Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 01/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our first DCE Update for 2021. As always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and that you had a restful break over the festive period – and our huge thanks once again to all of you involved in continuing to deliver our vital services over that time. 

With the latest measures now in place for managing Covid-19 and plans underway for the roll out of mass vaccination programmes across local authority areas, 2021 is already proving to be a busy year for us all.

News from the Council…

Fortnightly Service Updates

Our fortnightly Service Updates cover 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, and first for 2021, was issued to Elected Members on Friday 15 January and you can find it on the Employee Zone on the Council's website:

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Service Update - 15 January 2021

Latest Covid-19 Guidance
You will have seen the Employee News we issued following the most recent updates this month from the Scottish Government on the further measures now in place to manage the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. All our Employee News are published in the Employee Zone of the Council website, accessible to all from any device, and there is also a wealth of information and advice to support wellbeing.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

International Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated each year on 27 January and the Council and EDLC Trust usually carry out a range of commemorative activities and awareness raising events.  Whilst things are very different this year with the current Covid-19 measures in place, a number of key buildings will be lit purple on 27 January in recognition of this year’s HMD theme ‘Be a light in the darkness’.

News from our Services….

Consultation on Historic Environment Designations Review

People are being invited to have their say on the Historic Environment Designations Review between 15 January and 26 February 2021. Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/historicenvironmentreview to get involved. There's an opportunity to access - and comment on - reports covering Conservation Area Boundaries and Townscape Protection Areas, and Local Gardens and Designed Landscapes. There are also appraisals of existing Conservation Areas. It is part of the process towards adopting a new Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) - which will guide the future use of land in East Dunbartonshire. Online meetings are being held to help encourage engagement. If you get a chance, please get involved and help spread the word.

Fresh funding boost for organisations

Do you know any groups carrying out great work at the heart of local communities who could use a fresh funding boost? Applications can now be made - online only - for the latest round of the East Dunbartonshire Community Grants Scheme. Organisations can apply for funding up to a maximum of £3,000 - by the deadline of Friday 5 February 2021 (terms and conditions apply). Forms and grants guidance are available on the Council website - visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/council-democracy/community-planning/community-grants-scheme for full details. There was a record number of applications for the last round of funding in the autumn, with around £70,000 set to be allocated.

Registration for Primary and Secondary Schools and Early Learning Centres

Just a reminder that registration for both primary and secondary schools and early years centres in East Dunbartonshire is currently ongoing. 

Parents/carers enrolling a child for primary school or a P7 due to transition to secondary school in August, have until Friday 22 January to register. This can be done on our website – follow the links for primary and secondary

Those looking to register for early years have until Sunday 28 February. Please note: parents with children returning to local authority centres must complete a 4 year old continuation form and those returning to a funded provider must complete an application to secure funding. Full details can be found on the early years and how to apply page on the Council website.

Online car seat safety check

Parents and carers of young children who want to check that their car seats have been properly fitted can do so with a virtual check-up. The Council has been unable to provide its usual face-to-face child seat checking advice at events during the pandemic.  However, Good Egg Safety have developed a programme of virtual consultations so that parents, grandparents and carers can have a video call with one of their experts to go through any concerns you may have and ensure your little one is sitting safely.

Their next event for those living in Scotland is taking place on Wednesday 27 January and they are able to do 10 consultations in a day. You can book a consultation directly via: https://goodeggsafety.simplybook.it/

For advice on buying a car seat and a comprehensive retailer charter visit the Scottish Good Egg website www.goodeggcarsafety.com.

Dates for your Diary…..

15  Jan – 26 Feb                  Have your say on the Historic Environment Designations Review

Friday 22 January                Closing date for registering to start primary school or transition to secondary school in East Dunbartonshire

Wednesday 27 January       International Holocaust Memorial Day

Wednesday 27 January       Online car seat safety check event (Scotland)

Friday 5 February                Closing date for next round of Community Grants

Sunday 28 February            Closing date for registering for early years places in East Dunbartonshire for August 2021                                               

And finally….

Our continued thanks to all of you - stay safe and keep well.

Ann and Thomas

Monday 18 January 2021