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Grassmarket revamp plans approved
The Grassmarket is situated in Edinburgh's Old Town
The latest plans for re-modelling the Grassmarket have been backed by councillors in Edinburgh.

The original scheme was withdrawn for reconsideration after objections from some local residents and shopkeepers in the historic thoroughfare.

Development committee members have now approved changes designed to "enhance" both the Conservation Area and the World Heritage Site.

Scottish Executive ministers will make the final decision.

The multi-million pound makeover, shaped by urban design consultants, will see the space become a pedestrian-friendly multi-functional space.

The project will see the resurfacing of the area, adding new benches, bollards and public toilets.

Public spaces such as this are crucial to not only to the local community, but to the life of the city as a whole
Trevor Davies
Planning convener

It also covers lighting, CCTV cameras, relocating telephone boxes, tree removal and planting, waste recycling and parking.

Planning convener Trevor Davies said the committee had unanimously backed the proposals.

"It has taken us 18 months, and extensive public consultation, to reach this point," he said.

"Public spaces such as this are crucial to not only to the local community, but to the life of the city as a whole.

"The committee has asked that further consideration be given to dealing with the day-to-day maintenance and management issues of this space and that a working group consisting of local representatives, traders and council officials be established to ensure this unique space is managed in an appropriate way."

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