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Security barriers being considered for Edinburgh

Anti-terrorism security barriers could be installed at some of the most tightly-congested areas in Edinburgh to reduce areas becoming targets.

Edinburgh City Council is expected to create costed plans to roll out permanent or semi-permanent barriers at six current high priority locations as well as investigate further barriers across the city. Areas that have been reported to be included in the scheme include George Street, George Square, the Cowgate and Edinburgh Playhouse.

Officials want to strike a balance between public safety and more attractive barriers. The council's public safety manager, John McNeill, is reported as saying that the barriers are being considered to stop vehicles being used as a weapon, as well as for ‘large buildings in the city centre that have large amount of people gathering around them, like theatres’.

Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener, said: "As a capital city and a major destination for festivals and events, appropriate measures are put in place every year to ensure the security of our crowded places. As visitors are attracted to the city it is essential we ensure they enjoy safe environments and we were the first council to work with local police to devise and develop our own protection system.

"This is always reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose and as part of our exciting plans for transforming the city centre we will look at further key sites which could benefit from increased protection measures. Where possible we will consider a high design standard in keeping with the historic environment and try to ensure any measures are temporary so they are in place only when and where required."



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