Published On: Tue, Apr 4th, 2017 at 8:46am

Council elections 2017 – Callum Laidlaw – Portobello and Craigmillar

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Callum Laidlaw is the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Portobello and Craigmillar Ward.
  • 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
Main political ambitions for the Ward
Portobello Craigmillar is a microcosm of the city with a many different challenges from regeneration and preservation of a historic high street and mitigating the pressure of new development, to serious road and infrastructure challenges and areas of high social deprivation. I want the ward to have a strong voice at The City Chambers and not have only its issues tackled but also be a key part of overall planning for a strong successful Edinburgh.

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

About the Author

- Founding Editor of The Edinburgh Reporter. Edinburgh-born multimedia journalist, and always available for freelance work. A keen iPhoneographer!

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