Old and New Towns of Edinburgh WHS Management Plan – draft for public consultation

I’m delighted to let you know that the draft Management Plan for the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site was been approved for consultation by Planning Committee on 30 March. This new plan will replace the current five-year management plan to cover the period from 2017 to 2022.  We would really appreciate your feedback to inform the finalised plan; so please let us know what you think and don’t hesitate to share it.
 
What is the Management Plan for and how does it relate to the 2050 City Vision?
This document is a summary of the new Management Plan for the 2017-2022 period. The objective of the Management Plan is to identify issues and opportunities within the Site, and present an integrated action plan to be implemented over a five-year period. Issues include topics such as care and maintenance of buildings and streets and awareness of World Heritage Site status. The plan will help inform the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision and the actions that result from this. Public feedback from this longer-term planning exercise has already revealed the high value residents and businesses place on the quality of the historic built and natural environment in Edinburgh. 
 
Consultation so far
Over the summer of 2016, over one thousand members of the public took part in a consultation for the new Management Plan and had their say concerning how they felt the World Heritage Site is being run. Engagement took the form of an online questionnaire, stakeholder meetings and discussions at public events such as World Heritage Day and the Meadows Festival.
 
An analysis of this feedback has revealed six themes of relevance to the management of the World Heritage Site. These themes are set out in the consultation summary document, together with suggestions of how the Management Partners plan to tackle issues and concerns. This forms the basis for the next five-year plan.
 
How to respond to this consultation?
Please take a look at the proposals under the six themes and take about 15-20 minutes to respond to the consultation. You can respond using the online survey (the detailed proposals appear alongside the relevant survey questions) or download a copy of the questions and submit your feedback via email. The consultation will close on 5 June 2017 and we will publish an initial summary of our findings within 8 weeks of the consultation close date.
 
What Happens Next?
The feedback received will be analysed and considered by the management partners and used to update and modify the Plan; the final version will be formally endorsed by the partners by September 2017.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: worldheritage@edinburgh.gov.uk

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