Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Edinburgh University Principal to step down

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, has announced his resignation from September 2017.  He has been principal since 2002.

More details here.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The referendum and responding to the death of Jo Cox

Some of you will be aware that I have been active locally in the referendum debate with a few public letters, articles, talks and other things.  But the death of Jo Cox casts a shadow over campaigning.  How to respond?

Much has been and will be written and published this week-end (I don't really watch TV).  But today I came across a blog post which I share with readers of this blog in a rare departure from the local news emphasis normally maintained here.    I don't think there will be found anything  more appropriate in this weekend of collective anxiety about the result of the referendum and the pain of the Cox family.

The post, which is from The Wee Flea, is here.

Auction of the Minto Hotel next Tuesday

Well - not the hotel itself - that is already possessor of planning permission for conversion into housing.  But of the contents - the furniture and fittings.
The auction is between 11am and 4pm with viewing on Monday.  See the Evening News for more details.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

95 year old Tam Gilzean in fall

The extraordinary Tam Gilzean is in hospital after falling at home and breaking his spine.

Tam is a local resident to the ward and has featured in this blog many times before.  He's looking to get back to his fundraising work.

Best wishes Tom for a recovery.  Read here for the details.

Friday, 10 June 2016

The paraphernalia in the Meadows

The massive blowup, playpark style stuff in the Meadows is the Gung Ho Edinburgh! 5k which takes place tomorrow.  You can do it for charity and Mrs R tells me there are still spaces for the 9-10am slot and 1pm-2pm slot.  She also says it'll cost you 50 quid.  But it looks fun.

See here.

The Causey AGM later this month

The Causey Project AGM is to be held at 7pm on Monday 27th June at the Buccleuch and Greyfriars Church.
There is a talk 'Cities for People: communities, place and well-being' by Here and Now, a Landscape Architect Studio based in the Southside.  All will be made welcome.

Yesterday's post about the Causey's quarter million pound grant is here.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Causey project wins £269k from government supported charity

The Causey Project has received over a quarter of a million pounds for their Project at West Crosscauseway.  The money comes from Sustrans Scotland which is a charity with substantial support from government.  You can see the Causey website here.  The Causey Development Trust has its AGM soon.  I'll look out the details and post them here for anyone who wants to go along.

Sunday Parking decision

One of the most frequent items of correspondence from constituents in the past year or so has been on Sunday parking.  Here is a comment from the Conservative Transport spokesman, Cllr Nick Cook:

Amended 9/6/16 to give a link to the article rather than replicate the full text in the post.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Council media team reporting Sunday parking decision taken

I see the Council media team are tweeting a decision has been made to impose Sunday parking controls and charging in the central area of Edinburgh between 12:30 and 6:30.  Looks like they have extended the control and charging period to half an hour before the previously discussed 1pm.

Sunday parking charges decision today

I posted about this issue last week.

The meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee today is due to take a final decision.  I plan to post the result this afternoon..

Monday, 6 June 2016

Street Party Mansionhouse Road

There is a Street Party taking place in Mansionhouse Road in the Grange next Sunday.

The road will be closed between Grange Road and Dick Place for around five hours between 11am and 4pm

Deadline to register for referendum vote

Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in the referendum on 23rd June.  If you are not registered, the good news is you can do it quickly online here.  If you are not sure if you are on the register you can check by calling the local electoral registration office - you can find the telephone number here.

You can apply for a postal vote until Wednesday 8th June- the application form is here.  It should be returned to the Lothian Joint Valuation Board - see the address at the foot of the above form.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Parking charges - and controls on Sundays

Apologies for the lack of posts.  I can only put up a fraction of the local material that comes across my desk.  But with over 4000 responses to the Council's Parking Action Plan the latest report, due up before the Transport Committee next Tuesday, will be of interest to many..

The story so far.  At the last meeting on 15th March, amongst other measures, was a proposal to introduce Sunday controls and charging.  There were no costings - a rather big fault when taking decisions like this but the administration pushed through their decision to introduce parking controls and charges on Sundays in principle.  With comments from the Convenor, most people who made representations (from local businesses and local churches) left resigned to a the decision in principle to go ahead with Sunday parking controls and charges - but that these were to be between 1pm and 6:30pm only.

However, the report includes costings for all day parking on Sundays as well as afternoon only.  Many fear the Administration might revert to all day Sunday charges and controls.  See this article and the comment from George Whyte.

The report itself can be found in full here.  You can check the minute of the last meeting here.

And a final link here is to the comments of my colleague Cllr Nick Cook who points out the whole proposal was the subject of a record number of responses from local people who would be affected (the vast majority against).  He also highlights that the Council stands to gain between £490,000 and £900,000 per annum by implementing Sunday Parking controls.  This would, of course, be an extra charge on residents shoppers and churchgoers.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

I'll be voting Leave

Yesterday I gave a few deadline dates for the referendum on Thursday 23rd June.  Today I note my position.

There are many reasons why I will vote to leave the EU.  I laid out just a few of them in this article.

Below is the trailer and a short clip on life outside the EU from the film.  You can get the full film here.  It is well worth just over an hour of your time.


There are many more in Brexit the Movie.  It is just over an hour long and well worth your time.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Useful facts about the referendum

Four weeks to the referendum this Thursday.  To Remain or to Leave, that is the question.  I'll give my view tomorrow but in the meantime here is some helpful information about registering, getting a postal vote or a proxy (getting someone else to vote for you).

If you are eligible to vote you will by now have received (or will receive in the next few days) a card notifying you of your entitlement to vote, or a letter stating that you will in due course be sent a postal voting form.

You can still register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote.  Here are the deadline dates.

  • Register to vote by Tuesday 7th June
  • Application for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8th June
  • If you wish to apply for a proxy vote your application must be in by 5pm, 15th June
  • It you want to change or cancel existing arrangements that must be done by 5pm on 8th June
EU citizens and 16 and 17 year olds cannot vote in the referendum.

If you are not sure if you are already registered you can phone 0131 344 2500 to check.

And there is more information on this website.  You can download application forms at the same link.