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As those who have attended NTBCC meetings over the past 6 months will know, there has been discussion regarding City of Edinburgh’s Council policy regarding gull-proof bags and replacing these in certain areas by communal (on-street) bins.
Last month, despite concerns being expressed by some residents on London Street, 5 on-street communal bins have been placed on London Street, replacing gull-proof bags.
The discussions have been covered by comments in the Spurtle [Issue 265 , p.3] and a letter to the Spurtle (here) last week has prompted further comments which capture the difference in opinion to this change from some resdients on London Street and the wider community.
It was stated that NTBCC (amongst others) had “shamefully brushed aside” residents’ predictions that they wouldn’t work.
NTBCC has responded to this, stating in their view, although "it is much too early to decide whether the new collection arrangements are working well; they would note that the street is much improved by the removal of the permanent display of gullproof bags in various states of emptiness, spillage, and disrepair." This view seems to be shared by the majority of comments generated from this; supporting the view that this change is an improvement vs. the previous situation.
NTBCC’s response can be viewed here.
(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)
Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications
Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change. Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).
CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. Continue reading
(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)
New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18
The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.
First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.
For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:
- Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
- Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.
The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.
Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.
The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.
click to download: 2017_06_12 agenda