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Max Blinkhorn

 

I love living in Porty. Since moving here in 2010, I’ve found it to be crammed with interesting and energetic people of all ages, from all walks of life.

My principle interest is the sailing club where I am an active member and with others, have worked hard at developing the very successful Wednesday night kid’s sessions. I have recently qualified as an RYA instructor so that we can train our sailing families in a more professional way and the club plans to expand this success to other nights and progressively obtain better facilities. It’s my personal wish to see the return of the Watersports centre and have a place where water users, whether rowers, fishermen, kayakers, sailors or swimmers can share the common facilities required to participate in their sports.

My involvement in sailing and rowing has given me a strong awareness of the need to look after our beach. It’s a precious thing and more than just a patch of sand. Along with others who share my passion for the beach, I intend to organise further clean ups of the areas that sometimes get neglected and ensure it’s a space for everyone to enjoy. In my work as a community councillor, I aim to represent the interests of all beach and Promenade users, protect the beach environment and find ways to get the most out of our best asset.

With a 12 year old daughter, I am a staunch supporter of “The School in the Park” but also sincerely hope that once the matter is resolved and the dust settles, the community can move on and bury its differences.

As a cycle and train commuter, I’d like to see Portobello station reopened as part of the Borders Railway project and Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement project, both of which will result in an expansion of services along the route into Edinburgh. I believe this would result in a significant reduction of traffic through Portobello centre and I urge everyone to find out how cycling and public transport can work for them.