Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Some 'local' political drama too ...

Enough of all this national and international, political drama ... here, in Edinburgh itself, local political drama continues with the snail-like progress of a funding solution for any new school buildings in the Capital City ...

... might not be 'quite' as dramatic as events elsewhere, but for hundreds of parents and families across Edinburgh its a very real issue - Evening News ran a short piece from me on this topic today, which can be found here.

As I say in the article, the Lib-Dem/SNP Council has frankly made little or no progress in filling the funding vacuum of the last 12-months. And progress can indeed be made – several Councils across Scotland have developed alternative, local funding-mechanisms since mid-2007, and are now close to initiating building contracts.

... and before I hear the howls of 'what would you have done' - well, we did have an alternative model in our budget proposals. It acknowledged that the pre-2007 methods of funding were gone, and put forward a local solution for all 5-schools that would have kept progress alive until the mythical Scottish Futures Trust (or some other, viable financing-option) could be delivered by the Scottish Government.

Of course, it wasn't passed (text is below, for reference) - but just like our earlier pleas of June 2007 about schools rationalisation, I think the local Libs/Nats may well have to face up to some such 'Local Trust' solution fairly soon.


School Building Local Trusts

Council agrees to set up local School Building Trusts for the following schools in the ‘third wave’ of the school building programme:

  • Portobello High School
  • St Crispin’s Special School
  • James Gillespies High School
  • Boroughmuir High School
  • St Johns Primary School
Each School Building Trust will be allocated £75,000, in 2008/09, to develop plans for the rebuilding, or refurbishment, of their school building.

This specific £0.375million, to be part of a wider £8.75million allocated to the development of all 5 ‘third wave’ schools to ‘Stage D Design Level’ by the end of 2010/11; subject to additional funding being provided by the Scottish Government.

The required £8.75million to be funded from:

  • additional receipts identified by the ‘Capital Receipts’ review
  • with the immediate £0.375m being funded from the review of departmental management structures across the Council



Anonymous said...

Alas, Poor Eric , we knew him well ..

Helping to promote the capital city as a great city in what ever capacity he has and what thanks does he get ?

Andrew said...


PLEASE keep comments relevant to the post in hand ;-)

... and before you ask - I'm in an office of three :-(


Anonymous said...

Alas ,Poor Eric's little office is all part of the Local Political drama which unfolds every day in Edinburgh. Just ask your hamster?

Andrew said...

PLEASE - keep comments relevant to the post ... or I'll get my hamster to switch on the dreaded 'comment moderation' ;-)