Greens launch campaign for Inverleith

The Greens have launched their campaign for the Inverleith ward in the city council elections on 3rd May.

The prospective Green candidate is Nigel Bagshaw, the local campaigner and community councillor who, with others, led efforts to stop development on Inverleith Park.

Among the Greens’ priorities for Inverleith are:

– Ensuring that publicly-owned assets such as parks remain completely in public hands
– Pushing for proper funding of primary and secondary schools to replace current shoe-string budgets
– Returning powers to communities and ensuring more genuine consultation with local people
– Protecting and improving local facilities, such as sports fields, libraries and play areas
– Supporting local retailers and businesses.

 

Nigel said:

“I really care about what happens in the area, as I have shown over many years campaigning on local issues to save popular facilities and support schools, shops and businesses. Many people might not think of themselves as Green voters, but I would  ask them to back me to become one of their Councillors. I’m someone who is firmly rooted in the area and who stands up for what is important to the people who live here.

“My experience as a community campaigner has shown how little genuine Council consultation there is on spending, planning and services and that is precisely what we as Greens intend to change.”

Nigel Bagshaw, 48, has lived in the Inverleith Ward for 18 years, with his wife and three children. Nigel came to Edinburgh in 1982 and works as a freelance German and Polish translator for the European Union. Nigel has been at the forefront of campaigns to save Inverleith Park and Glenogle Baths from development. He has chaired Stockbridge and Inverleith Community Council for six years and has been actively involved with the Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership, as well as Flora Stevenson and Broughton High School parent councils.