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.
(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.
Police Scotland is inviting people to tell them what they want from local policing via a new online survey. The survey, which takes 15 minutes to complete, follows feedback from communities who want better opportunities to have their say.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said, ‘Police Scotland wants to gather and understand views which reflect the needs of communities.’
The year-long survey can be accessed at www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts.
The New Town and Broughton Community Council encourages local residents and businesses to complete the survey.
Start time is 3 pm at the central roundel near the play area, and all volunteers are welcome. Bags and litter pickers will be provided.
(adapted from a letter from Clean for the Queen)
In the run up to the Queen's birthday on 21 April 2016, CftQ aims to inspire a million people to take action and enjoy a few hours together litter-picking to make the places we live more beautiful.