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Susan Morrison: In great tram wars, you must pick a side

There are times when I think we’ve never been free of The Curse of The Trams. Probably the first question Mary, Queen of Scots asked when she stepped ashore was: “What about the trams, eh?”

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Council leader Adam McVey

John McLellan: Council blind to planning problems

Without any irony, council leader Adam McVey has welcomed the Scottish Government’s intervention to sort out ongoing problems in Edinburgh’s building standards department.

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The O'Jays' song Backstabbers seems entirely appropriate for a party which plots against its own

John McLellan: House of Cards in kilts – SNP backstabbers are no joke

To my knowledge, Philadelphia soul band The O’Jays never attended a meeting of the Edinburgh SNP but their 1972 hit might seem rather familiar to Councillor Gavin Barrie.

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Councillors found themselves in the firing line as Meadowbank campaigners expressed their displeasure (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

John McLellan: Meadowbank campaigners unhappy about different things

Save Meadowbank campaigners were out in force for their public meeting last week and us councillors, put up on the stage for the inevitable coconut shy, were left in no doubt about the depth of feeling as the decision about the new sports centre plans comes closer.

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Council Leader 'Adam McVey has evoked "dismay" from ousted economy chief Gavin Barrie. Picture: Ian Georgeson

‘Dismayed’ Edinburgh councillor reveals reason for quitting SNP

OUSTED housing and economy chief Gavin Barrie has lifted the lid on his resignation and his “total dismay” in SNP leader Adam McVey.

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Gavin Barrie felt he was doing a good job as housing and economy convener. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Steve Cardownie: Gavin Barrie quit SNP group after an act of betrayal

And another one bites the dust! Councillor Gavin Barrie’s resignation from the city council’s SNP group may not have been that surprising.

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The Granton gas tower site offers endless opportunities. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Cammy Day: Council plans to make North Edinburgh next go-to place

Let’s start with some great news for the city: the council has managed to purchase the former National Grid site in Granton – opening the door to fantastic opportunities for much-needed new housing.

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AF club member Colin Steedman'. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Members call for charities to benefit as RAF club building sold for £1.65m

TOP brass at a Capital armed forces club will take home up to £30k each – after sharing in a £1.65 million windfall when the club was sold off.

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Lezley Cameron, Labour councillor

John McLellan: Exposed: A municipal murder plot

What a happy bunch our council administration colleagues seem to be. To borrow from the old cliché, the opposition is in front of you but the enemies are behind.

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A tram makes its way through Seville

John McLellan: Even in Seville, you can’t escape Edinburgh politics

On a short break to Seville last weekend, who should tap my shoulder as I walked past the City Hall, but our very own planning convener Neil Gardiner. Both on holiday under our own steam, not junketing in Andalusia, I hasten to add.

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The new hedge has attracted the mirth of some local residents. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hedge at luxury school development ‘looks like cannabis leaves’

DOPEY developers have left locals dazed and confused – after putting in a hedge of look-a-alike marijuana leaves next to a school.

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Edinburgh City take on Forfar at Meadowbank Stadium (Picture: Toby Williams)

John McLellan: Would planned Meadowbank stadium be too small?

With passions beginning to run high about the plans for the new Meadowbank sports centre, there has been speculation about its suitability or otherwise for semi-professional football.

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John McLellan: The plan that could end Royal High music school dream

The new World Heritage Site management plan agreed between the city council and the World Heritage Trust could face a stiff test much earlier than expected and it could put the artistic community at odds with each other.

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Helen Martin: Old Town revolt over intolerable tourism

PRESSURE is building on the City of Edinburgh Council to acknowledge that too much tourism in such a small, compact city as ours, is intolerable.

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Oxgangs Primary wall collapse exposed dangers of failing to oversee building projects properly (Picture: Toby Williams)

Iain Whyte: SNP leader’s vanity takes precedence over services

Council’s disdain for tax-payers is highlighted by ‘compost tax’ and poor recycling record, among other issues, says Tory leader Iain Whyte.

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The Springfield project will feature a mix of 221 apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom duplexes

500 rental homes could be built on Fountainbridge wasteland

HUNDREDS of “Friends-style” city centre flats moved a step closer today as plans were submitted to the city council.

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Justina Kirkwood says the courier is lying

Woman blames botched delivery after passport left in street

A DISTRAUGHT mother-of-three has told how her passport was abandoned in the street and other personal documents went missing after a botched delivery.

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Private cars could be banned from parts of central Edinburgh

John McLellan: Pedestrianising the road to hell

It’s hard to fathom this week’s excitement caused by plans to cut private car use in the city centre, given the administration’s intentions were obvious when the Central Edinburgh Transformation project was first outlined in October following an SNP motion passed in June.

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The council is keen on a �165m tram extension but not a much cheaper way to improve public transport (Picture: Ian Rutherford)

John McLellan: A public transport scheme that doesn’t cost £165m

We are assured the £165m tram completion to Newhaven is not a done deal, but is anyone really betting against the scheme going ahead?

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The Emperor's Warriors of the 'Terracotta Army' guarded the tomb of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang

Steve Cardownie: How Edinburgh is forging closer links with China

I took the opportunity to have a chat with Lord Provost Councillor Frank Ross about his recent trip to China on an invitation issued by the Fujian Chamber of Commerce.

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