“It has experienced a massive tourist boom, and endured the soul-destroying experience of becoming one of the Airbnb capitals of the planet, with city centre tenements increasingly festooned with the key boxes that signal the driving out of permanent residents and communities. It has endured the abuse of much-loved public spaces to stage events for private profit. And worse, it has seen almost every attempt by citizens, councillors or MSPs to counter these developments either bought off, or blocked, or lobbied into uselessness, by vested interests which the authorities seem almost powerless to resist.”
Solutions: the big four companies that run the Fringe venues should be asked to publish their accounts publicly. The council should cease handing out massive contracts to single companies (Underbelly) to run multiple events in the city.
If we’re in a climate emergency, then the idea of encouraging hundreds of thousands of people flying short-haul to Edinburgh is unsustainable.