Police Scotland is currently developing the 2018/19 Annual Police Plan which will be laid before the Scottish Parliament at the end of March.
The plan has been shaped around the areas of focus within the Policing 2026 strategy ‘Serving a Changing Scotland’ of prevention, protection, communities, knowledge and innovation. It sets out the policing priorities for 2018/19 and summarises the planned activities to address these priorities.
Police Scotland are keen to engage with the public and offer the opportunity to comment on extracts from the draft plan via the following Citizen Space survey:
Conservation and education charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, announces the appointment of Simpson & Brown Architects for the National Marine Centre project.
The Simpson & Brown team worked on the original, award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre building which opened to the public in May 2000. The Seabird Centre has become a very popular landmark building and has won several architectural and sustainability awards.
The success of the Seabird Centre led to Simpson & Brown being appointed to design other visitor attractions. Over the last 16 years they have worked on, and won awards for, a range of high profile visitor-related projects including the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Dawyck Gateway at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre, York Art Gallery and, most recently, Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre and Museum to name but a few. They also designed the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club building at Aberlady.
With over 38 years’ experience, Simpson & Brown specialise in conservation projects, creative adaption of existing buildings and the design of environmentally-sound initiatives. The project team will be led by Partner, Andy Davey, with Partner, Susan Whittle and Associate, Jenny Phillips.
Andy Davey, Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects, said: “Our team is delighted to be involved with the National Marine Centre Project. We are immensely proud of the Seabird Centre building and believe we are ideally placed to develop and strengthen the design to make it even more inspirational as well as functional for visitors and staff.
“Our work focuses on respecting the past and responding to the challenges for the future, particularly with regards to environmentally sound, sustainable design. As these aspects will be a core focus for the National Marine Centre project we look forward to researching, consulting and developing the designs in partnership with the Seabird Centre team and key stakeholders.”
Grace Martin, Project Director for the National Marine Centre, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Simpson & Brown. Andy and his team have a very strong association with the current building and a wealth of experience in visitor attractions, sustainability and sympathetic design.
“It is still very early days with the project and we are currently in a period of public consultation. Going forward, Simpson & Brown will be keen to engage with visitors and non-visitors alike to help them identify how best to enhance the existing, iconic Seabird Centre building”.
The aim of the National Marine Centre is to help people discover more about our amazing marine environment and wildlife – life above and below the waves – including seabirds. It will present the opportunity for the Centre to achieve more of its charitable objectives by expanding and diversifying its education and conservation programmes, developing new activities and events, and enhancing the exhibition space. The National Marine Centre is the working title for this innovative project.
SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for the Edinburgh and south east Scotland region has published the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. This is key step in replacing the current Strategic Development Plan of 2013 and is the final opportunity for
comments to be made.
The Proposed Strategic Development Plan deals with a range of strategic planning issues including housing, transport and green infrastructure for a twenty year period beginning in 2018. Its role will be to guide Local Development Plans produced by Local Authorities in the future.
Comments, known as representations, can be made on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan for a six week period between Thursday 13 October and Thursday 24 November 2016.
Representations should be made in writing and submitted using SESplan’s consultation portal: sesplan-consult.objective.co.uk. In line with government guidelines, representations should set out the specific changes you think should be made to the plan along with a justification for such changes. Representations should be limited to 2,000 words per issue, though you are welcome to submit representations on more than one issue.
The Proposed Strategic Development Plan can be read and downloaded online at www.sesplan.gov.uk or paper copies can be read at libraries and planning offices within the region.
SESplan will also be running a series of public events where you can find out more about the Proposed Strategic Development Plan. These will be held on the following dates:
Monday 24 October, City Chambers, Dunfermline
Wednesday 26 October, Lasswade Centre, Bonnyrigg
Thursday 3 November, West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston
Monday 7 November, City Chambers, Edinburgh
Wednesday 9 November, The Brunton, Musselburgh
Thursday 10 November, Council Headquarters, Newtown St. Boswells
Each event will be open from 3pm to 6.30pm on a drop-in basis when anyone can come along to discuss the plan without prior arrangement. From 6.30pm there will be a presentation and Q&A session. For the presentation sessions spaces may be limited, so please let SESplan know if you are wishing to come along using the contact details below.
More information on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan and supporting documents, events and making a representation can be found on the SESplan website www.sesplan.gov.uk.
If you would like to contact SESplan about the plan, events or for any other information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call on 01506 282883 or write to them at SESplan, Second Floor, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston EH54 6FF.
Even if you have never completed a council survey in the past or have no real interest in local governance, this is a chance to make your views heard and perhaps change what will be in the next local plan.
If you do nothing else, please consider answering Question 3 (it won’t take long!) which is about the proposal to built 10,000 much needed homes over the next 10 years.
The preferred option is for “compact growth” i.e. the proposed 10 000 homes will all be built in a concentrated area, in this case, the west of East Lothian, with 4700 planned for Musselburgh.
The alternative option is “dispersed growth” i.e. to spread the 10,000 homes throughout the county.