Influence the shape of local democracy!

((adapted from an email from the Scottish Community Development Centre. Please note that this is an SCDC exercise, linked to the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters exercise, but LCCC is very happy to publish anything that might help improve Scotland’s local democracy.) 

SCDC newsletter

CHEX is inviting you to an informal conversation about ‘Democracy Matters’ and the future of local decision-making in Scotland.

This will be a chance to come together to learn about the ongoing Local Governance Review and discuss how communities, of place or identity, could have more control of decisions important to them.

Once you have registered your attendance we will send you through a programme.

If you cannot make this conversation but still want to host your own, please let us know the details and someone from CHEX will aim to attend.

Hope to hear from you soon.

The CHEX team

Scottish Community Alliance e-newsletter

(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.

Here’s the latest edition, featuring the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters programme.) Continue reading

LCCC August approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Nelson Hall, McDonald Road library on Monday 20 August at 7:00pm Continue reading

Survey: have your say about the future of human rights in Scotland

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Community Development Centre)

Last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set up an independent Advisory Group to develop a series of recommendations and actions around human rights in Scotland – and you can have your say with this online survey.

Human rights are a vital part of a just and equal society. They give you a set of rights and freedoms regardless of where you are from, how old you are, what you believe, or how you choose to live your life.

How your human rights are affected by governments and other bodies is becoming increasingly important, with the Advisory Group making recommendations on how we can protect our existing rights and examine how Scotland can go further in demonstrating human rights leadership.

The Advisory Group want to hear your views and feedback on their developing recommendations and how they can be made as effective as possible in improving the lives of people and communities.

Share your views

The survey will be open until 11th October. The survey has also been translated into BSL.

You can also join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter using #HumanRightsLeadership. You can follow the @HRLeadershipSco Twitter account, Like them on Facebook  and visit the website www.humanrightsleadership.scot for more.

154 McDonald Road (‘Kingsford Residence: McDonald Road | Luxury Apartments for Rent’)

In March 2018, Leith Central Community Council agreed to ask City of Edinburgh Council to answer concerns that have arisen from the sale, planning process and subsequent handling of the former Broughton High School building in McDonald Road. We wrote to the Chief Executive, seeing that the issues cut across several directorates – planning, transport, property, education.

Below, we reproduce the initial enquiry and the answers received to date – with more answers to come. The decision by the ‘Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit’ (better known as Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals) referred to below can be found here: Notice of Intention – dated 25 March 2014 and Decision Notice – dated 18 August 2014. Continue reading

Consultation on the update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

(adapted from an email distributed to all CCs via the Improvement Service)

The Scottish Government is seeking views on the update of the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

The Scottish Government is responsible for regulating the powers of Scottish local authorities and Licensing Boards in relation to licensing the sale of alcohol.

The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1st February 2008. They provide for various procedural matters under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, relating to, amongst other things, the notification of licence applications, objections, representations, determinations and hearings.

A Consultation on: Update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 has been published on the Scottish Government’s consultation platform, Citizen Space.  Share views and respond to this consultation online at: https://consult.gov.scot/criminal-law/licensing-procedure.

If you are unable to respond online you can submit your response along with a completed Respondent Information Form to: Licensing.Consultation@gov.scot.

The consultation can also be viewed at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/03/4348. The consultation closes on 6th June 2018.