Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 18/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest Depute Chief Executives’ Update – Autumn is definitely in the air this week although the forecast is set to improve!  As always, we hope that you and your families are safe and well. 

As we reminded you in Employee News issue 30 recently, with COVID-19 incidences continuing to give concern at a national level, it is essential that we all continue to follow our reporting arrangements for all COVID-19 related absences

  • HR must be contacted by telephone on 0141 574 5535. You should not contact by email for a COVID-19 related absence.
  • Cover for responding to COVID-19 absence reporting calls is in place seven days a week, Monday to Sunday inclusive.

The reason a call is essential, is to ensure the correct guidance can be provided in relation to testing, isolation and returning to work, in addition to ensuring that accurate information relating to any COVID-19 related absence is recorded.

Following the correct reporting procedures and guidance issued helps us to keep our workplaces safe.

More widely, we are all still being encouraged to continue to act carefully and remain cautious in relation to COVID-19.  Full details, of the latest national guidance is available on the Scottish Government website.

Now on with our usual news updates from the past few weeks:

News from the Council

Keep Safe, Keep Testing

To continue to raise awareness of the importance of community testing our Community Testing Bus has been visiting our secondary schools last week and this. Check the community testing webpage for times and locations both at the schools and in the community. The community testing facility at the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs is also still available for anyone living, working or visiting East Dunbartonshire to get tested if they do not have symptoms. Please remember that if you do have symptoms you must not visit the Testing Bus or the War Memorial hall, you should self-isolate and book a PCR test through NHS inform.

Scottish Youth Parliament elections candidates announced!
Nine candidates who live or study in East Dunbartonshire have been nominated to stand at the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament Elections.  There are seven candidates standing for election within the Strathkelvin and Bearsden Constituency and two candidates standing within the Clydebank and Milngavie Constituency.  Full details of the candidates can be found on the Scottish Youth Parliament website.

MSYPs will be elected from every parliamentary constituency and from national voluntary organisations throughout Scotland.  The candidates, who are aged between 14 and 25 years of age, now have two months to canvas support before the elections which will take place between 8 and 21 November.  All young people aged 12 to 25 years who live or receive an education in East Dunbartonshire are eligible to vote and details on how to vote will be publicised in the lead up to the election.

Sports complex gets green light
The Council has agreed to kick on with the development of Kirkintilloch Community Sports Complex on the vacant brownfield development site to the west of Park Burn in Kirkintilloch, close to our Southbank Marina HQ. Visit the news section of our website for more information on the latest developments.

Your Voice Matters - help shape the 2022/23 budget
We shared details of our ‘Your Voice Matters’ budget and priorities consultation in Employee News issue 40 last week.  You have until 18 November to visit our Budget consultation page, see the video and read the background information before completing the survey.  We really want to hear from you all about your views on Council priorities and if these should change as a result of COVID-19 and any ideas you may have to make the savings we anticipate having to make for the coming year.  If you prefer to read and complete a paper copy, our news release confirms all the places where you can pick these up locally.

Last chance to have your say….
Time is running out to take part in the Active Travel Discussion. Have your say on the current network and put forward ideas to help people keep active while on the move. Join the Discussion before 28 September using our interactive Ideas Map -

The current Greenspace Strategy Consultation is also coming to an end this month and you can find details of this and all the current live consultations taking place on the consultation page of the website.

Employee Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives news for September

The September Healthy Working Lives update is available in the Employee Zone of the website (in the Wellbeing section) and we will issue an Employee News to confirm when this is available.

Remember there is a wealth of information and support in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone, including details of our Employee Assistance Programme.

Other News

Date for your diary
Afro Celtic International Festival Day takes place in Milngavie town centre on Saturday 25 September - between 11am and 6pm. Attractions include an exhibition, workshops, fashion show, live music, stalls with international food and drink, and a raffle. Visit or for more information.

Dates for your Diary

20-27 September    National Eye Health Week
20-27 September    Organ Donation Week
23 September          First scheduled Full Council meeting post-recess
24 September          Macmillan – Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning
24 – 27 September School September Weekend Holiday
25 September          Milngavie Afro Celtic International Festival Day
30 September          Community Planning Partnership Board
30 September          Place Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee

As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. The next fortnightly DCE Update is back on Monday 4 October.

Ann and Thomas

A note of farewell…….

This is the last DCE update from Thomas, who has just two weeks left with us before leaving to take up his new role as Chief Executive in Perth and Kinross after 12 years here at East Dunbartonshire, joining us as Head of Development and Enterprise back in 2009 and taking on the role of Director of Development & Regeneration in 2013. He has been our Depute Chief Executive for Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets since 2016 and is a valued member of our Corporate Management Team.  We wish Thomas every success in his exciting new role at Perth and Kinross.


I’ve had a fantastic 12 years here in East Dunbartonshire, worked with some great people and been proud to have been involved in the delivery of fantastic new facilities and initiatives that have benefitted this area. I will look back fondly on my time with this Council and look forward to the new challenge of leading Perth and Kinross Council in the months and years ahead.  My personal thanks to all of you I have worked with and I wish you every success in the future.