Following a ‘reshuffle’ within the Edinburgh Council Conservative Group, Councillor Nick Cook has been appointed as new Conservative Group Spokesman for Transport and Environment.
His appointment as Spokesman follows his move to the Transport and Environment Committee, as agreed at Thursday’s Full Council as part of Item 7.2 “Review of Appointments to Committees, Boards and Joint Boards 2015/6”
Commenting, Councillor Nick Cook said: ” I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Conservative Group Spokesman for Transport and Environment.
The ruling administration in the City Chambers faces a number of challenges, such as deciding the future of the Trams and finally getting a grip of the city’s crumbling roads and footways. The role of any good opposition Party is to scrutinise and hold to account, both of which I intend to do constructively.
I have been clear for some time my personal belief that city transport policy has swung too far away from suburban motorists and I intend to pursue a transport policy which is equitable to all road users.
I am also aware from my own mailbox that Council tax payers are rightly demanding real improvements on waste collections and dog fouling. Both are areas in need of significant attention.”
I am delighted to report that the Council has agreed to my demand on behalf of local residents to install new bollards at the corner of Drum Street and Ravenscroft Street in a bid to deal with illegal and nuisance parking.
Parking patrols will also now be beefed up in the area.
Local young people living in the Liberton Gilmerton area asked for more opportunities to be recognised for the contributions they make to creating a better community and improving the quality of life for those who live here.
A number of young people have since been working together to design an event – the Youth Talk Awards. And they want to celebrate the efforts of pupils in P7-S6, as well as the work of young people aged 18-24.
We really need your help! We need you to help identify and nominate young people for the categories. These include the Green Warrior, Community Spirit and Diversity Champion. You can find more information here – http://bit.ly/1CtXgui – as well as the nomination form.
Please take the time to consider a young person for one of the categories. It’s clear there are a lot of great things happening in the community and now is the time to recognise and celebrate the young people behind them.