Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.
Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.
The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.
You can directly respond to SESplan’s report here. If you do so, please respond as an individual, not on behalf of LCCC.
However, the Cockburn Association says
The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh Civic Trust) is preparing its response for the 2nd South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan (SESplan2) Main Issues Report (MIR).
It would be most helpful if we could include your views on some of the key issues in our response. These are outlined on the attached survey form. Although the form requests a name/postcode, your views will not be attributed, as the intention is to collate and summarise the survey responses for inclusion in our representations on the MIR to the six Local Authorities that have prepared this plan, which include the City of Edinburgh Council.
If you are able to complete the survey, we would be grateful if you could return it to us by Friday 28 August 2015
(Adapted from an email from SESplan – full email is here)
The impact population, household and economic growth will have on our countryside, infrastructure and communities is explored in the SESplan Main Issues Report. With the second largest population growth in Scotland predicted by 2037 (220,000 more people and 25% more homes) there will be significant implications for wherever this new development is accommodated in the region.
SESplan launched the public consultation on Main Issues Report on the 21 July 2015. The consultation aims to get as many people as possible interested in the future of the region and commenting on the issues. The Main Issues Report asks key questions, the answers to which will shape the way our region looks, feels and functions for decades to come. The Main Issues Report represents your chance to influence the second strategic plan for the region.
As the consultation is gathering pace a range of events are taking place in the region and SESplan are encouraging people to come along to consultation events in their area to find out more. Events include:
Aimed at Community Councils, Community Groups and anyone looking to engage in discussions about the Main Issues Report (PDF). These events feature an introduction on what SESplan is and what the Main Issues are followed by workshop based discussion. Please let SESplan know if you want to attend email@example.com.
The Edinburgh events are
Monday 24 August Community Event: St Thomas Church Hall, Glasgow Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh 6-8pm
Thursday 27 August Community Event: Waverley Court, East Market Street, Edinburgh 6-8pm
Wednesday 2 September Community Event: Portobello Town Hall, Portobello High Street, Edinburgh 6-8pm
Thursday 3 September Community Event: Waverley Court, East Market Street, Edinburgh 6-8pm
Wednesday 9 September Community Event: Business Centre, City Chambers, Edinburgh 6-8pm
Friends of Pilrig Park is holding a tidy-up day and is looking for community volunteers to help pick up litter in the park and/or clear some of the paths back to their original cobbled edging. Please join them to help make Pilrig Park more beautiful.