Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council says

Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.

There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.

You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart

Thank you.

Picardy Place public information events

(adapted from a post on Edinburgh Council’s website)

Public information events will take place

  • on Tuesday, 21 November from 10am to 7pm at the City Art Centre, Market Street
  • Wednesday, 22 November from 3pm to 7pm at Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent.

At these events, you can hear from the Council on how plans have evolved since their inception.

Participants will be shown refinements already made to proposals based on feedback from a series of public events held in September, including increased provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

Views will also be sought on the piece of land at the top of Leith Walk, where a roundabout currently sits. Feedback will be used to inform the final designs, which are expected to be discussed by the Transport and Environment Committee at the beginning of next year.

Policing – your view counts!

Police Scotland want to know your priorities for local and national policing.

Either take the survey online or download a PDF allowing text entry and box-ticking.

From the introduction:

Police Scotland would like to know what issues you think we should prioritise, nationally and in your local area, as well as best methods for communicating with you.

Your views are important to us. We are committed to using this information to help shape our policing priorities and deliver them through continued commitment to working with partners and communities. We will do this through analysing this information and data from a number of other important sources.

What you tell us will also influence how we communicate and engage with you and your community going forward. Please be assured that the information you provide us with will be treated with the strictest confidence and anonymity. We will not share your personal data outside Police Scotland.

For further information on policing in your local area please see ‘Your Community’ on the Police Scotland website: http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community

 

Job opportunity: part-time co-ordinator for Leith Festival

(Adapted from an email from Nick Gardner, Chair of Leith Festival)

Leith Festival is looking for a part time co-ordinator to support its Board in achieving its goals through delivery of its 2018 Community based Work Plan. This exciting and varied role requires a highly motivated person who can demonstrate the ability to organise community events over an eight month period starting in January 2018. Interviews will be held during the week of 4th December.

Full details are in the job description: MS Word, PDF

Please send the following to Nick Gardner (Chair) by midday on 27th November:

  • CV
  • 1 sheet of A4 outlining how your experience matches the job description and person spec
  • Contact details of 2 referees

Applications can be emailed (nickcgardner@gmail.com) or posted (Leith Festival Association, 17 (1st floor) Academy St, Edinburgh, EH6 7EE)

£eith Chooses launches

Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council

The three Leith Community Councils are teaming up with City of Edinburgh Council to create a pot of cash for the community in Leith, based on Scottish Government ‘Community Choices’ funding.

Applications for £EITH CHOOSES will be invited very soon, and voting will be in March 2018. Many things will be similar to previous £eith Decides but there are a few exciting changes too.

The project Launch & first Funding Workshop will be held on 22nd November in Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate, at 6.00pm.

Come along and find out more!

Keep up to date via Facebook and Twitter, or download the press release.

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Healthy Ageing Research Study

(adapted from an email from researchers at Heriot-Watt University)

Are you aged 65 or over? Do you want to take up a new activity?

As we get older, some of us might experience changes in our thinking or memory skills. Research has suggested that taking up a new activity, especially one we’ve never done before, might help maintain our thinking skills.

We are a research team at Heriot-Watt University exploring how taking up a new activity might benefit our thinking skills and wellbeing. We are looking for people aged 65 and over in Edinburgh and the Lothians to take part.

If you or someone you know might be interested, or you would like some more information, please contact us on 0131 451 8009 or healthyageing@hw.ac.uk. We’ll give you full details about the study and answer any questions you might have.

You can also find some more information about the research at https://healthyageing.hw.ac.uk/contact.html. Or click the thumbnail to download an information leaflet.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs)

(adapted from an email from Transport Scotland)

Transport Scotland is trying to raise awareness of a Scottish Government consultation called Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Air pollution in Scotland has progressively reduced over recent years, but poor air quality – predominantly caused by road transport – remains an issue at a number of hotspots in our towns and cities.

Following the May 2017 local elections, several local authorities in major Scottish cities have made positive statements around LEZs, and we are encouraged to see the strong political will across local government to support improvements to air quality. The Programme for Government committed to introducing LEZs into Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2018 and 2020.

The Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones consultation paper sets out the proposed arrangements and options to deliver a consistent approach to designing, building and managing LEZs in Scotland. Transport Scotland invites your everyone to respond to the consultation at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/ or by emailing comments to lezconsultation@transport.gov.scot.

The consultation will close at 23:59 on 28 November 2017.