Ian Swanson

Community sports club could cut activities due to huge business rate hike

A COMMUNITY sports club serving some poorer parts of the city fear they could be landed with unaffordable bills thanks to a proposed change in rules aimed at wealthy golf establishments.

An Edinburgh tram at Haymarket

Edinburgh Trams design team ‘went round in circles’

TRAM designers ended up going “round in circles” as they struggled to get final approval on the project, the Edinburgh Tram inquiry has heard.

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Edinburgh trams

Tram engineers pressured to go for cheaper track option

TRAM project bosses put pressure on design engineers to agree a cheaper “unsafe” option for building Edinburgh’s tram tracks, the inquiry into the fiasco has heard.

Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard have held a series of hustings debates as party members elect a new leader. Picture: John Devlin

Labour contenders clash on benefits and election

THE two men battling it out to replace Kezia Dugdale as Scottish Labour leader have clashed over universal benefits and the party’s performance at the 
general election. Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard set out their views at a hustings event for Labour members in Edinburgh.

Nicola Sturgeon applauds a speaker at the SNP conference. Picture: PA

Ian Swanson: Sturgeon can’t let the dust settle for too long

NICOLA Sturgeon says the case for independence has never been greater. The looming “car crash” of Brexit makes the idea of Scotland being in control of its own destiny more appealing than ever, she argues.

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Silverfjord Hotel in Kingussie owned by Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross

Lord Provost set for hearing over failure to declare hotel ownership

LORD Provost Frank Ross is facing a public hearing in front of the Standards Commission next month over his failure to declare his interest in a Highland hotel.

The case of an independent Scotland has never been greater,  Nicola Sturgeon has declared. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

‘Case for indy has never been greater’ says Sturgeon

THE case for independence has never been greater, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared as the SNP began its annual conference in Glasgow.

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The  Edinburgh tram system.

‘Demanding’ Edinburgh public made trams a bigger challenge

AN engineer who worked on tram projects up and down the country has said a “demanding” Edinburgh public helped make the Capital the most challenging environment he had known.

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Tram work had not yet started when the photocall happened.

Tram inquiry hears hole was dug then filled in for photocall

A LAWYER seconded to the tram project has revealed how a hole was dug and then filled in purely for a photocall with a Government minister - despite delays meaning construction had not yet started.

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A tram on Princes Street, Edinburgh

SNP hostility to trams ‘green light’ for awkward contractors

SCOTTISH Government hostility to Edinburgh’s trams gave the green light for contractors to be awkward and try to make as much money as they could from the project, the inquiry into the fiasco has heard.

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Fly-tipping has become a major problem in North Leith Sands, Edinburgh. Pictured is some of the mess alongside the CCLASP charity's warehouse and AXL Couriers depot. Picture: Jane Barlow

Charities could be asked to help council clean up Edinburgh

CHARITIES may be drafted in to help with special uplifts under the latest moves to tackle Edinburgh’s rubbish problems.

Everyone inside Edinburgh’s tram project ‘knew it would be over budget’

Everyone inside Edinburgh’s tram project ‘knew it would be over budget’

EVERYONE inside Edinburgh’s tram project knew it would not be completed in time and on budget long before the contract was signed, the inquiry into the fiasco has heard.

Daniel Johnson. Picture: Neil Hanna

Edinburgh MSP reveals he was diagnosed with ADHD at 35

EDINBURGH Southern Labour MSP Daniel Johnson has revealed in the Scottish Parliament that he was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an adult.

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Rent has soared in some parts of the Capital. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh rents rise 40 per cent in seven years

Private-sector rents in the Capital have soared by up to 40 per cent in the past seven years, new figures show.

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An Edinburgh tram. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh tram extension ‘must wait for inquiry verdict’

AN MSP is calling for a guarantee that the tram extension to Newhaven will not go ahead until Lord Hardie’s inquiry into the original project has reported and the council has had time to implement the recommendations.

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Ian Swanson: No place for this violence from the Spanish state

The ugly scenes in ­Catalonia as riot police intervened in Sunday’s ­independence referendum, seizing ballot boxes, and firing rubber bullets at the crowds are distressing and deeply disturbing.

Miles Briggs launches a petition at Waverley Station along with members of the Edinburgh Access Panel to allow for taxis to get access to the station for dropping off passengers with disabilities. Picture; Greg Macvean

Calls for short-term access to Waverley following taxi rank delay

DISABILITY campaigners frustrated at delays over a new taxi rank for Waverley station have come up with ideas to improve access in the short term.

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Signing of the heads of terms of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal takes place at the Double Tree Hilton. Picture; Greg Macvean

Big challenges ahead after 100 days of SNP-led rule in Edinburgh

IT was a historic moment when the SNP emerged from Edinburgh’s council elections back in May as the biggest party at the City Chambers.

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Staff costs send MSP expenses soaring

Staff costs send MSP expenses soaring

MSPs have claimed a record £15.8 million in expenses after bosses at Holyrood changed the rules to allow them to take on more staff.

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