And so, it’s March. As I write this, the sun is shining and finally it feels as if Spring is on its way. I know that it continues to be a very difficult time for many and it’s hard not to talk in clichés about being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But I do have some hope that we will soon start to come out of this. Last week the Scottish government set out their updated Strategic Framework for how restrictions will be removed – you can read this here – and the vaccination programme continues at pace.
As I set out last month, my constituency office remains closed and my team are all working from home. The restrictions also mean that visiting constituency organisations in person isn’t possible, but I am still working hard for constituents and organisations here.
We’re so lucky to have such great parks in Edinburgh. With lockdown, being able to safely enjoy our amazing open spaces is more important than ever. So, this month, I once again wrote to Historic Environment Scotland asking them to extend traffic-free times in Holyrood Park.
I had a really positive chat this month with new City Centre inspector Mark Hamilton – and many thanks to his predecessor, Trish Robertson, for all the help and support she’s provided my constituents in Dumbiedykes, the Old Town and Tollcross, especially through all the difficulties of the last year.
I am incredibly grateful to have received my Covid-19 vaccine this month. I was in and out in ten minutes at EICC – fast, efficient, professional, and very safe. Brilliant organisation and a big thank you NHS Lothian and NHS Scotland. When you get your invite, please do take up the appointment.
Finally, I had a great chat with Gordon and Maria about Living Rent’s priorities for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. Private rents in Edinburgh East are increasingly unaffordable for too many of my constituents and I’m supporting their call for rent controls.