Councillor’s Report from Cllr. Donald Wilson, January 2021

Image credit: Donald Wilson

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.

“Since this is the first report of the New Year the first thing to say is Happy New Year! Let’s hope the year brings a speedy end to this terrible pandemic and better times ahead. The situation is changing literally by the day and we are definitely locked in a race between the spread of the virus and the rolling out of the vaccine. It goes without saying that most of last year has been spent dealing with the ever changing situation. At the outbreak in March the City Chambers, along with all Council buildings, were closed and all Councillor work was moved online.  Committees were suspended and all decisions were taken by the Council Leadership Team. The Committees are back now but I think it is fair to say we are still having to prioritise Covid related issues. 

Not wishing to repeat Cllr Dixon’s report, fly-tipping is the most recent and we have been working together on this and other issues. The excellent report by the Community Council has given us a great basis to demand solutions and extra resources to address this problem. 

I would add however there have been additional challenges with the closure of community centres like St Brides and Libraries such as Fountainbridge and Balgreen. I have fought hard for the reopening of these much needed facilities and there is a phased plan to do so as soon as it is safe for users and staff. Some centres have stepped up their activities in response to the pandemic and I would pick out The Space (previously the Broomhouse Centre) and Love Gorgie (at the Farm) with whom I am in discussions to see how they can expand and develop. It would be an understatement to say that this had been a challenging start to the year but these clear signs of community spirit are surely a silver lining.”

Residents can contact Cllr. Wilson via email to: donald.wilson@edinburgh.gov.uk or by calling 0131 529 4715. Correspondence address: The City of Edinburgh Council, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ


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