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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Neighbourhood Partnerships – Making it happen

The South Central Neighbourhood Partnership’s local community plans 2014-17 are now available.

Thank you to everyone who gave their views to the Neighbourhood Partnerships, attended an event and completed a survey.  All the feedback gathered has been used to identify priorities to inform the new local community plans.  The priorities in the plans cover a range of themes including health, transport, environment, community safety, children and older people. 

Neighbourhood Partnerships bring together the community, Police, Health, Fire, voluntary sector and elected members, supported by officers from the Council.  Working together, Neighbourhood Partnerships aim to tackle the issues that matter locally and make neighbourhoods a better place to live.  

The South Central Neighbourhood Partnership local community plan 2014-17 is now available to view online at  Hard copies are also available from local libraries or neighbourhood offices.

To get involved in your local Neighbourhood Partnership visit one of our events, attend a Neighbourhood Partnership meeting or talk to us face to face in a local neighbourhood office.  You can also contact us online - tweet us your thoughts @Edin_NPs or send an email.
Convener
South Central Neighbourhood Partnership

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Can you balance Edinburgh Council's budget? Have a go!


Edinburgh’s budget challenge

The Council is facing a budget challenge which affects how much money they have to invest in our services in the coming years. The amount of money they get from the Government and through Council Tax has remained about the same, yet it’s costing more money to run services and there are more people in the city needing help.

They need to save £67 million from their budget over the next three years and still make sure they can provide the services that are important to the people of Edinburgh.

Play your part

Tell them where you would invest and where you would save money to balance the Council’s budget. Please let them know your views by 19 December 2014.

Watch a short animated film to find out more about the Council, the services they provide for the city and how you can have your say.

Take the budget challenge with the online budget planner and tell them what services you would spend or save money on in 2015 to 2018.

You can also comment on the 2015/16 budget proposals. Take a look at the overview, or download the full proposals.

Your feedback will help the Council to make its final budget decisions on 12 February 2015.

Find out more

www.edinburgh.gov.uk/budget


 

Bike Marking – Middle Meadow Walk. 29 Oct between 3 and 6pm. First few free!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 22 Oct 2014 at 7:30pm (including presentation on How the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council

Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its October meeting on 22 October 2014, at 7:30pm.  

The meeting will take place in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our second meeting of 14/15.  We will resume our regular practice of meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month until June 2015 (with the exception of Dec 2014).

All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 


A G E N D A

 1                  Sederunt and apologies
 2                     Draft Minutes of last meeting, 24 Sep 2014 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)
·       20mph response submitted
·       LDP response submitted
·       Letter about Christmas refuse /tree collections
 3                   Police Report
 4                  PresentationHow the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council
                  - Stuart McLean

Items for discussion
 5                  New planning applications (?)
 6                  Raising awareness of the Community Council (approval of leaflet)
 7                  Installation of new noticeboard
 8                  Cycle routes/ street improvements (Meadows to canal & Marchmont to Kings Buildings)

Items mainly for information
 9                  Update on Christmas tree lighting ceremony
10                  Treasurer’s report
11                  Reports of meetings
12                  Links to school councils
13                  AOCB
14                  Date of next meeting: 26 November 2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Volunteering For Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland – You have the power to change lives.

Every week over 1,200 volunteers across Scotland help Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) to deliver its services and / or help us to raise the funds needed to pay for them.

Delivering over 125,000 hours of volunteering, this equates to an economic benefit of over £1,200,000 to CHSS.

Volunteering is therefore vital to our charity and a highly valued way for people to interact with our charity and those that use our services.

If you would like to assist (volunteers in the Marchmont shop particularly welcomed) please contact Laura Croft who manages the Shop.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Agenda for MSCC meeting on We 24 Sep 2014 at 7:30pm (including presentation on How the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council



Marchmont & Sciennes Community Council will hold its September meeting on 24 September 2014, at 7:30pm.  

The meeting will take place in our usual venue of St Catherine's Argyle Church halls on Beaufort Road/ Grange Road. 

This will be our first meeting of 14/15.  We will resume our regular practice of meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month until June 2015 (with the exception of Dec 2014).

All who live or work in the area are most welcome to attend 


A G E N D A

 1                  Sederunt and apologies
 2                  Minutes of last meeting, 25 Jun 2014 and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

 3                   Police Report
 4                  Presentation: How the (City) Council works & Influencing the Council
                  - Stuart McLean

Items for discussion
 5                  New planning applications (?)
 6                  Sciennes Playground
 7                  Raising awareness of the Community Council
 8                  Christmas tree lighting
 9                  20mph consultation
10                  local development plan

Items mainly for information
11                  Treasurer’s report
12                  Reports of meetings (neighbourhood partnership and civic forum)
13                  NP action groups: call for representation
14                  Community engagement survey
15                  Jawbone arch appeal
16                  Pedestrian Crossing: Marchmont Road (at W Pk Rd)
17                  Links to school councils
18                  Christmas refuse collections
19                  Noticeboard
20                  AAH redevelopment


21                  AOCB
22                  Date of next meeting: 22 October 2014




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:

• edinburgh.gov.uk/speakupspeakout

• 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 
contact ann.duff@edinburgh.gov.uk

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.