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Campaign for Socialism are currently trying to grab signatures to register its opposition to the Tory/ Labour coalition in Aberdeen council. Does anyone know what’s happening with the suspended councillors?

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Campaign for Socialism are currently trying to grab signatures to register its opposition to the Tory/ Labour coalition in Aberdeen council. Does anyone know what’s happening with the suspended councillors?
Yeah they have there own campaign going to get reinstated backed by loads of msps of the red type.My guess the coalition will continue and the press will be informed they are suspended but still turn up at party meetings/functions etc etc Basically the same as it is now

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Edinburgh City Council continue to plough ahead with the trams down Leith Walk. Despite saying that no decision has been taken given that they have already started building the new tram stop and gyratory at Piccardy Place it seems only a matter of time. What is perhaps most galling is that the council has spent about £5.5 million pounds and another £3.6 million from the SG to do up parts of Leith Walk, resurfacing roads, new cycle lanes and other decorative bits and pieces. These of course will need to be torn up when the tram works kick off representing a staggering waste of money.

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Yeah they have there own campaign going to get reinstated backed by loads of msps of the red type.My guess the coalition will continue and the press will be informed they are suspended but still turn up at party meetings/functions etc etc Basically the same as it is now


Shambles as per then?

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1 hour ago, RiG said:

Edinburgh City Council continue to plough ahead with the trams down Leith Walk. Despite saying that no decision has been taken given that they have already started building the new tram stop and gyratory at Piccardy Place it seems only a matter of time. What is perhaps most galling is that the council has spent about £5.5 million pounds and another £3.6 million from the SG to do up parts of Leith Walk, resurfacing roads, new cycle lanes and other decorative bits and pieces. These of course will need to be torn up when the tram works kick off representing a staggering waste of money.

Do you know the names of the individuals given responsibility for looking after this money and making sure it is used to it's best effect.

The way that money is wasted in Edinburgh, it always seems like we have some boys from the bowling club and ladies from the local bingo being told they can spend it how they see fit.

It would be better if clever people were put in charge. 

 

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1 hour ago, RiG said:

Edinburgh City Council continue to plough ahead with the trams down Leith Walk. Despite saying that no decision has been taken given that they have already started building the new tram stop and gyratory at Piccardy Place it seems only a matter of time. What is perhaps most galling is that the council has spent about £5.5 million pounds and another £3.6 million from the SG to do up parts of Leith Walk, resurfacing roads, new cycle lanes and other decorative bits and pieces. These of course will need to be torn up when the tram works kick off representing a staggering waste of money.

As far as I know, Leith Walk has already been 'prepared' for the trams to some extent. Shouldn't be too much hassle hopefully.

Personally I like them but the way to make them really effective is to extend the network and make them cheaper. Fact is, it's cheaper to bring a car into town for a family than it is to take public transport.

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11 hours ago, HeartsOfficialMoaner said:

Do you know the names of the individuals given responsibility for looking after this money and making sure it is used to it's best effect.

The way that money is wasted in Edinburgh, it always seems like we have some boys from the bowling club and ladies from the local bingo being told they can spend it how they see fit.

It would be better if clever people were put in charge. 

The waste in the public sector must be incredible. No wonder councils are broke the way they piss money away.

11 hours ago, Crùbag said:

As far as I know, Leith Walk has already been 'prepared' for the trams to some extent. Shouldn't be too much hassle hopefully.

Personally I like them but the way to make them really effective is to extend the network and make them cheaper. Fact is, it's cheaper to bring a car into town for a family than it is to take public transport.

Some utility work is still required in a lot of places and at the very least all the freshly laid tarmac will be torn up for the rails to be installed. Leith Walk will close in one direction for about 18 months IIRC with traffic diverted via Easter Road. That'll be fun :lol:

I have no overall issue with extending the tram however the way it is getting railroaded through is concerning. It should compliment existing transport options not override them and that seems to be the case as far as I'm concerned.

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11 hours ago, RiG said:

The waste in the public sector must be incredible. No wonder councils are broke the way they piss money away.

Some utility work is still required in a lot of places and at the very least all the freshly laid tarmac will be torn up for the rails to be installed. Leith Walk will close in one direction for about 18 months IIRC with traffic diverted via Easter Road. That'll be fun :lol:

I have no overall issue with extending the tram however the way it is getting railroaded through is concerning. It should compliment existing transport options not override them and that seems to be the case as far as I'm concerned.

 

The scenic route then? :whistle

Was down that way with the kids a few months ago. Leith Walk is all hipster but Easter Road as grim as it ever was. Piles of rubbish, boarded up shops, broken windows, graffiti and... the locals. Sunshine on Leith right enough.

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11 hours ago, Crùbag said:

The scenic route then? :whistle

Was down that way with the kids a few months ago. Leith Walk is all hipster but Easter Road as grim as it ever was. Piles of rubbish, boarded up shops, broken windows, graffiti and... the locals. Sunshine on Leith right enough.

I live quite close to it and it's a bit nicer at the top end, closer to Abbeyhill, but as you go down towards Duke Street (?) it gets pretty grim. It reminds me of George Street in Aberdeen. Could be quite a nice street with some cleaning up and improvement works but more often than not it is neglected.

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They should have made all the buses electric and had one tram for the tourists going up the royal mile.

What benefit do the trams bring that buses didn't? Edinburgh is a terrible place to travel around by car, they could have put a train stop at the airport too for the money.

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On the plus side just another month until Leith Street reopens. Thank f'ck for that.

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Why were trams done away with in the first place?

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14 hours ago, Jacksgranda said:

Why were trams done away with in the first place?

Lack of flexibility...new housing estates and the like being built post war could have bus transport almost instantly,without any major infrastructure having to be built,Also operational problems with older tram networks using "middle of the carriageway"stopping,causing a lot of congestion as other traffic could not pass a stopped tram.Breakdowns in a tram system will result in a whole line(or system)having to be closed,whereas a bus broken down causes very little congestion in the grand scheme, as other traffic can normally get by,and buses can be rerouted when required,trams cannot.

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