So what’s the beef with India Buildings? So behind it is a car park which was set aside as land for our superb Central Library to expand into. The proposed hotels and bars to be built on the site will cut out most of the light from this Carnegie Library. When it was designed they built into the design windows large enough to cut the amount of artifical light needed and special air cirulation system to keep the air fresh. It was one of the largest ever funded by Andrew Carnegie. Now the building beside it which apparently the National Library only just over the road also had an eye on it is to be turned into another cheap hotel. The small church behind being used as a medical centre for the homeless is to be turned into a bar. Because in Edinburgh its really IMPOSSIBLE to get an alchoholic drink. I’m so utterly disgusted with Edinburgh Council and their planning committees and department of ‘planning’. This week I’m going to my local library and I’m going to renew my card. Missing since my purse went walkabout last year. I was reading about a massing at Inverleith House an art gallery in the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh which is about to close. About 300 people have pledged to turn up at 3.30. I’m already scheduled to met a friend for coffee so I’m going to give it a miss. But I know its hard you work full time, you have a busy life but if we don’t make it quite clear what our priorities are politicians will ride right over them. And sadly in Edinburgh we have a democratic deficit of major proportions so… show the wankers who make decisions for us that we will not take this lying down. Turn up to your library, borrow books, write letters, talk to your friends about this. Tell them you are not happy and in 2017 VOTE AGAINST THEM ALL. Just how undemocratic this is – is that the information about which Counillors voted which way is HIDDEN in a 300 page plus pdf document. Local democracy? My arse.