Open Government!

Think government should be more transparent, engaging and accountable? Here’s how to get involved in writing the UK’s new open government action plan.

Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable.

As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, the UK and devolved governments must publish an open government action plan in June 2016, setting out clear, specific and measurable open government reforms for the next two years.  In the spirit of open government, this action plan is being co-developed by government and civil society, and its implementation will be monitored by the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the OGP.   Continue reading

Waste Action Grants – apply now!

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. The upcoming deadline is Tuesday 9th February.

Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle. Groups who are working to prevent litter in their local area are encouraged to apply.

A range of funding is available, from smaller grants of £50-£200 to larger grants of £500 - £2500.

For more information, go to

Anita Sharkey| Senior Waste and Open Space Development Officer | Services for Communities | The City of Edinburgh Council | 33 Murrayburn Road | Edinburgh EH14 2TF | Tel 469 5070

Edinburgh’s 2016/17 budget agreed

(Adapted from a post on Leith Links CC's website)

At the special Edinburgh Council budget meeting on Thursday 21 January, Councillors considered the proposals and the budget engagement findings, and agreed how the £950 million budget will be spent and where we can make savings for the future. You can watch a recording of the budget meeting to see the discussion. Continue reading

British Heart Foundation CPR training (Tollcross and Liberton Fire Stations)

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is offering training on CPR. Sessions last approximately an hour with one session available at Tollcross (Sundays 11am) and one available at Liberton (Weds 4pm) each month.

Requests to attend should be emailed directly to Jonathon Miller, Station Manager, Response and Resilience, Edinburgh South Central, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, via

Royal High School – our submission in support for St Mary’s Music School proposal

The New Town & Broughton Community Council have had the opportunity for several face to face discussions to hear the Royal High School Preservation Trust’s aspirations for the former Royal High School in terms of providing facilities to enable St Marys Music School to be relocated from Grosvenor Crescent.

NTBCC are very supportive of their scheme in terms of the proposed aesthetic and education use, as a publically-accessible performance venue and for preserving its historic legacy. We take the view that this proposal on balance does achieve a sensitive adaptation for this historic building of international significance and have submitted supportive comments on the proposal to Edinburgh Council covering the Listed Building Consent. Generally, from a Listed Building standpoint, the level of intervention proposed on the key south-facing façade is minimal, and the proposed alterations in our view add value to the structure and overhaul its setting fit for modern schooling and cultural events. NTBCC’s letter of support to the Listed Building Consent (LBC) application is here.

It is clear that this proposal is considerably more appropriate than other recent applications due to its sympathetic reuse and complimentary redevelopment of the main Royal High building and its current setting. The Old Royal High School is one of Edinburgh’s most important cultural assets and has both national and local significance. We believe that the opportunity to protect, enhance and secure a viable long term future for this asset should be strongly supported.

Although the final date for making comments on the Listed Building Consent (15/05665/LBC) was 14th January, comments can still be made on the overall planning application (15/05662/FUL) until Friday 22nd January ; we would urge anyone who is interested in the future of these buildings to do so.

This can be done in a number of ways. Edinburgh Council prefer to receive comments online as they can be processed electronically. This is particularly important with applications that attract a high degree of public interest – such as this one. You can also send an email or letter to  provided they are received by 22nd January.


What are your priorities for the police service?

(adapted from a post on Leith Links CC's website)

The Scottish Government is reviewing the Strategic Police Priorities set under the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

 The first stage of this review is a broad discussion centred around the question ‘What are your priorities for your police service?’: The consultation is open until 12 February 2016.

They want to hear from members of the public, communities, local police scrutiny committees, and all those involved in issues connected to policing in Scotland about what is important to you. As with most consultations, the more responses the better so please do share.