This afternoon I took the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Alex Neil, and new Council Chief Exec, Sue Bruce, round the building site at Gracemount where we are building the first council in a generation in Edinburgh.
The area was transformed from the muddy wasteland we cut the first sod at last November. We walked down a recognizable street and climbed up onto the roof of one of the blocks. The slates had been neatly placed on the roofs ready for attaching.
Sue and I then managed to meet a couple of the local lads who as part of our social responsibility part of the contract with developers Crudens had been recruited locally. Both seemed to value the opportunity to get a toe in the door of a proper career.
Both visitors looked suitably impressed by what we are doing up these and I for one can’t wait until we see the first tenants in there later on in the autumn.