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Director's Notes - February 2016

Monthly update from EWH Director Adam Wilkinson.


Feb 26, 2016

We are delighted to announce the twelve closes we intend to focus our public realm works on over the next four years. Our selection was based in a number of different factors, from history to security to condition and end-destination. The first phase on the Twelve Closes programme will see us partnering with community groups, artists, colleagues at the City of Edinburgh Council, along with students and staff at Heriot Watt University. Our aim is to make these fascinating spaces into places that people actively want to go to again, working on the basis that what is right for the city’s residents is also good for its visitors, businesses and workers. It really is that simple. This of course begs the question of what happens when the principle is played out across the city – why not ask your councillor?

In other news, a letter from the World Heritage Centre to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been published by the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning committee – an act of transparency which the public will surely welcome (page 163 of this report). Although the letter raises concerns over a number of UK sites, it focuses on Edinburgh and in particular the Royal High School. This serves to emphasise the importance of the site in any future decisions, and it should also remind city fathers that further steps in the wrong direction could risk landing Edinburgh on the list of World Heritage in Danger.



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