Friends and readers.
It has come to our attention that the Edinburgh association of Community Councils is in turmoil. We reported to you last year that the election of office bearers was rigged by officials handling the meeting and the we were told that the best candidate for the job lost in a rigged election, at that time we were not given the name of the losing candidate. Our information is that an official complaint went to the City of Edinburgh Council and the official concerned was removed or in Council speak transferred somewhere else.
The election should have been re run and all the Community Councils allowed the time to make nominations if they wished. We have been informed that the losing candidate who has remained quiet on the matter was the Chair of Granton and District Community Council Fred Marinello. We were told that on the evening in question the candidates were not allowed to address the meeting, clearly wrong. We were also told that the CV’s were mysteriously removed so none of the members present could read anything about the candidates.
We have done our own research on this matter and it seems there are a number of people who are of the opinion that this was an unseemly affair and indeed the best person lost by stealth. So we were not surprised to learn that leading members of the EACC want this years AGM to be postponed to allow CC’s time to decide what they want to do. We were told that Granton and District Council along with at least 7 other Community Councils want a postponement. The question we ask is was there political interference in last years AGM to stop a particular candidate winning, our information says yes indeed there was. We have no evidence to support this information so we will not print the name of the politician who has been accused of interfering.
We understand from sources within the EACC that pressure will be exerted on Fred Marinello to put himself forward again. We tried to contact Granton and District Community Council for a comment but have so far been unable to do so.