Saturday, June 25, 2011

Labour calls for full Public Enquiry to trams fiasco!

After 3.5 years of the Lib Dem/SNP council making a balls up of managing the Tram Project for Edinburgh.. Labour has called for a full enquiry into the continued mistakes and mismanagement fron this Administration

read full story from Labour Leader Andrew Burns here

edinburgh Tenants Federation AGM

last night (Friday) seen the annual General Meeting of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation..

a very good turn out from tenants reps from across the city - and some interesting constitutional motions discussed, won and defeated - showing ETF as lively as ever.

The AGM heard from convenor Betty Stevenson, and many of the ETF executive on key issues, Stair Cleaning, Stair Inspections, Anti Social Behaviour and of course - continued investment in affordable housing.

ETF this year has won many awards for their tenant support and advice over the years, in particluar for their Mental Health Awareness work - which is highly commended,,

The AGM was an enjoyable evening - sadly I had to leave before the Music and drinks started flowing,,,

As the only councillor who made an effort to attend - I look forward to the continued support with Edinburgh Tenants Federation and all of its members.

Cammy Day

Labour Group - Housing Spokesperson


Along With Malcolm Chisholm MSP and Cllr Lesley Hinds - I attended the recent local activists social history groups launch of the 'Never Give up' click here for NEN Story

This production , and the background to the report, is fantastic- I was so pleased to see such a high quality, with extensive content of the History of activism in Greater Pilton/North Edinburgh.

The DVD shows real storys of local activists fights - like the 2'and 6 that was to be put on rents many years ago! - kickstarting a campaign - no rent rise! Edinburgh currently has the highest rents in all of Scotland!

Local Activists, Anna Hutchison, Brian Eddington, Brain Robertson, Roberta Blaike introduced their report and DVD - introduced by Alex Wood, and our very own Dave Pickering. well kent face Mae Shaw welcomed the report, and the funding from this organisation - and will now be taking this to the next stage! The work was supported by the local CLD officers

This shows that North Edinburgh has real passion for its community, despite recent school closures, and loss of over £1million of funding - cut by the SNP/Lieb Dem council here in Edinburgh,,, I hope to see their campaining in the coming local council elections!

Well done to all those involved - I am very impressed with this report - and support activists to 'Never Give up'!!

Ask no Questions....

A surprisingly good turn out at the Forth Neighbourhood Partnership
Public Meeting at Telford College last night.

Local groups and organisations including Community Renewal, Libraries,
Granton Churches and North Edinburgh Arts took advantage of the Market
area to set out information stalls and showcase the range of services
available in the ward.

The aim of the meeting was to update on the regeneration projects in
the Forth Ward and the FNP team had pulled all the stops out to ensure
that a good selection of representatives from City Development, Land
owners and Housing Associations were in attendance to do just that.....

This was a well attended meeting – just disgraceful that no opportunity was given to the community, to ask public questions, in what is supposedly a ‘Public Meeting’. After being informed by the Lothian Health representative, that the reent reports of the long awaited Healthcare Partnership Centre have some truthm in that it may be postponed, redued in size – or indeed shelved (as reported in the evening news) !!!
No opportunity to ask any questions about this or the verly slow, to nil pace of investment in the Granton Waterfront.

If Neighbourhood Partnerships are to be successful, we need to be open and transparent, and not be shy or frightened to face the public, and respond to them !

I can only hope the next ‘Public Meeting’ whenever it may be – will have the opportunity for questions to be asked, and answered!