Council elections 2017 – Callum Laidlaw – Portobello and Craigmillar
- Born and raised Edinburgh.
- Son of a teacher and small business owner.
- Studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews.
- Worked in Corporate Communications in London for approx. 10 years working for a multi-national client base including financial services, technology and consumer goods.
- Returned to Edinburgh in 2014 to campaign for a No vote in the Independence referendum
- Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Falkirk East in 2016 Scottish Parliament, acheiving an 11% swing
- Scotland Chair, Tory Reform Group
Specifically however I want to tackle the following:
- Addressing local residents concerns and minimising disruption from current or proposed large scale development in the ward, such as Baileyfield South and Duddingston Park South.
- Safeguarding and improving pedestrian and cycle safety in crossing Sir Harry Lauder road and railway line.
- Improving access to the city centre, airport and West through the bus and local rail network and safe cycle ways
- Better waste and recycling collection to reflect specific needs and reduce landfill further, especially looking at the needs of smaller households, older people and those living in flats
- Delivering decent, timely road repairs with minimal impact
- Supporting local businesses; encouraging the ongoing regeneration of Portobello High Street, supporting independent stores and entrepreneurs, as well as encouraging new retailers to local shopping precincts in Niddrie and Craigmillar
- Encouraging the redevelopment and reuse of industrial sites for start-up businesses
- Addressing safety and cleanliness concerns in public parks and the beachfront; including dog waste, littering, aggressive dog control and intimidating behaviour
- Improved street lighting and supporting and encouraging the development of neighbourhood watch and resident associations in helping to address the high crime rate