Draft management plan for the Edinburgh World Heritage site … have your say!

(adapted from an email from Jenny Bruce, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator)

Consultation is now open for feedback on the draft Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage site management plan (2017-2022). Edinburgh Council is asking what you think of the draft plan, and would welcome you sharing the consultation link (https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/onte-whs-draft-plan) far and wide.

The consultation (downloadable here) looks at the six themes we discussed in our Oversight Group meetings and it will take about 15-20 minutes to respond. You can respond using the online survey (the detailed proposals appear alongside the relevant survey questions) or download a copy of the questions and submit your feedback via email. The consultation will close on 5 June 2017. An initial summary of findings will be published within 8 weeks of this date.

The feedback received will be analysed and further considered by the management partners to update and modify the Plan; the final version of the Management Plan will be formally endorsed by the partners by September 2017.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in with the Site Co-ordinator (contact details below).

Jenny Bruce | World Heritage Site Co-ordinator | Planning and Transport Service| Directorate of Place | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court - G3 | 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh | EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 529 3510 | jenny.bruce@edinburgh.gov.uk

Heritage Hustings- Tuesday 18 April, 6pm to 8pm at St Stephen’s Church

For World Heritage Day 2017, Edinburgh World Heritage will be hosting the city's first ever 'Heritage Hustings' against the backdrop of Playfair's majestic St. Stephen's Church, St Stephen Street , Edinburgh. This will be a chance for everyone to question the candidates for the upcoming council elections on the heritage issues people feel strongly about such as the contribution of new development to the city, the care and maintenance of historic buildings, issues of planning control, and the balance between the needs of visitors and residents.

The candidates attending are  Councillors Alex Lunn (SNP), Ian Perry (Labour), Joanna Mowat (Conservative) and Nigel Bagshaw (Green). EWH are also delighted that Sandy Stoddart, the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, will join the panel to provide his unique perspective on the importance of Edinburgh's heritage for the future of the city.

After the hustings there’s the opportunity to meet the candidates as well as the Edinburgh World Heritage team. The invitation to the event is open to all . More details on the  Edinburgh World Heritage website here:      To reserve a place on Eventbrite, here.

 

 

Picardie Association meeting about St James Centre redevelopment

The Picardie Association has organised a meeting for the neighbourhood (Broughton Street, Picardy Place, Antigua Street, Union Street, Broughton Place, Hart Street, Forth Street) with the St James Centre Developers on Wednesday 12 April, 7pm in the Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane. This is an opportunity for information sharing and discussion.

All residents and local businesses in the neighbourhood welcome!

Campaign by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust to Challenge “India Building” Planning Approval

The £65m scheme which includes the historic cluster known as India Buildings at the bottom of Victoria Street and Cowgatehead Church, across from the Grassmarket was approved in May 2016. The consented development comprises a 200+ bed hotel with bar, restaurant, café as well as retail and commercial uses. The developer argues the scheme will bring the listed India Buildings back into use for the first time in 10 years.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust as well as others aim to mount a legal challenge to the granting of the application though a campaign ‘SAVE Edinburgh Central Library’ (although to be clear, the library function will remain unchanged).

NTBCC have been contacted to make people aware of a public meeting on 5th April – full details can be seen here. This will also include the launch of online fundraising to cover legal costs.

As this falls well outside of the NTBCC boundary, as is normal, we did not make representation on the proposal.

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Make sure you’re registered to vote

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Whenever you move home, you need to register at your new address. It only takes a few minutes online and you need to do this by midnight on 17 April.

For the first time 16 and 17 year olds can vote in a Scottish local government election.  Please encourage any young adults you know to register and use their vote.

Once registered, there are a few ways you can vote:

  • in person at your polling place
  • by post
  • by proxy (someone can vote for you).

If you choose to vote in person, please be aware that some polling stations have changed.  So check your polling card when you get it in the post.  You can also check online by putting your address in to our handy search tool.

For this election you will vote using numbers – not a cross (X).  You number candidates in order of your choice using 1, 2, 3 and so on, choosing as few or as many as you like.

For more information about how to vote go to Edinburgh Council web pages.

Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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