Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst has stressed that Edinburgh City Council must properly consult with communities as they outline their 10 year vision for the capital.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP was speaking in a debate surrounding the ‘Place Principle’ designed at improving engagement with communities to ensure better outcomes for those who live there.
The 10 year plan, details of which were released last week, included plans for more tram routes as well as more pedestrian areas, which Mr Lindhurst says is sure to generate significant amounts of debate.
Commenting Gordon Lindhurst MSP said: This 10-year plan is an ideal opportunity to test that Place Principle, including a public consultation process that actually has a far and deep reach into the heart of communities..
“Too often such consultation scratches the surface, paying lip service to the need to ask people what they think without actually producing results that are reflective of the wider population.
“I hope Edinburgh Council will make that effort before embarking on such ambitious plans.”
Mr Lindhurst also highlighted the work he has done with Dementia Friendly Pentlands, in the southwest of the city.
The volunteers allow those living with dementia to feel more included in their communities, including through the PALM Café in Balerno as well as Community Conversations, allowing users to give their ideas on how communities can be more Dementia Friendly.
Lindhurst added: “The Dementia Friendly group in Pentlands is an organisation I have been delighted to support as a local MSP.
“The volunteers are hugely engaging with users, bringing them into discussions about how their communities can be more dementia friendly, which can only bring positive outcomes.
“I thank the volunteers for all the work they do and will continue to support them in their efforts to make our local communities a friendly place to those living with dementia.”