Save our Stations

Kezia Dugdale MSP and I are backing the Edinburgh Evening News Save our Stations campaign in response to the news that Police Scotland intends to close eight police station front desks across Edinburgh, after Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill MSP ordered a review of public counter provision.  To sign the Evening News petition against the plance, follow the instructions at or print and complete this petition form:

In Edinburgh East operations at Craigmillar are due to be transferred to the new East Neighbourhood Centre and there are proposals to cut the opening hours at Portobello. Kezia is formulating a response to the review and she is seeking your comments on the plans via a survey which you can complete here:

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Lidl Craigentinny

Consultation has now closed on the proposed conversion of the former Stratstone Land Rover car sales room.  The developer, Lidl Scotland, proposes demolishing the existing premises and erecting a new superstore at the out of centre site.  After consultation with constituents I have submitted comments on the plans recommending refusal of the application.

My objection does not oppose the principle of a supermarket in the area; rather the recommendation is based on comments from a majority of constituents who have contacted me with very real concerns about traffic management problems at the Seafield junction.  Traffic causes considerable congestion at this junction at peak times and residents feel this development will only add to the problems.  Many constituents also raised concerns about the affect an out of centre store will have on nearby Portobello town centre, as it will divert trade and footfall from the local high street.   To view the plans enter reference 13/03189/PPP on the planning portal.

My objection and appendices are available below for you to review.

Lidl Craigentinny Submission

Appendix 1

Appendix 2


One very busy Friday night at Portobello Town Hall

As we were preparing the tables for the public meeting about Portobello High School on Friday evening we could hear the rising buzz of conversation from the foyer – it felt a bit like it must feel inside a shop as the doors open for ‘The Sales’!

Three hundred people packed into the Town Hall which demonstrates the strength of feeling on the subject. This was deliberately not a night for speeches, neither by party politicians, nor by ‘supporters’ of particular campaigning positions on how to achieve a new school.  The format was chosen to enable as many people as possible to contribute their views, and the buzz and engagement was very plain to see.  Some present feel ‘deja vue’ because they have been round the consultation loop before, others were new to the debate.

A few have voiced an opinion that the format was biased in a ‘pro school in the park’ direction, but I spoke to people at some of the ‘tables’ who felt that it was unreasonable to be being asked to look at alternative sites yet again.  That suggests to me that rather than being biased in one direction or the other, the evening was genuinely open to the widest of contributions.

We will now transcribe all the written comments, from sheets of paper, written on the paper tablecloths or on post-it notes. Some people who couldn’t come have sent in comments and we will include these. Then the comments will be ‘marshalled’ into headings so that a ‘sense’ of what was said can be gained. Both the full transcript and the marshalled comment will be circulated to those attending and sent to the Council. Just please bear with us as it will take us a little while to do this!

A very big thank you to those who came and contributed so much.

Watch this space!