The use of parks, green and public spaces in the city are managed through a variety of policies and procedures.

The Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto and Public Space Protocol both have the same goal. To protect, maintain and enhance the built and natural environment, while also balancing the desire for events and activities with the need for the city to function for the wide range of people who live, work and visit the city.

A range of City of Edinburgh Council services are involved in the planning, organising and licensing of the activities which take place within these spaces.

Late in 2019, officers discussed the current management plans, policies and procedures. They considered how these could be improved to provide a more comprehensive, joined up approach.

A new approach

The Public Space Management Plan (PSMP) will set out how we can manage public open spaces (parks, greenspace, roads, plazas, squares under City of Edinburgh Council control) for events, filming and festivals. We're engaging with you to help develop and refine a draft plan.

The new PSMP will combine public spaces and parks into one document and will set out a strategy for how each of the city’s public spaces can be used. 

Help us shape how we can manage our public spaces

A draft set of key principles has been developed for inclusion in the draft PSMP under the following headings:

  1. Safety
  2. Organiser’s obligations
  3. Environment and Amenity
  4. Noise
  5. Parking
  6. Transport and Accessibility
  7. Waste and Recycling
  8. Public Conveniences and Welfare
  9. Sharing Information

We want to hear what you have to say about each of these principles. 

Following the 2016 consultation, the following set of guidelines was also agreed:

  1. The use of space must balance the needs of different users
  2. The use of a space must support and reinforce the special ‘place’ quality of its surrounds
  3. Each space must have periods of ‘rest’ when it is free from temporary events or activities
  4. The use of spaces must reflect Edinburgh’s unique city offering
  5. The use of public space should encourage all people to access the city, throughout the year
  6. The spread of activities to spaces across a wider area of the city will be encouraged 
  7. Temporary activities or events in public spaces must be well managed, and adhere to standard terms and conditions.

We want to hear what you have to say about each of these guidelines.


How to take part

  • Start by taking a look at a ideas we have initiated for each principle and guideline or review other ideas with the highest rating or most comments
  • Use the search and filter tools to find specific topics
  • Register to leave a comment
  • If you have a new idea that isn’t already on the site, click Add Idea to submit it

There's a lot here. It's complex and we're all likely to have to make some compromises. None of us will probably get everything we want but hopefully we'll understand why and agree the outcome is fair and right for Edinburgh as a whole.

All ideas and suggestions are good ideas. They may even spark something transformational. We welcome positive input with a focus on what will work and what’s good.

If you don’t like something (and we won’t all agree!), try to come up with something better, that you feel may be accepted, possibly as a compromise, by the wider group.

What happens after I post?

  • Ideas and comments will be published as soon as possible 
  • Posts that duplicate existing ideas will be locked to keep the conversation in one place
  • Posts that are off-topic or don’t meet our moderation policy will not be published

Please give your input by 20th January 2021 to allow time for it to be included in the draft PSMP.

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