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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People to have their say on Scotland’s public services

(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)

People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.

As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website:https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future

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