The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Tuesday, 29 January 2008
A democratic process were politicans are not in charge
Spent the best part of this rain sodden day in a coach with a group of local activists going round projects in the area that were funded by what is called Housing Area Board money. That’s cash devolved to local areas for local environmental improvements that local people want to see. Its real devolution of power and is a great example of how small changes can make a big difference. Things like security lighting, new paths and fencing, improved garden areas, play areas and the like. The idea of the trip was to remind us what we had done and ask what we would like to see done next. It was dangerously like local democracy in action. I will let you know what we decide in due course.
All 7:15pm -7:45pm and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South 12noon -1pm (no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.