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Director's Notes - September 2015

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.

Sep 30, 2015

The weather seems to be making amends this week for a somewhat dismal summer, with that glorious late summer sun colouring the ashlar of the New Town and darkening the window reveals. creating the sort of cityscape that might have only existed in the mind of Vitruvius or Palladio, but which came into being following the 1767 competition for a New Town. We will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the First New Town in 2017, and your ideas on how we should mark it are welcome – drop a line to us on info@ewht.org.uk

Over the summer we advertised for a new Chairman for EWH, and are delighted to announce that Dr Brian Lang has stepped up to the mark. Brian has deep experience in a number of the disciplines and areas EWH works across. On taking the chair at Monday’s AGM He neatly summarised EWH’s challenges – “so much to do in so little time with even less funding”. He has been joined by Prof O James Garden as Vice-Chair, and we are all looking forward to picking up and running with their phenomenal energy and enthusiasm for EWH’s mission; to celebrate our World Heritage City by involving residents, business and visitors to deliver crucial social, environmental and economic benefits.

Also over the summer, with the economy picking up, a series of developments have come forward. The most current of these involves proposals for a hotel on the site of Hamilton’s Greek Revival Royal High School. EWH has offered clear and consistent advice to the development team from around 2010, but the proposals that have emerged are, in our view, entirely insensitive and will damage the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage Site. There has been a great deal of coverage of both sides of the argument in the press, over the airwaves and across the internet – and the emergence of a fully funded alternative. Those wishing to express their view on the hotel plans – positive or negative – can do so online through the City of Edinburgh’s planning portal, by email to Euan.McMeekin@edinburgh.gov.uk or in writing to Head of Planning, City of Edinburgh Council, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

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