The City of Edinburgh Council is to consider handing over all control of many local services to national co-operative Scotmid.
A council source told Greener Leith this morning: “Basically we’ve realised that Scotmid has more members locally than the number of people who voted in the last election. So if anyone has a mandate to deliver services locally, it’s them, not us.”
The new plans, will see the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership re-branded simply as Scotmid, and will see many of the services delivered localy – from parks, roads and libraries – accessed through the Scotmid membership card.
Local council buildings are to be sold off, and everything from youth clubs, to judo classes will be delivered through the co-operatives four local grocery stores – and the funeral services shop on the corner of Duke Street and Easter Road.
Our council source said that the move would also open the door to people getting rewards, such as discounts on their groceries, or even their funeral, if they have a good track record of paying their council tax on time, or of picking up their dogs’ poo.
Scotmid could not be reached to confirm or deny the proposal today. Nevertheless, a local councillor said: “I hate having to deal with all these stupid emails from people about the awful street cleaning service in Leith which frankly I can do nothing to improve, and I’d prefer just to see local councillors taken out of any conversation about local council services completely.
“This deal will mean that local people can get on and co-operate with Scotmid to sort out local services themselves. And maybe get some cheap tatties into the bargain.”
Another councillor said: “Well it’s better than that Jeremy Beadle idea they had last week.”
What do you think of the Scotmid plan? When they said they wanted to set-up a Co-operative Council, was this what you thought they meant?