Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sick Kids buyout attempt update

The community buyout proposal has been with the Scottish  Government for some time.  It cannot go ahead in the current form so here is an update from the Marchmont and Sciennes Development Trust explaining the delay.
" . . .the Sick Kids is being sold as a single site by NHS Lothian.
However, it has two owners - the health board and the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
The ‘community right to buy’ legislation states that applications to be given first refusal on a site can only relate to one holding of land, so the Scottish Government last week told us that they have declined to consider the application (as in they have not taken any view on it).
This means that in order to proceed we need to put in two applications for the Sick Kids site, one for the land owned by NHS Lothian and one for the land owned by the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.
After this point we would then get a decision from the Scottish Government but in the meantime the restrictions on NHS Lothian selling the site have been lifted.For this reason we are trying to get the applications sorted as quickly as possible but do feel free to get in touch if there’s anything you think you can do to help."

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Surgeon's Hall area stop and search leads to 3 drugs arrests

Police searched a man in Hill Place (off Nicolson Street) on Tuesday leading to the discovery of substantial Class A drugs and the arrest of 3 persons.

Police activity was initiated after information from a member of the public.

Fuller details from the police media release.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Election results

Blogging has been light recently - the local elections squeezed my time just a bit.

However, the results for the city :

SNP 19 (+2)
Conservatives 18 (+7)
Labour 12 (-9)
Greens 8 (+3)
Lib Dems6 (+4)

(The figures are relative to seats held immediately prior to the election.  Note that due to boundary changes Edinburgh had 5 extra seats.)

And you can find the detailed results for the ward here.

In summary, the first preference votes cast were:

Cameron Rose (Conservative) - 3151
Alison Dickie (SNP) - 2403
Steve Burgess (Green) - 2381
Ian Perry (Labour) - 2354
Dan Farthing (Lib Dem) - 1410

The make up of the Council can be found here and there are now discussions to form an administration.

Finally, there is a changing of the guard in the leadership of the Conservative Group and Iain Whyte takes over from me.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Update on the replacement of the Jawbone Arch in Meadows

Here is the latest update on the Jawbone from Edinburgh World Heritage and Edinburgh Council

The pathway at the site of the Jawbone Arch in the Meadows has now been re-surfaced. The jawbones themselves are still undergoing conservation work, which is taking longer than previous estimates anticipated: this delay had led to a long closure of the pathway and we are aware of the inconvenience this was causing to Meadows users. As the conservation processes is still underway, the pathway has now been resurfaced and reopened for normal use. Once the conservation works are completed, the pathway will be closed for a short period while the re-installation takes place.

The conservation of whale jawbones is a complex and unusual task, which requires specialist conservation experts to develop and implement the best approach. The project has taken longer than initial studies anticipated, due to a number of factors including the complexity of conserving ‘organic’ whalebone, and the going into liquidation of a specialist conservation company which was working on the project. Once restored, the Jawbone Arch will return to the Meadows, and this important Edinburgh landmark will be in place for people to enjoy for another hundred years.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Update on the Clerk Street Odeon

It is 14 years since the Odeon closed.  Apart from very short special events the building has remained closed and has had an air of gloom.

In October 2015 Glasgow based G1 bought the building with a view to refitting and operating it in equal measure as a restaurant venue and as a cinema.  Since then from time to time they have had specialist workers restoring the premises.  However, G1 has recently bought the Scotsman Hotel at least some of the restoration team have been diverted to the new acquisition.  So we don't have any idea of an opening date.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Bernard Terrace to close next week-end

The Lutton Court student development is on course for completion by the new term in August.

The next stage of the building work is to remove the crane which has done much of the work.  So for parts of Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April, Bernard Terrace will be closed.  I note that if it turns out to be a windy week-end the operation will be delayed until 6/7th May

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Top Ten manifesto priorities: 20mph zones

Suspend the implementation of the remaining phases of the 20mph zones and undertake a review of the blanket policy.

The full manifesto from Edinburgh Conservatives is here.

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Local resident Jim Sillars in the news

Former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars lives locally.  He has been speaking out on a couple of issues recently. First, here is today...