Report for Ward 7 – Sighthill/Gorgie
Councillor Catherine Fullerton – July 2021
I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather we have had recently and are remembering to wear your face mask when in enclosed spaces.
Some Council highlights –
Council Care Homes- 4 council owned are to close over next two years as they are no longer suitable for the residents who need our care. We have moved to a care at home model as this is most people’s preference – to stay in their own home as long as possible. This has resulted in those who do enter a care home needing more support. Many of our homes were converted from residential as there were too many stairs and the rooms too small for en suites to be added. There will be no redundancies as there is already a shortage of care staff.
Vaccinations are up and cases of Covid down in Edinburgh. Mobile units for younger people are working well. We have given NHS one month’s notice to allow us to use the Usher Hall for concerts again and they have asked if we will allow them to use the Ross Bandstand area also.
A report is going to Committee on 3 August with plans for reopening the remaining community centres – only 9 of the 30 currently open but expect 27 to be open by the end of September.
The number of people in the city who are unemployed is down and some industries are reporting a shortage of experienced staff (hospitality).
Some Scottish Government news –
The Council welcomed the announcement of a five year funding package for local authorities and housing associations in Scotland to deliver new affordable homes. Over the next 5 years, Edinburgh will receive £233.8m grant funding for housing which is really welcome.
All residents in Scotland under the age of 22 will be eligible for free bus travel from 31 January next year. Approximately 930,000 young people will join the third of Scotland’s population who already benefit from free bus travel through the Older and Disabled Persons free bus scheme. This will be welcomed by young people and cut the cost of travelling to college, university or work.
I have been encouraging my friends and neighbours to visit our beautiful Saughton Park and enjoy the delights of the Garden Bistro. If you have not visited recently, you must and see the gardens at their best. You may also see otters, herons and beautiful birds.
Community Council meetings have re-started and I would encourage you to go along to their monthly meetings. Community Councils are all friendly volunteers from areas within the Ward who look at ways of improving them. They also take up issues like planning proposals and have the opportunity to ask local Councillors questions. There are 4 in the Ward – Gorgie/Dalry, Longstone, Stenhouse, Saughton Mains & Whitson, and Sighthill, Parkhead & Broomhouse.
Constituency Work – During the month of June I dealt with 84 enquires from constituents. In July, when we were in recess, there were 28 enquiries. These enquiries were on a range of topics, including spaces for people, roads, city fibre complaints, waste, housing and anti social behaviour.
Diary – (random extract from w/b 21/6/21 )
All meetings held via Teams or Zoom
21st – SNP Group Away Day; 17.00 Briefing on Regional Prosperity Framework
22nd 9.30 Licensing Sub Committee; 4.30 Annual General meeting; 18.00 Pre-Council Group meeting
23rd 9.00 Meeting constituents; 11.00 Meeting officers re. Regulatory Committee; 12.00 Administration; 14.00 Thriving Green Spaces briefing; 17.00 Meeting constituent
24th 9.00 Pre-Council meeting; 10.00–17.00 Full Council meeting ;
25th 10.00 Sighthill Recycling Centre visit; 11.45 Meeting with officers; 14.00 Meeting officers re. constituency issue; 15.00 Administration.
As always, if you have an issue you would like help with, please contact me by email or telephone.
Stay safe and well.
Councillor Catherine Fullerton
SNP – Sighthill/Gorgie Ward
Tel: 0131 529 4993
31 July 2021