Councillor’s Report from Cllr. Denis Dixon, January 2021

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At our December 2020 meeting, Gorgie Dalry Community Council agreed to post written reports submitted by our local ward Councillors for those residents who cannot make it to Community Council meetings. Gorgie Dalry Community Council is an impartial organisation and publishes information provided by any of our local elected representatives regardless of party allegiance, with the exception of explicit canvassing material. The opinions and positions expressed are those of the representative and not of GDCC.

“I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. Covid-19 restrictions have made it difficult for us all to do the ‘normal’ things this last year. As a local councillor I have tried to reach as many of my constituents as possible both directly and through social media. My assistant Gail, is invaluable in picking up constituent complaint and enquiries and responding once the relevant Council officers have supplied the information and answers to questions asked of them.

I am Vice-Convener of the Regulatory Committee. This includes the Licensing Sub Committee which sits every two weeks. I also sit on GRBV (Governance, Risk and Best Value) committee which sits every four weeks. I am on the Board of Edinburgh Leisure and during the recent crisis, we have been meeting every two weeks to review the current operational and financial situation of the company. Full Council meets monthly. As one of your two SNP local Councillors, I cover Dalry, Gorgie and Longstone. Cllr Fullerton covers the rest of the ward although we work together on many projects like Saughton Park.

Recently, fly-tipping in Gorgie Dalry has hit the headlines. Myself and the other local councillors are taking this issue very seriously and I find myself reporting incidents on a daily basis, weekends included. This includes reporting overflowing bins and bins that are damaged or have, strangely, gone missing.

Gorgie Dalry, other issues:

  • Dalry Colonies, dealing with parking issues;
  • Caledonian village, double yellow lines now re-installed at the entrance to development.
  • Orwell Terrace, Domino Pizza extractor fans finally repaired. Noise causing constituents to complain.
  • West End Place, Student residents’ bins area cleaned up. Causing vermin concerns.
  • Duff Street, Mr Weir’s concerns about the removal of trees to allow the Roseburn cycle path to progress. Arranged a meeting with Mr Weir and Active Travel officers.
  • Murieston, dealing with various transport and bins issues. Also addressing the pedestrian route passing the student housing development. Fencing not adequate.
  • Gorgie Road, food stall operating without a license. Now closed.
  • Contacted Network Rail about the repairs now taking place at Robertson rail bridge. Also delayed the gas works scheduled at the same time on Slateford Road to avoid excessive traffic restrictions.
  • The above does not include individual constituent cases involving housing issues and anti social behaviour (ASB) etc.

Regards,
Cllr. Denis Dixon”

Residents can contact Cllr. Dixon via email to: denis.dixon@edinburgh.gov.uk or by calling 0131 529 4988. Correspondence address: The City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ


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