Grassmarket ambassadors return to lend a helping hand

Visitors to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket will be given an extra warm welcome this summer, thanks to a partnership project between the City of Edinburgh Council and the Greater Grassmarket Business Improvement District (BID).

Returning for a second year, Grassmarket ambassadors will be on hand to provide information and guidance to the public, answering questions on everything from transport choices to Edinburgh’s history, as well as promoting local markets, heritage trails and other activities. They will also monitor and report on issues such as litter, graffiti and nuisance busking.

The scheme, funded jointly by the Council and Grassmarket BID, will see two ambassadors working afternoons and evenings from Thursday to Sunday throughout the festival period, from late July until mid-September. Ambassadors will work alongside Police Scotland too, as part of a joint effort to support the balance between residential life and visitor attractions.

Last year residents reported that ambassadors helped deal with noise from buskers, and had a generally positive impact on the area.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Housing and Economy Committee, said: “We want to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone, whether they live here, work here or are visiting. Not only do the ambassadors offer a friendly, informative face in the busy Grassmarket, they help ensure the area is clean and welcoming throughout the summer months, when we welcome thousands of visitors to the capital.”

Fawns Reid, Greater Grassmarket Chair, added: “The Greater Grassmarket BID is really pleased this innovative collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council is to continue for a second year. Everyone, our businesses, residents and visitors will all benefit from this extra help, at our busiest time of the year. Welcome back BID Ambassadors!”

Ambassadors, who will work between 2pm and 10pm, will be identifiable by blue fleeces marked ‘Grassmarket Ambassadors’. Their work will complement the ongoing Our Edinburgh campaign, which aims to discourage littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling amongst the public, as well as work between businesses and the community to improve the area for everyone.


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