The Craigmillar European Programme (CEP) is the body which coordinates the work of a number of individual projects in the Craigmillar area that receive enormous funding through the European Regional Development Fund.
It is interesting to find out that they are so up-to-date with what is happening in the community that they still have a link on their site to the long closed Craigmillar Community Information Service (CCIS). The link takes the user to a spam site currently being run by Easy Domain Connect Ltd of Stockport in Cheshire.
In December 2003, the Craigmillar Partnershipâ€™s funding panel ruled it would no longer support the CCIS with almost Â£100,000 in annual grants because of the groupâ€™s “increasingly antagonistic stance.
Another link on the page is supposed to go to Craigmillar Information Point (www.craigmillarinfo.co.uk) which has obviously been allowed to run out. Entries in the waybackmachine show it was last used on November 3rd 2004.
It amazes me that this community project that is supposed to achieve it’s aims by “Maintaining co-ordination and synergy between projects Craigmillar” and giving “Guidance and advice to projects” does not know of projects that were stopped 18 months ago with a lot of press coverage over those 18 months.
I think it is now time for the Craigmillar European Programme’s Manager, a certain Mac Wilkinson, to start answering the following questions:
1. How do you give guidance and advice to projects that are no longer in existence
2. How do you rate your maintenance of co-ordination and synergy when you can’t update your website for about two years to let the community know what you are doing.
This article will be the first in a series of articles over the next few months of the goings-on in the Craigmillar and contibutions are welcome. We will also be submitting all articles and support material as evidence to the Parliamentary Finance Committee’s probe into the most effective way to allocate cash to deprived areas. It is about time the people of Craigmillar got better representation and more respect.