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Big screen is switched to Festival Square

posted 30 Jan 2009, 04:40 by David Rintoul   [ updated 18 Nov 2009, 19:58 ]

A giant television screen is set to be erected in Festival Square later this year as part of the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The city council is bidding for funding from the Olympic Committee to put up the huge viewing screen in the city centre.

It had hoped to place the screen on the Mound, having previously abandoned plans for Castle Street and Princess Mall.

But the threat of significant opposition from heritage groups and the National Galleries of Scotland lead council officials to press ahead with the alternative site at Festival Square.

It is now expected proposals for the 25 square metre screen will be approved by members of the council's planning committee next week.

The council must be able to have the screen in place by April 30th this year in order to qualify for funding from the Olympic Organising Committee.