News and views from the East Lothian Greens

Musselburgh flood scheme set for Council debate

Sun 21 Aug, 2022

The latest flood defences report by East Lothian Council officials and contractors is set to be discussed by Councillors on 23 August.

Councillors, including the Greens' Shona McIntosh, received the report and recommendations last Tuesday morning and have been meeting with officers to discuss and seek clarifications to prepare themselves for the debate.

July update from Cllr Shona McIntosh

Wed 3 Aug, 2022

While it may be the holiday season, a new Councillor's work doesn't stop! 

Cllr Shona McIntosh has written a short update on what has been happening:

July is council recess so this is a short update! I have tried to use the time away from meetings to fact-find and relationship-build as preparation for the next few years serving the community.

June update from Cllr Shona McIntosh

Mon 11 Jul, 2022

Councillor Shona McIntosh has provided her latest update to Party members and the public.

Following her election, Shona has resigned from her previous job in order to focus on being the first Scottish Greens representative in East Lothian. A video update is also available on Shona's Twitter account.

Shona wrote:

Greens work with other parties to improve local democracy

Wed 15 Jun, 2022

The Scottish Greens first representative on East Lothian Council has worked with councillors from other political parties to secure better representation on key Council Committees.

In discussions after the May 2022 poll, Cllr Shona McIntosh seconded an amendment which stopped the minority Labour administration from reducing the number of opposition members on the council's education and planning committees.

First monthly update from our Green Councillor

Wed 8 Jun, 2022

Councillor Shona McIntosh, the first Scottish Greens representative elected to East Lothian Council has provided her first update to Party members and the public.

After four weeks in the job, Cllr McIntosh wrote:

My first month as a Councillor has been a steep learning curve, but I’ve tried to hit the ground running.

Plans to bring more traffic onto county roads criticised

Fri 13 May, 2022

Plans to encourage more cars onto county roads have been criticised by the East Lothian Greens.

New tourist driving routes are being promoted by Visit East Lothian and East Lothian Council in a bid to attract more cars to the county.

Historic result for East Lothian Greens

Fri 6 May, 2022

Scottish Greens in East Lothian are celebrating after a historic series of results in the local elections.

For the first time ever, there is a Green Councillor in East Lothian as Shona McIntosh gained 13.5% of first preference votes (FPVs) and was elected second, just after Cher Cassini of the SNP. This is a jump from 6.5% in 2017.

The huge increase in vote share was not confined to Musselburgh though.

Hollies in Musselburgh saved with emergency funding

Wed 27 Apr, 2022

East Lothian Greens have welcomed reports that the Hollies Community Hub has been granted emergency funding to prevent it from closing.

Just last week, Lorna Slater MSP wrote to the Council to press for support for the centre.

Media reports suggest that the Council has agreed immediate funding to create a stop gap. 

Greens back call for better active travel near Tranent

Sun 24 Apr, 2022

Employees at a major East Lothian firm have written en masse to local council candidates demanding better active travel links to their work place.

The letter highlights the issues with the B6414 - a popular route which is also used by students getting to Midlothian College and by horse riders, cyclists and dog walkers on a regular basis. 

Currently the route is underserved by public transport and has poor or non-existent pavements.

In a letter sent to Council election candidates, Charles River Institute employees said:

Greens call for East Lothian Health & Care Crisis Summit

Thu 21 Apr, 2022

East Lothian Greens have called for a summit to discuss the health and care crisis in the county.

A parade is planned this weekend in support of the Edington Hospital and relatives have reported to Scottish Green council candidates staffing shortages at the Haddington Community Hospital over the Easter Weekend.