Plans unveiled to deter vandalism and anti-social behavior at Fleshmarket Close in Edinburgh
New lights and artwork could be installed in Edinburgh’s Fleshmarket Close as part of efforts to deter vandalism and anti-social behavior from historic marches.
Plans unveiled by Edinburgh City Council proposed to replace existing lighting with ‘heritage lanterns’ and seven ‘decorative arches’ which feature designs linked to the fence’s history
Additionally, it is suggested that the three graffiti-laden gates “where anti-social behavior and litter congregate” be renovated and transformed into “artwork-based glimpses of the industrial heritage” of the area, complete with sound effects. .
The plans state: “These are made up of market scenes and a trompe l’oeil view into the belly of the old Scottish building to see the large-scale printing machinery that inhabited the space.
“It is proposed that each scene be accompanied by the sounds of the images broadcast by directional sound which creates a focused beam of sound that is only audible when you are in the beam. This is to be concentrated in the nooks and crannies to animate the images but also to discourage loitering in the redesigned environments.
“The lighting is designed to work at pedestrian level, but also helps the eye move around the buildings that make it such a unique environment.”
City closures “are often perceived as smelly, dirty and dangerous,” the plans say, adding, “Lack of traffic can create further issues of antisocial behavior and vandalism taking place there.”
And it is hoped that the redesign – part of a wider partnership project between the council, Edinburgh World Heritage, Napier University, local businesses and residents to renovate twelve of the centre’s iconic closures- city - will solve these problems “by creating a positive currency cycle”.
“To make the alleys more interesting, attractive and visible, which will increase the number of people using them, making them feel safer and less prone to anti-social activities,” the plans add.
“The program is designed to unify the spaces and aspects of Fleshmarket Close from top to bottom. This is achieved through unified lighting and artwork that will change the atmosphere of the place.
With permission to work in other locations, including Carrubbers Close, Stevenlaw’s Close and Fountain Close, it is expected that council planners will approve new plans for Fleshmarket Close in the coming weeks.