On Thursday evening Leith Links Community Council hosted an hour and half long hustings meeting to give local people a chance to raise local issues with the various different candidates standing for election.
An audio recording was made of the whole debate and below it’s been split it into the individual questions that were asked so if you’re not interested in a particular issue – you can skip it.
The meeting was chaired exceptionally well by Jim Scanlon, Chair of the Leith Links Community Council, and as the recordings show below – there was no shortage of topics to discuss.
Indeed – there was no time to get through all the questions that were submitted so all the candidates will be invited to give written answers to the ones that weren’t debated. These will be posted to the Leith Links Community Council blog in due course.
Six of the seven candidates standing in the Ward were present at the hustings. Each candidate was invited to give a short introduction before the debate started. Marjorie Thomas was first to start – and she started talking before the record button was pressed – so we missed her name at the start of the first audio clip:
The first question focussed on Trams. An issue that has effected everyone in Leith for years. Which candidates support bringing trams to Leith? And when will it happen?
Next up, Mathew Wheatley from Leith Against the Cuts asked the candidates how they would approach future council budgets.
The third question of the day sought to gauge how much support candidates were willing to put into keeping Leith Waterworld open. (It got a bit heated, this one.)
There’s no shortage of big issues to debate in Leith. Following the Leith Waterworld quesion – locals wanted to know what candidates would do if another biomass power plant proposal was lodged by Forth Energy for the docks..
Even though Scottish Water has spent £20million on tackling the infamous Seafield Stench, a recent “odour incident” led locals to ask once again what candidates proposed to do about the prospect of further unsavory smells in the neighbourhood.
And lastly, locals who live near the Shore remain concerned over the levels of silt in the Water of Leith there and whether there is a risk of serious flooding. Candidates also gave their views on this issue.
After the hustings, there was a bit of discussion on Twitter between Leith Waterworld campaigners and some of the candidates and part activists. This has been summarised on the Splashback campaign blog here.
The final list of candidates for the Leith Ward is available on the council website here.
You can find out about how to register to vote in the Local Council elections here.