I have listened to and questioned the officers. I have looked at the draft report. I have spoken to Marian MacDonald the Engine Shed's Chief Exec.It is not as simple as moving to a ‘pure supported employment' model from an 'employment pathway'. The Engine Shed involves training (time limited) which is very focused on taking people into employment in which they will remain for a lengthy period. Changing is not a simple matter – especially bearing in mind the Engine Shed brand, loyalty and success which has been built up over a long period.I believe it is essential that you see and hear of the Engine Shed enterprise business model and operation first hand and I urge you to pay a visit as soon as possible to shape the direction of the report. It is a business and I am not sure how the proposals in the report will satisfactorily replace the loss of valuable expertise and service to the community for young people with learning difficulties.I appreciate there are complex issues and the goals the Council is seeking to achieve have merit. However I look forward to continuing our discussion and search for a satisfactory solution. For me, the closure of the Engine Shed is not a realistic option.Best wishes,Cameron
Monday, 20 May 2013
Derek Howie - Scottish National Party (SNP)
Phil Hunt - Pirate Party Scotland
John Christopher Knox - Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alys Mumford - Scottish Green Party
Stephanie Murray - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Keith John Robson - Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate
John Scott - Independent
Jonathan Stanley - UKIPScotland
Saturday, 18 May 2013
I see that the Evening News read my blog. Today they have a short article based on my blog post yesterday. Here is the EN article.
I have had discussions with Economic Development Convener Cllr Frank Ross - and will make a point of following up after that with Marian MacDonald, the Chief Executive at the Engine shed, and then again with Frank Ross.
Meanwhile, I note there is a petition which, at this point (3pm today) has notched up 1800 signatures.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 15:15
Friday, 17 May 2013
Knowing some of the people who have found support and employment there, and knowing its business model, I have always thought it does an excellent job. Management have worked hard to move it as far as possible to a self funding role with emphasis on identifying and supplying markets with the produce from the bakery where many Engine Shed people work. Earlier this week I arranged for a full briefing of myself and other local councillors on the background to proposals by the council to engineer change in the operating model for the social enterprise. That will take place on Monday.
More details can be found in this article.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 15:40
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Posted by Cameron Rose at 19:04
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
It follows the sad death last month of Tom Buchanan who was the SNP Councillor.
Standing for the SNP to replace him is Derek Howie.
Labour is putting up Keith Robson.
I understand the LibDems have John Knox as candidate.
The Greens have Alys Mumford up.
And we Conservatives have Stephanie Murray. Stephanie also stood in a by-election in 2010 when she increased the Conservative share of the first preference vote. Stephanie was born and raised in the ward and works for KPMG in tax. One to watch.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Here is the Evening News report today - from which the picture is taken.
"The 49-year-old had previously been jailed twice for drug trafficking offences before being sent to prison again yesterday at the High Court in Edinburgh. Police raided his home in Viewcraig Street, Dumbiedykes, in February after officers were tipped off. After officers arrived at his home with a search warrant, Reape admitted that there were drugs in a sports bag in his living room and more stashed on top of a kitchen cupboard."
Posted by Cameron Rose at 12:20
Saturday, 11 May 2013
|Capital Stone work in S Clerk St|
I understand that from 1st of May the company has been put in liquidation. That puts the work in S Clerk Street at Bernard Terrace on hold - and, no doubt other projects as well.
The record of the company is here.
Friday, 10 May 2013
|Not indicative times!|
Of 567 homes surveyed there was a 29% response - which is particularly high for this type of informal consultation, probably helped by active efforts of the Community Council.
There were 192 returns with 147 in favour and 39 against. There were 6 further comments.
This was an informal consultation and, based on the result, roads engineers will work up a scheme which will then be put to the statutorily required consultation. We need to wait to see the details.
With a fair wind the scheme stands a reasonable likelihood of implementation in early summer 2014. But that is with a fair wind and with approval at the committee and consultation stages as well as with suitable staff, legal and implementation resources being made available.
The area covered by the survey included Marchhall, Kirkhill, Priestfield (Road, Avenue, Gardens and Crescent)
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Recently his wheelchair was vandalised outside his house - he lives in the Prestonfield area.
Many have now stepped in to ensure his wheelchair is repaired.
More of the story here.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:35
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Friday, 3 May 2013
Edinburgh Better Together launches tomorrow morning at Surgeon's Hall in advance of the 2014 referendum. Alistair Darling heads the bill with Gavin Brown MSP and Sir Menzies Campbell supporting.
Details here. There will be a chance to sign up and get involved.
See you there.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:32
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Kitchens and bathrooms are due for upgrade in 2013/14.
I'm expecting tenants to receive a letter/questionnaire about the proposals - probably after September/October - with the installations taking place thereafter but spread over quite a number of months. The street is the next tranche are:
Posted by Cameron Rose at 14:55
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
You can see the BT website here and the Edinburgh Reporter includes local details here.
But wait a minute. Is this story not familiar? A quick search of my previous blog posts indicates BT was trumpeting super fast broadband for Newington as far back as Saturday, 2nd October, 2010. See my post from that date here.
Not so fast BT.
Note: You can check speeds available to your home here. Speeds in Prestonfield and the Old Town can also be checked at the same link.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:13