And finally.. in the pink

And finally.. in the pink

A woman in Edinburgh’s New Town who painted her door pink has won a planning battle with her neighbours over the brightly coloured entrance.

Miranda Dickson departed from the norm to paint the front door of her Drummond Place property a shade of Champagne pink, leading to the City of Edinburgh Council threatening her with a £20,000 fine.

The local authority ordered her to repaint the door to white after it received a complaint.

The new colour, an off-white pink, also sparked a complaint but has now received formal approval from officials.

Council Leader Cammy Day said: “Having received a further complaint about the colour of the door, our planners are satisfied that it’s keeping with the New Town and can stay.

“As part of the World Heritage Site it’s really important that we protect the New Town area for future generations. We’ll always look into complaints we receive about alterations and take action if required.

“The centre of Edinburgh wouldn’t be the incredibly preserved place it is today without these planning rules.”

It brings an end to a long running battle which began in September last year, when Ms Dickson was told to paint her door a “more appropriate colour”.

The council didn’t deem the bright pink shade to be “in keeping with the historic character and appearance” of the listed building in the New Town.

The 49-year-old went on to paint the door green and applied for planning permission for this colour – only to have it rejected again.


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