South West Neighbourhood Partnership (NP) meeting this evening - it has to be said, nearly one-year on and all the hope for any form of serious devolution to NP's has pretty much come to nothing.
It is fairly startling - although depressingly 'true-to-form' - that despite several years of putting significant sums of money into Local Development Committees (LDC's being NP's predecessors!) whilst framing their Opposition budgets, the Liberals this year (now in power) put completely 'zero' new money into their Administration budget for NP's :-(
... of course, it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they don't hold the 'majority' on all of the 12 NP's across the city ... no, no, no, of course not.
We were told tonight it was because 'officers' were finding it terribly difficult to devolve power away from the centre; they have been 'asked' to speed things up; and everyone is really trying hard to sort things out; but these things are very complicated you know ...
Truly depressing stuff.
... but, it's all part of Edinburgh's 'Bright New Future', so that's okay really.