Bonfire night – advice from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has published a fire-safety leaflet for 5 November. Please read the full leaflet but here is the section on ‘bonfire safety’:

  • Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place.
  • To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only.
  • There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires.
  • Never throw fireworks on bonfires.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters.
  • Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicular traffic.
  • Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property.
  • Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished.

And on disposal of fireworks

  • After your display used fireworks should be disposed of by soaking for a least a few hours in water before placing in a plastic bag then disposing of the soaked, bagged fireworks in your outdoor general refuse bin.
  • If you have any fireworks which did not work, do not return to them till after your display has finished. At the end of the display the faulty fireworks should also be soaked, bagged and binned.

‘Your health. Your care. Your future’ – help decide the future of health and social care in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board is responsible for the decision making and strategic planning of health and social care services for adults in the Capital. We deliver our services through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and both Board and Partnership are committed to delivering an caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh.

The EIJB want to support and nurture the thriving communities in Edinburgh. And we also want to embrace the opportunity to create a different relationship with people and organisations across the city. Our first step is to listen and learn what health and social care means to you.

And it’s why we’re inviting you to join the conversation on the future of health and social care in the capital and help us shape Your health. Your care. Your future. at our digital events this November.

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Granton Waterfront – Western Villages

This is a very large and important project for Edinburgh Waterfront developments and should be of interest to all residents across the North and Northeast Edinburgh areas. 

A Pre Planning Application Consultation Live Q&A digital (Microsoft Team) event with project team will also be held Tuesday 3rd November 2020, 3pm – 6pm. The link also includes an online consultation. 

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/granton-waterfront-western-villages

Environmental and climate events

There are currently many opportunities to get involved in environmental and climate-change activities. Check out some or all of these posts on Leith Central, Leith Harbour & Newhaven and New Town & Broughton CCs’ websites

And while you’re doing that, why not check out what else CCs in central and north-east Edinburgh are doing for their communities?

NOW WHAT – a missive from Heart of Newhaven

Both words are important in answering that question.

This 20 day Update is always about where we are now. It is not about where we hope to be one day when the keys are delivered and, like any prospective purchaser, we move in to see what state the previous owner has left us to clear up before we can move our own things in. Don’t worry: that is not being neglected, but it would be boring to describe all the steps that are being taken to get us to that point. You can safely leave the tedious things to the SCIO board, who will make sure all the necessary tasks are done in the right way.

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Invitation to contribute to Scotland’s Climate Assembly

Scotland’s Climate Assembly will bring together over 100 people, representative of the population of Scotland, to tackle the question:

‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’

<p “>Assembly members will gather over 6 weekends to hear evidence, deliberate on the challenges and come up with some recommendations for government. It all begins on the 7th November.

Before we get underway, the Assembly wants to hear from as much of the public as possible. How do you think Scotland should address climate change? How do we make sure solutions are both effective – working for the planet – and fair – working for everyone?

We therefore invite you to share your ideas and comments on our online platform, which will be open until the 26th October. Please share this information with your fellow council members.

Join the conversation online

How to participate:

  1. Go to our online platform and click on ‘register’ in the top right corner.
  2. Enter a username – this is how you will appear on the site.
  3. Enter your email address – this will remain hidden.
  4. Choose and then confirm a secure password.
  5. You can now log in any time. Add your own ideas by clicking on the button shown here, or you can rate and comment on the ideas that others have already added to the platform.

Start sharing your ideas

All contributions will be taken into consideration in the development of the Assembly.

To give as many people as possible the chance to engage, we would appreciate your sharing this information as widely as you can. We look forward to reading your ideas!

Yours,

The Secretariat
Scotland’s Climate Assembly
https://www.climateassembly.scot

adapted from an email forwarded by CEC

Befriending support in the NE locality

Befriending support in the NE locality

An email from Ecas, slightly adapted for LCCC’s website

I’m getting in touch from Ecas, an Edinburgh-based charity supporting adults with physical disabilities. During the covid-19 pandemic we are still operating our Befriending Service on a distance basis, with volunteers helping to reduce social isolation over the phone or video calling app. We are looking to receive more referrals at the moment, so I am contacting you to see whether this information could be disseminated among OTs, physiotherapists, community workers and social workers in NE Edinburgh.

We are currently in a strange position whereby our client pool has reduced, while interest from volunteers has skyrocketed. So we’re looking for more referrals to try and put people’s time to good use. Following any referral, an assessment would take place with the client over the phone or over video app. If this is something you can help with, please let me know and I can forward on the details and appropriate forms.

Best wishes

Sam Collins
Deputy Befriending Manager
T: 07825 305  376
W: www.ecas.scot
E: sam@ecas.scot
Ecas, Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY. Find Us on Google Maps