East Lothian council is currently run by a minority Labour administration
According to the 2020 Hands Up survey 50.1% of children in East Lothian walked to school in 2020, 9.4% cycled and 5.8% scooted or skated. According to the 2021 Cycling Scotland annual monitoring report 3.7% of employees usually or regularly cycle to work and 21% of households have no access to a car. The council’s active travel budget for 2019/20 was £165,000 (capital) and £686,179 (revenue), which works out as a total of £7.95 per person. It has an Active Travel Improvement Plan which it part of its Local Transport Strategy (2018-24).
Local groups: Spokes, Drem/Gullane Path Campaign, Dunbar Cycling Group, Sustaining Dunbar, Sustaining North Berwick, CTC Lothians and Borders (Cycling UK member group).
2022 local election
Find your candidates at Who Can I Vote For or consult the Notice of Poll
Parties standing (in alphabetical order)
- Alba: Facebook ~ Twitter
- Independence for Scotland Party: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter (national accounts)
- Scottish Conservative & Unionist: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
- Scottish Family Party: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter (national party accounts)
- Scottish Greens: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
- Scottish Labour: Website ~ Facebook: Labour Party / Councillors ~ Twitter: Labour Party / Councillors
- Scottish Liberal Democrats: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
- Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter (national party accounts)
- SNP: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
Endorsements of our three asks:
- East Lothian Scottish Greens responded “Yes – we fully sign up to all of the below. We are standing candidates in all 6 wards of East Lothian”.
- Lyn Jardine, SNP candidate for Dunbar and East Linton responded: “Our local manifesto commits to an early review of countywide transport strategy and active transport is essential to the wellbeing of our people and planet. So – that’s a YES from me!”
- Lee-Anne Menzies, SNP candidate for Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry has stated: “I back your pledge wholeheartedly. Every community I hope to serve will benefit greatly from being a “20 minute community”, where all of our essential services are within a 20 minute walk. Active travel is essential in linking up communities and enriching and improving the wellbeing of residents. Another huge benefit? It’s kinder to the planet”
- East Lothian Conservatives and Unionists said: Our manifesto does indeed include commitments to support and promote plans around active travel- walking wheeling and cycling & around county’s core path network- obvs including Drem-Gullane path
- Alba East Lothian responded (via Morgwn Davies, candidate for Haddington and Lammermuir): “I am the ALBA candidate for Haddington and Lammermuir and also the Convener of ALBA East Lothian and I and all our candidates support your three asks, with a very small caveat. With Council funding under the pressure it is, committing 100% that a specific percentage of a budget is ring fenced it will be difficult to deliver but if elected, I and all ALBA Councillors will set the 20% as a target to be judged by. Personally as a individual who suffers vision problems I especially welcome your First Ask on Accessibility. I have nearly walked into a number of poles situated in the middle of the pavement.”