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Date for next Independence Referendum October 2023

Scotland's first minister has proposed the 19th October 2023 as the date for another referendum on independence. Nicola Sturgeon said the question would be the same as in the last referendum in 2014: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". Ms Sturgeon said she would be writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask for formal consent for the vote to be held. She said she would press on with her […]

todayJune 28, 2022 7

Edinburgh

Free festival tickets as a Thank You to Edinburgh residents

To celebrate the 75th anniversary this year, the Edinburgh International Festival is giving away over 35,000 free tickets. This summer's free programme features leading contemporary circus performers and world-renowned orchestras, as well as an immersive installation described as a ‘spa for the psyche’. These events are dedicated to the residents of Edinburgh, who have opened their city and helped to welcome the world to Scotland’s capital for the last 75 […]

todayJune 28, 2022 14

Edinburgh

Calton Hill gorse fire

Fire crews are still on site on Calton Hill tackling a huge gorse fire behind the old Royal High building. There are no reports of people being in danger.  Four appliances are  in attendance.

todayJune 26, 2022 7

Edinburgh

Lorry crash causes huge commuter delays

Commuters at Edinburgh Waverley were caught in chaos this morning after trains were cancelled after a lorry crashed on to the tracks in East Lothian. Massive queues of people stretched out the station and onto Waverley Bridge. Late yesterday evening, an HGV crashed onto the tracks of the East Coast Mainline, causing the busy route to be closed this morning as a salvage operation was launched. The lorry driver was […]

todayJune 24, 2022 29

Edinburgh

Meadowbank reopening next month

Edinburgh Leisure has announced an opening date for the long-awaited Meadowbank Sports Centre. The centre closed in 2017 for a multi-million pound redevelopment of facilities. A series of delays has postponed its planned opening, but Edinburgh Leisure has now confirmed the opening date for the centre will be July 19th. The Meadowbank Sorts Centre has been a feature of the capital for almost 50 years and hosted two Commonwealth Games along […]

todayJune 21, 2022 12

Edinburgh

Three Day Rail Strike

ScotRail has said it will have to cancel 90% of its trains during three days of strike action by the RMT union this week. The strike by about 40,000 Network Rail staff is part of a dispute over pay, working conditions and redundancies that will badly affect services across Scotland, England and Wales. The RMT members are holding 24-hour strikes on three days: Tuesday 21 June Thursday 23 June Saturday […]

todayJune 20, 2022 7

Edinburgh

Jenners to be returned to “former glory”.

Former Edinburgh department store Jenners is set to be returned to its "former glory" and will reopen as a luxury hotel complete with a rooftop bar after plans were given the go ahead by councillors. Plans went to Edinburgh City Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee for final approval on Wednesday and councillors unanimously granted permission for the works as well as change of use and listed building consent. Iconic key aspects […]

todayJune 16, 2022 54

Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s 74th Taxi Outing

Edinburgh’s annual Taxi Outing is back after a two-year absence. The spectacular, fun filled procession where taxi drivers from the capital take time out of their schedules to decorate their vehicles and drive youngsters with special needs through the streets of Edinburgh, got underway this morning at 10am. As is tradition with the taxi outing, you are encouraged to come armed with water pistols, water bombs and buckets of water […]

todayJune 14, 2022 160 6

Crime

Former Castlebrae High School to be demolished after vandalism

The new Castlebrae High School in Craigmillar opened on April 26 and within two weeks windows at the old school had been smashed, the building broken into and toilets vandalised.  Police were also called to reports of people on the roof. Some education department staff were still based at the old Castlebrae and the plan had been for the building to remain operational. Council chiefs decided urgent action was needed […]

todayJune 13, 2022 4

Edinburgh

Council launch consultations on transport connections to Edinburgh’s new housing developments

Edinburgh Council have launched consultations on better sustainable transport connections to support Edinburgh’s new housing developments Thousands of new homes will be built around Edinburgh over the next decade. Edinburgh Council want to make it as easy as possible to walk, wheel, cycle and use public transport, as well as spend time, around these areas. They are proposing improvements to help people do that in four parts of the city […]

todayJune 10, 2022 9

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