Update on the Appeal against the Hotel Development at the old RHS

NTBCC as well as the other organisations involved in the CrowdJustice appeal towards legal costs in the forthcoming Public Inquiry are so grateful to the 275 or more people who have already pledged their support – both the very generous contributions but also the many smaller pledges ; as well as the many supportive comments regarding the desired future use for this building.

The appeal is now in excess of its first milestone of £15,000 after 20 days – there are just 10 days remaining for the appeal – which closes at 8:00am on June 3.

NTBCC are continuing their publicity for the appeal by leafletting as many areas within the community council as possible. Please download either a campaign  Poster and/or  Leaflet and send to your friends, colleagues etc. to help this appeal. Thanks to Minuteman Press on Elm Row for their contribution to the appeal.

Alternatively, please direct them to the CrowdJustice website https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/old-royal-high-school-appeal/

Or search “CrowdJustice Royal High School” to make a pledge.

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CrowdJustice Appeal for the Royal High School Inquiry

As many will be acutely aware, despite the many public objections to the proposal, the battle to save Edinburgh’s iconic Old Royal High School has not yet been won. The developer behind the plan to turn the Old Royal High School into a luxury hotel has refused to accept the unanimous decision of -elected members of Edinburgh Council, with the result that we are forced to engage in a lengthy and expensive process as we go through the appeal process.

The matter is now to be decided by Scottish Ministers at a Public Inquiry – which results in significant legal costs for those objecting to the hotel.

NTBCC has joined a coalition with the Cockburn Association and Edinburgh World Heritage to oppose the hotel plan ; we are all committed to fight this scheme at the upcoming appeal. We value the significant role which both the Cockburn Association and EWHT are playing in sustaining constructive opposition to the proposed development.

The Cockburn Association has instructed legal representation to help the coalition at the appeal, which commences in September 2018 and is expected to last for over 5 weeks.

We’re asking everyone who values Edinburgh’s heritage to support this campaign by pledging a contribution  here if you can, as well as spreading the word as widely as possible to friends and family.

Or accessing https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/old-royal-high-school-appeal/

NOTE : if pledging, once  your personal details have been added, there is an option to increase the value of the pledge through Gift Aid, check box if Gift Aid applicable and finally, CrowdJustice add by default a contribution to them - under "Confirm Your Pledge" which can be removed by unchecking the box (by selecting Edit) before submitting. 

Funds will be used to pay for this legal representation which supports the preparation of Appeal documents, precognitions of witnesses, and the critical cross-examination of the developer's professional witnesses in the formal inquiry sessions.

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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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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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Police Scotland online poll for public

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.