Greens launch campaign for Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart

The Greens have launched their campaign for the Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart Ward in the city council elections on 3 May. The prospective Green candidate is Gavin Corbett, a well-known campaigner in the area, having been chair of Craiglockhart Primary School for 4 years and the main founder of Shandon Local Food Group.

Among the Greens’ priorities for the area are:

– Ensuring that residents’  voices are heard loud and clear in new developments across the area: from Craiglockhart Hill to Lochrin Basin.

– Promoting local shops and  businesses, from Happy Valley and Chesser through to Tollcross, in the  face of yet more supermarkets

– Pushing for decent  investment in the existing schools in the area and for the proposed new  Boroughmuir High School to be a model new secondary.

– Protecting and enhancing the  green and natural assets of the area – Craiglockhart woods, Harrison Park  and the canal

Gavin said

“I am passionately committed to the area, as demonstrated by my voluntary work with schools, community groups, local businesses and young people in the area. People may or may not think of themselves as Green voters but I believe they will back me as one of their three councillors: as someone with firm roots in the area, who listens and, above all, who gets things done.”

He added:

“The Liberal Democrats, both nationally and here in Edinburgh, have seen their popularity plummet. They are out of the race. So the contest is between the Greens and the SNP: between a Green candidate with a real track record in the area and an SNP candidate who has been parachuted in from North Lanarkshire. The election is using a fair voting system so everything is to play for.”

Gavin Corbett, 46, has lived in Shandon in the heart of the area for 20 years, with his wife and two young sons. Originally from Ayrshire, Gavin works as Head of Policy for housing charity Shelter Scotland. He has been a community councillor, chair of his children’s school, the main founder of Shandon Local Food Group and a campaigner for responsible car-parking. He sits on the steering group on Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative and is a member of Friends of Harrison Park.