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City asked to waive its fees for new event

posted 31 Mar 2009, 06:57 by David Rintoul

THE city council has been asked to waive the licence fees for a series of events planned for the revamped Grassmarket.

The council's events department has written to the licensing committee to request a "one-off" waiving of the £466 fee to ease the financial pressures on the Grassmarket programme for its first year.

Norman Ireland, the council's events and special projects manager, said: "As the events unit is managing the Grassmarket events on behalf of the council within a very constrained budget, it is considered that it would be both appropriate and helpful if the fees could be waived for this pilot year."

Unique Events, the company behind Edinburgh's Hogmanay, will be running the programme for the city council, including Sunday markets, open-air concerts and film nights.

The first market will be held on Sunday, May 3rd, and they will continue through to September.

A £6 million redevelopment of the Grassmarket, to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, was unveiled in December.

The licensing committee will decide on the application on Friday.

Source: Evening News

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