INSPECTORS from Unesco have now completed a two-day visit to Edinburgh to assess the impact of recent planning decisions on the city’s World Heritage status.
Such a review must be welcomed. The city’s World Heritage status should be cherished and the involvement of external voices and opinions on recent and current planning applications should ensure that Scotland’s Capital continues to get the balance right between the needs of a modern living city and the desire to protect our great architectural legacy.
The city council has now invited the experts – from the UK committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), which advises Unesco – to participate in a review of the city’s World Heritage Site management plan.
One frustrating aspect, however, is that the Unesco visit is not public. In fact, it could be described as very cloak-and-dagger.
Although inspectors have arrived in the city, the public has not been told who they are. If we are to believe that the World Heritage status of Scotland’s capital is at risk, then is it not reasonable to know the identities of those involved and their qualifications? What about potential conflicts of interests?
This newspaper has repeatedly asked these questions and been rebuffed.
So, what does Unesco have to hide?
Doubtless members would say nothing at all. Well, why not tell us who they are and how this process will be conducted?
This may be a matter of national importance but it’s not a matter of national secrecy.
Well done Tattie Marshall. Not only are there multiple gold medals in his locker, but he has now has an indoor bowling arena named after him.
A true local hero from Tranent.