The new attraction this year is Edinburgh Christmas and the Silence Disco. You wear headphones, listen to music and watch the lights on the George Street structure that is decorated with about 60,000 LED lights.
We've been there and it's great fun. Certainly, people sing along. But is there a lot of noise? Not more than last year when there was an attraction on George Street that lost people of great height – which means everyone screamed.
In the South East Area Committee, there was a report on the table that discussed quiet debates in the town during the Edges, the increasing number of complaints about noise, congestion on the pavements and the fact that this is now saturation space .
Of both separate issues, some members of the local media came to the conclusion that the council would consider excluding silent discs. They are not. At least not yet.
What they considered this evening was the possibility of licensing these activities in the city, to keep it under some sort of control. The report by council officers says that there are a number of complaints over the summer period, some in relation to noise and others involved in the prevention of pavements.
Given that the silence Light structure on George Street on a pedestrianized street area, people who wear headphones can not be compromised stepping in into a traffic path that comes in. Summer trips were held in different areas, where there may be problems with pedestrians who are not so aware of cars and vehicles.
The report that indicates that the number of walks and deck walks on the increase, recommends that the matter be referred to the Tourism and Communities Working Group to consider further and that is determined.
The aim of that group is to try to ensure that the views of the residents are taken into account in the development of the new 2030 tourism strategy in Paris, being prepared in partnership with the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG).
In the past, the council has usually encouraged people to get a street trading license if they want to run such trips, but the council recognizes that their ability to regulate is limited. Many operators have not got licenses – part of the problem is that it's moving around.
The report states: "A street trader's license for street trading is required by any person who hawks, sells, or offers or reveals any article selling, or offering money or The value of any service to any person in a public place. It is crucial that all of these elements must be in place before a street trading license is required. "
Cllr Mowat quoted widely elsewhere as opposing these voyages on the basis of the noise, claims that this is a controversial surprise report. He asked the council officer to clarify whether there was any engagement with the Scottish Government that responded to the Regulatory Services Manager, Andrew Mitchell, saying: "The last appearance on this legislation was 2015 in relation to Air Weapons."
Previously Cllr Mowat suggested looking at the introduction of quiet fireworks in the city center.
Are these issues that we should worry about, or has this been restricted to a possible case of Bah, Humbug?
We will always welcome the attention of Cllr Mowat, or indeed any other councilors, on this issue, but at the time of writing she is still in the area meeting.