Democracy Matters regional events

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

Scottish Government is inviting communities to have their say on the themes and issues that have arisen from Democracy Matters conversations that have been happening across the country.

Free informal workshop style events will be taking place across Scotland and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Local Governance Review & Democracy Matters Conversations, meet the team and discuss views and ideas about how Scottish Government can bring decision making to a community level. Continue reading

Unconventional oil and gas consultation

(adapted from a communication from the Scottish Government, vis the Improvement Service. If there any questions about the consultation, please contact UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot)

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

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Influence the shape of local democracy!

((adapted form 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 LHNCC 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

(LHNCC’s web-weaver – among others – subscribes 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

Consultation about Common Good assets

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council.)

It may well be worthwhile visiting Andy Wightman’s post on the subject: http://www.andywightman.com/common-good.

In accordance with Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 which relates to Common Good assets, Edinburgh Council is consulting on its proposed common good asset register.

The register and information on common good can be found on the Council website.

The Scottish Government has produced guidance with additional information.

You are welcome to consider the proposed common good register in conjunction with the criteria shown on the webpage which qualifies a property for common good status.   If you have any comments or representations to make you can do this using the link on the webpage to the Council’s Consultation Hub

Please feel free to distribute this email to any persons or groups you feel may be interested in this process.  The same information is being sent to Councillors, MP’s and MSP’s, Locality managers and to interest groups such as Edinburgh World Heritage and the Cockburn Association for example.

Thank you for your time in considering this consultation.

Yours faithfully,

Craig Lamont | Senior Estates Surveyor |City of Edinburgh Council |Estates Services |Property & Facilities Management |Resources | Level 1.5 Waverley Court | 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh | EH8 8BG |
t: 0131 529  5983 | f: 0131 529 6214 | m: 07733 015 055
craig.lamont@edinburgh.gov.uk | www.edinburgh.gov.uk/commercialproperty

Make it happen in Leith: 1 September 2019

(adapted from an email from GivRum)


Got an idea for how to help improve an area in Leith? Leith Creative and GivRum can help Make It Happen! We’re calling on local people who care about their community to take part in a day of action and adventure in Leith.

Make It Happen is an event where participants have just one day to take a simple project from idea to reality – Challenge Anneka style! Together we will brainstorm on what’s needed where and make small changes to improve some of the areas around Leith Theatre and Leith Library. A public vote in the morning will decide the best ideas to hand, ideas which will then have access to a materials bank and limited cash fund in order to complete the projects within the day time limit. There will also be some tools available, plus team facilitators to help groups realise their projects.

This event has previously taken place in Denmark and Brazil, with a diverse range of ideas coming out of the process including street furniture building, urban gardening, and music workshops for the community. You can see previous events here: https://vimeo.com/254636500 and https://vimeo.com/240972554, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/383159288874910 Continue reading

Democracy matters: people to have their say on Scotland’s public services

(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)

People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.

As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website:https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780 Continue reading