Councillor Gordon Munro at Leith Fort Housing Development (photo © 2018 Andrew Perry)
Councillor Gordon Munro at Leith Fort Housing Development (photo © 2018 Andrew Perry)

Western Harbour

The Planning Committee approved a revised master plan for Western Harbour which aims to complete the development. The plans, including Forth Ports’ detailed document, can be found here:

Western Harbour Revised Design Framework

 

Western Harbour Redevelopment - artist
Western Harbour Redevelopment - artist's impression © 2018 Rettie & Co
Community Work
Newhaven
I took part in a packed public meeting at Victoria Primary School on 4 October, organised by Newhaven Heritage. We were looking at a proposed community buy out and take over for community use of the existing Victoria Primary School building.  There was strong interest, with over 100 in attendance.
The prospect of a new purpose built primary school for the area presents an opportunity to have a community facility that links new and old Newhaven together and to realise some key aims. This is in the early stages and they are trying to assemble a team that will have property, financial and other skills to make it work. If you have community buy out knowledge and skills then contact Newhaven Heritage.
Contact Newhaven Heritage: archivist@newhavenonforth.org.uk
More about the Victoria Primary School project
Open Meeting on 4 October 2018 at Victoria Primary School discussing future possible community ownership of the building © 2018 Gordon Munro
Open Meeting on 4 October 2018 at Victoria Primary School discussing future possible community ownership of the building © 2018 Gordon Munro
Leithers Don’t Litter 
I took part in a litter pick on Leith Links where a range of local people from Primary age children to grannies worked together in a pick that saw over 20 bags of rubbish collected in an hour. Once again this local organisation did Leith proud coordinating a community collection on a Sunday.
Leithers Don’t Litter
Leithers Don
Leithers Don't Litter - "Weapons of Mess Destruction" Campaign/Adopt-a-Street
Tram
The Tram route extension will now come before Full Council in March 2019 for a decision on the business case for extending the route to Newhaven. This is to enable a full and proper evaluation of the bids submitted for tender. More can be found here:-
Final Decision Making Timetable for Trams to Newhaven is confirmed 
Gordon Munro, Councillor for Leith Ward in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh © 2018 Andrew Perry
Gordon Munro, Councillor for Leith Ward in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh © 2018 Andrew Perry

Citadel Youth Centre

Citadel held their AGM in the Centre on 24th October. As well as a chance to celebrate some of the great work they do it also saw an important change with Citadel agreeing to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“SCIO” for short). This is to enable them to source other funding to allow the good work to continue.

This AGM is always a highlight of the work I do and, for me, this year the feedback to the AGM from members of the Intergenerational Cafe (which meets on Fridays) was moving.

Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin took time out of a busy night’s work (whilst also keeping an eye on the Liverpool score) to tell the AGM why Citadel was important to him and why he ran, for the first and last time, the Edinburgh Marathon – raising over £11,000 for Citadel funds. Inspiring!

Willy Barr interviews Tom Kitchin at the Citadel AGM © 2018 Gordon Munro
Willy Barr interviews Tom Kitchin at the Citadel AGM © 2018 Gordon Munro

Mary Moriarty

Various Leith worthies held a surprise 80th birthday party at Leith Dockers Club for Mary Moriarty to whom some refer (or is that defer?) to as the ‘Queen of Leith’. Rather brilliantly Leith Festival gave her a present of a leopard skin trim high-viz jacket and gold litter picker for her annual pick on Gala Day at Leith Festival next year. Second Saturday in June seeing as you asked.

Surprise 80th Birthday for Mary Moriarty at Leith Dockers Club - 28 October © 2018 Gordon Munro
Surprise 80th Birthday for Mary Moriarty at Leith Dockers Club - 28 October © 2018 Gordon Munro

Governance Risk and Best Value – Health and Social Care

I raised a series of questions in committee expressing concern that the budget for Health and Social Care appeared to be out of control. I also pointed out that meetings timetabled to act on these concerns had not been held which in itself raised a question about how this would be tackled. More can be found here:-

Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership – Internal Audit Update Report.

This problem is not unique to Edinburgh. The need to fully fund this budget, which is under pressure from demography, has been recognised by Audit Scotland but is yet to be addressed by the Scottish Government. This will be an issue for this year and next year’s budget.

Full Council

Once again I asked the Council Leader to put Edinburgh first and demand the resources and power that Edinburgh needs to deliver its services. Once again Westminster was blamed and any criticism of Holyrood’s role in Edinburgh’s austerity was avoided.

This debate also spilled into the opinion columns and letters page for several editions of the Evening News. Quite a few have said to myself and others that they were unaware that Holyrood was passing on bigger cuts of 9.1% to councils than the 1.8% it received from Westminster.

Governance, Risk and Best Value Committee – 30 October 2018

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