With thanks to Leith Links Community Council:
Leith Links Community Council Alcohol Focus Scotland recently developed a new toolkit to help people raise concerns about the impact of alcohol in their local community.
‘Alcohol licensing in your community: how you can get involved’ outlines action that people can take about problems alcohol is causing in their local area. It also explains how the licensing process works in Scotland and provides practical assistance for people who want to get involved but aren’t sure where to start.
To make it easier for people to get in touch with people who may be able to help them, Alcohol Focus Scotland has also produced a list of contact details for the licensing board, local licensing forum and licensing standards officers in each local area.
An interactive version of the toolkit and the contact list can be found on Alcohol Focus Scotland’s website here. We have also attached a print version of the toolkit. While these documents are in colour, these are designed also to print in black and white.
We hope this toolkit will empower people to play a more active role in their local community, particularly in helping them to speak up about issues that concern them. Given the important role licensing forums have in enabling communities to engage on local licensing issues, we would welcome any support you can offer in making this information available to communities in your area, for example by placing the toolkit on the forum’s website, encouraging your membership to distribute the toolkit through their channels, and encouraging your local licensing board to place it on their website or to signpost to the toolkit on the Alcohol Focus Scotland website.
The toolkit is designed to be used across Scotland, and therefore cannot address the individual practices of local licensing boards. We would encourage local licensing boards and forums who have not already done so to consider whether provision of local information about licensing board procedures and processes would be a useful supplement to this national resource.
It also should be noted that the toolkit does not reflect the upcoming changes to licensing law being introduced by the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015. We will therefore be updating the toolkit in a few months’ time once these changes come into effect. There will be an opportunity at that time to make other changes to the toolkit and we would therefore welcome any feedback you have about the ways in which the toolkit could be improved.
AFS Licensing Brochure FINAL Print (002)
The Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications from community led-organisations including community councils, but please act quickly as the deadlines are fast approaching!
Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the Fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17.
The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food growing projects and initiatives to tackle waste.
Community-led organisations including community councils across to are invited to apply for a share of the £10.3 million funding with grants up to £150,000 available per project.
Community-led organisations currently in receipt of a CCF grant must have submitted a completed application by 19/02/16
All other community-led organisations must have submitted an Expression of Interest by 5/02/16 and a completed application by 19/02/16
You can read more at www.climatechallegefund.org
This is a good opportunity to see the results of the 2011 Census for Leith and discuss what this tells us about the Leith of today. Everyone welcome.
Information and discussion
Thursday 3 April 2014, 7.00 pm –8.45 pm,
Parkside Primary School
(Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce)
139B Bonnington Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5NQ
An opportunity for all to contribute. All welcome.
Come early for a Tour of the School at 6.15 pm
Sign-in and refreshments from 6.45pm
Organised by the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership