Policy and ward work – highlights from the Edinburgh Green group of councillors, June 2019.
In Education, Mary Campbell ensured that future grant processes would be done as a co-production, as the current process created some issues by not having service providers and service users involved from the beginning. June also saw the result of Mary’s ‘blue belt’ motion, with a report coming to Transport and Environment Committee outlining the work being done to create a continuous active travel Promenade from Joppa to South Queensferry, including working with East Lothian to create a link to Musselburgh.
In Portobello/Craigmillar Mary Campbell has been working to set up a public meeting about the future of Portobello Town Hall, and also helped organise a couple of Prom tidy up days to get the beach ready for the summer holidays.
As city canal champion Gavin Corbett opened this year’s Edinburgh canal festival on 15 June, attended by over 4,000 people.
In Fountainbridge-Craiglockhart Gavin Corbett’s campaign to reduce car parking pressure and improve road safety in Shandon took a step closer with the approval of a council report on parking improvement.
In the city centre, Claire was out and about in the ward. She visited the team in charge of developing the new Dunard concert hall, which is going to be a significant project in St Andrew Sq. She visited residents in Abbeyhill Crescent for a walkabout to discuss possible improvements in their housing estate. She also held busy surgeries at both Dumbiedykes and Tollcross.
On the Housing & Economy Committee, Claire was successful with a proposal to look at introducing wellbeing measures of economic success, rather than economic growth, so that the economy serves the people.
Susan’s work in June consisted of normal casework, further work supporting #SaveLeithWalk, planning & statistical analysis for £eithChooses 2020, visits to Shakti Women’s Aid and preparation for the switch to different portfolios. Article in Edinburgh Evening News.
As culture spokesperson Alex Staniforth put a motion to full council which set the ball rolling on the establishment of a night-life co-ordinator role for the city.
In his ward Alex met with a local residents’ association and has begun working with them to improve services for people in assisted living arrangements. He also sought assurances that the shutdown of Seafield Recycling Centre would be a one-off incident and that services there would improvements to the service.
As co-convenor, Chas held the coalition to account for their administration’s failings in full council, in particular ensuring that a greater focus would be placed on environmental strategy in the coming years.
Steve continued his work pushing for a stronger sustainability strategy and for Edinburgh council to take the climate crisis seriously and develop a concrete plan for reduction in carbon emissions.
In the Meadowbank ward, Melanie held a successful litter pick for underused woodland area in Greenbank, with further work by the new group planned to bring the area into community use: changes to road layout, including one way sections and safety measures in Braid Crescent have been agreed by Roads staff with a budget in place for this financial year, and the formal process started.
At full Council Melanie’s motion on introducing the new Bike to Work policy and encouraging and enabling staff to use bikes, including electric bikes, for transport in work as well as to work – such as care at home staff was agreed with an implementation plan to come forward in August.
Edinburgh Green Councillors Group responsibilities June 2019
At our AGM in June, several changes were made to the group with regard to spokesperson duties. Below is an up-to-date list:
Melanie Main and Alexander Staniforth
City Environment (including recycling and waste) – Gavin Corbett
Climate Emergency /Sustainability – Steve Burgess
Communities (including local democracy, Edinburgh Partnership) – Susan Rae
Community Safety (including police, fire, noise, night time economy) – Alex Staniforth
Economy – Alex Staniforth
Education, Children and Families – Steve Burgess
Fair Work – Claire Miller
Festivals and Theatre – Alex Staniforth
Finance and Budget – Gavin Corbett,
Food (economy) – Melanie Main
Governance – Melanie Main
Housing and Homelessness – Chas Booth,
Libraries and community centres – Alex Staniforth
Parks and Greenspaces – Alex Staniforth
Pensions – Steve Burgess
Planning – Mary Campbell
Regulatory Committee and Licensing (including HMOs, food, Taxis etc) – Susan Rae
Health & Social Care (& EIJB) – Melanie Main
Transport – Claire Miller
Unions – Melanie Main
3rd Sector – Alex Staniforth
Short Term Lets – Claire Miller
Sport – Alex Staniforth
Visual Arts – Susan Rae
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