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Number of private hire cars in Edinburgh overtake black cabs

THE number of private hire cars in the Capital has more than doubled in the past year and they now outnumber taxis for the first time.

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Every voting system has its drawbacks

Ian Swanson: We’re still searching for perfect electoral system

THE SNP has more MPs than it deserves, two out of three votes were “wasted” and Theresa May could have won a majority if she had got an extra 533 votes in nine seats.

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Police on Ferry Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, after a 10-year-old boy was seriously injured in a hit and run incident after being struck by a motorbike outside Drylaw Police Station.

Community demands end to ‘downright disgusting’ joyriders

A COMMUNITY is demanding urgent action to stop joyriding motorbike thieves after a ten-year-old boy suffered “horrific” injuries when he was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing.

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Christine Jardine says advice was obeyed. Picture: Contributed

Lib Dems defend Christine Jardine election campaign spending

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has said his party has “nothing to apologise for” after questions were raised about campaign spending by new Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine in the general election.

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NHS Lothian saw its bill for the heroin substitute rise. Picture: TSPL

Methadone treatment costs in Lothians rise to more than £3m

PUBLIC spending on methadone treatment for drug addicts in Lothian increased to more than £3 million last year, new figures revealed today.

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The scene at Prestonhill Quarry in Inverkeithing where Kelda Henderson's body was recovered. Picture: SWNS

Campaign to drain and fill in quarry where city teacher died

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to fill in the quarry where a popular city teacher died in a scuba diving accident.

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The number of complaints regarding litter has fallen following new waste policies from the Council.

Drop in complaints on bins and litter after changes by council

CALLS to the council about litter and overflowing bins in the city centre during the Festival are down by more than a third on the same time last year, figures show.

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The city coalition deal is to be unveiled for the first time today.

City coalition deal to be officially unveiled

The Capital’s SNP and Labour leaders will officially unveil their coalition deal for the first time today, including pledges to build new homes and schools and spend £100 million on roads and pavements.

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Adam McVey is the only man who signed the City Deal who wasn't wearing a tie. Picture: Greg Macvean

Council leader Adam McVey under fire for not wearing tie

HE has taken on the Capital’s most important job at the age of just 30.

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The legal battle concerns a 2ft wide piece of land on the edge of the development site on Raeburn Place. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh Accies chair attacks ‘greedy old men’ of Grange

A KEY supporter of the controversial Accies development has launched a blistering attack on the “greedy old men” of the neighbouring club who mounted a legal challenge over a £1 million “ransom strip”.

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An artist's impression of how the new Christmas at the Botanics event will look. Picture: contributed

Botanics’ light show sparks row over parking

RESIDENTS have hit out at the Royal Botanic Garden’s plans for its Christmas light show amid fears over parking and congestion.

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Ian Swanson interviews Alex Salmond. Picture: Greg Macvean

Alex Salmond: Brexit deal flop will spark indyref2

Indyref2 will come right because Brexit will go wrong, says Alex Salmond.

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The Capital is set to benefit in many different areas. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

£1bn Edinburgh City Deal set to create 21,000 jobs

EDINBURGH’S £1.1 billion City Deal will result in thousands more people in employment and thousands more with new homes, council leader Adam McVey claimed as the long-awaited agreement was signed in the Capital.

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The current taxi rank on Market Street means a trek for rail passengers to the back entrance of the station. Picture: Jon Savage

Rail bosses put new Waverley taxi rank plan on hold

PLANS for a taxi rank in New Street car park next to Waverley station have been put on hold because rail bosses want to explore the potential for commercial development of the site.

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The sports club claims it owns the ground beneath the demolished wall. Picture: Greg Macvean

Calls for end to legal action over Edinburgh Accies site

TRUSTEES of a city sports club have been urged to call off any further legal action over the £1 million “ransom strip” at the controversial Edinburgh Accies development.

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The piece of land on Raeburn Place. Picture: Greg Macvean

Judge rejects wall plea in Accies development case

A JUDGE has thrown out a bid to force the rebuilding of a wall at the site of the controversial Edinburgh Accies’ development in Stockbridge.

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The investment package was said to be waiting for Philip Hammonds signature. Picture: Getty Images

Delayed Edinburgh City Deal could be agreed ‘imminently’

COUNCIL chiefs hope to give their endorsement to Edinburgh’s long-awaited City Deal on Wednesday afternoon.

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Supervisors with HGV licences have been ordered on to streets to help clear waste after staff shortage causes rubbish to pile up. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Driver shortage leads to Edinburgh bin collection backlog

BOSSES have been drafted back on the bins to fill a shortage of lorry drivers and beat a backlog in waste collections.

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Edinburgh has seen visitor numbers soar by more than half a million in the past five years. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Edinburgh City Deal being delay by UK Government - SNP

THE Scottish Government has accused UK ministers of dragging their feet over Edinburgh’s City Deal amid growing fears over the £1 billion investment package.

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Nicola Sturgeon is set to relaunch her government in the autumn

Ian Swanson: Labour poses the biggest threat to SNP dominance

TEN years after coming to power at Holyrood, the SNP is still by far the largest party in the Scottish Parliament and has a clear majority of Scotland’s MPs at Westminster.

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