- Monday 12 noon: Meeting with support group
- Monday 7pm: Attend launch of Meadows Marathon at Student Union, Potterrow. A well organised event though I was hoping their website would be fully launched with date and booking. Should be up in the next few days.
- Tuesday 10am: Finance Committee. Notable for three adjournments. One was for observance of 2 minutes silence. The other two were disruptions by the Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty. Their spokesman initially claimed to be against abuses in collection of council tax. It later became clear their main agenda was that they were against council tax altogether. They lost any sympathy and credibility they might have had when they disrupted the committee discussions twice leading to the adjournments. But then, argument and reason was not what they are about. They tried to employ bullying tactics whilst arguing against alleged bully boy tactics. The irony appears lost on them.
- Tuesday 2:15: Education Sub Committee hearing report on inspection of Bruntsfield Primary School
- Wed 9am-12 noon: Planning Hearing on Newbridge Housing Development followed by other planning applications
- Wed 12:30- 1:45pm: Meeting of ward Councillors on Kings Buildings plans and controlled parking zone extension proposals
- Wed 2-3:30pm: Education school closures consultation group
- Wed 6-7:45pm: Surgeries
- Wed 7:45 - 8:15: Visit to constituent
- Thurs 8:30-9:30: Briefing meeting with council finance officers
- Thurs 11:30-1pm: My first visit to First Minister's Questions at Scottish Parliament
- Thurs 1:15-2:30pm: Meeting and lunch with friend/consultant
- Thurs 6pm-7:30: Attended council reception marking 25 years of Bethany Christian Trust
- Thurs 8 - 9:30pm: Attended AGM of Craigmillar Park Association. A key concern was the impact of extending the controlled parking zone.
- Friday: The only fixed event will a lunchtime meeting with the UNESCO representatives visiting Edinburgh to judge whether the World Heritage Site has been compromised by recent developments approved. One of these is the Caltongate development (I voted for it) and the Haymarket Tiger development (I voted for it). Further details of the visit can be found here.
- Email response has fallen a little behind and the other main issue today was the resignation of Willie Gallagher the Executive Chairman of the trams project.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
A day in the life of your councillor
The last few days have been busy. Here is a breakdown of the meetings - all interspersed with reading of papers, correspondence, follow up, phone calls and discussions about policies and issues and personal appointments.
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...
Below is the explanation I have received for the delay in replacing the Jawbone Arch in the Meadows. It has been a long wait as you will ...
Here is the text of today's article I have in The Times. Edinburgh is a great city bedevilled with some problems. Confident leadersh...
Here is an update on a couple of incidents of concern. First, The firebomb attack at the Potterrow Central Mosque. A 28 year old man was...