The Scottish Civic Trust ‘My place’ awards 2020: nominations and submissions open

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Civic Trust)

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. The Awards honour projects that have excelled in terms of design and community involvement/impact.

Winners of the My Place Awards are honoured at a reception at Glasgow’s The Lighthouse and have a short film commissioned about their project. Winners and finalists are also featured in an exhibition at The Lighthouse. The My Place Awards are a great opportunity to showcase a project’s success to the community, stakeholders and funders by receiving much-deserved exposure and media attention. The short film about Bellsbank, the 2019 My Place Award winner, reached over 16,600 people on Facebook and the My Place exhibition at The Lighthouse hosted over 12,300 visitors and built environment stakeholders!

Community councils may have suitable projects themselves, or know of others in their area – please circulate this email.

HOW TO ENTER: This year we’ve revamped the nomination process to make it even simpler to apply. Local people can nominate any project they think is special by tagging us on social media @scotcivictrust or by answering a few questions here. Or you can give us a call at 0141 221 1466 for a brief chat. The SCT team will then follow up with the nominated projects. Community groups can also directly apply through our My Place website.

MORE INFORMATION: myplacescotland.org.uk.

ANY QUESTIONS: Erin.Burke@scottishcivictrust.org.uk

See further information are guidelines leaflet here.

Environment projects drop-in

(adapted from an email from Leith Neighbourhood Network)

What: drop-in event to ask local people for their suggestions on projects which could be taken forward to help improve the local environment

Where: Leith Community Centre

When: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 3pm – 6pm

If you can’t attend: download the form, add your idea, and take it to the library or community centre.

In addition to the drop-in event, Officers from the Leith housing team are looking to deliver additional local walkabouts with tenants to identify potential projects, which will be promoted alongside the drop-in event. Once we’ve spoken to local people, we hope to have a refreshed list of potential projects for funding which we can revisit at the next Leith NN meeting (end of Feb time). We would also appreciate your support for the event by telling other people about it, or by coming along and talking to us about any ideas that you might have for an environmental improvement project. Officers from the Locality service teams (Housing, Transport & Environment and Lifelong Learning) are looking forward to the event and discussing any ideas you or other local residents may have.

LCCC January 2020 meeting agenda

Monday, 20 January 2019 at 7pm, at the Nelson Hall in McDonald Rd Library.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies, declarations of interest
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. Pre-application presentation and Q&A: Build-to-rent proposal between Bonnington Road and the Water of Leith, former John Lewis depot and former CEC Health and Social Care Bonnington Centre) (9/05515/PAN)
  6. Planning
  7. LCCC Governance and Office Bearers’ Reports
  8. Parks & Green Spaces
  9. Licensing
  10. Transport & Clean Streets
  11. Open Forum
  12. Bulletin
  13. AOCB
  14. Future Meetings and planned meeting topics/presentations

Leith Walk & Halmyre Street site: consultation

During January, the Council will be hosting a number of consultation events to allow the public to express their aspirations and ideas about the area between Leith Walk and Halmyre Street and its redevelopment potential, resulting in a Place Brief. This Brief will set out a series of high level principles for the design of future development proposals. These principles will be based on community priorities and Council requirements for this part of the city, including:

  • Scale and density of any development
  • Housing – mixed tenure housing
  • Commercial spaces – the provision of commercial and office spaces
  • Routes – new pedestrian and cycle routes
  • Green Space – opportunities to create new green spaces in the area
  • Other Uses – what and where other new uses would be appropriate

Leith Central Community Council, who called for such a brief in March last year, will debate this issue and submit views in due course.

Leith Walk consultation flyer-page-001

Edinburgh Airport sustainability survey

adapted from an email from Edinburgh airport

Edinburgh Airport is currently developing a new Sustainability Strategy for the airport, and it wants to hear your views. Your feedback will form part of the materiality review which helps us understand which issues are most important to the business and its stakeholders.

Materiality is a concept that is central to a credible Sustainability Strategy. It is how Edinburgh Airport understands what topics have an impact on its ability to create, preserve or erode economic, environmental and social value for Edinburgh Airport, its stakeholders, and society at large. These topics then form the basis of what the airport will focus its sustainability efforts on and consequently what we will report on.

Achieving this cannot be done overnight, and Edinburgh Airport is working closely with BeSustainable who have already provided training sessions in October and hosted workshops and interviews last week with a variety of stakeholders. Edinburgh Airport wants you to have your say on sustainability at the airport. it understand that different issues matter to different stakeholders. To do this, Edinburgh Airport invites you to take part in a survey which asks for your views on sustainability issues for society and for Edinburgh Airport. The survey will be open until 6 January 2020.

You can complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YVDQM8T Continue reading

Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.

https://consult.gov.scot/planning-architecture/planning-performance-and-fees/

Police Scotland – Introduction of the Contact Assessment Model

adapted from an email from Police Scotland

The Contact Assessment Model (CAM) will revolutionise the way Polcie Scotland assesses and responds to contact from the public and bring about a fundamental change to the way local policing is delivered to communities in Scotland.

CAM will be introduced in Edinburgh and the Lothians by spring 2020

Please click here to see a letter from the Edinburgh Divisional Commander Sean Scott which provides more detail about CAM.

Jocelyn O’Connor
Chief Inspector
CAM Project
Corporate Services Division
Area Control Room
Bilston Glen Industrial Estate
Dryden Road, Loanhead
EH20 9IZ

Telephone:  0131 440 6860
Email : ProjectContactAssessmentModelPolicy@scotland.pnn.police.uk
Website: www.scotland.police.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/policescotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/policescotland