News reached me yesterday afternoon that the Council have postponed consideration of the report on the Proposed Local Development Plan. Councillors on the Planning Committee were due to make a decision on the LDP at a meeting of the Planning Committee this Thursday. They will now consider the report at an additional meeting of the Planning Committee on the Thursday 12th June.
The reason given to my office for the delay is that “The reporting of the revised Local Development Plan and supporting documents has been postponed to a meeting of the Planning Committee on 12 June 2014. This is at the request of the Convenor and Vice-Convenor to allow time for committee members to study the large amount of information.”
It seems likely that a combination of the quantity of submissions to the consultation and letters of objection over the last few weeks has paused the process to allow politicians to consider the matters raised and for officials to respond before bringing the report to committee for a decision.
I await further developments with interest and will keep readers and constituents posted.
The Campaign Against the Development of Cammo & Maybury (CADCAM) is a group consisting of Community Councils, Residents Groups, Councillors, Mike Crockart MP and Colin Keir MSP.
The group has been formed to campaign against the removal of greenfield sites at Cammo & Maybury from green belt designation in order to develop the sites for up to a combined total of 2100 houses. The proposal to release this land for housing forms part of the proposed Local Development Plan. Councillors on the Planning Committee will consider the Local Development Plan on the 15th May – what they decide will affect communities around Cammo & Maybury in a very detrimental way. Issues that will be affected are transport issues – with junctions at Maybury, East Craigs and Barnton struggling at peak times at present these proposals will multiply that problem and offers no remedy. Added to that fundamental problem is the attendant issue of poor air quality which affects both St John’s Road and Queensferry Road (both have been singled out recently as among the worst polluted roads in the country . There is also the issue of community infrastructure such as schools – particularly Secondary school provision as well as services such as GP and dental surgeries. These are all on top of loss of Green Belt land.
The group have organised a Public Meeting for Tuesday 6th May 2014 at Craigsbank Church, Craigmount starting at 7pm. The map below shows the areas proposed for housing development.
You read the headline correctly – I’m going to be abseiling off the side of the Forth Rail Bridge on the 18th of May in order to raise money for Queensferry Care.
Queensferry Care is a local charity which supports older people and carers in the rural areas of North West Edinburgh, and to celebrate its 21st year it is hoped that 40 people will take part in the Forth Road Bridge abseil to raise a total of £21,000. QCCC do some great work in the community providing day care for older people, including those with dementia, and provides support and information to all carers over the age of 16, to name a few of their activities. I’ve included a link to my Just Giving page below and, would love if you were able to donate something towards this greatly worthy cause.
As the referendum on an Independent Scotland enter’s a new phase here’s a press release I issued on the the historic White Paper – Scotland’s Future,
COLIN KEIR MSP WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF GUIDE TO AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND
URGES ALL EDINBURGH WESTERN RESIDENTS TO READ MOST DETAILED INDEPENDENCE BLUEPRINT EVER PRODUCED
SNP MSP Colin Keir is urging all Edinburgh Western residents to get involved in the referendum debate by reading the Scottish Government’s flagship guide to independence, which was published on Tuesday.
The 670-page document – the most comprehensive blueprint for independence ever produced by any country ahead of an independence vote - was launched to an audience of hundreds of journalists from across the globe.
The document Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to An Independent Scotland contains a comprehensive Question and Answer section, running to more than 200 pages, providing answers to 650 questions on independence.
The answers – along with downloadable copies of “Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to An Independent Scotland” – are available at www.scotreferendum.com as a fully searchable resource so that residents of Edinburgh Western can easily find the answers they are looking for ahead of the referendum.
The guide shows how Scotland will move from a Yes vote on September 18th next year, toward its independence on March 24th 2016 – ahead of the first elections in an independent Scotland. It also describes the huge financial savings that can be made – including half a billion pounds on defence spending, and savings from no longer contributing to the funding of the Westminster Parliament.
Besides addressing the various questions asked about what independence offers, Scotland’s Future also outlines the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to use the powers to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous country – should the SNP win the first elections of an independent Scotland in 2016.
At the heart of this is a transformational increase in childcare provision that would help more people into work – particularly women – and provide up to 35,000 jobs in the process. This only becomes possible with the powers offered by independence, because only an independent Scotland would have the resources to make it happen. Currently all the increased tax revenues that would help make the policy affordable would go to the Westminster Treasury, rather than staying in Scotland.
As well as guarantees on the minimum wage and a ‘triple lock’ on pension increases to ensure that they rise at least in line with the cost of living, the Scottish Government also proposes new measures to permanently reduce energy bills by 5% and ensure basic rate tax allowances and credits to rise in line at least with inflation.
Commenting, MSP Colin Keir said:
“This landmark document takes the referendum debate into a new phase. No country in history is as well-equipped as Scotland is to move toward independence, and even the staunchest opponents of Yes now accept that Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country.
“The guide and the answers it provides will show clearly and simply the difference that we can make in Scotland if decisions on Scotland’s future are taken by those who care most about Scotland, that is the people who live and work here.
“The referendum on 18th September next year is a vote unlike any other – it is the biggest opportunity we have had as a country in 300 years. That’s why I’m calling on everyone in Edinburgh Western – regardless of what their current views are on independence – to read this guide, to compare it with any alternative future for Scotland and make up your own mind.”
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I am now half way into my term as an MSP and I am enjoying, more that ever, representing the people of Western Edinburgh in our Scottish Parliament. I now have a constituency office based in Featherhall Place, Corstorphine. The office is open three days per week while the parliament is in session and every day during recess. Admittance is by appointment only so please telephone to arrange a suitable time: 0131 348 9926.
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