Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I was pleased to put forward an amendment at Full Council this month,,,looking for urgent discussions in relation to Fairer Scotland Funding.
The removal of the decision making authority from our local area to central officers goes against community planning and accountability. I tackled the LibDem/SNP Council on the lack of progress and clarity and the misleading timetables given to local projects ad to elected members.
Unfortunately while I won the support of the Green Group, the Forth community was let down by the other parties who voted ahgainst this course of action.. I will keep fighting to ensure future funding is properly discussed and that our area continues to be a priority investment for anti poverty funding and is NOT ignored by the LibDem/SNP Administration and their Unfair approach.
Full Council Meeting
16th December 2010
Item 8.4 Transition from Fairer
Delete recommendation ii and insert:
1 Council notes with concern the lack of progress and clarity provided to voluntary sector groups in the transition process from receipt of Fairer Scotland Funding throughout the city.
2 Council further notes that the removal of decision making authority from democratically elected local neighbourhood partnership boards, to central officer groups is not in the spirit of local community participation /planning.
3 Council further notes concerns about misleading timetables provided to funded projects on the timescales for investment/disinvestment.
4 Council deplores the broken promise to hold proper and detailed briefing and the additional bureaucracy requiring information in triplicate with an unrealistic deadline.
Delete v and vi and insert:
Council therefore instructs that:
1 Urgent/ Proper discussions between departments and individual projects be held to look at potential future funding.
2 Projects highlighted for disinvestment be brought to January’s Policy and Strategy committee.
Proposed by Cllr Cammy Day
Seconded Cllr Ewan Aitken
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Some schools in the city still closed, pavements and roads inaccessible, and some areas still unable to get a bus service to help transport them arounds the city
This administration need to takle control of this, and 'get it sorted'!
for more information on this - please read the Labour Group Leaders blog here
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
to see the full speech - click here
Ed Miliband said this Labour generation will create;
a better economy for all
a society that values community and families
change how goverment works
change foreign policy - based on values! not alliances
a new politics.. for the country
a living wage for all...
a new generation has taken charge of labour
optmistic about our county
optimistic about our world
optyimisitc about the power of politics
together we will change britain
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Labour party members and affiliates, elected our party leader, to take on the CON DEM Coalition yesterday.
With a close run race between the two Miliband brothers, im pleased we now have a result, and a great leader and that Ed Miliband will lead our party to success, I for one will be fully behind our new leader!
Ed pipped brother David by 1.3%, for the full voting results click here Ed Milliband - Labours Leader
commenting on his fantastic result - Ed said;
Ed Miliband said:
"Today a new generation has stepped forward to change our party. We are united in our mission to transform Labour so that, once again, we stand up for the hardworking majority who play by the rules and want a less divided and more prosperous Britain. I know we have a lot of work to do. The journey starts today."
if you want to get involved - log on to http://www2.labour.org.uk/home
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Well as anticipated – the craigroyston school was burnt out as had been predicted! This school lay empty for a year and the Council took little action to speed things up! While the community centre is a great loss to the community, at least the site is now safe… plans for new 21century homes are progessing though the planning stages. Sadly current plans will mean the complete loss of the playing fields at ferry road - let me know what you think about that?
MMC 10th anniversary
I was delighted to attend the 10th anniversary of Muirhouse Millennium Centre. Many old and new faces came along, and spoke of the success of the centre and some of and some of its struggles, including a few old stories! Well done to the board
Granton/Royston residents association
A fun day was had by all at the event organised by Mitie to celebrate the end of the Councils kitchen and bathroom replacement programme in Granton Medway/Crescent. In addition many young people had the opportunity to train with Port of Leith Housings TOIL Project, and I am very pleased that Mitie have now taken them on permanently! The tenants and residents have put up with some inconvenience during the process, but with little concerns raised!
I have had many discussions with council officers on what needs done to make Victoria Park a safer and more enjoyable park for everyone to enjoy. Increased police profile, youth streetwork teams, new lighting etc should help. At Bangholm its a disgrace we expect schoolchildren to take PE lessons in a park full of dogdirt.. I have demanded this and many other issues be acted upon now!
Many local projects funding is under threat by the new allocation process set in place by the Lib Dem /SNP Council.
I have had meetings with the Forth Voluntary sector and other elected members to look at the best way forward to ensure we can continue to provide local services to the Forth Community.
Further discussions in September will inform what happens next – community groups should be aware that quite severe cuts from this council, may be coming! Please get in touch if this is an issue that concerns you.
New Telford Student Accomodation
The new accommodation on the corner of West Granton Road/Waterfont Avenue is now open. This provides student accommodation all year round – go and have a look! Excellent local accommodation for students.
This excellent event is due to take place on Saturday 25th September 12-4, at Forth Quarter Park behind telford college – the event, supported by the local neighbourhood partnership – is free, and offers fun and games for all the family – please support this event and come along
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I hope the impact of the £6 billion cuts can be explained by our Liberal Democrat representatives, to the people they assured would be safe!!
Sold out for a few positions and a flashy driven car!
Scotland's people voted , with one Tory MP, and a majority of Labour MP's yet, we are governed by Tories - thanks to the LIb Dems..
VOTE LIB DEM = GET TORY