Royal Mile to be given a ‘Spring clean’

The Royal Mile is acknowledged as Scotland's most historic street

THE ROYAL Mile is to be given a fresh look in time for Spring. The council’s aim is to improve the look and feel of the area for residents and visitors alike.

The move follows a workshop organised by the council to debate the future of Scotland’s most historic street, which has a world-wide reputation for its history, architecture and culture. The Council’s City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood team are facilitating the event which will run from March 6-8.

Around 100 residents, local businesses and other stakeholders met to agree an action plan to improve the area and a ‘spring clean’ was an action at the top of the list.

Cllr Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, said: “The project aims to improve the quality of the street in this World Heritage site. We aim to involve as many local residents, businesses and other stakeholders as we can to ensure that the Royal Mile remains a must see destination, and a positive experience for visitors coming to Scotland.  It must also meet the needs of residents who use it every day.

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders are being asked to join in with the work on the Royal Mile from Castle Hill to the Scottish Parliament including some sections of the closes.

The work will focus on making the street ‘feel better’ to walk in and around. Volunteers will also be encouraged to assist with with some elements of the clean up. Other short-term actions from the workshop include appointing a Royal Mile Manager to take the action plan forward for the area.