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Campaigners in bid to block park events

posted 23 Jan 2010, 07:11 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Jan 2010, 07:24 ]

Campaigners are calling for a restriction on large-scale events in Inverleith Park, saying they block access for local people.

Stockbridge and Inverleith Community Council say that major events, such as the Taste of Edinburgh festival, are "not appropriate" for the area. They are also concerned that very little of the rent charged is given back to the local area.

The move follows a high-profile campaign to restrict events in the Meadows, which has suffered considerable damage in recent years. Last year, both the food festival and the Moonwalk were moved to Inverleith Park, to give the Meadows a rest.

According to the city council's new "parks manifesto", Inverleith Park is suitable for a maximum of four events per year, lasting up to 15 days each, but community councillors have written to the city council, saying this is unacceptable. Three events were held in the park last year, but they are concerned that this could increase.