Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 12/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest fortnightly update and, as always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well.

There were plenty of reports considered by Council at its meeting last Thursday (17 June).  These included our end of year ‘How Good is Our Service’ Reports for 2020/21 with an overview of all the additional and changed service delivery across all of our work areas as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Other reports included an update on the strategic review of our priorities and resources for the coming years, the Climate Action Plan and a new Consultation & Engagement Strategy. There will be more details of these coming out in the coming weeks and months and you can see all the Council Reports in the Committee Diary section of the Council website.

There is one final meeting of Council on Tuesday 29 June, ahead of the Summer recess, and the Committee meeting cycle for after the Summer recess through to the local Council elections in May next year has also been agreed.

Now on to our usual news updates:

News from the Council

Fortnightly Service Update

The latest fortnightly Service Update was issued to Elected Members on Friday 18 June. As always, it covers all services and teams across the Council and the HSCP to highlight to Elected Members all of the work that's ongoing. You can find this latest edition in the new Technical Note section of the Council website.

Covid-19 Latest Update

East Dunbartonshire remains in Level 2 for now and we continue to be asked to do our bit and follow the guidance. Please go to the ‘What you can do in the Levels’ page of the Scottish Government website for a reminder.

Community testing for those without symptoms (asymptomatic testing) remains a key focus in managing Covid-19. Asymptomatic testing is available at the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs for anyone who lives in, works in or visits East Dunbartonshire. No booking is required, just walk in, Monday to Friday from 10.30am-6pm.  The last test each day is 5.30pm as tests take half an hour to process.

You must not attend an asymptomatic testing centre if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.  For more details, visit:

Remember also, that the Scottish Government introduced ‘universal provision’ of rapid lateral flow test kits to everyone in Scotland.  These can be ordered from the UK Government website or picked up from a local venue.

For people with symptoms, there is a new testing centre in the car park at Milngavie Station. It's not for asymptomatic testing - PCR tests must be booked in advance at or by calling 119. You should only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or have been instructed to do so by a clinician or NHS contact tracer.

Help keep children safe this summer

The Council and HSCP will be supporting Child Protection Scotland's summer campaign encouraging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open and say something if they suspect a child or young person is being neglected or in danger. Here are the local numbers you'll need if you have concerns about a child or young person: Social Work on 0141 777 3000 (office hours), Glasgow and partners emergency social work service on 0300 343 1501 (out of hours) or Police Scotland on 101. Remember it is always better to say something than do nothing.

Summer of Fun

East Dunbartonshire's most vulnerable children and young people will be able to enjoy a healthy lunch and a programme of fun activities over the summer break. The Snack & Play programme has been extended with Scottish Government funding to include more schools and more activities. Snack & Play camps will run in six primary hubs, there will be playschemes at Campsie View and Merkland Schools and eligible secondary aged pupils will have access to free leisure facilities and Youth Development services. Healthy food and snacks as well as a weekly payment to cover lunch is also being provided. The fun will be delivered by our Education Service, supported by EDLC Trust. Read more in our media release

Apprenticeship & Graduate Programmes are back

After a year of disruption caused by the pandemic, the Modern Apprenticeship and Grad+ Programmes are back with 30 new opportunities for local young people. The Council is recruiting 21 Modern Apprentices and nine Graduates who will start with us in the autumn. You can share these new opportunities with any young people you know – all details on Council page of the myjobscotland website. Closing date is Wednesday 7 July 2021.

Turnbull teams innovate

We have everything crossed for two teams of S3 students from Turnbull High in Bishopbriggs who have made it to the National Finals of the Micro Tyco Innovate award. The two ideas were selected from thousands from across the UK. One is about using leftover food from the school to supply food to soup kitchens or homeless shelters. The other is about zero poverty and raising funds for overseas education projects. Results will be announced later this week, on 23 June.

Lenzie Academy’s new rugby pitch is scrum-thing special
Work on Lenzie Academy’s new 3G rugby pitch is now complete and pupils and other local young people are enjoying playing and training on the fantastic new surface.  More than 120 pupils, including many from other local schools, benefit from coaching sessions at Lenzie Academy and an extensive extra-curricular development programme delivered by EDLC.  The new artificial pitch and floodlighting replace the previous grass pitch allowing training sessions to take place all year round, with no disruption in the winter.  It is a major boost to the continued development of Lenzie Academy as a School of Rugby.

Help guide future of Bishopbriggs
People are being given the chance to help shape the future of Bishopbriggs town centre as part of the Council's £34.88 million City Deal project. The Bishopbriggs Public Realm Plan is a key part of the Place and Growth Programme approved last year by the Glasgow City Region Cabinet. People and groups are being offered the chance to engage between Monday 21 June and Sunday 15 August 2021. Visit the interactive webpage - to get involved.

Brush with success thanks to mural
An inspirational tribute to a Scottish cycling legend has been officially unveiled at the gateway to the Campsie Fells in Scotland. A huge mural of Robert Millar has been painted on the gable end of a building at Crow Road, Lennoxtown. Millar was crowned 'King of the Mountains' in the 1984 Tour de France and in the 1987 Giro d’Italia. The historic achievements of the inspirational athlete - unsurpassed for decades - have now been immortalised thanks to a project funded by the Council and closely involving Philippa York, who previously competed as Robert Millar. Philippa's incredible journey extends well beyond cycling glory. She is a successful Scottish journalist, writer and trailblazer. For more info, visit the News section of our website.

Employee Wellbeing – Healthy Working Lives June News

Details of the June Healthy Working Lives campaigns can be found in the Healthy Working Lives page, in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone – our dedicated section of the Council website for all East Dunbartonshire Council employees. 

World Blood Donor Day #GiveBlood

It was World Blood Donor Day last week (14 June), a day that reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. To find out more visit the World Health Organization website.

If you are interested in donating blood or finding out more about it, you should visit the NHS Blood Donation website.

Employee Zone

The Employee Zone can be accessed from any device and contains lots of helpful information on a wide range of employee matters – including Employee News updates and Health & Safety information.  If you’ve not yet visited, head over to the page - and if there is information that you would like to see in the Employee Zone, get in touch and let us know.

Other News

Thank You Day

There is a UK-wide Thank You day planned for Sunday 4 July – an opportunity for us all to acknowledge the efforts of organisations and communities in responding to the global Covid-19 pandemic.  Whilst organised events are still not possible, we will be recognising and promoting this day in East Dunbartonshire in a number of ways and more details will be coming out later this week. is the website outlining the themes and suggestions for us all to take part in a nation-wide celebration.

Dates for your Diary

24 June         East Dunbartonshire Schools break up for summer holidays
26 June         Armed Forced Day 2021
29 June         Final meeting of East Dunbartonshire Council before recess
30 June         Deadline for Expressions of Interest in Scottish Youth Parliament elections
4 July             Thank You Day

And finally…….

As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well.  For those of you following the Euros, we hope the country you are supporting is doing well – we’ll be cheering on Scotland tomorrow (Tuesday) night and hoping our national team progresses to the next stage of the competition!  For those of you having breaks over the school holiday period have a great time, and we’ll be back again on Monday 5 July with the next fortnightly DCE update.

Ann and Thomas