First thing this morning I handed over the signatures from people supporting urgent action to the Telfer subway safer.
Councillor Cammy Day is responsible for community safety in Edinburgh City Council and listened carefully to the arguments for action.
There has been strong support from people working in local offices, local residents and people travelling through the area.
I hope in the light of recent incidents and the worries people have about personal safety we will get action from the council. CCTV would provide a deterrence, some reassurance to subway users and potential evidence which could be used by the police. As the nights draw in the issue becomes more urgent as women in particular avoid using the subway at night.
Today’s article in the Scotsman newspaper highlights the fact that up to a third of women avoid certain areas at night because of personal safety concerns.
Last night at the Getting on in Gorgie planning meeting I gave feedback on progress with the subway campaign. We also discussed the importance of regeneration in the area generally. Community safety, support for local businesses and action on issues such as cleaner streets are all part of making the area successful.
When I attended the inspirational launch of the Garvald Heritage Project this afternoon the issue of the Telfer subway was raised with me again.
Returning to my office in Parliament this afternoon I found out yet more sheets full of signatures in support of the campaign had arrived in the mail. There is a real momentum behind the campaign and I’m determined we will be successful.