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First Minister’s residence restoration completed at cost of £504k

The restoration of the First Minister’s grade A listed official residence has been completed at a cost of £504,216 to the taxpayer.

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City chiefs owed £1.2 million in uncollected parking fines

A DRIVER has racked up more than 60 unpaid parking fines in the city, worth thousands of pounds – as part of a mega backlog still to be collected.

Transport 2
The New Club dining room was an all-male preserve until 2010.

Historic New Club in Edinburgh appoints first female chairman

A historic private members’ club, long regarded as a home from home for the Edinburgh establishment, has broken with centuries of tradition by appointing its first female chairman.

News 2
Michael Douglas and Derek Douglas were jailed at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Brothers jailed for assaulting and robbing two women in Edinburgh

A PAIR of brothers who committed assaults and robberies in Edinburgh have been jailed.

Crime 1
A-boards advertising assorted retail outlets on the High Street, Royal Mile

Charity in plea for advertising boards crackdown on streets

THEY spread the word about anything from cut price meals to sharing a daily joke, but the burgeoning mass of advertising boards outside pubs and cafes are being branded street “clutter”.

Business 1
Bute House was closed for urgent repairs last year. Picture: Alistair Linford

First Minister’s residence Bute House ‘needs £300k of repairs’

The official residence of the First Minister in Edinburgh requires around £300,000 of repair work, it has been reported.

Politics 2
Businessman Shaf Rasul

Rasul’s £2m spending spree

ENTREPRENEUR Shaf Rasul has embarked on a multi-million pound spending spree, snapping up a string of properties in the city and further afield to kick-off 2018.

Business 1
Princes Street is a pressure point, the report warns

Edinburgh can’t cope with booming tourism, official report warns

Edinburgh is struggling to cope with the mass influx of visitors to the city during its major festivals, according to a damning new dossier.

News 12
Plans for development at Picardy Place at the top of Leith Walk. Picture: contributed

Top of Leith Walk to become ‘landmark’ public space in revised plans

A “LANDMARK” public space with the potential to house a pavillion complete with cafe, trees and public seating would be built in the centre of Picardy Place should revised designs get the thumbs up.

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George Street stalls''Chirstmas in Edinburgh

George Street could be pedestrianised under plans

Planning chiefs have a “golden opportunity” to create a European-style boulevard in the centre of Edinburgh, according to locals backing the plans.

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Parks of Hamilton coach crash at York Place. Pic credit: Jay Jackson

Coach crash near Edinburgh bus station

A coach heading from Perth to Edinburgh had an unexpected early terminus when it smashed into a tram post on York Place.

Transport 3
Alasdair Allan with Gareth Morrison as Robert Burns and Stephanie Humpreys on the Clarsach and Lucy Ruuskanen on the fiddle

Burns Night: Edinburgh set for Red, Red Rose Street celebration

“MY love is like a red, red rose,” crooned Scotland’s most famous bard.

Entertainment
St Andrew Square and The Mound precinct are to be turned into 'chill out' spaces for a new spring event

‘Chill out places’ to be created in Edinburgh city centre

Two of Edinburgh’s main public spaces are to be turned into peaceful “chill out” spaces to herald the arrival of spring – following criticism they have been exploited for commercial uses and festival shows.

Entertainment 4
Organisers of Edinburgh's famous Hogmanay celebrations have faced criticism. Picture: Getty

Hogmanay organisers in climbdown over volunteer roles

Controversial plans to use more than 300 unpaid workers at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations have been dramatically scaled back after campaigners threatened to protest outside the event.

Entertainment

Private members club ROSL ordered to move out of Princes Street

With its imposing frontage overlooking Edinburgh Castle, and a red carpet on the steps leading up to its doorway, the prestigious private members’ club at 100 Princes Street has been a landmark for decades.

Entertainment 2
Cafe Andaluz staff celebrate their success. Picture: Jon Savage

Restaurant most popular with Edinburgh locals revealed

HAGGIS, fish and chips and shortbread are usually high on the list for tourists when they visit the Capital.

Food and Drink
The 150ft Melville Monument at St Andrew Square. Picture; TSPL

Slavery row over St Andrew Square plaque for Melville

A DIRECT descendant of controversial historical figure Henry Dundas has backed plans for a new plaque explaining the 18th century politician’s significance – but wants to leave out his role in prolonging the slave trade.

Politics 2
Scrapping stamp duty on cheaper homes will not solve property problesm, experts havre argued. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh city centre flats rocket in value, report says

The average selling price of two bedroom flats in Edinburgh’s New Town and West End have rocketed by more than a quarter over the last three months, a report has revealed.

Business
Yotel hotel brand has announced plans to open its first hotel in Scotland, which it says will provide an alternative to "traditional" offerings. Picture; PA

Yotel comes to Scotland with first hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town

A 280 ‘cabin room’ hotel designed to mimic the comfort of luxury air travel will open its first Scottish hotel in a vacant office building on Queen Street.

Business 3
Edinburgh Sheriff Court

German visitor almost killed in Edinburgh street assault

A young German, who had been attending a conference in Edinburgh, almost lost his life, when he played peacemaker in an argument between a couple.

Crime
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