This section is here to set out information on various consultations and links to consultation outcomes
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Edinburgh’s Proposed Low Emission Zone Consultation
City of Edinburgh Council has opened a consultation on Edinburgh’s Proposed Low Emission Zone.
Low Emission Zones (LEZs) aim to reduce air pollution, since it presents a significant threat to public health. It is especially harmful to young children, the elderly and those suffering from pre-existing conditions, including heart and lung diseases.
Fireworks Consultation Launch
Fireworks Consultation Launch and The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021
Following the Minister for Community Safety’s response to the Firework Review Group recommendations in December 2020, where she set out her intention to explore how the recommendations could be implemented in practice, a programme of legislative change is being progressed.
Please find below information on how to respond to a public consultation seeking views on proposed changes to how fireworks can be accessed and used in Scotland, as well as an update on implementation of measures that come into force today, 30 June 2021.
Fireworks Consultation Launch
On Sunday 20 June a public consultation seeking views from the public and stakeholders on the introduction of four specific requirements in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland, as well as a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.
Specifically, the consultation is seeking views on:
- Requiring the general public and community groups to meet a number of mandatory conditions before they are able to purchase fireworks.
- Restricting the days fireworks can be sold too and set off by the general public.
- Introducing no-fireworks areas where it is not permitted for the general public to set fireworks off.
- Introducing a proxy purchasing offence to criminalise the supply of fireworks to people under the age of 18.
The consultation also considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.
The consultation can be found on the following link: https://consult.gov.scot/justice/use-and-sale-of-fireworks-in-scotland. We would be very grateful if you could circulate this to anyone that may have an interest and would like to respond.
The consultation will run for 8 weeks, and will close on Sunday 15 August.
We will be running a series of online engagement events while the consultation is live – these are available now to sign up at the bottom the linked paged, and further events will be added over the course of the next few weeks.
The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021
In February 2021, the Minister for Community Safety laid The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021 in the Scottish Parliament. The regulations include three new measures in relation to the way the general public can use and access fireworks and come into force on 30 June. The regulations:
- Restrict the times of day fireworks can be used by the general public to between 6pm and 11pm (subject to exempt dates),
- Restrict the times of day fireworks can be supplied to the general public to during the daytime hours of 7am and 6pm, alongside existing requirements on retailers around sale and storage licences;
- Limit the quantity of fireworks that can be supplied to the general public to 5kg.
The regulations include a number of exemptions for organisers of public organised firework displays, including community groups arranging a public firework display in their local area. Easy to read guidance on the impact the measures have how the fireworks can be supplied to and used by the general public is available below.
Consultation on ensuring the prosperity of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region
I am writing to draw your attention to a major consultation that will launch on Monday 14th June with a view to informing the economic future of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region.
The Regional Prosperity Framework is a draft plan for building the economy of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region. It looks at everything from transport & housing to education & digital inclusion; to economic development & climate change. In advance of the launch of the consultation, background to the development of the Framework, together with the draft that will be consulted on, can be found at
The consultation, when it launches on Monday 14th June, will be available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ESESRegionalProsperity. This website will outline a number of different ways to get involved over the course of the consultation period. I hope that you will consider taking part in the consultation. I would draw your attention to the closing date for written responses, which is Monday 26th July.
The consultation is relevant to individuals, communities, businesses and other organisations, professional bodies and charities. We should therefore also be grateful for your assistance in helping to promote the consultation to relevant interests in your area.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal
Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues - Public Consultation
In October 2019, the Regulatory Committee agreed in principle to introduce a licensing scheme for Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) in Edinburgh following the introduction of new legislation which allows local authorities to license such venues and an initial public consultation exercise. The definition of a SEV is provided by legislation and is aimed at premises providing sexual entertainment often referred to as ‘lap dancing’.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a delay to the Committee further considering the implementation of a licensing scheme for SEVs. Accordingly, the Committee has instructed that a further consultation should take place on this issue to allow stakeholders another opportunity to engage. This approach also recognises that businesses most directly affected by a new licensing regime have been closed since March 2020, and may require further support to effectively engage with the consultation.
This consultation is open until 2 July 2021 and asks for views on a proposed licensing policy and set of licensing conditions for Sexual Entertainment Venues, should the Committee agree to implement a licensing scheme. It is important to note at the outset that if the Council chooses not to adopt these powers, premises which offer this type of entertainment can continue to operate as they do currently.
Adoption of the powers to license SEVs does not imply approval of these premises by the Council. Premises used as massage parlours or saunas are not included in this legislation or in the definition of sexual entertainment, and will not be affected by these proposals.
The aim of the consultation is to seek community and business views on the proposed licensing policy and conditions framework in respect of Sexual Entertainment Venues in Edinburgh. To give your views, please click here to access the weblink.
CEC Public Space Management Plan (PSMP)
The City Centre Programme would like your involvement, input and advice in developing and refining the new Public Space Management Plan (PSMP). The PSMP will set out how Edinburgh manages its public outside space for events, filming and festivals.
Please accept this invitation to you/your group, as a stakeholder in Public Spaces, to take part in this collaborative engagement.
We are hosting it on a web-platform that will run until 23 Nov. The ‘home page’ (link below) introduces the engagement and gives some background to the PSMP. This ‘home page’ describes and links to 4 ‘challenges’ that are hosted on a collaborative engagement on-line tool, Dialogue. The 4 ‘challenges’ are:
- Public Space Management Plan - Key Principles and Guidelines
- Area Conditions
- Application process for Organisers
- Community Engagement
Each of these 4 ‘challenges’ have ‘ideas’ that we ask you to consider and comment on (just comment on the ones you want to). You can also raise your own ‘ideas’ if you think something is missing.
I’m sure I am making this sound really confusing but hopefully when you go to the site and move around to get familiar with it, it will make sense to you! Please do contact me if you have any problems.
The link to the site is here: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/b24acf90
You do not need to register on Dialogue to see the content or comments and ideas that others make but you will need to register with a user name if you wish to make a comment or add an idea. Council officers have been asked to register their user name in the same format as mine Ian_CEC so others can see when a council officer is commenting.
You are not limited to the number of registered users you can have, so you can choose whether to have just one of your group register and comment etc, or several/all. If several/all, it would be helpful if you used a similar format as me (Ian_CEC with CEC for City of Edinburgh Council), so you can see all your groups input and others can link input from one group. You can obviously register however you like though.
What happens next? This collaborative engagement will help develop and refine the Public Space Management Plan and it is planned that it will be presented to the Culture & Communities Committee as a draft on 26 January 2020 (lead in time means I need the draft prepared for the second week in December). If Committee approve the draft, it will go to public consultation during Feb/April with the final PSMP presented to the following Culture & Communities Committee on 15 June 2020 for approval.
Thank you and looking forward to some productive collaborative engagement.
Ian Buchanan | City Centre Programme | Level 1.4 | Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG | Tel: 0131 458 8020 | Mobile: 07778 491 586
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Shaping the future of your water and waste water services
Launched on February 28, the survey encourages our customers and stakeholders to help us determine priorities over the next 25 years.
Respondents are being asked to provide their views on three main ambitions:
- Delivering consistently leading customer service
- Keeping customer prices low
- Increasing the reliability, resilience and sustainability of our services.
The six-month consultation draws to a close on August 31. To date more than 3,300 people have visited the consultation microsite www.yourwater.scot
The Shaping the Future consultation reaches the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh in June.
Visitors will be able to watch a series of short films which tell the story of our ambitions for the next 25 years and give us their views. Anyone who completes the survey at the events will also be given a new-look Scottish Water refill bottle.
Further information on Shaping the Future can be found at www.yourwater.scot along with the chance to watch the videos and take part in the survey.
Strengthening Community Councils
Along with Community Councillors from other parts of Scotland several representatives from Edinburgh Community Councils attended the event in the Centre for Carbon Innovation on 23rd April 2019.
On relecting the Strengthening Community Councils event, Andrew Paterson of Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) wonders if it’s time to rebalance how we think of, and support, community councils. He suggested:
“It’s good to see a balanced view of community councils for a change”
But he thinks there was a clear message from more than one person attending the event The report , presentation slides and notes from the meeting are linked below
Edinburgh Economic Strategy
As stated in appendix 2 of the document linked below, the development of the economic strategy has been informed by a series of engagement workshops held during the autumn of 2017, as well as analysis of the performance of the city economy in recent years. In particular, the authors have been keen to ensure the strategy reflects and captures the priorities for the local economy expressed in Locality Improvement Plans, and the consultation that was carried out to develop those plans. As such, the strategy aims to set out a city-wide programme of work which builds on locality aspirations to tackle barriers to employment, address poverty and worklessness, improve access to education, training and work opportunities, and support local businesses, amongst other programmes.
The document can be downloaded from this link