We appreciate that there has been an awful lot of information provided over the past week or so relating to COVID-19, as changes to restrictions have been made by Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland, and that it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with the latest guidance and, as you know, on Monday 7 September, the West of Scotland local lockdown restrictions were extended to the East Dunbartonshire Council area.
To help, we've updated the Council website to collate all the relevant information from Scottish Government, NHS Public Health and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in one centralised place and you can visit the page directly from the following link:
As part of the Council's Outbreak Management Protocols, an internal East Dunbartonshire Council Incident Management Team (chaired by Ann Davie/Thomas Glen, supported by Evonne Bauer, Jacqui MacDonald, Pauline Halligan, Karen Donnelly, Angela Fegan and Caroline Sinclair from the HSCP) has met this week and will continue to meet regularly during the period of local restrictions to ensure that the Council is actively working to monitor and support the measures in place.
We are also actively promoting the new Protect Scotland App as part of NHS Scotland’s Test & Protect. A new protect.scot website has been established to host the app. It explains how the app works, has information on privacy and data and FAQs. A video has also been produced to explain the app and you can view the video from the following link: View the Explainer Video Here
On Thursday (10 September), the First Minister confirmed that in its 3-weekly review, the Scottish Government has paused the next set of changes to lockdown rules (including a delay to the intended reopening of indoor soft play facilities and indoor contact sports) and that it would not be appropriate to progress to Phase 4 of the Route map. The First Minister also confirmed that offices and call centres would not reopen before October and that working from home would continue to be the default position.
Across all services, including EDLCT and the HSCP, work is underway to review and plan the next stages of operational recovery over the Autumn/Winter period, as Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland guidance allows. We'll make sure you are all kept up to-date with any developments.
News from the Council - Service Updates ...
We mentioned in our last DEC update that during lockdown we've been providing all Elected Members with very detailed fortnightly service updates, covering all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight all of the work that's ongoing and how services have evolved and resumed as Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland guidance has allowed.
The Latest Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday (11 September) and you can find it on the Employee Zone on the Council's website.
News from the Employee Zone ......
Remember to check in to the Employee Zone on the Council's website, where you find lots of helpful information. It's expanded over the past couple of weeks and now has dedicated sections on:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for Employees
- Employee News
- Smart Working 2020
- Health & Safety
- Depute Chief Executive Updates
- COVID-19 Returning Services
- Website Accessibility Guidance
Any employee can access the Employee Zone on the Council's website - you don't need to have a Council laptop or a corporate email account - using this link you can access it externally, from anywhere through any device that has internet connection. www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone
News from the teams .........
Major Milestone reached on Mavis Valley ....
- A big thanks for the combined efforts of the teams across the Council, especially Major Assets and Waste Management, for the sterling efforts on the completion of the Councils new Waste Transfer Station at Mavis Valley this week. The project presented many challenges including a complete demolition and rebuild, not to mention a six month delay due to a global pandemic however the teams are made of sterner stuff and delivered a fantastic new facility. The site will be used for the bulking and transfer of around 24,000 tonnes of household waste annually, all as part of the new Clyde Valley residual Waste Treatment contract. Work is now ongoing to Transfer the Waste Management Licence and Operational responsibility to Viridor for the 25 years duration of the contract.
Good News for Fleet Funding ....
- The Council has recently been awarded a grant for 176k from the Scottish Government. The funding will be used for the ongoing replacements with Zero Emission Electric vehicles and charging Infrastructure in the 2020/21 financial year. The grant will facilitate the replacement of existing vehicles with new cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternatives and will also see a reduction in emissions through the removal of a further 13 diesel fuelled vehicles. The Fleet team will now work in partnership with Procurement and Legal in order to tender and place orders for suitable vehicles and charging infrastructure, across services and council locations. The additions to the fleet will see around 40% of Council cars powered by fully electric, Zero emission technology.
Public Holiday Arrangements 2021 ....
- The Fixed/Pubic Holidays for 2021 have now been agreed and apply to all employees covered by Chief Officer and Local Government Employees (including Craft) terms and conditions. All details were provided in Employee News Issue 59/20 which is available on the Employee Zone on the Council's website – www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone
Work begins on former Council HQ site ....
- Work has now begun on developing the former Tom Johnston House site in Kirkintilloch. The site was the former Council Headquarters, before it moved to Southbank Marina in 2012. The development will see a total of 87 affordable homes, a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom flats and houses constructed, due for completion in 2022. https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/news/works-starts-new-affordable-homes-tom-johnston-house-site
On your marks, get set ...
- EDLC's three leisure centres - Allander, Kirkintilloch and Leisuredrome - reopen on Monday 14 September, with new measures in place to ensure safety for customers and colleagues. Facilities include The Gyms, main swimming pools and group exercise classes (physically distanced). Check out the EDLC website for more info - https://www.edlc.co.uk/sport-leisure/leisure-centres. All activities must be pre-booked in advance via Leisure Hub - sign up or log in via https://booking.edlc.co.uk/lhweb/identity/login
United to Prevent Suicide ....
- The Council and HSCP are backing Scotland's new approach to suicide prevention - United to Prevent Suicide. Visit www.unitedtopreventsuicide.org.uk for more information and to join the campaign. For wellbeing resources, advice and support, check out the Employee Zone on the Council website - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing
New opportunities - Facilities Assistants (day cleaning in schools) ....
- Do you know anyone looking for work who could help us support the Covid-19 response by becoming part of the cleaning teams in our schools? The roles will operate across the school day largely between 9am and 3pm although there will also be various negotiable hours available between 8am and 6pm. Find out more here: https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/east-dunbartonshire-council/jobs/facilities-assistant-day-cleaning-various-locations-193746
September Dates for your diary .....
- New website Accessibility regulations come in to effect for the Council's website on 23 September. We will all have a role to play in ensuring that any documents we produce, that will ultimately be published on the Council website, are in an accessible format. Further details on how to go about this and a new section on the Employee Zone of the website will be launched at the start of next week.
And finally .......
Please remember that if you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please share them with your line manager, who will be happy to help and if they can't, they'll pass it onto someone who can! Also, please drop us an email if there are things you want us to share in our DCE updates.
Thanks and Take care
Ann and Thomas
14 September 2020