Review of Community Council Scheme – Questionnaire

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is currently considering carrying out a statutory consultation on a revised Scheme for Community Councils. The Scheme_for_Community_Councils is the key document establishing governance, relationship with the Council and procedural rules for community councils in Edinburgh.

The current Scheme for Community Councils was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in 2013. A number of areas have been identified where the current Scheme does not provide sufficient clarity or guidance. A formal review is therefore proposed in order to strengthen the community council governance and decision making framework by building upon the existing document. A final decision on whether to proceed to statutory consultation will be taken by Councillors in February 2019.

Key stakeholders are asked to complete the questionnaire (linked below) to help formulate proposals:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/d19b4e28

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire or require a hard copy please contact Ross Murray on community.councils@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Ross A Murray  | Governance Officer | Strategy & Communications Division | Chief Executive | City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1  |  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh | email Ross.murray@edinburgh.gov.uk

Edinburgh City Archives Consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

We’re in the process of a consultation to determine how the people and groups of Edinburgh may want to engage with Edinburgh City Archives, and what should be added to our collections in the future. We appreciate that it’s a busy time of year, but we’re reaching out to encourage more responses from across the city to ensure that the diversity of the city is reflected within our future collections. We want our collections to fairly reflect the city.

If you would like to take part in this consultation, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VLWPC5R

The consultation will remain open until the end of December 2018. If you would like to participate but cannot respond by the end of December, please contact Edinburgh City Archives via the contact details below.

Ashleigh Thompson

Ashleigh Thompson | Records & Archives Officer | Information Governance Unit | Strategy & Insight Division| Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Edinburgh City Archives, Level 1, City Chambers, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ |(0131 529 4015 | ashleigh.thompson@edinburgh.gov.uk | Web: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Winter Care Shelter Information: December 2018

(adapted from an email from Bethany Christian Trust, sent via Police Scotland)

The Care Shelter this winter opened on 24 September and runs through until 5 May 2019.  The first few weeks have been really busy with an average of 52 people attending per night.  Please see below the December 2018.

Click the graphic to see the full-size PDF.

 

Art outside the (police) box – because art doesn’t have to be in a gallery

(adapted from an email from Leith Walk police box)

What? A grass roots public art programme. Panels with artwork from local artists, schools & photographers create a changing display of art work on the street.  Your original artwork could be here on the side of this former policebox.

Where? On the outside of Leith walk policebox.

When? August 2018 to August 2019

Why? Public art is free and accessible to all. Art in public places makes people feel connected to each other and proud of their neighbourhood. A piece of art can lift your mood and make your day.

Who?Do you want to get involved? Be part of the Edinburgh tool library team installing the works. Or have your original artwork displayed. We will be holding an open competition in 2019 and welcome original art from anybody. You do not have to be an artist. Find out more at www.leithwalkpolicebox.com.

Community Councils Together on Trams:  response to tram extension consultation 2 (November 2018)

(The following is the text of Community Councils Together on Trams’ repose to the second consultation about the proposed extension of Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. It was submitted in November 2018.)

Community Councils Together on Trams: response to tram extension consultation 2

Introduction

  1. Community Councils Together on Trams (CCTT), the coalition of the four Community Councils along the proposed route extension, was formed in June 2018 to respond to the proposed tram extension from York Place to Newhaven.
  2. This was accompanied by the publication of CCTT’s Joint Statement which sets out CCTT’s support in principle for the tram extension, but also a number of serious concerns around the on-street design, the impact on the local economy along the proposed tram corridor, the absence of an up-to-date environmental case, and the very tight time frame – from June to December 2018 (when the final decision to go ahead was due be made by CEC) – to address these concerns.
  3. There exists – currently – a most successful eco-system along the proposed tram extension and its hinterland, where a wide variety of businesses and a reasonable public transport system sustain the most densely populated area in Scotland and where the majority of households don’t use a car. This must not be damaged beyond repair during construction or reduced to a sterile transport corridor with an unattractive – or even more polluted – pedestrian environment post construction
  4. Since June, CCTT members have participated in all public events, exhibitions and a number of workshops following the publication of the first designs for the tram extension. In addition, CCTT has held monthly meeting with the Tram Team, working through CCTT’s key concerns.
  5. In the course of these meetings with the Tram Team, CCTT has realised that the Tram Team’s scope is too narrow and does not include many of the ‘supplementary’ projects that CCTT see as essential to helping the existing successful ‘eco-system’ along the route survive – and that are crucial to the successful operation of the tram post-construction. CCTT is aware of a number of good initiatives that are currently being pursued by CEC, but remains concerned that the envisaged timelines – including the horizons of 2030 and 2050 – do not meet the needs of the area post construction (2022). Sufficient progress of these projects (in terms of plans, budgets, timelines) prior to the final decision would be a key factor for CCTT’s support continuing in the run up to the final decision the period of early contractor involvement, and, crucially, during construction.

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