It has been revealed that it has cost greater than £150,000 to repair the ‘mud bathtub’ in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens following the 2019 Christmas market.
An enormous 2.6million locals and vacationers visited the festive market final 12 months, which was held at East Princes Street Gardens for seven weeks.
Pictures of the muddy aftermath confirmed the positioning in a horrible state, as heritage campaigners urged for a rethink on mass tourism in Edinburgh.
The Daily Record has now revealed the cost to repair the gardens was greater than £150,000 – 3 times larger than earlier years.
Producers of the Christmas market, Underbelly, paid the City of Edinburgh Council, in full for the works as it’s a part of their contract to ship the occasion.
But the council additionally paid a further £40,000 for drainage work on the positioning which led to the delay within the gardens reopening totally to the general public till just some weeks in the past.
The leisure agency mentioned “no decisions” have been made about 2020’s Christmas Market and Hogmanay, that are underneath risk due to coronavirus and the foundations surrounding mass gatherings as outcome.
A spokesman informed the Record: “Edinburgh’s Christmas, produced by Underbelly, pays all the prices of reinstating the gardens.
“The drainage works are for long-term enhancements and never a direct results of the Winter Festivals.”
Conservative Lothian MSP Miles Briggs mentioned: “While the Christmas Festival is a popular destination for residents and visitors in December, this must be weighed against East Princess Street Gardens being inaccessible at other times in the year.”
Culture and communities vice convener, councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, mentioned: “The benefit of the drainage is that it will enable the lower lawn to recover more quickly following heavy rainfall and allow our residents and visitors to have greater use.”