A City of Edinburgh councillor had a recorded delivery letter posted to her, by the council’s legal services department: at a cost to the taxpayer of £1.11. Thing is – as far as Green councillor, Alison Johnstone, is concerned – the letter could have been securely sent to her by hand, since she works just yards away from the department, on the same floor of the City Chambers.
Little wonder the Edinburgh Evening News asks of Gemma Fraser’s splash: Is This [the] Worst Waste Ever Recorded?.
Talking of money and legals, the council is seemingly involved in a dispute with a building company which has constructed a new public loo in the outlying district of Colinton but is refusing to hand over the keys until an argument – about converting an adjoining public toilet into an office or house – is sorted. Says the accompanying headline: You Can’t Spend a Penny Until £16,000 Legal Wrangle Settled.
Back in the city centre, a landmark building could be facing a healthier future, with NHS Lothian reported to be keen on moving in. The former GPO building, at the east end of Princes Street, has largely lain empty since a £100 million revamp five years ago. It currently has one tenant – Microsoft – and it occupies an estimated and modest five per cent of the building.
For Edinburgh, read pretty much everywhere. Bonfire Night is looming and – like the sad annual ritual it has become – firefighters are fearing having to tackle illegal bonfires whileunder attack by unruly youths. An accompanying factfile reveals it’s already long since started this year.
Columnist, Helen Martin – ‘Bitching from Bruntsfield’ – has a pop at banks. Intriguingly, tomorrow, Martin Hannan, is to be writing about ‘Why the Bully Boys Should Lay off STV’. Presumably, it is STV-the-broadcasters as opposed to STV-the-single-transferable-vote, though Hannan’s well-known interest in politics should not be discounted.
Also looming is the first Edinburgh football derby of the season, between Hearts and Hibs, who suffered contrasting fortunes at the weekend, Hibs winning 2-0 at home to Aberdeen, Hearts losing 0-1 at Motherwell.
Radio Forth presenter, Grant Stott, and lifelong Hibee, writes: “Our season is about to get a lot more interesting as we head over to the dark side of town on Saturday and, as ever, I’m dreading it. We all know that form means absolutely nothing.”
And finally, this edition of the Edinburgh Evening News is the first to have been turned out at the Eurocentral print works of Scottish Sun publishers, News International. It looked fine; no glitches.