Age-friendly cities and communities

(Adapted from an email from Dr Ryan Woolrych)

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A study has commenced exploring how neighourhood can better support older adults to live at home and in their communities.

Give the rapid growth of ageing populations in many cities, the importance of developing appropriate design interventions to enable active and healthy lifestyles for older residents is more urgent than ever.

Place-making with older adults: Towards age-friendly communities is a three year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and will be exploring how older adults experience the communities they live in.

We will be working closely with older adults, local government, service providers, community organisations and pracitioners to deliver policy and practice recommendations to support the delivery of age-friendly cities and communities.

As part of the work we are looking to speak to anybody over the age of 60 who  currently lives in Leith. Please contact Dr Ryan Woolrych on r.d.woolrych@hw.ac.uk or by telephone on 0131 451 3899 or 07957 406677 to hear more about the project or to participate in the research.

Please also visit our website on http://placeage.org/en or join us on Twitter @placeage.

Forth and Leith wards hustings: Monday 24th April

(with apologies for the short notice but we’ve only just been told about this)

Victoria Primary School parents’ council has organised a hustings on Monday 24th April with the candidates for Forth and Leith wards, to discuss the future of the school and wider community issues.

While everyone is welcome to attend, an idea of numbers would help if possible but realise this is short notice.

The hustings itself finishes at 9, and we will be following it up with a chat with parents about the parent council.

Hustings

Monday 24th April, from 7pm, Newhaven Church, Craighall Road

Refreshments and crêche will be provided

  • Ask local candidates about the relocation of Victoria Primary school, new school plans and interim arrangements (19.00-20.10)
  • Put your questions about the old school building and wider community issues (20.10-21.00)
  • Chat with Parent Council members (21.00-21.30)

For further information, please visit: www.facebook.com/VictoriaPrimarySchoolParents

RSVP: s.widdicombe2@gmail.com or 07952 969 253

 

Can Leith become the next zero-waste town?

(adapted from a communication from Changeworks)

Send in your views for a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher!

Leith based environmental charity, Changeworks, is looking to assess the potential of Leith becoming the next Zero Waste Town. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about how waste is currently managed in Leith, and to input into Changeworks’ proposed project activities.

Share your views by completing this online survey by Friday 17 March 2017 and be entered into a £50 voucher prize draw*. Continue reading

Consultation: Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery

Edinburgh Council wants your views on its draft supplementary guidance on Developer Contributions and Infrastructure Delivery. To learn more, and let the council know what you think, go to https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/developer-contributions-infrastructure-delivery-sg/

NB This consultation closes on 3 February.

Improving Scotland’s planning system: get involved!

(adapted from a post on the Scottish Community Alliance website)

An independent review of the Scottish planning system (May 2016) commissioned by the Scottish Government recommended that actions should be taken to ensure that community involvement in planning for place is fairer and more inclusive. A White Paper is due to be published in early 2017 outlining proposed changes to the planning system – including tackling barriers to greater involvement in planning, taking account of measures contained in the Community Empowerment Act and the Land Reform Act.

As part of this work, yellow book, along with the Scottish Community Development Centre and Nick Wright Planning, have been commissioned to investigate the factors which inhibit communities, young people and other seldom-heard groups from engaging in the planning system. Continue reading

Publication of Proposed Strategic Development Plan

(Adapted from an email from SESplan)

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SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for South East Scotland, has prepared a new Proposed Strategic Development Plan. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan sets out a vision, broad development patterns and levels of growth for the city region over a 20 year period from 2018.

It is intended that the plan will replace the current Strategic Development Plan in 2018 and will inform the next set of Local Development Plans in the future. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan is based on the options in, and responses to, the 2015 Main Issues Report.

The Proposed Strategic Development Plan, the Environmental Report and other supporting documents are available to view on the SESplan website: www.sesplan.gov.uk

The formal period of representations on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan will start on 13 October and run until 5pm on Thursday 24 November 2016. During this period anyone will be able to submit representations using the SESplan Consultation Portal:  Continue reading