Ian Swanson

Homes plan near Edinburgh City Bypass to be thrown out

CONTROVERSIAL plans for new housing on greenbelt land between the City Bypass and Fairmilehead are set to be thrown out by councillors.

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Edinburgh was expected to see employment growth. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh hailed for pubs, restaurants, theatres and parks

EDINBURGH’S pubs, restaurants, museums, parks, theatres and cinemas all get a big thumbs-up from the public in an Evening News survey looking at life in the Capital.

Boxer Jason Easton was invited to switch on the Christmas lights

Council slammed over missing Xmas tree at Craigmillar switch-on

THE mince pies were being handed round, the children were there to sing carols and local boxing hero Jason Easton had come along to do the honours.

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Potholes are a major issue for residents in Edinburgh

Potholes, litter and bins among top concerns for Edinburgh residents

POTHOLES, litter and bin collections are the top sources of dissatisfaction with the Capital’s public services.

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Tim Davison. Picture: Scott Louden

Lothian wait-times staff acted from ‘best of intentions’

STAFF involved in the under-reporting of waiting times in accident and emergency departments were acting with the best of intentions, the chief executive of NHS Lothian has said.

Despite a high police presence there are still areas many in the Capital will not visit according to the study.

Fear of crime creates ‘no go’ areas across Capital

More than half of residents would steer clear of certain parts of the city to avoid becoming a victim of crime, according to an Evening News survey.

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Almost half of Scottish patients record at least one 'no show' at their GP each year. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Four out of ten in Edinburgh can’t see their GP

ALMOST four out of ten people in Edinburgh have had trouble getting an appointment with their GP in the past year, an Evening News survey has found.

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Businesses in Northern Ireland are agaisnt a customs sea border being brought in for Brexit, leaving Theresa May in a sticky predicament. Picture: Getty

Ian Swanson: So much for Theresa May’s bid to fight social inequality

The mass resignation of the Social Mobility Commission is embarrassing for Prime Minister Theresa May, writes Ian Swanson.

Taxi Drop off point on Market street and Calton road for Waverley train station.

Disabled campaign calls for action on taxis at Waverley station

DISABLED campaigners are hoping for action over access problems at Waverley station after a summit attended by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

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Survey finds public split on plan for Leith tram extension

EDINBURGH is divided on plans to extend the tram line to Leith, an exclusive Evening News survey suggests today.

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The contractor for the trams used 'an aggressive approach' according to a city boss

Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Contractor used ‘agressive’ approach

A FORMER top council official has told the tram inquiry of “huge frustrations” over the behaviour of the construction consortium building the line.

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The crucial report didn't reveal enough around the project according to a council official

Tram report should have said more, official admits

A SENIOR council official has admitted councillors should have been given more information on problems with the tram project before they approved the final business case.

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Council boss accepts tram price report was “inaccurate”

Council boss accepts tram price report was “inaccurate”

FORMER council chief executive Tom Aitchison has admitted he did not tell councillors about a new price increase for the tram scheme on the day they gave the go-ahead for signing the contract.

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Edinburgh Council Budget meeting, Members of the public are being urged to back a tourist tax

Edinburgh leaders urged public to back tourist tax

CITY leaders launched an appeal for people power to help win the cash-strapped Capital the right to levy a tourist tax after members of the public showed near-unanimous support for the idea.

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Derek Mackay needs opposition support to get his budget passed

Ian Swanson: How the SNP’s Derek Mackay can save civilisation

pHILIP Hammond’s UK Budget last week was a lacklustre affair with some extra spending on health and housing, but grim economic figures. And then came a forecast from the Institute for Fiscal Studies that real wages won’t recover to pre-crash levels for another decade.

Sheriffhall Roundabout, City Bypass

Minister ‘backtracking’ on City Bypass congestion fix

TRANSPORT Minister Humza Yousaf has been accused of backtracking over moves to tackle congestion on the City Bypass just months after backing plans for a flyover at the Sheriffhall roundabout.

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Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile

Questions over £7000 payments to four Edinburgh councillors

CITY leaders were under fire today for paying £7000-a-year special allowances to four senior councillors for chairing just one meeting each over the past six months.

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Barratt development on the old Standard Life site in Baileyfield, Portobello.

New homes get go-ahead in Portobello

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 435 new homes on the edge of Portobello have been given the go-ahead despite concerns about noise, design, density and traffic problems.

An Edinburgh tram

Tram Inquiry: TIE boss was told contract would not be signed

FORMER TIE boss Willie Gallagher has claimed the lead construction company told him days before the contract was due to be signed that they could not go through with it.

The price of city centre parking permits is set to increase

Edinburgh residents face £65 hike for parking permits

THOUSANDS of city centre residents will have to pay more for their parking permits after controversial Sunday parking charges come into force.

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