15 December 2012

Last Council of the Year

The excellent Phyllis Stephen who runs the Edinburgh Reporter, a highly regarded local digital news site, has been complaining about my lack of blogging recently. So taking the hint I am now back blogging after a few distracted weeks!

This week saw the final meeting of the council for 2012. Issues we discussed included bidding (unsuccessfully as it turned out) for the 2014 Tour de France to start in Edinburgh. This is very disappointing as it would have netted the local economy an estimated £24 million and it would have been a great spectacle. We are still in the running for 2017 though.

I also lodged a motion asking that we lobby the Scottish Government for a share of the near £400 million they have just been given by Westminster for capital. I successfully persuaded the council that we should bat for funding for the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme.

This week also saw the passing of the great Ravi Shankar. I was fortunate enough to see and hear him in concert last year at the Edinburgh International Festival. His body of work was amazing and he was still performing brilliantly into his 90's.

His performance in Edinburgh was outstanding and he will be greatly missed by all who love Indian classical music.

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