Deferral of Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2020 to 2021 – Deputation

The New Town & Broughton Community Council have made a submission to the Council’s Policy & Sustainability Committee on 28th May.


We take the view that with many other festival events cancelled, rescheduling or deferring this particular event seems both questionable and unjustified – especially given the lack of opportunity presented in early 2020 for residents’ concerns to be raised timeously.

Due to Covid-19 and guidance from both the Scottish and UK Governments, it is clear that the proposed event will not now take place until August 2021; hence cancellation of the 2020 event, followed by a new consultation at a later date would seem a more appropriate course and furthermore, would allow development of the delayed “Public Space Management Plan” to be progressed, which may be material as to the decision relating to the Summer Sessions event in 2021.

Finally, we are aware that the Cockburn Association have also separately submitted their comments on the proposed deferral – with specific concerns raised regarding the continuing commodification of Edinburgh’s public spaces, especially in Princes Street Gardens – both east and west, as well as the scale and duration of the proposed Summer Sessions 2021 programme. We share many of their views.

The full NTBCC submission can be seen  here.

The Cockburn Associations’s response to this report can be viewed  here