Following an emergency motion by Cllr Joanna Mowat, a report (pp. 282–288) has been published for consideration by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Policy & Sustainability Committee on 26 November.
Prepared by CEC’s Chief Executive Andrew Kerr, it examines decision making around the East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market.
COUNCIL LEADER DEMANDS ANSWERS AS A MATTER OF URGENCY
Readers are doubtless aware of the furore over Underbelly’s lack of planning permission for this year’s Christmas Market.
Spurtle has now discovered that Underbelly also lacked planning permission for its previous Christmas Market in 2018–2019.
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.
A new tree survey in St Andrew Square Gardens recommends a thoroughgoing removal of deadwood, and additional enhancement of the soil environment.
Doing so will require expanding the soil management budget.