Leith Waterworld volunteers made a small bit of local democratic history last week, by being the first group to address a full council meeting whilst being broadcast live on the internet.
The full council meeting is still available on the council website to watch, but it also allows people to share particular agenda items, so here are the two parts of the Leith Waterworld debate.
Leithers may be interested to watch the debate so that they can see exactly what local councillors have to say about proposals to re-open the pool.
- The first part includes the presentation from the splashback campaigners and the questions they received afterwards from the councillors.You can watch it here.
- The second part is the debate that councillors subsequently had where they decided to reject the first bid, and offered further support to develop a better bid. You can click here to watch the second part of the debate.
The upshot of the debate is that the administration seem to believe that Splashback campaigners can and should raise the £1.5million the council would like from selling the site – even though there is no evidence that they would receive this from a sale to another – as yet unkown bidder – in five months and then be able to operate a public pool without any subsidy afterwards.
Even with pro-active support from council officers, it would appear to be very difficult to re-open the pool if councillors refuse to provide ongoing subsidy to run it.