Capital Coalition one year on

At yesterday’s meeting of Council, councillors debated the coalition’s performance against their 52 commitments, as agreed 12 months ago.

In speaking in support of the report, Deputy Leader Cammy Day celebrated the progress made by the coalition in its first year in charge.

He said: “I am delighted by the progress we have made over the past 12 months. It has been a successful year for the coalition, the city – and for our residents.

“We are building thousands of new affordable new homes for the people of Edinburgh who need them most. And this can only be accelerated by the Council purchasing large brownfield sites, such as that down at the Waterfront that has lain unused for decades.

“We are helping to make our streets safer and more pleasant for all road users thanks to the roll out of 20mph zones and by pressing ahead with Low Emission Zones across the city. Meanwhile, we are continuing to consult widely on plans to take trams through Leith to Newhaven and it is refreshing to hear feedback from groups such as Spokes, Sustrans and from the opposition benches that ‘the council really are listening’.

“I had the pleasure of joining the leader, Adam McVey, in officially opening the new Boroughmuir High School last month. What a wonderful environment for our young people to learn, develop and thrive in for many, many years to come. My hopes are just as high for the new Queensferry High and for the other schools we have committed to delivering by the end of our term.           

"We have committed millions to investing in our cultural infrastructure, bringing Leith Theatre back to life and giving the beloved Kings Theatre the make-over it badly needs and so richly deserves, while the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile has reopened its doors following a major face-lift. Just as we are committing millions more to our parks, such as the £6.7m project to restore Saughton Park to its former glory.

“As I’m sure you will have read in recent, and supportive, media reports, we continue to make great progress in building a compelling case for the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy for the capital, supported by COSLA, and by prominent hoteliers like Norman Springford of APEX Hotels. And to quote, Raul Leal, Chief Executive, Virgin Hotels… ‘If Edinburgh chooses to adopt this model we see no difficulties in operating in such an environment. Edinburgh is a vibrant and international city, and we want to be a strong partner in helping improve tourism for both Edinburgh and Scotland.’

“That is just a flavour of some of progress we have made over the past 12 months, demonstrating an administration working hard to deliver on its priorities and on its commitments to the people of our great capital city.”

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