Hogmanay is a time for New Year’s Resolutions, ours is let’s reclaim our city from hidden networks and businesses carving up Edinburgh for profit.
The Underbelly Hogmanay fiasco goes on and on.
It’s worth remembering that this isn’t new.
The same company met opposition when they offered people “volunteer certificates” to “Hogmanay Ambassadors” in return for working at New Year, back in 2017. Unite and Better than Zero weren’t impressed.
First of all we have been overwhelmed by the numbers of people registering with Citizen after the latest Underbelly debacle. We can’t respond individually but EVERY single one of you will be contacted in the New Year about our events and how to get involved. There are hundreds and hundreds of you. It feels like a dam has burst and I don’t quite know why, or why now.
Anyway we’ll be announcing our long-planned public meeting about short-term lets in January very soon and then announcing other ways to get involved so you can participate in creating the Manifesto of the City.
We completely support the call from Councillor Mandy Watt who said:
“They (Underbelly) are not fit to have the contract and it should be brought back in-house. The council should consider breaking up the contract into manageable pieces and let local traders and communities run Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay.”
We’ve been saying this for a very long time.
Back in September we published this outlining some possible criteria for how we should or could commission groups to put on events in winter and at New Year. It’s called ‘Reimagining Christmas’.