Council chiefs in Edinburgh have turned down a proposal to run a nine week funfair on Calton Hill this summer after nearby residents objected.
Supported by the New Town and Broughton Community Council, locals gave a number of persuasive reasons not to stage the event, including:
(1) It runs contrary to the 2010 Edinburgh parks management strategy.
(2) Calton Hill’s elevation would result in unacceptable noise pollution over a wide area.
(3) Potential damage/vandalism to historic monuments.
The fun fair’s backers – the 5th-generation, Cumbrian-based firm of Taylor's – proposed comparatively modest business hours of 11am – 9.30pm, but residents who remember similar local events in the 1990s and 2000 were not swayed.
They also argued that the event would not offer a major financial gain to Edinburgh as a result of the City fee of £300 per nightm, a total of £16,000 for the whole nine week let.
When the Broughton Spurtle contacted the council, it was claimed cuncil officials had no knowledge of any such proposal. There was further confusion about the application's origin among nearby amenity groups and the community council.
However, City Centre Ward Councillor Joanne Mowat later clarified matters in a statement.
She said: "As part of the Edinburgh Parks' Manifesto developed last year there is a commitment to consult with local residents' groups when applications come in to use Calton Hill.
"The process is complicated as this consultation is carried out prior to an application being made to the Licensing Department, hence their denial of receipt of any application.
"The application can be refused at this stage."
Due to the strong objections to the funfair by the residents, the plans were rejected before the official application was made.
For more information see the Spurtle's May edition downloadable at this link.