August 1, 2020

Edinburgh Council is in the process of rolling out temporary measures to support people walking, wheeling and cycling through our streets as lockdown eases. However, I regret to say we have not acted as swiftly, decisively or indeed effectively as other areas.


April 1, 2020

The 2020 Edinburgh Festivals including the Fringe and International Festival have now been cancelled. The huge risk to public health in Scotland if these annual events were staged as usual has rightly been assessed as unacceptable. Corona virus cases continue to rise a...

March 16, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Scotland, across Europe and the world, I believe we should now cancel all Edinburgh Festival events scheduled for 2020, including the Fringe and International Festival. The Scottish Government has already advised that all mass gatheri...

March 3, 2020

A report coming before the council today reveals that a higher percentage of funding is being awarded to the north of the city than anywhere else, according to community groups in the south of the city.

There are thirteen deputations to the Education, Children and Famil...

December 9, 2019

AIRBNB management service Nestify has recently launched an advertising campaign on Lothian Buses, encouraging landlords to consider short term lets, which feeds the narrative that tenants are disposable, and that profiteering from property is more important than provid...

September 24, 2019

Ashley Graczyk, an independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward, says all organisations can take simple steps to ensure their social media content is accessible to all.

The political landscape has changed dramatically, and politics is fast-paced and ever-changin...

September 13, 2019

Dear Secretary of State for Scotland,

I have recently read your article in The Times (Bright future at risk from nationalist gloom) which prompted me to write an open letter because I feel some of your claims need to be challenged.

I am coming from the position of someon...

August 26, 2019

There is a growing problem in Edinburgh with public space being increasingly used for private profit. Free access to parks and the use of urban space for public benefit are fundamental components of our citizens’ “right to the city”.

It is completely unacceptable for P...

August 18, 2019

Ashley Graczyk, independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward in Edinburgh, says that the planning system has clearly not been delivering for local communities for a long time – but government continues to prevaricate on serious reform.

To highlight the impa...

July 15, 2019

The recent Edinburgh People Survey published by Edinburgh Council makes for bleak reading if you are from Sighthill-Gorgie. The area is bottom of the rankings on a wide range of areas. Residents are unhappy with street cleaning services, dog-fouling, anti-social behavi...

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