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.

Electoral reform consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on electoral reform. They say

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring access to democratic participation for all citizens. The way we vote in elections has remained unchanged for over 100 years. Modernisation takes place across all aspects of society and now is a good time to think about the kinds of innovation people in Scotland would like to see in elections.

Have your say on how the nuts and bolts of Scotland’s democracy should work at https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform. If you are unable to respond online, please complete a Respondent Information Form and send it to:
Electoral Reform Consultation Elections Team
Area 2 West
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.

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