Electoral reform consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on electoral reform. They say

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring access to democratic participation for all citizens. The way we vote in elections has remained unchanged for over 100 years. Modernisation takes place across all aspects of society and now is a good time to think about the kinds of innovation people in Scotland would like to see in elections.

Have your say on how the nuts and bolts of Scotland’s democracy should work at https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform. If you are unable to respond online, please complete a Respondent Information Form and send it to:
Electoral Reform Consultation Elections Team
Area 2 West
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.

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Improving Parking in the Leith Central Area (LCA)

The Challenge

Many of us who live in LCA, much of which is just outside the controlled parking zones of central Edinburgh, experienceproblems with car parking. For those who own cars, it can be frustrating trying to find a space.

Why is this so when less than half of Leith residents own cars?

LCA has become the parking place of choice for many commuters due to our close proximity to the city centre. The availability of ane xcellent transport system and free parking has become increasingly attractive to commuters, including some cyclists, tourists and others displaced from nearby controlled parking zones.

This situation can be both frustrating and dangerous with restricted access for emergency vehicles, council services, those with disabilities, tradeRoad full of cars - copyright Leith Central Community Council 2018s people and pedestrians.

A Solution

It must be emphasised that, in an area as densely populated as LCA, there is no system that can guarantee a parking space for residents at or near their doors.

However, there are ways which could improve car parking for residents, reduce congestion and manage access more safely and effectively.

These are the two systems currently operated by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC):

1. Priority Parking Areas (PPA)
This system involves controlling the kerbside space over a short period during the working day. This works well in residential areas where commuter parking can make it difficult for residents and their visitors to park. The short period of control ensures that commuters cannot leave their vehicles all day, giving priority to permit holding residents. Costs are between £1 and £8 per month, depending on car emissions.

2. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ)
This is the other system that is in place in Edinburgh. All kerbside space is controlled with a mix of permit parking, pay-and-display and shared-use which accommodates both permit holders and pay-and-display customers. Costs are between £3 and £20 a month, depending on car emissions. Further information on these can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website. Our zone is N1.

What happens now?

Leith Central Community Council, in collaboration with Abbeyhill Colonies Residents’ Association, has set up a petition on the CEC’s website.

Please sign the petition if you would like to see changes made to the parking system in the Leith Central Area.

Please remember, parking issues can affect everyone whether you own a vehicle or not.

You can sign the petition here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/petitions, select ‘Support an existing petition’ then ‘Improving Parking in LCA.’

Sufficient support will oblige the Council to carry out a survey to identify possible solutions. This is a separate process and you will have further opportunity to comment.

Do NHS boards adhere to good corporate governance?

(adapted from a press-release from the Scottish Parliament)

The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the effectiveness of corporate governance in NHS Boards. This is the third and final stage of its wider inquiry into NHS Governance which has also been looking at staff and clinical governance.

In this next stage, the Committee will assess if NHS boards follow the key principles of good corporate governance it will draw upon Audit Scotland’s ‘Role of Boards Report’ and the Scottish Government’s ‘On Board’ Guidance. The Committee will look at the structures and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour at senior levels of NHS Scotland. Continue reading

Funding opportunities

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Funds are available in each of the three Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Funds for the South East Locality. These funds will be available until the end of March 2018. The Neighbourhood Partnership can award grants of up to £5,000: organisations and groups can use these for local community activity that supports the work of the Partnership and/or the Locality Improvement Plan.

For information on the process and an application form, please visit:

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Armadillos on Leith Walk – an unwanted invader?

Leith Central CC’s vice-chair suggests that armadillos may be an undesirable, bolt-on solution for cycle-safety on Leith Walk. While not everyone agrees with their removal, it’s hard to disagree with this:

Arguably, rolling up sleeves and getting the whole length of the Walk finally and speedily done after 10 years of devastation and stop-start repairs – and using up the remaining £5m (?) in the Leith Walk programme pot for an easy-to-read, robust design – should be the focus. And consistent enforcement of basic rules of parking reguations and the Highway Code.