Earlier this week the Evening News ran a front page story based on a poll that they’d conducted of registered readers of their website. One can never accuse the Evening News of being modest when it comes to their polling skills. No caveats were given as to how representative a poll of registered Evening News website readers might be, the Evening News simply proclaimed “that the survey was the biggest to date on the scheme.”
The results they got said 47.4% of voters said they’d like to scrap the tram project, so we thought that the contrast between those results and the results of our poll that we ran last week might be interesting. If we wanted, we could call our poll the ‘biggest independent tram survey of Leithers ever undertaken.’ But we won’t, we’ll just show you the results*:
So, there you have it. By our reckoning that’s over 55% of Leithers who want to see the tram line continued to Newhaven – even if the council or the Scottish Government have to spend more than they originally intended on it. Could that be because Leithers have endured so much disruption over the last few years that it seems almost unthinkable that we wouldn’t end up with a tram at the end of it?
Some of the comments people added to the poll include the following:
“Get behind the project and stop moaning”
“For goodness sake get on with it. Investment in public transport costs money”
“Company should honour their contract or be sacked”
“Edinburgh councillors should sell their organs to fund the trams”
“I believe a community led review of what’s happened is required. This would cover: where we are and how we’ve got there, which options we now face and which is the best to pursue. This would not be dissimilar to a Truth & Reconciliation Committee…”
The council met earlier this week to discuss the tram project. You can hear the opinions of some Edinburgh bloggers who went to the meeting with the Guardian Edinburgh blogger Tom Allan below. They included former Greener Leith board member, Fay Young.
Tom also interviewed the leader of the SNP group on the council, Cllr Steve Cardownie on what he thinks should happen next.
*these poll results are based on the votes of 76 people who visited our website in the last week. We don’t know anything about them.