Arrangements for Princes Street screens

Discussions between the Council, Police Scotland and event organisers have been taking place following public concern around the look and use of screens on Princes Street.

The screens form part of the public safety infrastructure for a series of summer concerts in West Princes Street Gardens.

In all of these discussions, public safety has been of paramount importance, particularly with respect to the potential for crowds gathering on Princes Street to try to view the event from outside the ticketed arena. Following further advice from both Police and Public Safety officers today, the following finalised set of measures has been agreed by the Council, with the intention of achieving a balance between respecting the Garden setting and public amenity, whilst putting public safety first:

  • Pedestrian barriers will be erected after 14:30 halfway across the southern pavement;
  • The screens will be mounted on the stone plinth of the railings meaning they will be lower than previously;
  • The screens will be erected no earlier than 16:00 on the day of a concert (subject to review by Police Scotland and Council officers);
  • The screens will be completely removed immediately after each concert.

Commenting, Council Leader Adam McVey said: “One of the options explored yesterday was the short-term use of screens during concerts and at no other time. Following further advice from both Police and Public Safety officers today, this is the measure which will work best for everyone.

“The screens will be lower than they were before and, importantly, they will be removed immediately after each performance. The benefit to this approach is both sides of the Princes Street will be accessible, meaning minimum hassle for passers-by, maximum public safety precautions and clear views of the Gardens and the Castle at all other times.”

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