Make sure you’re registered to vote

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Whenever you move home, you need to register at your new address. It only takes a few minutes online and you need to do this by midnight on 17 April.

For the first time 16 and 17 year olds can vote in a Scottish local government election.  Please encourage any young adults you know to register and use their vote.

Once registered, there are a few ways you can vote:

  • in person at your polling place
  • by post
  • by proxy (someone can vote for you).

If you choose to vote in person, please be aware that some polling stations have changed.  So check your polling card when you get it in the post.  You can also check online by putting your address in to our handy search tool.

For this election you will vote using numbers – not a cross (X).  You number candidates in order of your choice using 1, 2, 3 and so on, choosing as few or as many as you like.

For more information about how to vote go to Edinburgh Council web pages.

Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership

The City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership is an advisory committee to the City of Edinburgh Council. The Partnership has a statuary responsibility to make sure that communities are engaged in decisions on services.

The City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership is part of  the South East locality. Each of the 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships in Edinburgh has been managing a Local Community Plan which has run from 2014 to 2017.

These have now evolved into Locality Improvement Plans for 2017 to 2023.

The Neighbourhood Partnership has Community Grants which it can award to projects within its area. The fund can provide grants of up to £5000 to voluntary and community groups.  Continue reading

Royal High School – latest plans

Are you interested in what's to happen to Edinburgh's Royal High School? If so, please come to New Town & Broughton Community Council's meeting on Monday 13 March (7:30pm at Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent).
 
Duddingston House Properties and Urbanist Hotels development team are presenting their latest proposals. Thee will also be a Q&A session.
 
The planning application is on Edinburgh Council's planning portal at https://citydev-portal.edinburgh.gov.uk. (Search for reference 17/00588/FUL.)