Ban commercial usage of green spaces

Green spaces such as Princes Street gardens are there to provide for outdoor relaxation. One realises that the council is tempted to commercialise them as frequently as possible in the forlorn hope of making a dent in the Tram debt pile but that isn't their primary purpose. All events such as the winter festival of tat and summertime concerts should be banned.

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People without their own green space need somewhere that they can use to enjoy nature without having to pay or have their activity and enjoyment curtailed by a clean-up that lasts months.

by Voiceofreason on August 17, 2020 at 01:20PM

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  • Posted by tcav September 03, 2020 at 15:35

    Edinburgh wouldn’t be the same without the parks, playing fields and golf courses. I think the green areas are just as important as Edinburgh’s great buildings. We are fortunate early planners in Edinburgh had the wisdom to prevent building on Holyrood Park, Meadows, Princess St Gardens, Carlton Hill, Cavalry Park playing fields, Craigmillar park.etc . I am sure the wildlife appreciate the green refuges that enable them to survive in the city. ..... There are plenty of old industrial sites and areas of degraded farmland further from the city centre that can be developed. ……. I think we should all be doing our bit to preserve the environment for future generations.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 04, 2020 at 10:14

    Indeed, early planners had the vision to create shared green spaces like Princes Street gardens, however, it's a pity that in order to attempt to put a dent in the debt pile generated by decades of vanity projects, the council now feels it necessary to lock the public out of such spaces in an attempt to play at being a business. No more commercial usage of public spaces - ban the Xmas tat-fest and all concerts.
  • Posted by Julie_CEC September 04, 2020 at 14:38

    For information, the Council will be consulting on the future of the winter festivals this year. Both the report to committee and the live webcast from May are available here -
    Various economic impact assessments over the years have shown festivals and events to be worth hundreds of millions to the city economy, creating tens of thousands of jobs – for example, Two thirds of Edinburgh residents attend one or more of the Edinburgh festivals, and 72% feel they make Edinburgh a better place to live (compared to only 7% who feel the city is worse). This was reported here -
  • Posted by Voiceofreason October 12, 2020 at 13:47

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