Monday 9 November 2020
We hope that this finds you and your families well as we all continue to work our way through these difficult times.
As you all know, East Dunbartonshire has been placed in Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s COVID-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework, with the first review due tomorrow (Tuesday 10 November). As soon as we know the outcome of the review, we'll let you know.
In the meantime, here's some updates that we hope you will find useful.
News from the Council - Service Updates ...
Our fortnightly service updates covers all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing. The Latest Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday (9 November) and you can find it on the Employee Zone on the Council's website.
News from our Services….
Winter is coming... and we're ready
- Daylight and temperatures might be leaking away, but we're ready to respond to winter challenges to help keep traffic and pedestrians safe and moving. Our Winter Service Policy for 2020/21 guides how the Council responds to all cold weather conditions over the winter period, including our response to severe weather, be it heavy snow, rain or freezing temperatures. This year we've also had to plan for the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on the delivery of the service. Visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/news/winter-service-policy-2020-launched for full info and if you see our gritters out and about, give them a wave!
Water chance to guide the Glazert
- People are being given a further chance to have their say on a new river restoration project planned for the Glazert Water. An online public engagement on proposals for the Glazert River Restoration Project, in the heart of Lennoxtown, opened on 30 October. The project aims to provide flood-risk benefits to the River Kelvin and to reduce the likelihood of flooding to communities in Kirkintilloch and Torrance. Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/river-glazert-restoration-project to view the proposals and provide feedback.
Counting the cost of coronavirus
- Businesses, workers and residents are being invited to give their views on the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to help shape East Dunbartonshire's recovery. The coronavirus emergency has had a seismic effect on all communities and while public health remains the priority, it is vital for the Council - and its partners - to gauge the fiscal challenges being faced by all. We're running an online survey in November to help inform the evolving Economic Recovery Plan for East Dunbartonshire. Visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-economic-impact-survey before 30 November to get involved.
Time to have a say on the LDP2
- Residents are being invited to view and comment on a vital document which - when adopted - will guide the future use of land in East Dunbartonshire. The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) sets out a new long-term land-use strategy - including policies and sites for development - which will be used to determine planning applications. Online sessions are underway. To find out more and have a say, visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/proposed-local-development-plan-2 and https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/news/planning-future-east-dunbartonshire
News from the Trust…
Lillie Art Gallery Christmas Exhibition and Arts and Crafts at the Auld Kirk Museum
- It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit and there will be plenty of it at the Lillie Art Gallery Christmas exhibition and the Auld Kirk Museum arts and crafts fayre this year. The events are running from 9 November – 19 December and provide the perfect opportunity to find a unique Christmas gift locally. At the Lillie, art works in ceramic, glass and wood and original prints and handmade jewellery will be on display and guest artists Marie Barbour and Elspeth Lamb are exhibiting a colourful selection of their work. At the Auld Kirk, there will be an exhibition of artworks from Milton-of-Campsie Art Club, with handmade crafts by local crafters. It is free entry but you must book in advance - www.eventbrite.co.uk - pop along and embrace some festive cheer!
- Remembrance Sunday was very different this year with no organised events possible locally as a result of Covid-19 restrictions to keep us all safe and manage the spread of the virus. The Provost and Councillors arranged to lay wreaths privately at our local war memorials on behalf of the Council and we were all encouraged to observe the 2 minute silence from our own doorsteps and homes. Key Council buildings have also been lit up red from last Friday through to Armistice Day this coming Wednesday, 11 November. We’ll be observing the 2 minute silence on Armistice Day too – see dates for your diary below for details.
Let there be lights
- Following on from being lit up ‘poppy red’ for Remembrance this weekend, some of East Dunbartonshire's best-known buildings will be changing colour in November to help raise awareness of great causes. Look out for Kirkintilloch Community Hub/William Patrick Library, Milngavie Town Hall and Bearsden Community Hub turning purple on Thursday 19 November to commemorate World Pancreatic Cancer Day. And on Wednesday 25 November, the same buildings will be illuminated in orange to mark the first day of the United Nation's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign. Visit https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/news/council-will-help-illuminate-important-cause and https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/gender-based-violence for more information.
Dates for Your Diary….
9 November – 19 December
- Christmas Fayres at The Lillie Art Gallery and Auld Kirk Museum begin – full details in EDLC News above
- Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the First World War. A two minute silence is observed at 11 am on the day, and a reminder email will be issued in the morning.
- World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Key Council buildings will be lit purple (see Other News above) and you can find out more here: https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/
- First of 16 Days of action against gender based violence. Key buildings will be lit orange (see Other News above) and you can find out more here: https://16daysofaction.co.uk/
Our thanks to all of you - Stay Safe & Take care
Ann and Thomas