Saturday, 25 February 2017
Friday, 24 February 2017
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Along with other competitive tenders for the use of sites in some parks, the Meadows tender for the use of the site just east of Middle Meadow Walk in 2017 has been completed this week. The contract has been awarded to Underbelly - who have been on the site in recent years
The income to the city for this concession is just over £48,000 plus a 1% gainshare of all revenue generated above a £250k threshold. Although I don't know the exact dates. The contract is for 3 years.
The proposed event will be called Circus Hub - a dedicated event for contemporary circus. The event will contain two covered and ticketed venues and each will host between five and six shows per day.
The maximum period allowed for the event is 23 days with 3 days set up and 3 days take down. A maximum additional four days for set up and take down are permitted within the parameters - though these days are paid for in the contract at an enhanced rate. The parameters were agreed at the Council Transport and Environment Committee last autumn - which can be found here.
As in previous years there will be discounted tickets for local people.
Just keeping you informed.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 16:58
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Sad news. A cause of death has not yet been established.
More details here.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:18
Monday, 20 February 2017
There is now a programme of 'Footpath Slurry Sealant' works about to take place in the Southside/Newington ward. Some work scheduled for March with some follow up work done in the following weeks.
Here are the streets being programmed currently:
- Lussielaw Road
- MacDowell Road
- Priestfield Crescent
- Priestfield Road
- Langton Road
Slurry sealing is used to repair imperfections and to seal footway surfaces from the ingress of water to the underlying foundations. This is a preventative treatment used to extend the useful life of a footway, delaying more significant and costly treatments. It is a semi self-levelling system and is spread by hand using squeegees on top of the existing.It should be a quicker fix as well.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 13:36
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:10
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Here is an update.
First, there is an article in today's Times, (£ paywall but you can see the first few paragraph) which is about the bid which has been made by local arts entrepreneur Robert McDowell. He is the owner of Summerhall. He has made a bid to obtain the site for a combination of museums, art galleries and arts related activities.
Then there is the proposal to exercise powers under community buy-out legislation which was extended to urban areas last year. The Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust is being formed and you can find more details of their vision here.
But there has also been consultation meetings locally to draw up plans to liaise with and influence any future developers. They have produced a summary of collective views which is intended to be a working document with which to engage with bidders.
There will doubtless be many other bidders which will be reduced to a shortlist in the coming weeks.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 17:04
Monday, 13 February 2017
But first, a couple of reminders. The increases can be found in my post on Saturday here. Secondly if you are not sure of the Band of the house you live in you can find it at the Scottish Assessors Association website here. The Scottish Government increases are to Bands E to H and are between 7.5% and 22.5%. Edinburgh Council has added a 3% increase to all eight bands.
First, the total amounts payable including water and sewerage charges and the amount of the increase. Note this includes the Water and Sewerage increase of 1.6% which is the rate of inflation (CPI) for 2016.
Band A: £1089.75 (plus £27.90)
Band B: £1271.38 (plus £32.56)
Band C: £1453.00 (plus £36.20)
Band D: £1634.63 (plus £41.85)
Band E: £2108.25 (plus £160.19)
Band F: £2578.53 (plus £276.86)
Band G: £3075.57 (plus £420.94)
Band H: £3810.09 (plus £625.53)
Now Council Tax on its own without water and sewerage charges:
Band 16-17 17-18 Increase (%age increase)
A £779.33 £802.71 £23.38 (3.0%)
B £909.22 £936.50 £27.28 (3.0% )
C £1,039.11 £1,070.28 £31.17 (3.0%)
D £1,169.00 £1,204.07 £35.07 (3.0%)
E £1,428.78 £1,582.01 £153.23 (10.7%)
F £1,688.56 £1,956.61 £268.05 (15.9%)
G £1,948.33 £2,357.97 £409.64 (21.0%)
H £2,338.00 £2,949.97 £611.97 (26.2%)
In the next few days I will follow up with the post number three in this series giving the political background. If you are not familiar with the discussions there will be a couple of surprises for you.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 12:56
Syrian Resettlement Programme
- Scotland has resettled more than 1,300 Syrian refugees since November 2015. This represents over a quarter of the 4,400 refugees settled in the UK under the Syrian Resettlement Programme (SRP) so far.
- The SRP was set up in September 2015 to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the life of this Parliament. It is a partnership between the Home Office, the UNHCR and local authorities and is focused on refugee camps in countries around Syria (not refugees in Syria or in Europe). The UNCR identifies refugees potentially eligible for resettlement and the Home Office makes the final decision regarding identities and numbers.
- Edinburgh has committed to resettling one hundred refugees for each of the five years of the programme. To date the Council has resettled one hundred and thirty refugees (twenty-six households) with a further arrival scheduled for early spring. The city is on track to realise the overall commitment.
- Refugees resettled under this scheme arrive with Humanitarian Protection Status conferring on them leave to remain in the UK for five years and the entitlement to work or apply for benefits from the point of arrival. They also arrive with a package of funding from the UK Government which extends, on a tapering basis over the five year period.
- Homes for refugees - who mostly arrive in family groups - have been provided thus far through the Council's Private Sector Leasing Scheme (PSL). Whilst PSL is technically a temporary housing solution, commitment has been sought from landlords that leases will be given for at least three years.
- English language and cultural integration support is delivered through a partnership of Council and third sector organisations and Edinburgh College facilities.
- There is still a need for partnership to welcome refugees in this programme. Two of the groups providing support are Edinburgh City of Sanctuary and Edinburgh Churches for Sanctuary.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 09:00
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Edinburgh council tax to rise between 3% and 26% from April plus further rises in Water and Sewerage
The Labour/SNP coalition in Edinburgh has added a further 3 per cent increase - the maximum allowed - which applies across all 8 bands. Three things need to be remembered.
- ALL council tax payers will have to pay significant increases
- For the top four bands the SNP government increase is added before the Edinburgh Council 3% is applied. That means the additional discretionary increase of 3% represents an increase over last year's council tax of more than 3%. The additional increase is therefore between 3.25% and 3.675% for these bands.
- In addition the Water and Sewerage charges also increase but by a more modest 1.6%. That is the rate of inflation (CPI) in the year to December 2016.
Then I will report who voted for what - and why these increases need not be so severe. If you have not been following the issues closely there will be a couple of surprises for you.
Amended 11.2.17 to make minor improvements to the wording.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 08:30
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
That means the following:
Day New Current
Sun Closed Closed
Mon 1pm - 8pm 10am - 8pm
Tues 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Wed 1pm - 8pm 10am - 8pm
Thu 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Fri 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm
Sat 10am - 2pm 10am - 5pm
I'm on the case trying to reverse these. It is to be decided at the budget meeting of the Council on Thursday this week.
Update 11.2.17: In the event a last minute additional £10m in the Scottish Government grant has enabled Edinburgh Council to indicate it will allocate some additional money to limiting the impact of these service reductions
Posted by Cameron Rose at 17:25
Monday, 6 February 2017
Candidate for the worst street in Edinburgh, Whitehouse Loan, has now, at long last, been resurfaced. Following similar positive feedback from local people (at least for the last phase - it was delayed because of Scotiish Gas Network renewing mains pipes), this morning I made a call to check which company had been contracted in to do the work.
TARMAC again. Take a bow.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 15:30
There is little additional in the article beyond the detailed information I circulated last November (which see here).
The current estimated time for the erection of the repaired Jawbone is late Spring.
See here and here for further information about the remarkable Meadows Great Exhibition of 1886, of which the Jawbone arch is one of four physical commemorations still visible locally.
Thanks are due to the many local people and organisations who have supported the renovation project.
Posted by Cameron Rose at 11:29