Councillor’s Report from Cllr. Catherine Fullerton, May 2021

Report for Ward 7 – Sighthill/Gorgie

Councillor Catherine Fullerton – May 2021

General

At last we have reached Level 2 of the Scottish Government’s restrictions and we have all had a chance to hug our loved ones.  Whilst we are really happy and relieved that we can eat and drink inside and outside now, I do hope we are all remain mindful about wearing masks, using hand gel and keeping our distance in crowds.  We don’t want any further variants of this terrible virus getting a grip in our city.

The Council has been awarded a further £21m additional funding that we can direct towards our key priorities.   At the Full Council meeting on 27 May we were able to make further investments, helping us achieve our core priorities for Edinburgh.  These include £6m in roads and pavements infrastructure; £300K in street cleansing and gritting; £450K in public conveniences; £700K for carbon net zero engagement; £130K for food growing, £1.5m towards Looked after children; £250K for a carers’ recovery fund; £2.5m funding to address pressures for social care and many more.

Did you know 3,500 young people got into apprentices or training opportunities through the Edinburgh Guarantee Scheme who work with employers across the city?  Now in its 10th year, it is expanded to help people of all ages access fair work, training and employment opportunities in the wake of the pandemic.  Check out the Edinburgh Guarantee website for further information.

Constituency  

The Friends of Saughton Park never stop.   From the History, Nature and Orchard Groups to the physic garden and SPLAT (Litter pick) there is something for everyone. I am involved in SPLAT once a month and its very rewarding.   If you are interested in getting involved, email friendsofsaughtonpark@gmail.com

If you live in Gorgie/Dalry why not get involved in the Dalry Community Park’s next litter pick.  I did along with many other volunteers.  It’s also a good way to get to know your fellow residents, Community Councillors and Councillors who attend.

In my last report  I wrote about the Balgreen Pavilion.  I am pleased to report that a group of croquet and other users are putting together a proposal to present to officers to take over the greens by way of a long lease, which would include a new pavilion and more community use.   I will keep you updated.

Constituency Work – During the month of May, I dealt with 79 enquires from constituents.  These enquiries are on a range of topics, e.g. anti social behaviour, housing, litter, roads and waste.  Numbers do not include invitations.

I am pleased to report that Balgreen Library will re-open on 7 June

Diary – (extract from w/b 24/5/21 )

24th – 9.00am Meeting with Council officials on constituency matters; 11.00 Meeting with Regulatory Services Manager, 2.00 administration.

25th – 9.30am Licensing Sub Committee meeting; 3.30 Group briefing; 5.00pm pre-Council Group meeting

26th – Out of office

27th – 9.00am Group meeting; 10.00 City of Edinburgh Council meeting

28th – 9.15 Meeting with constituent; 11.00 Meeting with St. Josephs School head teacher re school gates; 2.00pm Short term lets meeting

As always, if you have an issue you would like me to help you with, contact me by email or telephone.

Stay safe and well.

Councillor Catherine Fullerton

SNP – Sighthill/Gorgie Ward

Tel: 0131 529 4993

Email  cathy.fullerton@edinburgh.gov.uk     

31 May 2021


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