Planning / Environment

EAST PRINCES STREET GARDENS

QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, AND A MOTION AT TODAY'S CULTURE & COMMUNITIES COMMITTEE 

Underbelly’s Ed Bartlam (EB) and Charlie Wood (CW) this morning made a presentation on Edinburgh’s Winter Festivals (Edinburgh’s Christmas and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay) 2018–19 to the Culture & Communities Committee.

Below we summarise their points, and the question-and-answer session which followed. Then we move on to a motion by Councillor Staniforth and the Scottish Greens.

Presentation

UNDERBELLY MOVES ON PAN APPLICATION

Underbelly has now submitted its Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for East Princes Street Gardens.

The major development comprises market stalls, fairground rides, a maze, bars, box offices, associated site offices, and ancillary facilities.

Following approval of the PAN, the applicant can next submit a full planning application after 12 weeks, which – according to some local observers – the Development Management Sub-committee is unlikely to determine until April 2020 … long after the Christmas Market has packed up and gone.

St ANDREW SQUARE GARDENS – TREE HEALTH STILL A CONCERN

Essential Edinburgh, on behalf of the owners, has urgently sought and received the Councils go-ahead for treeworks in St Andrew Square Gardens (19/04570/TCO).  
 
Seven trees are affected: sycamore (T0443); Swedish whitebeam (TO450, TO452 and TO465); weeping ash (T0454); wild cherry (TO489); Japanese cherry (TO492). They are estimated to range in age from 10–90 years old.
 

WATER OF LEITH FLOOD PREVENTION – HOW RELIABLE, HOW WATERPROOF?

Parts of Edinburgh struggled to cope with a sudden downpour on 24 June. 

Over half the month’s anticipated rain fell in three hours on the west of the city, and some 140 floods were reported during what Transport & Environment Convener Cllr Lesley Macinnes later described as an ‘exceptional period of extreme weather’.

Traffic disruption ensued. There was some localised but serious damage to property.

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