Our commitment to public engagement has been vital to the delivery of this project, and our team continues to work with key stakeholders to capture representative views from organisations across Edinburgh to help inform our designs. During our consultation we were able to promote our designs to over 1 million people through our marketing and in-person engagements – hosting consultations at 5 venues for 11 days and enabling participants to have their say online.
We also ran a dedicated youth consultation seeking the views of 8 to 17-year-olds, ensuring that we receive input from Garden users across all age groups. It is important to us that all Edinburgh residents can have their say on the project – creating a space for all.
We have had the opportunity to involve The Cockburn Association in our project discussions since 2015, attending our bi-monthly stakeholder groups throughout 2019 and offering their guidance on the shaping of our Public Consultation this past November. We are encouraged by their joint statement with the Old Town, New Town & Broughton, West End and Tollcross Community Councils, outlining their agreement that facilities in West Princes Street Gardens are needing improvement – notably the ‘Ross Bandstand, removal of the concrete amphitheatre and better access for all’. We want to thank The Cockburn Association and Community Councils for their joint statement and continue to work with them to address any concerns.
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