We will be out and about along the route of Pedal on Parliament today and all our activity will be displayed here.
We are also using Tout to bring you live video….
The council meets for the first of two full council meetings this month at 10 am this morning. The Edinburgh Reporter will be in the chamber and sending you live updates from this page. There is also a webcast of the council proceedings which you can follow on the council website.
All of the council papers are on the council website here and we hope that our coverage will help explain what is decided in relation to each item on the agenda.
Today the council meet to discuss some items which have caused controversy in the city. On the agenda today there are several matters concerning schools:- the Portobello Park Private Bill which might allow a new school to be built in Portobello Park, the report which recommends the closure of Castlebrae Community High School in Craigmillar, the proposal to move Pilrig Child and Family Centre to Craigentinny Primary School and almost as an aside, the matter of a completely new service to deal with the Statutory Notice system. In addition there are new vice conveners to be appointed to Education, Children and Families and the Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee.
Join us here from 10:00 am when we hope to provide some insight into the proceedings at the City Chambers. You will find all the relevant papers here on the council website.
The Edinburgh International Festival programme for Summer 2013 will be unveiled this morning at The Hub. Amid the buzz of the bacon rolls and coffee we will bring you the details of what is in store for you live as it happens. Scroll down to read the liveblog…which will update automatically with our updates and tweets from The Edinburgh Reporter and others who are at the launch.
The Edinburgh Reporter also hopes to interview Festival Director Jonathan Mills about what will be his second last Festival, and anyone else we can get our hands on. More news below as and when it happens! We are all expecting great things this morning for the EIF which runs from 9 August to 1 September 2013. If you are a friend or patron of the Festival (which starts at £60 per annum) then you can start booking your tickets later today, but for everyone else the booking date is 23 March 2013.
The Edinburgh International Festival began in 1947. The organisers say that their mission statement is:-
to be the most exciting, innovative and accessible Festival of the performing arts in the world, and thus promote the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the people of Edinburgh and Scotland. We do this by:
- Presenting arts of the highest possible international standard to the widest possible audience
- Reflecting international culture to audiences from Scotland, the rest of the UK and the world
- Offering an international showcase for Scottish culture
- Presenting events which cannot easily be achieved by any other UK arts organisation through innovative programming and a commitment to new work
- Actively ensuring equal opportunities for all sections of the Scottish and wider public to experience and enjoy the Festival
- Encouraging public participation in the arts throughout the year by collaborating with other arts and festival organisations
- Ensuring the Festival has adequate core funding to fulfil its mission and address its sustainability
Today’s meeting will hear the report about Splashback and their bid to run the pool in Leith as a community enterprise. The Splashback campaigners are expected to attend the meeting in what may be their final chance to sway councillors in their favour.
There are questions lodged about Edinburgh and the Commonwealth Games and Advanced Stop Lines.
You may read all the council papers for today’s meeting here. You can also watch the council’s live webcast here and we hope to add to that coverage by giving you our own comments and also introducing comments from others via Twitter.
The council was only elected in its current form in May 2012, and today they meet for the last time this year as a full council. The council now offer live webcasts on their own website, where you can hear and see every word that is said, but we hope to add to your understanding of that by our live coverage from the floor of the City Chambers here. Feel free to join in the debate by using Twitter with the hashtag #edincouncil or by adding your own questions and comments below.
We took this video outside the City Chambers before the meeting started:-
The full council meets this morning from 10a.m. We shall be in the City Chambers to observe what is being decided. There is a set of papers running to over 300 pages on the council website, but hopefully these will not actually reflect the length of the meeting. The papers are reproduced for you below.
Some of the reports to the meeting are copies of the minutes from each of the various committees, presumably in the lead up to the new governance arrangements which will take shape from today. Each committee is either getting a new name or a new shape. We are sure all will become clear, although we have found the various graphics of the new arrangements hard to follow!
There will be three deputations today all wishing to speak about the council’s plans for the proposed new Portobello High School.
Feel free to join in by commenting here or on Twitter by using the hashtag #edincouncil
Superintendent Bryan Rodgers is in charge of policing in the south and east of the city.
He is based at Craigmillar Police Station and covers the Superintendent role for the South and East of the city. He is an Edinburgh local and attended Portobello High School.
Superintendent Rodgers is one of our Edinburgh police officers who is active on social media and you can follow him on Twitter @bryanarodgers
And he is yet another one of those police officers who has a degree which he studied at Edinburgh Napier, but nowadays he is trying to learn Japanese. Join us here to find out more about Bryan himself and also the new pilot programme called Total Neighbourhood which he is enthusiastic about at 5.30 p.m. or join in on Twitter by using the hashtag #askLBP
Here is what Bryan had to say after the LiveBlog was over…. apart from Phew!
Chief Inspector Murray Dykes who is based at Corstorphine Police Station and Superintendent David Carradice (shown in our main photo with Edinburgh Council Vice-Convener, Jim Orr) of Lothian and Borders Police will be joining us here at 5.30pm to discuss the police force’s latest projects to highlight the need for road safety.
If you have questions for them you can either join in on Twitter by using the hashtag #askLBP or send us your questions by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or join us here later and send us your questions live. Our two former motorcycle cops will try their best to answer any queries although of course they are not able to comment on any live criminal investigations.
The man in charge of policing for the city centre is Malcolm Graham. He was previously in charge of the Lothian and Borders CID, so knows this city well.
He was appointed as Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh in June 2012, with responsibility for all policing across the City in advance of the significant transition from Lothian and Borders Police to the single Police Service for Scotland in April 2013.
Chief Superintendent Graham is a keen yet extremely amateur cyclist, runner, swimmer and surfer although not necessarily in that order, and enjoys relaxing with family and friends, usually through a variety of outdoor pursuits.
We will be here at 5.30 or so on Thursday 20 September 2012 to talk to him about the priorities the police have for the city and the ways they deal with crime and our safety. He also wants to talk about new ways of listening to people’s views. So if you have some questions then please send them to us. You can contact us by email email@example.com by Twitter @EdinReporter or direct to Malcolm on @edpolicechief or by joining us live on Thursday evening when you can submit comments or questions. Comments are always subject to moderation, but we try to include as many as possible.