Final fortnight of West Princes Street Gardens consultation

Edinburgh residents have until Friday 14 September to share their views on the Council and Ross Development Trust’s proposals to enhance West Princes Street Gardens.

Ross Bandstand consultation
Ross Bandstand consultation

With two weeks to go until the project’s public consultation closes, the city’s Culture and Communities Convener Donald Wilson has urged anyone with an interest in the project to ensure their say counts.

Councillor Wilson commented: “There are now just two weeks left to have your say on the Council’s plans to work with the Ross Development Trust.

“Already, we’ve seen the Trust successfully restore the Ross Fountain but the wider proposal is to replace the Ross Bandstand and enhance the surrounding Gardens. We need to decide now how this future venue will be run, so that the Trust’s fundraising campaign can grow.

“One idea has been to set up a new charity. One which - under a carefully drawn up agreement with the Council - would operate the West Gardens day-to-day. It is important to note that under this proposal, the area would remain in public ownership and under Council control, with events like the Festival Fireworks Concert and Edinburgh's Hogmanay still able to take place. Let's be clear: this Council is not proposing to and never would consider ‘selling off’ any part of the gardens. They are an important public asset and always should be.

“We recognise, however, that as a valued green space in the heart of the city there are many views to be considered, not least regarding the number of other events that could take place in the Gardens. That is why it is crucial we hear from everyone with an interest in the project. This is your chance to have your say.”

The Council’s public consultation has been running since 26 June and 875 comments and surveys have already been gathered online and at two public drop-in events. All feedback will be carefully evaluated and a report will be brought forward later this year detailing the results before any decisions are taken.

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