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

It is a time of rapid change regarding the pandemic however I would start with a fresh plea to people to get the booster when offered. It remains our best way to get back on with our lives in as normal a way as soon as possible.

Our Libraries and Community Centres are approaching full opening as we speak with the exception of those being used as testing centre . We are committed however to get alternative measures in place in these areas should we need to continue the testing centres into the new year (this is within the power of the Scottish Government).

A Christmas message is hard this year with so many feeling the effects of isolation. The sooner we can get back to organising things like the Scottish Pensioners Christmas Dinner (which Tommy Carson and I organised every year up till the pandemic) the better! Maybe we should all just think about our neighbours and friends and try to make sure they feel involved at what can for many be a difficult time of year.

One piece of good news is the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those killed in the First World War(24 and 2 from WW2) buried in Dalry Cemetery.  The phrase ‘lest we forget’ seems even more poignant when 26 souls quite literally had been forgotten and now thanks to the Friends Group have for the first time in recent history have been properly remembered. The Friends of Dalry Cemetery was started during lockdown and have done a fantastic job renovating and repairing it . Anyone with some time to spare and who would like to help should contact friends@dalrycemetery.co.uk .

It seems there isn’t going to be a Gorgie Dalry Christmas Light Switch on this year.  I hope we can have one next year but since it would have been my last as compere and local Councillor I can’t help but feel sad. I also can’t help but reminisce on all the past switch ons. I have put some pics on this newsletter. people doing the switch on itself has ranged from The Snow Queen (88) from the Kings Theatre, and Hearts players to most recently young winners of the poster competition and the Best Dressed Window. I was there in a few roles , Lord Provost and of course the big one who arrives in a sleigh! 🎅  I will miss it.

I would end by wishing you all Merry Christmas and a better New Year.

Donald Wilson

Can’t not mention Cop26 though and, of course my thoughts go back to the water turbine in Saughton Park and Harlaw reservoirs. I had a big hand in the creation of both of these . I think of it as the opposite of ‘blah blah’ as you can’t get much more practical and tangible than the UKs first Eco Green Space (Saughton Park) with it’s 38kwh water turbine and two ground source heat exchangers.

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


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