Today is our final day of our summer placement with the Planning and Transport team here at the Council. We would like to thank the team here for a great summer full of invaluable experience. We’re really going to miss coming into work every day and sharing our experiences. As a final blog, we thought we’d cover some highlights of our time here. This has included:
Helping out with the Pop-up cities expo in July we thoroughly enjoyed being part of an event and gave us the opportunity to meet some really inspiring people…Douglas Pritchard, Heriot Watt (3D mapping), Sarah from Neatebox, Richard Roger from MESH (Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History), Susan (biodiversity officer), and of course Jenny and Chloe from here at the Council.
Helping to promote the World Heritage Site consultation for the new management plan by taking to the streets to interview people, gaining real feedback and turning their thoughts into recordings which will inform the new management plan. Also, the ongoing work promoting and raising awareness for the consultation through social media, the result was incredible, we are proud to have been part of it!
Meeting with Robb McCrae and Tamsin Cunningham from the Edinburgh Too event, gaining a sneak preview of their show and sharing their artistic impression on planning issues in Edinburgh was really interesting
Collaborating with team members on the Royal Mile shop front appraisal and the Open Space Strategy
Meeting Erica Flett from the West-End BID and helping to promote the team and their vision for the BID, which they are working hard to establish
Helping to promote the New Town and the Portobello character appraisals, our photography skills have certainly improved!
Taking a tour of Leith waterfront for our new German friends, 14 students and a professor joined us to learn about the successes and challenges of Edinburgh waterfront for a university project. It was lovely to network on an international scale, and it was great experience and we now feel confident with skills gained in tour guiding…!
It’s been great to be able to share all this on the blog with the people in Edinburgh and across the globe using social media. We hope our efforts to prove its value towards community engagement has been appreciated and is part of our legacy!
We’re grateful to all our readers and glad to announce the team have agreed to keep the blog running; the torch is being handed over to Emma and George, the new year-out placement students. They will continue to keep you informed of exciting events and upcoming developments in Edinburgh.
On Thursday (4/8/16), Katie and I had the pleasure of co-ordinating and hosting a tour of Leith Waterfront at the request of a group of students from Rurh University in Bochum, Germany. They are going to be doing a project comparing significant, up-and-coming waterfront locations in the UK against European examples, studying the different approaches to waterfront development, as well as the challenges of the different locations and lessons to be learned from each city.
When they contacted us with the request, Katie and I agreed we would rise to the challenge and take on this great opportunity. We spent time doing our ‘homework’ on the area; we went on site, read development plans, articles, and conversed with folk to get a feel for the area from a local’s perspective. We learnt a lot, and it was interesting to review plans for the waterfront and the challenges it has faced over the past decade.
Nervous is an understatement as to how we were feeling as we walked to meet the students, however, they were great – so friendly and eager to learn. The tour went really well; we took them round Western Harbour, across to Ocean Terminal and finished on the top level of the car park, you could say we finished on a ‘high note’. The group spoke very positively about Edinburgh and presented Katie and I with little gifts all the way from Bochum. We wish them all the best for their project, future studies and who knows we may meet again in the future as the upcoming generation of planners in our countries.
Such a joy, thank-you to the group, it was our pleasure.
We are very excited about the Pop-up Cities Expo at The Mound, and we’ll be updating our blog over the course of the next three weeks. You can see the Edinburgh pavilion alongside those of Bergen, Vilnius, Rotterdam and Dundee.
A short story writing competition for Queensferry and Inverkeithing High Schools is one of the projects that stemmed from the Forth Bridge world heritage site bid. As part of getting people involved in the bid, schoolchildren were asked to write a short story featuring the bridge. A shortlist from both schools was judged by writers Ed Hollis and Keith Gray.
Last Monday the winners were announced during an event at the Edinburgh Book Festival where the children and their families listened to a discussion between the judges chaired by Sam Kelly from Napier University’s Creative Writing School. Among the prizes for the winners is a boat trip around the bridges, signed books from the judges and Network Rail, and participation in a two day creative writing workshop run by Napier University.
If you go down to the Planning service today, you might get a big surprise – Penrose the bear is coming to see the Head of Planning and the team! And who you may ask is Penrose Trelawney Rumble-Tum Me-Handsome Bear, or Penrose for short? Well, he is a bear living in a house on Honeycomb Lane in Bearside, Edinbearugh. He wants to make sure that his home, which is a listed building and has a hole in the roof, is mended and looked after.
Penrose, who is only 3 and half teddy bear high, goes with Sarah Jane (the head of this unusual family of animals) to visit the Planning service for advice on their plan to open a dancing school, using the house’s conservatory. But will Penrose get Planning permission? What will he say to the Development Management committee to make them say “yes” to a bearillant idea? To find out, simply head to the Black Diamond Radio website and listen to the full story.