Edinburgh man spends 24 hours up a tree to protest new hotel

One determined Capital resident has spent 24 hours camped in a tree to protest against plans for a new hotel in the Old Town.

A man has spent 24 hours up a tree during a protest against plans for a £65m hotel in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: BBC

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The man, who would not give his name, is against a 225-bedroom hotel being built at a derelict site descending from Victoria Street to the Cowgate.

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The development would see the India Buildings regenerated alongside neighbouring structures.

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Built in the 19th century, the A-listed properties are often seen as one of the city’s hidden architectural gems, boasting a range of stunning original features as well as the former registry office that hosted Scotland’s first ever same-sex civil partnership.

Overall designs include restoring the nearby B-listed Cowgatehead Church and turning it into a bustling function space and venue, as well as saving a further C-listed building.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed they are in attendance at the scene.