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

Report for Ward 7 – Sighthill/Gorgie

Councillor Catherine Fullerton – December 2021

General  

Welcome to my last report of the year which I hope you find interesting.

Some Council highlights –    

Edinburgh’s First Older People’s Champion – I promised to report further on my recent work as the Older People’s Champion.  In the last 2 months I have been busy.  I have met with the other 18 of Champions in Scotland, also attended by SOPA and Age Scotland, to identify what the current issues are amongst older people.   One of these is about digital exclusion.   I have met with Council officials to discuss this issue with a view to ensuring an inclusive approach to all our citizens, this would include written communications rather than online when appropriate and Council officers have agreed to liaise directly with Age Scotland to ensure inclusiveness.    I am also tasked with ensuring older people’s voices are heard by my Council decision makers.

Please remember it becomes law in February next year that you must have interlinked heat and smoke alarms installed in your home.  If you are an older person and need advice, call Age Scotland on 0800 1244222.  Care and Repair Edinburgh have an in-house service and can arrange fitting (if you are on universal credit if may be free), if not there is a reasonable charge. Call 0131 337 1111

Young Person’s Guarantee – I was delighted that the Housing, Homelessness & Fair Work Committee gave an update on the diverse range of projects and programmes, both new and existing across the city, that will receive grant money to further help young people, aged between 16-24 years old to prepare or give them the tools to find work.

This will help everyone, but especially those at the early stages of working life or people who face disadvantage, get fair access to education, training skills development and good quality jobs. The Council, who is a Living Wage Employer, spend almost £5million a year supporting people who need a bit of extra help to find work and build skills and confidence.

White Ribbon Campaign -You may not be aware of this amazing campaign to end violence against women. The Scottish Government and the Council are fully backing this and are trying to get the message out that all men can make a difference. The White Ribbon Promise is to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

The dedicated team have just finished 16 Days of Action to encourage people to challenge those who comment about how women look, make suggestive remarks and show disrespect- anywhere. It is unacceptable and needs to be called out. Have a look at their website online http://www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk and remember that we can all help !

Constituency  

Road repairs – Most will have noticed Stenhouse Drive is in the nearly finished process of resurfacing.  I am pleased to advise that Stevenson Drive is programmes for February 1 2022.  There is obviously short term disruption that we have to put up with and I would like to thank you for your patience.

Constituency Work – During the month of October I dealt with 54 enquires from constituents and in November there were 46.  These enquiries were on a range of topics, including spaces for people, roads, city fibre, waste, housing, flooding and anti-social behaviour.

Stevenson Drive issues re. safety – a final report is awaited. 

Community Councils – Community Councils continue to meet to address issues in their areas and bring forward ideas for improvements.   If you would like to attend here are the email addresses to get more information.  Some also have website addresses.

Stenhouse, Saughton Mains & Whitson – ssmwcommunity council@gmail.com

Gorgie/Dalry – gorgiedalry communitycouncil@gmail.com

Longstone – secretary@longstonecc.org.uk

Sighthill, Parkhead & Broomhouse – gillianbrunton@btinternet.com

Diary – (random extract from w/b 29/11/21)

Meetings held via Teams, Zoom or in person with social distancing in place.

29/11 – 10.00 Meeting with; 2.30 Older People’s Champions Gathering; 18.00 Imaginate Board meeting

30/11 – 9.00 Meeting re. P&S;  .00 Policy & Sustainability Committee; 16.30 Meeting with constituent; 18.00 – Stenhouse, Saughton Mains & Whitson Christmas Tree Light Up

1/12 – Administration day

2/12 – 9.00 Meeting with officers; 10.00 Regulatory Committee; 18.00 Jazz & Blues Festival Board meeting

3/12 – Meeting re. Haymarket Yards; Meeting with NHS re Older People; 15.30 MSP meeting

Here are some useful links

  • Scottish Welfare Fund  – 0131 529 5299 or email welfarefundteam@edinburgh.gov.uk
  • Anti-social behaviour or noise complaints – contact the South West Family and Household Support Team on 0131 469 5150 or email southwestFHS@edinburgh.gov.uk .
  • Anything relating to criminal behaviour – contact the Police on 101 or in an emergency call 999.
  • Bin or other waste issues – email Waste@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 608 1100
  • Fly tipping or illegal dumping  – report online at

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/litter-flytipping/flytipping

·         Road and pavement emergencies – if the issue is an immediate threat to safety please use this emergency contact number

  • 0800 23 23 23 Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 3.40pm
  • 0131 200 2000 weekdays 5pm to 8am and weekends.

As always, if you have an issue with Council services that you would like my help with, please contact me by email or telephone listed below.

I can’t believe it’s December already, but I am delighted to be sending you our Thrive Edinburgh “Coorie in for Winter” booklet which focuses on the things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing in our homes during the winter months whilst also encouraging us to get outside and embrace the benefits of nature. You can download the booklet here: https://bit.ly/31lFsf8

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Councillor Catherine Fullerton

1st of December 2021


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