Councillor Jack Caldwell - Leith Walk



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Constituents please contact Jack at [email protected]


Local, Competent, Compassionate, Leither.

Local resident Jack Caldwell is our May 2022 Council candidate for Leith Walk ward, after doubling the Lib Dem vote in the 2019 Leith Walk ward by-election.

 


Jack's priorities

 

  • 🚮 Better Bins

    • Getting on top of the overflowing bins and recycling bins issues.

  • 🚶‍♂️ Freer Movement

    • Improving pedestrian and cycling facilities like pavements and paths by putting an additional £10million into Edinburgh's pavements, roads and paths maintence.

    • Campaigning for new infrastructure, such as converting the abandoned Powderhall Railway Line into a walking and cycling path that could connect Easter Road, Allanfield, Leith Walk and Pilrig to Saint Mark's Park and the North Edinburgh Path Network.

  • 🏡 Fairer Housing

    • Stopping people getting priced-out of the area by supporting new social-rent homes and affordable home ownership.

    • Sensibly regulating Short Term Lets to stem the depletion of existing housing stock

  • 🍃 Cleaner Air

    • The Liberal Democrats are the only party that support a citywide Low Emissions Zone, which would particularly help around Leith Walk, London Road and Ferry Road.

    • Jack is a passionate believer that we should be rapidly expanding the amount of urban trees along Leith Walk and the nearby streets.

  • 💷 A balanced and progressive budget

    • Jack will work hard to ensure Leith Walk and North East Edinburgh recieves it's fair share of Council funding and to stop the cuts to local services, such as school budgets and communtiy police.

    • Jack and the Lib Dems will work hard to reverse last year's cuts to headteacher's budgets in Drummond Community High, Trinity Academy and Leith Academy.
  • 📣🚧 Trams (a.k.a. "the T-word")

    • Much better communication from the Council on utility works, like the tramline installation.

    • Improved financial support for the small, independent businesses along Leith Walk which make the area special. Too many have closed already!

 


About Jack

 

Jack Caldwell, 28, has lived in a council flat in the heart of the Leith Walk Ward since he was four years old, in 1997, attending the local schools, Boy’s Brigade and Scout troop. Jack’s workplace is just off Leith Walk, where he is an IT technician for a local independent arts charity.

Jack is an active volunteer in the area, running a local Cub Scout troop, as well as being an active member of the local Leith Community Council, which has recently seen him standing up to profit-driven developers. In this role he is working constructively with people and organisations across Broughton, Bonnington, Abbeyhill, Pilrig, Easter Road, Hillside, Powderhall and Leith.

Jack said :

It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to stand up for Leith Walk. Being actively involved in the local community, it is distressing to see the negative impact that eight years of roadworks are having on our area. In addition, the council has completely mismanaged recycling and refuse. We residents are being very patient, but our living standards are suffering from the dust, noise, strewn litter, and traffic jams are increasing across the ward.

It’s time we stopped utility companies running wild with public pavements, roads and cycle lanes. We deserve to be able to go to work or the shops without finding out our bus stop has moved to a totally different place again!

It is shameful that in 2022, North East Edinburgh still has unacceptable areas of financial inequality, with Leith Walk having a 21% material poverty rate alone. We can’t afford to have vital services such as Devolved School Budgets Community Policing further cut by our council.

If elected, my top priority will be to work hard to ensure community resources and charities receive enough funding to continue serving local residents. I will also explore as many options as possible to reduce inequality and attract high quality, sustainable, accessible and integrated social-rent housing to the area.

I'll also obtain better communal recycling facilities.

 


Contact Jack

 

Please get in touch with him if you have any local issues you'd like us to campaign for and let him know if you can help us to deliver our free Focus newsletter in this area.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: twitter.com/JackRMCaldwell

Facebook: facebook.com/JackCaldwellLeith

Two-minute survey on local issues: edinburghlibdems.org/LeithWalkViews


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