Community Chatterbox 23rd September

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Thought for Today ……

Tom Brock, the Seabird Centre’s CEO, told the NBHTA at a presentation on 3rd April 2017, “…… that the Seabird Centre was no longer viable in its current form.”

Simpson & Brown, project architects, state in section 4.7 of their Design Principles submitted to the Planning Department at East Lothian Council, “The future viability of the existing centre in its existing form is at risk. The centre needs to develop to ensure the sustainability of this landmark building for the future.”

Seabird Centre Trustees wrote to “The Courier” newspaper on 24th & 31st August about erroneous facts regarding the viability of the centre, giving rise to negative sentiment.

Why do the statements of the Seabird Centre’s CEO & project architects contradict those of the Trustees ?

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Community Chatterbox 22nd September

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Chatterbox Comment : Friday 22nd September
Here’s what some of our petition respondents are saying INTERNATIONALLY ……

Petition Comment : Ohio, USA, 12th August
I stand with the people of North Berwick who want to protect the Harbour.

Petition Comment : Tucson, Arizona, USA, 9th August
We visit Scotland every other year or so on business and for pleasure. We almost always visit Edinburgh & North Berwick and find the town a perfect place to explore the region. We’ve visited the Seabird Centre and love the Harbour and we do not support an expansion or change. It is already crowded and needs better public access. More development would impede access & lead to over-commercialisation.

Petition Comment : Holland Park, Australia, 13th August
Conserving historical architecture is so important to preserve the character and essence of a beautiful place.

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Community Chatterbox 21st September

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Chatterbox Comment : Thursday 21st September
Here’s what some of our petition respondents are saying NATIONALLY …….

Petition Comment : Edinburgh, Scotland, 13th August
Size of development totally inappropriate for Harbour area. No proof that this development will make the Seabird Centre financially viable. Period of construction likely to be highly disruptive to Harbour users & visitors. I believe that only a very small proportion of those who enter the Seabird Centre building actually pay to go downstairs to visit the displays. Thus, the current building is largely a café & retail outlet. There appears to be no evidence that increasing the size of the building will increase the proportion visiting the display area(s). Various scenic views will be restricted or totally lost from several vantage points.

Petition Comment : Coatbridge, Scotland, 6th August
I love North Berwick as it is – it has many happy memories for me & my family and it is important that we, as a country, retain “quaint” aspects of our history. Tourists visit Scotland to see exactly this kind of scene and corporate greed should not be permitted to ruin the landscape, go against the wishes of local residents or engulf our tradition.

Petition Comment : Peterborough, England, 10th August
I walk there all the time and would hate to see a bigger building. Why not spend money restoring the outdoor pool ? Great for healthy living & a unique feature for all to enjoy, rather than another commercial venture masquerading as a nature fest !

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Community Chatterbox 20th September

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Chatterbox Comment : Wednesday 20th September
Here’s what some of our petition respondents are saying LOCALLY …….

Petition Comment : North Berwick, 12th August
This is home. It will always be home. My family has seen the Harbour evolve over generations to meet the needs and desires of the community. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change has developed the Harbour into a bustling hive of activity, supporting local business, sports groups, national sailing championships, community groups & not to mention Fringe by the Sea, providing them all with space to thrive in the beautiful historic setting. So I’m not adverse to change, but to see one development put all this at risk with a selfish, ill thought through proposal which doesn’t stand up to the most basic of scrutiny makes me very angry indeed. The Seabird Centre is a valued part of the community, but it doesn’t have the right to dictate the future of the Harbour. I fully support the Centre taking steps to rectify its business failings, but there’s absolutely no evidence that this proposal will do that. A successful Centre working in harmony with the rest of the Harbour community is something I’m sure we all want, so let’s park this idea & go back to the drawing board. Together !

Petition Comment : North Berwick, 11th August
The conservation of this traditional Harbour, which is heavily used by locals & attracts many visitors, is vital to the community. A corporate expansion of the Seabird Centre is not a legitimate trade-off for the damage to a site of historic & contemporary value.

Petition Comment : North Berwick, 6th August
The Seabird Centre already thinks the whole area belongs to them. We need to keep the Harbour for ALL – not just them !

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Community Chatterbox 19th September

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Chatterbox Comment : Tuesday 19th September
Petition respondents, some of whom are currently members of the Seabird Centre, are considering cancelling their membership if the expansion proposal goes ahead. What effect would this have on the Seabird Centre’s long-term viability ?

Petition Comment : Longniddry, 21st August
We do not need this proposed Marine Centre. It will ruin a stunning Harbour area. I will no longer remain a member of the Seabird Centre if it goes ahead and I am sure many will also do the same.

Petition Comment : Falkirk, 20th August
I’m a supporter of the Seabird Centre in its present configuration and activities, but see no need for, and strongly oppose, any further development.

Petition Comment : North Berwick, 6th August
Leave the Harbour alone. It’s one the jewels in the crown that is North Berwick. And what happens when the Seabird-Marine Centre fails in a few years …….

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Community Chatterbox 18th September

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Chatterbox Comment : Monday 18th September
Petition respondents say that the Seabird Centre’s case for its proposed metamorphosis into a National Marine Centre lacks credibility. What do you feel ?

Petition Comment : Edinburgh, 6th August
I am currently struggling to understand the benefit of this development as a NMC, I also struggle to see the actual benefit, except as a “tourist” attraction, of the Seabird Centre in its own right, especially when it comes to what it actually does – not a lot in a practical research/conservation sense, especially in the field of true marine research. Don’t see many Marine Ecology/Conservation Graduates employed by them, conducting valuable research in & around the NB area. All that happens is the SSC feeds off other organisations, making it look as though they are the key driver in whatever project they focus on. The NMC will be no exception. Therefore, the development I see will significantly damage the whole beauty of the Harbour area. Further, the NMC will effectively be a NMC, but in name only, and not actually do anything exempt feed off other organisations and again take the glory.

Petition Comment : Dunbar, 7th August
I am passionately concerned about marine life conservation. But this project is a cynical money-making dodge. It will do little else than destroy an iconic East Coast Scottish beauty spot.

Petition Comment : North Berwick, 13th August
Only extending the café!!! A Marine Centre – how many marine biologists will be employed ?

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Community Chatterbox 17th September

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Thought for Today ……

Did you know that the success of the proposed National Marine Centre is dependent on its impression on the surrounding area to attract visitors ?

“…… some level of impact needs to be accepted or the National Marine Centre will not be viable.”

Stated by Simpson & Brown, project architects, in paragraph 4.7 of their Design Principles submission to the Planning Department, East Lothian Council.

So, is this a case of, “Never mind the quality, feel the width.” ?

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Community Chatterbox 16th September

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Thought for Today ……

“Overall there was a very positive feedback about the project.”

Stated by Simpson & Brown, project architects, in their Design Statement submitted to the Planning Department, East Lothian Council, on the outcome of their ‘Community Consultation’ in April 2017 with over 150 people attending.

Over 2,500 petitioners would beg to differ !

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Community Chatterbox 15th September

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Chatterbox Comment : Friday 15th September
Here’s what some of our petition respondents are saying INTERNATIONALLY ……

Petition Comment : Stockholm, Sweden, 6th August
I spent almost an entire day in that Harbour. Thinking back to my trip, in such a beautiful country, the mental pictures from NB harbour are some of the clearest I have. Redeveloping it in such a grotesquely modern manner would put a constant feeling of disproportion, not only to the Harbour, but the entire area.

Petition Comment : Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12th August
I lived in East Linton for many years and my parents still do. I went to school in North Berwick. I grew up around the Harbour and saw the Seabird Centre built. I actually played the royal fanfare as part of the school band when HRH Prince Charles came to open the Seabird Centre. Every time I am home from Dubai I visit the Harbour. Development is one thing, but this is a step too far. Leave it alone, let the future generations enjoy the space as we have enjoyed it.

Petition Comment : Graested, Denmark, 12th August
Maintain the vibrant community nature of the Harbour, stop the Harbour from being overdeveloped, keep the open space for community access, protect the panoramic views and stop any development which imposes upon the Harbour’s history and heritage – thank you.

Petition Comment : Cobourg, Canada, 21st August
I hope your Harbour is preserved in its natural beauty.

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Community Chatterbox 14th September

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Chatterbox Comment : Thursday 14th September
Here’s what some of our petition respondents are saying NATIONALLY …….

Petition Comment : Bradfield, England, 10th August
This is an unsustainable project which has not been thought through, a peril to the local charm of North Berwick Harbour.

Petition Comment : Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland, 13th August
Any further extension to the Seabird Centre will destroy the character of this beautiful Harbour.

Petition Comment : Manchester, England, 25th August
The Harbour has been a place for everyone. I remember swimming in the outdoor pool when I was a kid, then walking around looking at the boats. If the seabird centre wants more space, make the overpriced cafe smaller and reduce the amount of stuff on sale, as there are plenty of shops on the High Street to purchase things from, or even sell from a lovely new Beach Hut, but LEAVE NORTH BERWICK HARBOUR ALONE

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