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In 2018/19 a public consultation was held on the need for changes in the Community Councils Scheme - the rules and regulations which govern the conduct, procedures and operation of Community Councils.

Based on responses to that consultation, the City of Edinburgh Council has now produced a report reviewing the Community Councils Scheme

and suggesting various changes and additions (helpfully shown in red). These include updates on Community Planning; the inclusion of Scottish Youth Parliament representatives on Community Councils; an Engagement Officer with responsibility for youth and community involvement; changes to the Code of Conduct; and the introduction of a Complaints Procedure.

This draft Scheme forms part of a Consultation Pack which includes a covering letter, list of contents, recommendations and response form and is available on the Council’s online consultation hub, in libraries and local area offices.

A drop-in session is to be held on 21 February 2019, 3 – 4 pm, Wester Hailes Library, 1 Westside Plaza.

The deadline for responses is 22nd April 2019.


A consultation on fireworks in Scotland: Your experiences, your ideas, your views

In November last year, the Minister for Community Safety announced the Scottish Government would be taking forward a public consultation on the use and regulation of fireworks in Scotland. I am pleased to confirm that the consultation is now live and will run for a period 14 weeks, closing on Monday 13th May 2019

During the consultation the Scottish Government will seek views on how people use and enjoy fireworks, the impact they have on people and communities across Scotland, as well as their impact on animals.  It will seek views on the sale of fireworks to the general public, and ideas on what action can be taken to ensure fireworks continue to be enjoyed safely and responsibly. 

While much of the current legislation on the sale of fireworks is reserved to Westminster the consultation will help to identify gaps, issues or unintended consequences with the current regulatory framework. 

Alongside the consultation we will be running a series of engagement events to create opportunities for members of the public, alongside local partners, to deliberate on the key issues and discuss with others what could be done going forward. Details of events alongside access to the consultation on Citizen Space can be found via the following link

Shaping the future of your water and waste water services

Scottish Water is asking its customers in communities throughout Scotland to help shape water and waste water services in a major consultation.

This will be a six month long programme which will define service and spending priorities over the next 25 years.

The utility – the fourth biggest in the UK which supplies 1.35 billion litres of fresh clean water a day to its five million customers – is inviting views on its proposals and ambitions for the coming decades.

As a key stakeholder, we are inviting you to participate, have your say and shape the future priorities for Scottish Water.

Stakeholders and communities are being asked to consider three key ambitions which it is proposed will underpin Scottish Water’s activities:

  • Delivering a consistently leading customer experience
  • Keeping customer prices low by driving further innovation and efficiency through smart investment choices
  • Increasing the reliability, resilience and sustainability of our services to new and emerging challenges

Full details of the ambitions are set out in a new publication – Shaping the Future; they highlight how Scottish Water aims to focus on delivering high quality, great-tasting drinking water, manage and treat waste water, reduce rainwater entering sewers and protect the environment.

We are also asking you to consider how Scottish Water supports growth in Scotland’s economy and population through expansion of its infrastructure and networks. The organisation is also seeking views on how it becomes more resource efficient, low carbon and socially sustainable.

Issues such as the impact of climate change and the challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation and innovation will be factors in our future activities.

The consultation is open until August and responses will help form Scottish Water’s planning for the future. Visitors to events later this year including the Royal Highland Show, the Ideal Home Show and Belladrum Tartan Heart music festival and Pride events in Glasgow and Edinburgh will be able to participate in person in the consultation. Work will be undertaken in rural and island communities to promote the consultation and encourage participation.

The consultation can be completed online at