Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mosque firebomber jailed

Last September I posted on an incident at the Central Mosque in the early hours one Sunday morning.

Last month Thomas Conington was found guilty at Glasgow High Court of throwing a petrol bomb at the Mosque.

Conington has now been sentenced to a minimum of three years and nine months in prison along with a Lifelong Restriction Order.

Details along with a video of the original incident can be found here

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Pickering's Gin moves up a gear

For several years now Gin has been produced at Summerhall in Edinburgh's Southside.  The company reflects the trend for locally produced spirits.  Now, Pickering's has secured a deal to supply Asda stores with their product.

Meanwhile another company, Ginerosity, with the tagline of 'the world's first social enterprise gin' has also secured a contract to stock Asda stores with Gin.  It is also based at Summerhall.

Growing local companies.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Did you know? Edinburgh University

Many of my blog posts share information which comes across my desk as a councillor.  So it is this morning I have some communications from Edinburgh University which is largely in the Southside and Newington ward.  Did you know Edinburgh University:

  1. has almost 38,000 students
  2. employs 13,742 staff (full time equivalent 9,531)
  3. Is the third largest employer in the city 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Cameron House meeting complaint refuted

The Standards Commission has finally cleared Jeremy Balfour and myself of breaching the Councillors' Code of Conduct at a committee meeting over two years ago.

The accusations against me related to a key part in the process of lifting the lid on some dubious events at Edinburgh Council.  I was doing what it took to represent my constituents, to ensure that wrongdoing and malpractice was recognised and to pursue openness and honesty in the Council.

The meeting, (and I maintain my actions) led to two more in depth enquiries subsequent to March 2015, which have resulted in a finding of maladministration against Edinburgh Council and a full apology from the Council to the Cameron House Management Committee, as well as the uncovering and exposing of a range of wrong actions and bad decisions.

I regret that some saw my comments at that meeting as amounting to personal disrespect and accusations. I do not believe they were - nor were they intended to be.  They were intended to show that further enquiry was possible and necessary and in the event, the subsequent enquiries have shown very clearly that such further enquiry was both justified and essential.  I am grateful the Standards Commission has accepted that what I said and did was not in breach of the Councillors' Code of Conduct.

As some will know, there remain unanswered questions about events associated with the Council's involvement  at Cameron House Community Centre and I will continue to pursue them as is my responsibility.

Indeed, I understand there remains an ongoing police enquiry into part of the events exposed in the subsequent reports.

1. Former councillor Jeremy Balfour is now Jeremy Balfour MSP.
2. For those unfamiliar with the background a range of public articles can be found here.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Old Dalkeith Road - average speed cameras

My last post noted imminent resurfacing of a stretch of Old Dalkeith Road.

Here is a reminder of average speed cameras have been installed in Old Dalkeith Road between Cameron Toll and the Royal Infirmary.  Although this article announcing the new cameras, indicates they were due to go live by the end of May, the cameras are still undergoing testing and they will not be operational until the road resurfacing is complete - currently scheduled for mid-July.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Road resurfacing - Old Dalkeith Road

Apologies for the limited posting recently.  It has just been busy.

Work is due to start on Monday 12th June on resurfacing significant sections of  Old Dalkeith Road. The work is due to last about 5 weeks.  As this is a designated route for the emergency services the work will be undertaken at night - beginning at 7pm.  (Noisy operations in the vicinity of houses should cease after about 11pm.)  There will be parking restrictions and partial road closures.

The resurfacing includes the stretch between Kingston Avenue and Cameron Toll.

Longstanding readers of this blog will note that the ward boundary has changed and now extends some way south of Cameron Toll and the area north of Double Hedges.  You can see the new ward boundaries by downloading the map here.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Festival Theatre - Children's Festival

This week the coaches you see parked outside the Festival Theatre in Nicolson St (and in Roxburgh Place) from Tuesday to Friday will be delivering young people to the Children's Festival.

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