Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 14/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest fortnightly update. As always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and have been able to enjoy some of the glorious weather if the past week or so – long may it continue!

As Scotland moves to Covid level zero today, we are all being urged to stick to the guidance and take sensible precautions so that we can continue to the next step beyond level zero on 9 August. Changes from today include a reduction in physical distancing to 1 metre. You can read the full details of what is now permitted on the Scottish Government website.

Now on with the news updates from the past two weeks:

News from the Council

Covid-19 Community Asymptomatic Testing

Plans are in place to expand community testing for those without symptoms (asymptomatic testing) in East Dunbartonshire and there will be more on that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, community asymptomatic testing remains a key focus in managing Covid-19 and 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. 

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.

COVID-19 Vaccinations
To encourage as many people as possible to have access to vaccination NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is changing the criteria for drop-in vaccination clinics.

Drop-ins will be open to those who have not had a first dose of vaccine, and those who have waited over 8 weeks for their second dose and do not have an appointment booked.

A full timetable is provided on the drop-in vaccination page on the NHSGGC website. If you attend a drop-in, please be aware that you may have to wait and prepare for the weather (rain or shine). If you cannot wait in a queue, there are still appointments online for both first and second doses.

Chances to have your say
Several consultations are ongoing across Council services at the moment and people are being encouraged to get involved.

Visit our Active Consultations webpage to find out more:

Active Travel Discussion (until 28 September)

East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board's Draft Supplementary Policy 2021 (until 23 August)

Bishopbriggs Town Centre Regeneration (until 15 August)

Climate Ready Park, Bishopbriggs (until 30 July)

Butterflies Bees and Beasties…..

Does the thought of learning more about the wildlife in your local area give you butterflies? If it does then an upcoming event at Whitefield Pond in Lennoxtown could get you really buzzing.

Staff from Butterfly Conservation will be there between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 1 August to introduce you to the wonderful world of the butterflies, bees and other beasties making their home in the native wildflower meadows. You can drop in to the event at any time without booking. There will also be two 45-minute guided tours at 1.15pm and 2.30pm with limited attendees.

You can secure your place by booking in advance at www.butterfly-conservation.org/events/scotland but you may be able to join in on those on the day if there are spare spaces. Everything is completely free to take part in.

Employee Wellbeing – Healthy Working Lives July News

Our programme of activity for Healthy Working Lives in July has been published as usual on 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. 

News from EDLC Trust

Net result for budding stars
If you know a young footballer who was enthralled by the Euros then EDLC Leisure has a great offer on at the moment. For just £10 per court, juniors can enjoy an hour-long football session (between 9am and 4pm) on the outdoor five-a-side courts at the Leisuredrome and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. The offer applies between Monday and Friday (until 11 August) for anyone aged between eight and 16. Ask at reception for more info or call 0141 777 3060 (Leisuredrome) or 0141 578 8222 (Kirkintilloch). Offer subject to terms and conditions.

Opportunities for youngsters to ‘Get Creative’

Creative young people in East Dunbartonshire have the chance to get involved in two exciting performing arts and film making projects this summer.

The excellent opportunities - both free of charge -  are being offered by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust and delivered by award winning Production Company Visible Fictions.

For those aged 8-18, A Play in a Fortnight could be the project to get your creative juices flowing. Running at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie from today, Monday 19 to Friday 30 July (excluding weekends), you will get to spend two weeks working with a professional director, writer, designer and technician to present a new piece of theatre.

The Lights Camera Action project at Kirkintilloch Town Hall from Monday 2 - Friday 6 August will see budding Steven Spielbergs aged between 12-18 given the chance to get behind the camera and create their own mini masterpiece exploring Kirkintilloch’s Heritage Quarter using mobile phones.

To sign up for either event please e-mail edlct.bookings@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

Other News

Plastic Free July
There are many themed days and months throughout the year but Plastic Free July is a fitting one to promote and ties in with our approach to a Climate Action Plan and endorsement of the City Region Climate Adaptation Strategy recently approved by Council (see above). We’re asked to say “no” to all single use plastic in July (and, of course, beyond that) as part of a global movement to find a solution to plastic pollution. Find out more on the Plastic Free July website.

Dates for your Diary

1-31 July       Plastic Free July
3 August       First Planning Board post-recess
12 August     International Youth Day
12 August     First Committee Meeting post-recess (PNCA)
23 Sept          First Council post-recess

And finally…….

As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. For those of you having breaks over the next few weeks, have a great time, and here’s hoping the great weather continues! The summer is flying by and we’ll be back again on Monday 2 August with the next fortnightly DCE update.

Ann and Thomas