Edinburgh will host its usual Hogmanay street party to celebrate Hogmanay. But the event could be bad news for those living around Princes Street.
As access to the street event is by ticket only, residents have been allocated six free tickets per household so that they can get to their own houses. But what if they want to have family or friends round for the bells?
A letter from the event organisers explained that additional passes “for uses such as private entertaining” can be applied for. But there’s a large catch – an administration fee of £15 for each ticket!
And you’ll have had your tea then. Only in Edinburgh …
A spokesman for Unique Events, which is employed by Edinburgh City Council to run the Hogmanay event, said that the cost is to stop abuse of the system.
Their claim that individual arrangements could be worked out with residents on a case by case basis cut no ice with one householder who had called and been informed that there was no alternative to paying the charges.
And one local, Denise Berger of Castle Street, said she had considered celebrating elsewhere, believing she would have to pay £300 for 20 house guests.
Local residents already have to put up with the noise and inconvenience of a public party on their doorsteps. Surely it is going too far to expect them to pay to have guests in their own homes.
C’mon folks. It is the festive season, isn’t it?