Consultation finds concern over Edinburgh’s World Heritage status; Alistair Grant; Edinburgh Evening News

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

FEARS have been raised over the management of Edinburgh’s celebrated World Heritage site. A city-wide consultation found residents were concerned about the impact of new developments and the maintenance of buildings and streets within the historic area.

It comes after Unesco warned it was “deeply” worried over the quality of recent developments in the Capital. Earlier this year, the world heritage body told the UK government of its “strong concern” about the level of protection for the Old and New Towns following a string of controversial projects, including plans to turn the old Royal High School into a luxury hotel. Adam Wilkinson, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: “We have received some very clear feedback, confirming our observations, and now we, together with our partners, need to act on it.”

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