Green councillors today showed their colours as defenders of public services and assets in the final Edinburgh Council meeting of the year. Green councillors, led by Cllr Alison Johnstone, stood alone in backing the Splashback campaign to keep Leith Waterworld open, while the other four parties voted to close the facility.
The Greens also led the arguments against the immediate sale of parts of the now-notorious Caltongate site in the Old Town, saying that a site of this importance needed to be developed in way which suited the setting and properly took account of community views.
Green Group Convenor, Cllr Steve Burgess said:
‘The Caltongate sale is a massive missed opportunity. Despite having two years to consider what to do with the Caltongate site, we’re now told that the only option is to hand over council land and buildings to a new developer but with no guarantees. I’m very concerned this is being rushed through far too quickly with little scrutiny when the Old Town will have to suffer the consequences for decades to come.”
“On this, and on the closure of Leith Waterworld, we have seen scant regard by other parties for the long term interests of the city and its citizens.