Edinburgh locals asked to help shape conservation priorities

EDINBURGH residents have been asked to suggest buildings in the capital that are in need of conservation work.

The call comes from the Edinburgh World Heritage and forms part of wider efforts in the city to build back better once the pandemic passes.

The charity is asking locals to suggest neighbourhoods and/or individual buildings that they feel need attention by completing a simple feedback form. It said that the input will allow it to make informed decisions about where funds are most needed.

The programme is being backed by Historic Environment Scotland via Edinburgh World Heritage’s conservation funding programme. The fund looks to enhance and protect the city’s heritage by backing vital conservation work; promoting the use of traditional building skills and materials; improving the wellbeing of residents; and providing a boost to the economy.

Christina Sinclair, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said, “The value of the conservation funding programme lies in the positive impact it has on people, place and industry. Our team provide invaluable support to residents and owners from start to finish. The conservation work is carried out by highly-skilled architects and tradesmen men to ensure a high standard of workmanship, and the investment in jobs and materials provides a much-needed boost to the economy. We are therefore looking forward to hearing from members of the public about how this programme can support communities in the areas of greatest need.”

Councillor Neil Gardiner, planning convener at The City of Edinburgh Council, added, “Conservation work is so important to preserve our city’s heritage and make sure our historic buildings are well maintained. The city belongs to our residents and so I’m really pleased to see that our partner managing Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site is engaging with the public to help them prioritise where work is most needed so as a city we can make the most of the funds available.”

The Edinburgh World Heritage feedback form can be accessed by clicking here.