Environment

GEORGE STREET FINAL CONCEPT DESIGN

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:17

The regeneration of George Street’s public realm has entered a new phase with the launch of a final Concept Design. The plans are available for scrutiny on the Council website here (use the menu toggle top-right for more detail). There’s a virtual helicopter ride here.

The proposals are budgeted at £32M, with £20M coming from Transport Scotland via Sustrans.

EDINBURGH FESTIVALS – TOO BIG AND OUT OF CONTROL?

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 10:38

Professor Cliff Hague, Chairman of the Cockburn Association, delivered the heritage watchdog’s annual lecture last night on Zoom.

His theme was the Frankenstein’s monster that is festivalisation – in particular, Edinburgh’s monstrous creation that has grown too big for the laboratory and now threatens to ruin the very apparatus that gave it birth.

Well, that was this viewer’s expectation. Instead, what emerged was a calm, forensic account of how the Festivals and Fringe emerged in the city and grew to their current proportions.

COUNCIL GRAPPLES GRAFFITI

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 28/10/2020 - 10:50

THERE'S ALWAYS CLEANING FLUID, BUT IS IT THE SOLUTION?

Councillors on the Culture & Communities Cmte last month approved a Report on Edinburgh Council’s Graffiti Strategy.

The Report comes at a time when anecdotal evidence suggests graffiti – or at least the repetitive territorial marks known as ‘tags’ as opposed to ‘street-art’ – have become more prevalent across the city.

ANYONE FOR LANDSCAPING?

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 10:08

Over recent months, the grounds of Drummond Tennis Club by East Scotland Street Lane have been energised and transformed by long-term member and general groundsman John Foxwell.

The approach-lane behind Bellevue Crescent has been completely cleared of rampant nettles, and an exciting flower/shrub bed is envisaged.

By the east of the pavilion, a veritable Wimbledon lawn has been established for loungers and picnickers.

MORE CONSULTATION YET TO COME

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 08:45

COUNCIL HASNT BLOWN £840K ON ONE QUESTIONNAIRE

On Wednesday, Spurtle reported the launch earlier in the week of a Council-backed questionnaire on the future use and maintenance of Edinburgh’s green spaces.

Our correspondent constructively criticised the survey’s lack of depth, its conflation of spaces, muddled phrasing, and technical shortcomings that make it diifficult and unreliable to use.

PROBLEMS WITH COUNCIL’S GREENSPACE CONSULTATION

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 06:38

SURVEYS BEG MORE QUESTIONS THAN THEY ASK

City of Edinburgh Council has launched a new three-part consultation on how to enhance, protect, and care for the city’s parks and greenspaces over the next 30 years.

The Thriving Green Spaces Project is a partnership between the Council’s Parks, Greenspaces and Cemeteries Service and Greenspace Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, Edinburgh University, and the Edinburgh Green Spaces Forum.