Jack represents the Leith Walk ward, which covers Bonnington, Broughton, Hillside, Pilrig and South Leith.
He sits on the Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work and Regulatory Committees, the Lothian Valuation Joint Board and the Licensing Sub-Committee.
Jack Caldwell, 29, 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, and was 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's fighting to get on top of the overflowing bins and recycling bins issues, improve pedestrian and cycling facilities like pavements and paths, stop people getting priced-out of the area by supporting new social-rent homes and affordable home ownership, sensibly regulate Short Term Lets to stem the depletion of existing housing stock, rapidly expand the amount of urban trees along Leith Walk and the nearby streets, 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 and obtain better communication from the Council on utility works, like the tramline installation.
From Councillor Jack Caldwell.
The Trams to Newhaven Project published a major update on Friday. Please see their Construction programme new timelines and I've put some of the highlights below.
I'm pushing for more focus on the pavements and the project have granted me a forum on Tuesday to catch up on walking, wheeling and cycling concerns and considerations. The project are planning to install bus stops and litterbins, and we have been liaising on paving stone defects. I'll also seek an update on other plans ie Lorne Street reopening, Cambridge Avenue re-closing and demarkations on continuous pavements.
LEITH WALK REOPENS
Leith Walk is now expected to be open both ways to traffic from next Monday 13th. I am awaiting confirmation from Lothian Buses on the 16 and 25 & 49 coming back down Leith Walk.
Elm Row realm works have been pushed back to a May 2023 completion. This is partially due to shortage of pavers and awaiting utility contractors.
Planters have started appearing but not all are in their final positions. I've asked for a review on the particularly narrow section near Arthur Street and Pilrig Church.
PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLING SPACE
Smaller planters/bollards/sign poles between the cycle lane are still being explored to protect pedestrians from antisocial driving on pavements.
LONDON ROAD LEFT TURN
A CCTV camera has been installed on London Road and is actively being monitored.
The deliveries hub at Dalmeny Street is set to be closed.
DELAYS INTO TOWN
Streetlamps are being removed near Blenheim Place (London Road) from this Wednesday, so expect delays for bus journies as a tempory lights in in play.