Have your say! Protection and maintenance of Edinburgh’s setted streets

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The City of Edinburgh Council is working in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland to develop a strategy for the protection and maintenance of setted streets.

Stone setts add significant historic and cultural value to the streets of Edinburgh and are an important feature of our cityscape.

We have a duty to protect the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, Conservation Areas and other historic parts of the city. This protection includes the setting of Edinburgh’s many listed buildings, where setted streets are an integral part of their identity and authenticity.

However, when setted streets are not properly maintained, they can have implications for walking, cycling and driving. Damaged setts are often replaced with alternative materials like tarmac as a temporary solution. This can result in an unsightly and uncared for appearance.

Have your say

To help inform the strategy we’d like to know what you think about setted streets and their value to the city. We are also interested to know what impediments, if any, you think setted streets can have on our movement.

You can give us your views until Wednesday 11 October 2017 on our Consultation Hub.

Consultation launched on Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones

(adapted from a communication from Transport Scotland)

On 6th September, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf launched a consultation on Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to put in place LEZs, following a commitment made yesterday to introduce LEZs into Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020. Additionally, the Scottish Government will shortly announce the location of the first LEZ which will be put in place in 2018.The consultation will be available via the Transport Scotland and Citizen Space website <https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/start_preview?token=6c977cc2d011560b41897523c5ccbc5bd163f224> until the 28 November 2017. Views can also be shared on Twitter using the hashtag #lezconsultation. Continue reading

LCCC June minutes – final version

With apologies for delay, please click to download the approved minutes for LCCC’s June 2017 meeting: 2017_06_19 final.

Delay was due to

  1. The draft minutes could not be approved until LCCC met in August. (In common with many CCs, LCCC does not meet in July.)
  2. LCCC’s minutes secretary and web-weaver was unavailable for some of August and September due to personal and work commitments.

LCCC August meeting agenda

Outline Agenda LCCC 21 August 2017

  1. Welcome, introductions, attendance and apologies
  2. Approval of Minutes of 19 June 2017 meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Community Police Officer’s Report
  5. LCCC Office Bearers’ Reports
  6. Planning
  7. Transport
  8. Environment
  9. Councillors’ reports, MSPs’ reports, MP’s report
  10. Open Forum
  11. Bulletin
  12. AOCB
  13. Future Meetings (usually 3rd Monday of the month) and meeting topics/presentations

A detailed agenda will be available nearer the time.

Funding and training opportunities, participatory budgeting videos

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.  Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. Continue reading

Playaway!

Playing Out is a pilot scheme that lets you close your street for free to run children’s play events. It runs from 1 April to 31 August 2017. Applications are now open.

Download the Playing Out guidelines (PDF, 474 KB) to closing your street for a play event below.  Please note the 6 week notice period may be reduced slightly for closures during the April school holiday.

See CEC website for more detail.