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  • commented 2017-06-08 13:18:44 +0100
    I have 4 elderly people from a sheltered housing complex in morningside who require transport to the polling station – can you help
  • commented 2017-04-29 19:11:48 +0100
    6 Corrennie Drive


    EH10 6EQ

    Morningside Ward Elections

    29 April 2017

    Dear Neil

    Old Royal High School

    One of the important decisions that will be taken by Edinburgh Council after the elections relates to the planning applications for the site of the old Royal High School. I would be interested to know your views on this.

    The two competing visions are a six-star hotel and the new home for an expanded St Mary’s Music School.

    The hotel project has attracted an unprecedented degree of opposition from Edinburgh residents and many international bodies. It would involve the construction of two vile extensions to the wonderful present building, would threaten Edinburgh’s World Heritage status and reduce the overall attraction of the city to the important tourist trade.

    By contrast, St Mary’s music school would give new life to the marvellous building, would attract world class students and teachers, and reinforce the reputation of the city as an attractive place to live, work and visit.

    Records publicly available at Companies House demonstrate that the hotel project is being financed via the “low tax jurisdiction” of Luxemburg by a company who made its money from dealing in US “distressed debt”. (I can send you details of this if it is of interest to you.) Hardly backers who inspire confidence for the long-term support for the considerable cost and commercial risk involved in the hotel proposal. If there is a genuine need for a six-star hotel, let the backers find another site.

    By contrast, the funding of St Mary’s Music School is fully underwritten by the Dunard Fund, a music charity, who are also supporting another music venue for Edinburgh. This will ensure that the Royal High maintains its appearance as a key building of the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as maintaining the city’s World Heritage status.

    I hope that you can confirm that you will support the use of this important building as a music school and reject the proposals from a US financed group that would damage this building and whose motives are not likely include the long term benefit of the City of Edinburgh, its residents and visitors.

    Yours sincerely

  • commented 2017-04-28 14:11:57 +0100
    I’m contacting you on behalf of Edinburgh Women’s Aid, we are an organisation which provides specialist services to women children and young people with experience of domestic abuse. We work across the whole Edinburgh area and with women and children from all communities.

    Last year we had contact with 1500 women and supported 237 children and young people. Our services include the provision of safe temporary accommodation, crisis counselling, information and support to help women to make the choices which are correct for them and support to children and young people including outreach support in schools and delivery of the CEDAR programme.

    Demand for our services are increasing year on year and the provision of specialist support is vital to help women, children and young people to recover from their experiences. We believe it is imperative that the voices of women and children are heard by elected representative to ensure that decisions take into account the distinct needs of those with experience of domestic abuse.

    We are contacting all candidates to ask you to pledge that if elected you will ensure that the voices of women, children and young people from all the communities of Edinburgh are heard and all the needs of those affected by domestic abuse are made visible in all areas of council policy.

    If successful in your campaign we would be delighted to have you visit our services and hear first hand from us about the work we do.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully

    Linda Rodgers
  • commented 2017-04-09 06:57:54 +0100
    Hello Neil

    Thanks for your fliers.

    Please let me know your take on the Council’s tram project to date, and if a similar scale project arose in the future, how you would handle the management of it.


  • commented 2017-04-04 09:13:41 +0100
    Good morning Neil. I am regarded as self-employed and have been working with the council for about 4 years now with the Daybreaks team. We work in small groups with elderly people – some with dementia. We bring people to our homes and then take them on outings.

    It’s a great way of getting sometimes lonely and isolated people out of their home and into a social setting and is, I think, a very cheap and effective way of doing it. It also gives the carers and families a break and also means that they may be able to continue living independently for that much longer.

    However I feel our service is now in a state of collapse as we wait for funding. I would be grateful if you have any information as to whether we have a future. Thanks. Dave.
  • commented 2017-03-01 16:10:39 +0000

    I have changed address, please can you update your mailing list.

    Old address; 6 St Fillan’s Terrace, EH10 5NH

    New address; Flat 2F2, 49 Falcon Avenue, EH10 4AN


    Anna Claybourne
  • commented 2017-02-22 20:54:50 +0000
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