|Cllr Lesley Hinds at the manifesto launch, with|
Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont MSP and
Edinburgh Labour Leader Cllr Andrew Burns
The botched handling of the tram project by the Council, along with wider transport issues, are guaranteed hot topics for Edinburgh’s Council elections in five weeks time.
The current council is run by a coalition of SNP and Liberal Democrats, and it’s a token of transport’s political importance that Edinburgh Labour has chosen former Lord Provost Lesley Hinds to speak for them on the subject.
“There are three immediate priorities for Labour”, says Councillor Hinds. “We want to make the utility companies, who dig up our roads, far more responsive to local people. We want to restore the health of the city centre after the battering it’s taken from the botched tram works by making it much more comfortable for pedestrians. And, most important, we want to set up a Transport Forum of experts and citizens to think through our modern transport needs. Mapping the way forward for our common prosperity is a complex challenge, so we will need some time, a breathing space to do that work.”