement of the participants, and sheds light on the importance of the street and in helping it to achieve its potential.
  • Those present included a wide array of representatives including some from the local Community Council, heritage bodies, sustainable transport groups, disability groups, individual business interests, the local Business Improvement District, Council officials, bus companies, taxi firms, cyclists, the emergency services, and members of the public.

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  • The purpose of the year’s trial on George Street has been to test out the impacts on George Street (and on surrounding streets) when there is additional space given over to pedestrians, cyclists and for activity (not only during the summer and winter festivals, but year-round).
  • The Council has made strenuous efforts to make this the most transparent and grassroots-led project in the city. This can be seen in three key areas, related to the research package.

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Edinburgh Art Festival: exciting FREE opportunity for educators

(adapted from an email from Kate MacKay of Alchemy Arts)

This takes place Thursday 30th July at Central Library. Places are FREE but booking is essential.

Here is an exciting FREE opportunity for educators. Alchemy Arts will be hosting a one day workshop exploring how the Edinburgh Art Festival artwork, exhibitions and events can be used to stimulate projects and workshops with young people.

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Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 13 November at 7.30pm, at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent.

Local residents are very welcome to attend. Enter by ramp at right side of church, which is suitable for wheelchairs. If you have an issue you wish to raise at the meeting please use the contact email form to let us know the details before the meeting.