Councillor report

Green councillors’ report March 2020

March was an unusual month in the council, as it started as a regular month and ended with lockdown.

By the end of the month a lot of councillor time was taken up both by shutting activity down and by dealing with the consequences of this.

However, other activity to highlight:

In Portobello-Craigmillar, Mary Campbell worked with Portobello Community Council and fellow councillors to run a transport drop in for local residents to discuss council plans for the area.

In Fountainbridge-Craiglockhart, Gavin Corbett organised a very successful community clean-up of the Hutchison cycle-path on 7 March; and spoke at the AGM of Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative on 12 March.

In Southside-Newington ward, just before covid measures, Steve Burgess spoke at a well-attended co-housing event run by a group interested in buying the St. Crispin’s school site when the school moves. Local people are enthusiastic about the co-housing bid as it offers far more to the local community. However the value of this site is too high for co-housing to make a competitive bid so the group are now liaising with the Council over other sites in the city.

In Craigentinny-Duddingston, Alex Staniforth attended the first meeting regarding a Community Asset Transfer of 9 Loaning Road by the community centre in order to assist local activists in transforming the empty building into a community asset.