Community Rights to Buy: free event

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

The Scottish Government Community Land Team is holding a free event at the Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels on 2 April 2019. The event will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. If you are interested in coming along please follow this link to our Events and book your place. You will be able to sign up to attend a presentation, which will be held in the morning, and one to one sessions which are planned for the afternoon, for those who wish to discuss specific ideas or require more detailed guidance. This is on a first come first served basis.

If you require further guidance or have any queries please get in touch at crtb@gov.scot

Kind regards

Kyle Anderson

Community Land Team (Community Right to Buy)
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD
Tel: 0300 244 9822

Public consultation on fireworks

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Government)

A public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland is now live, running until Monday 13th May.

The Scottish Government seeks views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals. It also seeks views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

While much of the current legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster the consultation will help to identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework.

Alongside the consultation, there will be a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Details of events alongside access to the consultation on Citizen Space can be found via the following link https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks/

The consultation events that have been organised so far:

  1. Wednesday 13thFebruary, 6- 8 pm at Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
  2. Monday 18thFebruary, 5 – 7 pm at Pollokshields Community Centre, Glasgow
  3. Thursday 28thFebruary, 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm at The Attic, Tolbooth, Stirling
  4. Tuesday 5thMarch, 2-4 pm at New Register House, Edinburgh
  5. Tuesday 19thMarch, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Perth Leisure Pool, Perth
  6. Thursday 21stMarch, 2-4 pm at Spectrum Community Centre, Inverness
  7. Thursday 21stMarch, 6-8 pm at Jurys Inn, Inverness
  8. Monday 29thApril, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Civic Rooms, Town Hall, Aberdeen

Events are also being planned in Elgin, Paisley, Dumfries and Galloway and the Islands.

LHNCC agenda: 26 February 2019

Shore Room, Leith Community Education Centre, Newkirkgate

Tuesday 27 November at 6.30pm

1          Introductions, apologies

2          Minutes of Previous Meeting

3          Matters arising

4          Police report

5          Forth Ports project team presentation: Western Harbour revised design

6          Reports: Secretary and Treasurer

7          Councillors/MSP/MP Report/s

8          Planning Update

detail available on LHNCC planning pages

8.a       CW properties: 139 Leith Walk 19/00415/PAN

Public Consultation: McDonald Road Library, Monday 22 April 2019 and Tuesday 23 April 2019 (both 14:30 to 19:00)

8.b        Cala: Waterfront Plaza (affordable block F) 16/03684/FUL

Building to start June/July 2019

8.c        S1: Skyliner 19/00414/PAN

Public consultation: Ocean Terminal, Wednesday 27 February (12:00 to 19:00)

8.d        POLHA: 2 Ocean Drive 14/05127/FUL

Building to commence April 2019

9          CCTT (Community Councils Together on Trams)

  • Publication of Final Business Case (FBC) 22 February 2019. CCTT considering a joint statement relating to issues that have not been fully resolved.
  • Chris Day (EBUG) and Jennifer Marlborough met with Darren Wraight (Tram Team) to discuss bus stops/shelters and cycle lane provision on Leith Walk.

10      Local events & feedback

detail available on LHNCC ‘other work’ page

10.a      Heart of Newhaven (formerly Newhaven Project)

steering group meeting to decide way forward 19/2/2019

10.b     LeithChooses voting: feedback

10.c      Save Leith Walk

  • CEC hearing – application refused. LHNCC presentation available on website
  • Meeting to discuss next steps and the possibility of some kind of Leith umbrella organisation/development trust: Newkirkgate 13/3/19 (time TBC)

11       CEC and Scottish Government consultations

detail available on LHNCC events page

11.a      CEC community council scheme

closes  22/4/19: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/ce/edinburgh-community-council-scheme-review

11.b     Scottish Government consultation on fireworks

closes 13/5/19: https://consult.gov.scot/safer-communities/fireworks

11.c      SEStrans bus stakeholders congress

Victoria Quay 8/2/19

12      AOCB

12.a      Revive proposal regarding LRT route 21 via Western General Hospital

13      Date of next meeting

Tuesday 26 March 2019

 

Western Harbour development news

According to the North Edinburgh News,

The City of Edinburgh Council, National Galleries of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh College, Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have signed an agreement to work together to create a new vibrant, city quarter in Granton Waterfront.

Read the article in full here.

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.

Continue reading

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