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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Speak up Speak out about children affected by drugs and alcohol

The misery suffered by children affected by alcohol or drugs is being spotlighted in the latest Speak up Speak out campaign. 

It’s the fifth in a series of campaigns by the City of Edinburgh Council, Police Scotland and NHS Lothian highlighting public protection issues. 

The campaign will tackle the issues and offer help, support and advice to youngsters whose lives are affected by drink and drugs:

  • by targeting pregnant women, advising them to avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs and educating on the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • by encouraging parents to act as role models and think about the effect of drinking in front of their children 
  •  offering support to children whose parents have problems with drugs or alcohol supporting parents and carers to get advice on how to talk to their children about drinking and drugs
  • signposting support services to children who are being pressured to take substances or are worried about friends
  • asking neighbours worried about a local family to speak out on a child’s behalf
  • by publishing a toolkit for professionals involved in the support of children affected by drugs and alcohol.

To coincide with FASD Awareness Day, a range of posters will be seen in venues across Edinburgh to spotlight the main issues and directing people to a variety of sources for help:


• Social Care Direct, The City of Edinburgh Council’s social work service (0131 200 2324).

• Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (0131 337 8188)

• Crew 2000 (0131 220 3404)

• ChildLine (0800 1111)

A radio advert will be aired on Forth One and Two from Tuesday 9 September and a series of child-friendly posters have been developed for primary and secondary schools.

If you’d like to hear more about the campaign or would like some campaign materials, please 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

What do you think about online communications from the planning department?

The City of Edinburgh Council Planning Department are undertaking a short survey to get feedback on their online communications.  

Details of the survey can be found on the Planning Edinburgh blog.  

The survey shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete.  You can also take the opportunity to sign up to our blog.  Please respond by 8 Sep.

Please feel free to share the survey.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Edinburgh Local Development Plan - Second Proposed Plan - what do you think (by 3 Oct)?

The Council has prepared a Second Proposed Edinburgh Local Development Plan. It sets out policies and proposals to guide land use and development.

The Second Proposed Plan is accompanied by a Environmental Report - Second Revision, a Second Proposed Action Programme, a revised Draft Habitats Regulations Appraisal Record and a number of other supporting documents. These include a Schedule of Representations, which explains what regard has been had to representations made in 2013 to the first Proposed Plan.

All of these documents are available for inspection from 22nd August – 3rd October 2014 at:

  • Planning and Building Standards Reception, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • All Council libraries during normal opening hours.
A summary of proposals relevant to South Central Edinburgh is now available too.

Representations can be made on the Second Proposed Plan. These must be submitted in writing using the form provided by 5.00pm on Friday 3 October 2014. Representations can be submitted electronically to or by post to Local Development Plan Team, City of Edinburgh Council, Business Centre G.3, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

Copies of the representations form and guidance note on submitting representations are available on the above website, at Waverley Court and in Council libraries.

If you made a representation to the first Proposed Plan in 2013, please note that you will need to resubmit your representation if you wish it to be formally considered by the Council and dealt with through the examination process.

Written comments can also be submitted on the Environmental Report, Action Programme, Draft Habitats Regulations Appraisal Record and other supporting documents. These should be sent to the above email or postal address by Friday 3rd October 2014.

Drop-in engagement events have been arranged to provide further information on any aspect of the Second Proposed Plan:

  • North West Edinburgh, Rosebery Hall, Queensferry, 26 August, 3.30-6.45pm.
  • West Edinburgh, Drumbrae Library Hub, 28 August, 4-7pm.
  • South East Edinburgh, Kings Manor Hotel, Milton Road, 1 September, 4-7pm.
  • South West Edinburgh, Gibson Craig Hall, Currie, 3 September, 4-7pm.
  • South East Edinburgh, Faith Mission Hall, Gilmerton, 4 September, 4-7pm.
  • General session, Urban Room, Waverley Court, East Market Street, 22 September, 4-7 pm.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Proposed 20mph zone consultation

Following a successful pilot in South Edinburgh a 20 mph speed limit is proposed for the City Centre, main shopping streets and residential areas. Please see the map of proposed 20mph speed limits to see which streets will be affected.
Further information on the proposals can be found in a council report and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 
Your views on the speed limit proposals are sought: please complete a questionnaire. Proposals will also be displayed in libraries and Council Offices from the end of August until 17 October.
A series of public meetings will be held. The one intended for Marchmont, Sciennes and Grange residents is at the City Chambers on Tu 23 Sep at 7pm.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Scottish Independence Referendum: Register to vote


1 in 10 residents are still not registered to vote

Don’t be the odd 1 out

The Scottish Independence Referendum takes place on Thursday 18 September 2014. But to vote you must be registered by 2 September 2014.

Not sure if you are registered?  Aged 16 or 17?  Moved home?
Contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500.

Being on the register gives you the chance to have a say on important issues that affect you. It can also improve your credit rating and help with background checks.

Use, don’t lose your vote


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Engagement exercise on a new Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Edinburgh

An engagement exercise on a new Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Edinburgh has been launched.
The  draft Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Edinburgh and supporting Evidence Base  will set out the city’s approach to adapting to the impacts of a changing climate over the next five years. We want to ensure that the Framework is an accurate, up-to-date reflection of the impacts and risks of climate change to the city, and of the work already being done, in the process of being done, or planned to adapt the city to a changing climate. This includes updating and adding to the case studies included in the draft Evidence Base.
The Council are looking for your views on the high-level actions proposed and the suggested lower level actions, and how these actions should be taken forward.
Please spare a few minutes to fill in a short survey before 29 August.