Edinburgh Talks Climate

Edinburgh Talks Climate aims to ensure people have information which allows them to make more sustainable choices and encourages to do so.

The site has weekly discussion themes which aim to help people find tips, share ideas, inspire others, and take local action on subjects around food, travel, energy, sustainable living and plants and wildlife.

In the latest Edinburgh Talks Climate podcast, Biodiversity Officer Susan Falkner and biodiversity student Ben Murphy talk about how they connect with nature whilst living in a city, and how lockdown has given them a whole new appreciation for the natural world around them.

Edinburgh’s parks and greenspaces are key to helping lower human impact on the world around us, as well as encouraging people to live more sustainably. ETC wants to know how people think they should be used to help the city reach its net-zero target and how can Edinburgh make parks and greenspaces more sustainable and environmentally friendly? ETC is inviting people to join in the conversation on Edinburgh Talks Climate.

Best

Charlotte Otter | Senior Communications Officer (Carbon Reduction) | Policy and Insight | Strategy and Communications | The City of Edinburgh Council | Level 2:1, Waverley Court 4 East Market Street Edinburgh EH8 8BG

Environmental and climate events

There are currently many opportunities to get involved in environmental and climate-change activities. Check out some or all of these posts on Leith Central, Leith Harbour & Newhaven and New Town & Broughton CCs’ websites

And while you’re doing that, why not check out what else CCs in central and north-east Edinburgh are doing for their communities?

Invitation to contribute to Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Scotland’s Climate Assembly will bring together over 100 people, representative of the population of Scotland, to tackle the question:

‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’

<p “>Assembly members will gather over 6 weekends to hear evidence, deliberate on the challenges and come up with some recommendations for government. It all begins on the 7th November.

Before we get underway, the Assembly wants to hear from as much of the public as possible. How do you think Scotland should address climate change? How do we make sure solutions are both effective – working for the planet – and fair – working for everyone?

We therefore invite you to share your ideas and comments on our online platform, which will be open until the 26th October. Please share this information with your fellow council members.

Join the conversation online

How to participate:

  1. Go to our online platform and click on ‘register’ in the top right corner.
  2. Enter a username – this is how you will appear on the site.
  3. Enter your email address – this will remain hidden.
  4. Choose and then confirm a secure password.
  5. You can now log in any time. Add your own ideas by clicking on the button shown here, or you can rate and comment on the ideas that others have already added to the platform.

Start sharing your ideas

All contributions will be taken into consideration in the development of the Assembly.

To give as many people as possible the chance to engage, we would appreciate your sharing this information as widely as you can. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Yours,

The Secretariat
Scotland’s Climate Assembly
https://www.climateassembly.scot

adapted from an email forwarded by CEC

Trams To Newhaven Newsletter: 23rd Oct

The ‘Trams To Newhaven’ team have sent out their fortnightly newsletter, here are some adapted excepts relating to our area;

Leith Central Community Council volunteers continue to liaise with the Trams To Newhaven team and neighbouring community councils. Please visit the “CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)” tag on our website to see minutes from previous meetings.

Leith Walk 
Site investigation, excavation works and surface water drainage installation is continuing from London Road to Crown Street.

Pilrg Street to Dalmeny Street 
This section of works has been handed back to Infrastructure & Systems Contractor, SFN, who will commence the main tram infrastructure works.

McDonald Road
McDonald Road / Leith Walk junction has been shut to accommodate utility diversions as part of the construction programme. These planned works were based on documents given to the project that detailed the locations of utilities in the area. Following excavations of the road we have identified the need for additional electrical utility works to take place.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and Pilrig Street will remain open to help traffic flow in the area. Vehicle access to McDonald Road will remain via Bonnington and Broughton Road.

Trams progress so far
Trams to Newhaven have created this video that provides an update on progress so far. From Newhaven to London Road, get a birds eye view of the project. The video outlines current key areas of the project, including archaeological works, Logistic provisions and approximate locations of the future tram stops.

Murals
As part of the Support for Business package, Trams to Newhaven have commissioned a series of small murals to be painted on utility boxes on Leith Walk and Constitution Street. Working alongside Vue Arts, the project will help exhibit the work of local aspiring and established graffiti and street artists.

You can sign up for the Trams To Newhaven fortnightly newsletter on at edinburgh.gov.uk/tramstonewhaven

Befriending support in the NE locality

Befriending support in the NE locality

An email from Ecas, slightly adapted for LCCC’s website

I’m getting in touch from Ecas, an Edinburgh-based charity supporting adults with physical disabilities. During the covid-19 pandemic we are still operating our Befriending Service on a distance basis, with volunteers helping to reduce social isolation over the phone or video calling app. We are looking to receive more referrals at the moment, so I am contacting you to see whether this information could be disseminated among OTs, physiotherapists, community workers and social workers in NE Edinburgh.

We are currently in a strange position whereby our client pool has reduced, while interest from volunteers has skyrocketed. So we’re looking for more referrals to try and put people’s time to good use. Following any referral, an assessment would take place with the client over the phone or over video app. If this is something you can help with, please let me know and I can forward on the details and appropriate forms.

Best wishes

Sam Collins
Deputy Befriending Manager
T: 07825 305  376
W: www.ecas.scot
E: sam@ecas.scot
Ecas, Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY. Find Us on Google Maps

Flu vaccination – stakeholder briefing

The full PDF is here: Flu stakeholder info (PDF). Here are some key points

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the increase in the number of people who should get a free flu vaccine, means it is very difficult for your GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone eligible this winter.

In Edinburgh, we have set up drive through and walk through clinics around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people during October and November. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and keep everyone safe.

Information in other languages is on EHSCP’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5wSR2hIJAGZOSaAouEtwGE_OclW4_Qft

Some detail

The clinics will open most weekends in October and November and can vaccinate up to 500 people a day.

By developing flu drive throughs, everyone entitled to a free flu vaccine from a household can attend at the same time. For those who don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit one of the walk through clinic across the city.

In addition, you can give a neighbour or friend a lift as long as you are both well and wear masks and take normal COVID precautions (further details are available on the NHS Inform website below)

As well as over 65s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions, those who lived with people who shielded during lockdown will also be offered a free flu jab.

Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the jab is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. The person receiving the jab doesn’t need to leave their car and will also be asked to wait 15 minutes before leaving the clinic to ensure there’s no reaction to the vaccine.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your jab in Edinburgh. If you qualify for a free vaccine you’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire. Please help neighbours and friends who may not be comfortable with accessing websites.

Eligibility

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

LCCC October 2020 meeting agenda

Please note that this is an online ‘business’ (members-only) meeting, mostly discussing how LCCC will conduct its affairs online, in particular its annual general meeting.

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance, apologies
  2. Approval of minutes of business meeting 21 September 2020
  3. to agree:​ LCCC to hold an AGM on 16 November 2020 using the following format, agenda and rules of engagement and currently online only:
    1. AGM Format:
      1. While the online platform will be decided by the Communications Group, (taking into account the rules of engagement below, as well as the need to accommodate users of Council hardware and members of the public), members need to agree a budget of a maximum of £570 towards this
      2. Using the chosen platform, a prior technical and logistical test needs to be carried out as a dress rehearsal
      3. the maximum length of an online meeting should not exceed 60 minutes
      4. The Chair will obtain proper dispensation from the Standing Orders (see SCHEME FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILS​) for the AGM that is less ambiguous than the current ‘We can now endorse holding AGMs using virtual means’ (CEC 13-08-20)
    2. AGM Agenda:
      1. Recording of membership present and apologies received
      2. to agree: ​minutes of the last annual general meeting of LCCC.
      3. to note: Chairperson & Secretary’s & Engagement Officer’s annual report (and questions from the floor).
      4. to agree: ​Treasurer’s submission of balance sheet and annual accounts duly independently examined and certified correct (and questions from the floor).
      5. Demit of current office bearers/election of office bearers.
      6. to agree: ​Dates, times and venue of future ordinary meetings
      7. to note: Date of next annual general meeting
    3. AGM rules of engagement
      1. Prior identification of anyone who wants to speak (no aliases)
      2. Roll call of LCCC for any votes taken
      3. The Chair will identify and appoint (neutral) facilitator/s of the above, including definition of their roles and responsibilities.
  4. to note: ​until the AGM or the next properly constituted LCCC meeting, whichever comes first, office bearers will continue to act and communicate on behalf of LCCC under previously delegated powers with any decisions taken on behalf of LCCC to be reported and ratified at a subsequent properly constituted meeting.
  5. Reports from office bearers and sub-committee convenors.
  6. AOCB
  7. Next Meeting:​ 16 November 2020 (AGM)

Free bike repairs for those who need it most! (up to £50)

Click either graphic to see the original PDF.

Here’s the text from the leaflet:

Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme

Free bike repairs worth up to £50 for those who need it most right now

https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

#ScotlandCycleRepair

Through the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, bike shops across Scotland are providing up to £50 worth of free bike repairs to those who need it most – whether it’s for an old bike that needs some work to make it roadworthy, or one that’s well used but requires some care.

Who can get their bike fixed?

People who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these repairs. The COVID-19 crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential bike repairs right now.

What repairs are covered?

  • Punctures or old tires
  • Problems with brakes
  • Gears that don’t work properly
  • Other issues that stop you using the bike

All cycles are welcome in the scheme including adults’ and children’s bikes, e-bikes and non-standard cycles e.g. tandems, tricycles, hand cycles and side-by-side cycles.

How do I use the scheme to get my bike fixed?

Search for your nearest participating bike shop either online via the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme map www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair or look out for a bike shop displaying our poster or window sticker.

You simply contact the bike shop to book your bike in for repairs. They will look at the bike and let you know what work needs doing, before going ahead with any repairs.

Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541.
Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.