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release 89- United Nations invitation to Edimburgh man- 13-12-2011

Two Edinburgh Residents are going to the United Nations’ Palais des Nations Building in Geneva this week to address the UN’s Aarhus Convention committee.

 

 

The reason for their invitation is that the committee feel there is a Prima Facie case to believe Edinburgh Council may have broken their own rules for ensuring proper Public consultation and involvement, over the Tram scheme.

 

 

  • The Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee of the United Nations have granted an ordinary Edinburgh Resident, Alistair Macintosh, a hearing over his concerns that the proper democratic process of

release 88 - A truth hidden is a truth denied- 29-11-2011

  •  Residents were not surprised by the heavily redacted documents offered to MSP Kezia Dugdale  in a travesty of a ‘Freedom’ of Information response concerning aspects of the governance of the Tram Project.

release 88- A truth hidden is a truth denied- 29-11-2011

(To see the images of redaction click here to link to the pdf copy of this on our site)

 

The Truth?

 

No truth - and anything but the truth!

 

  • As many of you know Edinburgh residents worried about pollution levels directly caused by the misconceived tram project have been battling for months to force the council to reveal the truth.

 

  • They were not surprised by the heavily redacted documents offered to MSP Kezia Dugdale recently in a travesty of a ‘Freedom’ of Information response concerning aspects of the governance of the Tram Project.

 

In July last year the Edinburgh residents group

release 78a-Who Runs Edinburgh-01-09-2011

  • Indeed the letter begs one question above all, why start now -- after 90% of the money has already gone?
  • As ever in this sorry saga does something else lie behind this letter being sent at this time? 

release 78a-Who Runs Edinburgh - 01-09-2011

  • This is the letter from Transport Scotland that those unable to see beyond St Andrews Square are relying upon to change the decision to safeguard the City’s financial well being.

 

  • Indeed the letter begs one question above all, why start now -- after 90% of the money has already gone?

 

  • As ever in this sorry saga does something else lie behind this letter being sent at this time?

 

Below is the text of the letter written just a couple of days before the expiry of the deadline for the last few percentage points of the original £500M pledged to the Edinburgh Tram project by John Swinney.

 

release 77 - Should Cllr Mackenzie now resign?

  • Cllr. Gordon Mackenzie either does not know what the facts are about the Tram Project in which he has been a pivotal figure for three years ….or he does know,
  • Which is it? – but either way it doesn’t look good. 

release 77 -- Should Cllr Mackenzie now resign

(To see the plans that may not display here,  link to the pdf vbersion of this news release)

 

  • Should it matter if the facts get in the way of a good soundbite any more?

 

  • The attached map shows the facts— it has been sent to Cllr Gordon Mackenzie, Convenor of the Transport, Infrastructure and Environment committee and Director of tie.

 

  • Cllr. Gordon Mackenzie either does not know what the facts are about the Tram Project in which he has been a pivotal figure for three years ….or he does know,

 

  • Which is it? – but either way it doesn’t look good.

Last week in the aftermath of a long overdue

release 75 - Council vote lifts shadow of pollution

  • A moment of Political commonsense and suddenly the clouds are clearing over Edinburgh.
  • Residents fighting a long battle over pollution and health fears welcome the decision to halt the scheme at Haymarket. 

release 75- Council vote lifts shadow of pollution 26-08-11

  • A moment of Political commonsense and suddenly the clouds are clearing over Edinburgh.

 

  • Residents fighting a long battle over pollution and health fears welcome the decision to halt the scheme at Haymarket.

 

The sterile stalemate and politicking inside Edinburgh City Council which has allowed the Tram Project to descend into chaos has been broken by an unprecedented Labour/Tory Alliance.

In the political vacuum of the last few years a succession of executives and managers have struggled in vain to return some order to the flawed project.

But the chaotic and ungovernable management

release 68- Hidden Truths- Fiddled Figures-

  • The Tram report to Councillors— yet another deplorable milestone in a broken political process.
  •  Fiddled figures in the business case with vital pollution figures still buried 

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