Tourist Tax consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council is running a formal consultation concerning the best possible arrangements for introducing a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) / Tourist tax in the city.

If you have not already done so, we would appreciate if you could take the time to complete the online Edinburgh TVL consultation survey.

In addition to the online survey the council is planning to host three further consultation events for residents. These will be held at Waverley Court on:

  • Monday 3 December 2018:- 6pm 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018:- 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018:- 2pm to 3:30pm

Edinburgh Council has also been conducting round table events with its industry partners. These took place throughout November.

Local events fund – apply now!

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

£20,000 has been allocated to the North East Locality for the promotion of local cultural and artistic events to take place in 2019. The North East Locality covers the Craigentinny/Duddingston, Portobello/Craigmillar, and Leith Neighbourhood Partnership areas, so if you are interested in hosting events or activities in, for example, Lochend, Restalrig, Joppa, Niddrie – or anywhere in between – have a look at the:

  • guidelines
  • additional information
  • application form

on the NE pages of the NP website.

Deadline date: Friday 21 December 2018, 12 noon

Please read the guidelines and additional information carefully and also refer to the Locality Improvement Plan  and / or its summary document (see landing page of the Neighbourhood Partnerships).

If you would like to talk to someone regarding a potential idea please contact Birgit Harris on 0131 469 5489 or at birgit.harris@ea.edin.sch.uk

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City Plan 2030 newsletter

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Hello and welcome to the first newsletter from the City Plan 2030 team.

In this issue: What is City Plan 2030?, Engaging with children & young People, An update on recent community workshops and A look ahead to the choices for City Plan 2030.

  1. What is City Plan 2030?

City Plan 2030 will be Edinburgh’s next local development plan. It will set out a strategy to guide Edinburgh’s growth and the policies which we use to guide new development. The City Plan 2030 project was launched in September 2018, via our Development Plan Scheme. The Development Plan Scheme explains how City Plan 2030 will be prepared, a timetable and further information on how you can get involved. You can download the Development Plan Scheme from our website.

  1. Engaging children & young people

As we start to prepare City Plan 2030, we have been visiting secondary schools across Edinburgh, coinciding with the 2018 Year of Young People. We have been asking young people about what they think about their area, and what issues are facing the city.  You can see the findings from the workshops on our blog and we will be using their thoughts as we start to prepare the plan. 

  1. An update on recent community workshops

We have put together a short video on how we have been engaging local communities to date. You can view the video on our blog.  If you have any ideas for future engagement, get in touch with the City Plan Team. We are holding an additional community workshop on Monday 3 December at Currie Library from 6pm – 7.30pm, registration and light refreshments from 5.45pm.

  1. A look ahead to the choices for City Plan 2030

The main consultation for City Plan 2030 is due to take place over 8 weeks in February and March 2019. The consultation will set out the main choices that we need to make as we prepare the next plan and we are keen for people to get involved. You can keep up to date with the project by:

City Plan team| Place Directorate| The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court, Level G3, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG| Tel 0131 529 4692 | email: cityplan2030@edinburgh.gov.uk | http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/cityplan2030

Influence the shape of local democracy!

((adapted from an email from the Scottish Community Development Centre. Please note that this is an SCDC exercise, linked to the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters exercise, but LCCC is very happy to publish anything that might help improve Scotland’s local democracy.) 

SCDC newsletter

CHEX is inviting you to an informal conversation about ‘Democracy Matters’ and the future of local decision-making in Scotland.

This will be a chance to come together to learn about the ongoing Local Governance Review and discuss how communities, of place or identity, could have more control of decisions important to them.

Once you have registered your attendance we will send you through a programme.

If you cannot make this conversation but still want to host your own, please let us know the details and someone from CHEX will aim to attend.

Hope to hear from you soon.

The CHEX team

2050 Edinburgh City Vision

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh’s Lord Provost)

As you may be aware, an engagement campaign has been launched with Edinburgh citizens to establish their vision for how they would like the city to be in 2050. To arrive at the best and most compelling vision for Edinburgh in 2050, we need as many citizens to contribute their views and aspirations, via edinburgh2050.com. This will help to identify areas of consensus that the city can unite behind and work towards as a common goal. The greater the number of contributors, the more accurate and representative the City Vision becomes and the greater the strength it then has.

Frank Ross
Lord Provost

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Trams public consultation, closes 28 October

(Please note that this is an Edinburgh Council exercis. it may well be worthwhile visiting the tram project timeline (Tram pre/construction programme as published and communicated by Tram Team) and CCTT’s Joint Statement on proposed Tram Extension)

Edinburgh Council are consulting on the latest version of their plans for ‘trams to Newhaven’.

Please see the revised plans below (click the graphic to see the full-sized PDF), then tell Edinburgh Council what you think via the consultation hub.

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Consultation about Common Good assets

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council.)

It may well be worthwhile visiting Andy Wightman’s post on the subject: http://www.andywightman.com/common-good.

In accordance with Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 which relates to Common Good assets, Edinburgh Council is consulting on its proposed common good asset register.

The register and information on common good can be found on the Council website.

The Scottish Government has produced guidance with additional information.

You are welcome to consider the proposed common good register in conjunction with the criteria shown on the webpage which qualifies a property for common good status.   If you have any comments or representations to make you can do this using the link on the webpage to the Council’s Consultation Hub

Please feel free to distribute this email to any persons or groups you feel may be interested in this process.  The same information is being…

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