Well, it’s all a load of royalist imperialist hooey, of course, but once in a while the Honours List does light on someone who you think “Yeah, she deserves it!”
The Virtual Inglenook said of Mary Moriarty in 2009 that even she “only retires once”. He did not predict that Moriarty’s idea of “retirement” involved the Leith Festival (Gala Day yesterday, continues to the 20th, enjoy!)
At the beginning of October someone tweeted me a link to Yes Edinburgh North & Leith‘s first public meeting, on 3rd October in the Halls on Henderson Street.
Unlike most Yes events, this one was billed explicitly, both in the header and in the text, as for undecided voters – so, unlike with most events organised by Yes Scotland, I felt free to go along. When I got there, about five minutes before the start, I found some Yes activists who’d come anyway were leaving, and people identifying themselves as undecided were being let in on a one-for-one basis (the hall was packed). I got a seat at the front that had been vacated by a Yes voter and was sitting next to two Yes voters who weren’t budging and who didn’t know Leith votes Labour.
Today’s the last day to go see the blue sky project dreamed up for Leith Walk, on display at Out of the Blue in Dalmeny Street – till 5pm today.
There’s more about the background to the project in Monday’s post, but I was really interested by their ideas. You should go look! (And come to the Open Space event on 5th June.)
We identified 4 areas of undoubted potential: Continue reading
Vision for Leith Walk:
Leith Walk is the longest street in Edinburgh and the one with the most character. It’s one of the most multicultural areas in Edinburgh.
The students of Edinburgh University’s Sustainable Design Master’s Programme are learning “how to design sustainable, environmentally responsive buildings and neighbourhoods” and interested in “how imaginative design solutions can make more resilient and secure communities within existing cities”.
We’re currently working on a project along Leith Walk, extending from the Playhouse to the Sea Continue reading
The candidates on 3rd May were:
The incumbents were Munn (SNP), Munro (Labour), Thomas (LibDem). The turnout last time was 8,391 out of 16,178. The 2012 results are all on Edinburgh Council Elections, Ward 13 – Leith.
So on 3rd May at noon I made seven predictions. How well did I do? Under the cut.
Although I’ve been campaigning for Gordon Murdie, I can’t vote for him (Though I would put him first preference if I could.) Southside/Newington is a ward where I don’t think any prediction is possible – not even by looking at what happened last time.
Whereas in my own ward (ward 13, Leith) I think I can make predictions. There are 7 candidates standing, and 3 seats. The incumbents are Munn (SNP), Munro (Labour), Thomas (LibDem).
- Chas Booth: Scottish Green Party
- Irvine Wallace McMinn: Liberal Party in Scotland
- Adam McVey: Scottish National Party
- Rob Munn: Scottish National Party
- Gordon Munro: Scottish Labour Party
- Nicola Ross: Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- Marjorie Thomas: Scottish Liberal Democrats
Turnout last time was 8,391 out of 16,178. Four candidates must be eliminated and three will get seats. What’s my predictions?
Leith Walk is the longest street in Edinburgh and the one with the most character. It’s one of the most multicultural areas in Edinburgh. There are about eight supermarkets on Leith Walk and a few chain shops and franchises, and the usual array of charity shops and some ugly new pawnshops and moneylenders, but there’s also a host of local businesses, including some which are the best in Edinburgh for what they sell: Scottish scones and cake, Mexican food, Polish bread, Sicilian pastries, Bangladesh curries, Chinese markets, Italian coffee, Tattie Shaws for fruit and veg, furniture, clothes, electronics, books, art, music, excellent pubs, several cybercafes all of which provide good quality Internet, ranging from the very basic to the positively luxurious – Leith Walk is great.
And Edinburgh Council has treated it like crap.
The roads are in a state not even justified by the trams. The pavements are broken and unmended. There’s state-sponsored graffiti warning us that we’re in danger of being stabbed. It’s even difficult to cross the road.
At the end of January, it was reported that Edinburgh Council had managed by good financial management and totally not as a pre-election ploy for May, that they’d spend £2m on pothole repairs, a “spring clean” of Edinburgh’s dirtiest streets, some kind of tramwork measures, even new bus shelters, cycle parking, and road safety initiatives.
Councillor Robert Aldridge said:
“The Edinburgh Spring Clean will give us the opportunity to target some problem hot spots with extra trained staff drafted in on a temporary basis, through an existing contract. This money has been made available through careful financial management and will ensure that Leith and city centre residents, visitors and businesses will notice a real improvement quite quickly.”
Aldridge was one of the Lib Dem group on the council who were defeated on what they called the “Alternative Business Model”, what everyone else calls privatisation. (Bill Ness, who was involved in developing the “alternative business model”, was suspended at the end of 2011 for other reasons and has since left his post.)
What Aldridge means by “extra trained staff drafted in on a temporary basis” is privatisation Continue reading
Leith Ward (3 councillors)
7 candidates standing.
Winners last time: SNP (Rob Munn) in the first round. Liberal Democrats (Marjorie Thomas) in the fifth round after Scottish Socialist, Liberal, and Conservative eliminated. Labour (Gordon Munro) in the seventh round after the second Labour candidate was eliminated.
The incumbents standing are Rob Munn, Gordon Munro, and Marjorie Thomas.
The only women standing are Marjorie Thomas (Liberal Democrats) and Nicola Ross (Conservatives)
Edinburgh Reporter on Marjorie Thomas
Edinburgh Reporter on Nicola Ross (@nicolaaross)
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