Consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes

adapted from an email from the Scottish Government

Recently, the Scottish Government published a consultation on updating the planning performance and fee regimes which will run until 14th February 2020. This was a key action identified in our work programme which was published in September 2019. The consultation reflects Scottish Ministers’ commitment to the principle that any increases to planning fees must be linked to improved performance.

The consultation seeks to move planning fees towards covering the costs of determining applications for planning permission as well as seeking views on what additional services which planning authorities provide should be subject to a fee, the circumstances whereby an authority may reduce or waive a planning fee and the introduction of charges for appealing planning decisions.

National Lottery Celebrate Fund

(LHNCC does not encourage gambling.)

The National Lottery says

The National Lottery Celebrate Fund is now open.

We’re offering you the chance to receive a grant of between £100 and £1,000 to fund your ideas during The National Lottery’s 25th birthday year.

If you have an idea that will bring people together, we’d love to hear from you. The fund is open to applications right now and will close at 2pm on Friday 6 December.

More details are on the NL website.

North Edinburgh Childcare

(adapted from a communication from North Edinburgh Childcare. NB LHNCC is not responsible for the content of external websites, or the conduct of other organisations.)

Nursery and out-of-school care places available

Are you are in work or at college and looking for high quality, affordable childcare? North Edinburgh Childcare, one of the
main providers of early learning and childcare in the Edinburgh area, currently has a limited number of nursery and out of
school care places available.

Our Nursery

Early learning and childcare for children aged 4 months — 5 years is provided in our purpose built nursery at Ferry Road

Opening Times

Our Out of School Clubs

Before school, after school and full day holiday care clubs for children aged 5-12 years is provided in a range of schools
and other venues across the North Edinburgh area.

Opening Times

  • Before school: 7.45am/8.00am – Bell Time
  • After school: Bell time – 5.45pm/6.00pm
  • Holiday care: 8.00am – 5.45pm/6.00pm

To find out more please contact Kerry Rogers on 0131 311 6933 or or
Kieran Gallagher on 0131 311 6927 or

Preparatory works for Trams to Newhaven continue with vibration testing

(adapted from an email from Trams to Newhaven: view the original at

Ground and Site Investigation Works update

Ground and site investigation works along the route are now in the final stages, with the last of the scheduled works due to complete in week commencing 22 July 2019.
The essential pre-enabling works, being carried out by the tram project’s Systems and Infrastructure contractor Sacyr, Farrans, Neopul (SFN), involves SFN carrying out detailed ground investigation surveys at 25 sites on the route. The work is being carried out in sections of approximately 100 metres at a time and under localised lane closures.
The purpose of ground investigation works is to determine the ground conditions along the route so that the project’s final design can be confirmed. SFN have been checking, among other things, the depth of the bedrock. This will allow us to better understand how deep tram infrastructure foundations need to be, as well as the dimensions of the ‘track slab’, which will be laid beneath the tram tracks.

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