(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government, vis the Improvement Service. If there any questions about the consultation, please contact UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot)
The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.
As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.
These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue. Continue reading
The following update was issued this morning by ‘Trams to Newhaven Project Team’ (email email@example.com)
Leith Central Community Council is pleased to note that the Tram Design 2 Consultation has been extended to 11 November, following requests made by CCTT, the coalition of community councils along the proposed tram route. We urge everyone who lives on or within 1/2 mile of Leith Walk to respond to the consultation.
We also welcome that the final decision to go ahead has been put back to March next year (originally: 13 December 2018). This will allow for much-needed time to sort out the many detailed questions that remain, most importantly the detailed arrangements during the 2 year construction period. LCCC is also still looking for answers to the other big question: how is our area going to benefit environmentally after tram construction?
Update – 23 October 2018
Councillors will make the decision on whether or not to proceed with the Trams to Newhaven project in March 2019.
Tenders for the project were received in early September and evaluations are ongoing.
The final stage in this process is to seek best and final offers from the bidders which will then be used to complete the Final Business Case for consideration by elected members.
It is important for the Council to have sufficient time to undertake due diligence and comprehensive evaluation of the final submissions and the Council has therefore decided to take extra time to allow this process to take place.
The Council has undertaken extensive consultation with residents and businesses in Leith and Newhaven to inform the final design of the proposed route and has proposed a £2.4m Support for Business package during the construction period.
You can view the Trams to Newhaven project designs and plans, which have been updated thanks to public feedback from consultation earlier in the summer, until Sunday 11 November on the Council’s Consultation Hub.
(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)
In late September Edinburgh Council wrote to all residents who use its kerbside bin service to update them on changes to their bin collection days and garden waste collections. In the letters, Edinburgh Council also included new bin collection calendars and, for residents who had signed up to Edinburgh Council’s new garden waste service, new garden waste bin permits were included.
The new collection dates and garden waste service started this week, so Edinburgh Council would be grateful if you can check your new bin calendars to ensure you are putting your bins out on the correct day. Garden waste bins may also be collected on a different day of the week to other bins. Residents can check their new bin calendars on Edinburgh Council’s website.
The changes to bin collection days is part of this year’s budget savings and will help the Council to save £500,000.
Thank you for your support.
Karen Reeves | Technical Manager | Waste and Street Cleaning | Place | The City of Edinburgh Council | Seafield Depot| 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6RD | Tel: 0131 469 5196 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(LCCC’s secretary and web-weaver – among others – both subscribe to the Scottish Community Alliance‘s weekly e-newsletter. It’s usually very good reading, not least because SCA’s director is also a member of our neighbouring Leith Links CC, and has his thumb on the pulse of many community and community-council matters.
This covers the three components of the ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places‘ project ‘will help achieve the Edinburgh 2050 vision; a fairer, thriving, connected and inspired city’. These components are:
- Edinburgh City Centre Transformation – an action plan for a vibrant and people-focussed capital city centre to improve community, economic and cultural life, working to the following vision. ‘An exceptional city centre that is for all, a place for people to live, work, visit and play. A place that is for the future, enriched by the legacy of the past.’
- The City Mobility Plan – setting citywide transport policy and actions based around the following vision. ‘Edinburgh will have a cleaner, safer, inclusive and accessible transport system delivering healthier, thriving and fairer capital city, and a higher quality of life for Edinburgh residents’.
- Low Emission Zones – the Council is taking a comprehensive approach to developing LEZs as a step towards protecting Edinburgh’s citizens from the harms of poor air quality, in line with Scottish Government priorities to introduce LEZs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow by 2020.
As with the previous post, this is an Edinburgh Council exercise.