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Community Council Development Session - Saturday 10th November 2018

Updated 1st November 2018


The themes for this session will be Processions and Licensing.  Please see the attached agenda. I can confirm that Tam Coyle (Merchant City & Trongate) and Veronica Low (Townhead & Ladywell) will act as Chair and Vice-chair respectively for the 10th November session.

I am happy to advise that the confirmation of attendance for this event has reached 43. However, attendance by additional community council members is encouraged.

pdf icon Agenda 10th November 2018 [24kb]

Community Justice Glasgow Annual Report

Published 1st November 2018

Community Justice Glasgow has published its first Annual Report since it was established in April 2017.  The link to this, along with contact details for further information is below:

The report includes examples of our work across the city and you will see this report is laid out in newspaper style which we hope will help to make this an accessible and informative read.  We have paper copies available, just let us know if you would like some of these and we will send them on.  There is also a very short survey at the end which will help us to assess the impact of this report and we would be most grateful if you could spare a minute to complete this:

Glasgow City Heritage Trust - Community Grants Scheme - Next Funding Deadline - 14th November 2018

Published 25th October 2018

The Glasgow City Heritage Trust have produced a leaflet to promote their new Community Grants programme, which offers grants of up to £2000 for community led projects relating to Glasgow's historic built environment.

If your community council has a project that you would like to apply for this funding the first stage is to fill out the enquiry form on the Glasgow City Heritage Trust website. If the project is eligible Glasgow City Heritage Trust will then send out an Application Form to complete. The next deadline for completed applications is the 14th November, for approval at our Outreach Committee meeting on 28th November. Meetings are quarterly, so the next deadline will be mid February 2019 for a meeting at the end of February. 

More information on all Glasgow City Heritage trust grant programmes can be found on the Glasgow City Heritage Trust website: 

pdf icon Community Grant Information [2Mb]

Strategic Plan Consultation: Older People Services Event - 29 November 2018

There's still spaces available for the Older People Services Consultation Event on the Draft Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022 - Your Opportunity to Share Your Views

Glasgow City Integration Joint Board / Health and Social Care Partnership have prepared a new draft Strategic Plan that will shape our health and social care services over the next three years.

To ensure the draft plan meets the needs of the citizens of Glasgow, we want to ask people who have an interest in or are involved with our work to tell us what they think of the draft plan.  This will help us make the best decisions we can for the benefit of those who rely on our services.

As someone involved in the planning or delivery of Older People Services or who may have an interest in them, we would like to invite you to our Older People Services consultation event on the draft Strategic Plan.  The consultation is designed to provide you with the opportunity to hear about our plans for services that impact on older people and their families, and give you the chance to tell us what you think.

The details of the Older People Services event we would like to invite you to are as follows:

Consultation venue:Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY
Date of event:Thursday, 29 November 2018
Time of event:Registration opens at 12.30pm, session lasts from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

If you would like to register your interest in attending the consultation event, can you please contact Gail Bridges, no later than Thursday, 15 November.  Gail can also be telephoned on 0141 287 8788.  There may be plenty of interest in the event, and places will be on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that participation in the event will only be available for attendees who have received confirmation for their place.  Attendees will receive a confirmation email that they have secured a place at the event.

More information on the process we are going through with the draft Strategic Plan is available on our consultation webpage, and if you would like to contribute your views then you can do so by completing a short online survey.

Thank you.

Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership Communications

Early Learning and Childcare Expansion Consultation - respond by 2nd December 2018

As a result of the Scottish Government's commitment to increase the statutory early years entitlement, as outlined in "A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland", Glasgow City Council has recognised that there are areas of the city that require additional early learning provision. A significant amount of work has been undertaken to identify specific areas for capital investment across the city, as part of the first phase.

Therefore, we are conducting a non-statutory consultation to gain views on several proposals that will impact various areas of the city. This consultation will run until Sunday 2 December 2018.

Further information on the proposals is set out in the consultation documents, which are available on the Glasgow City Council website at or alternatively by telephoning 0141 276 2227.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Consultation - Closing Date for Submissions - Tuesday 18th December 2018

Published 25th October 2018

The Scottish Government is currently finalising its policy position on the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

As part of that process the Scottish Government is inviting views on the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and partial Business, Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of their preferred policy position, that the Scottish Government does not support the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland.

These assessments are necessary before the policy position can be finalised and are the latest steps in the approach that the Scottish Government has adopted on this issue.

On 28 January 2015, the Scottish Government put in place a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. This prevents hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale oil and gas, and coal bed methane extraction taking place. 

Scottish Government undertook a far-reaching investigation into unconventional oil and gas, including a four-month public consultation, Talking "Fracking", which concluded in May 2017 and received more than 60,000 responses. You can read more about Talking Fracking here:

On 24 October 2017, the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of the Scottish Government's preferred position of not supporting the development of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. This preferred policy position was set out in a written statement on the Scottish Government website on 07 December 2017.

The practical effect of the current moratorium, and the on-going policy-making process, is that no fracking or other unconventional oil and gas activity can take place in Scotland at this time. Further information can be found on the Scottish Government website at:  

Any policy decision that has potential for significant environmental effects must be subject to a SEA prior to its finalisation.  These requirements are set out in the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. A Strategic Environmental Assessment is a means of considering the likely significant impact of a public plan, programme or strategy on the environment. 

As there is potential for significant environmental effects, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a SEA is required before the policy is finalised.

Similarly, as there is potential for business and regulatory impacts, either as a consequence of industrial activity or as a consequence of not permitting an unconventional oil and gas industry, a BRIA is required before the policy is finalised.

A partial BRIA has been produced help to assess the likely costs, benefits and risks of the preferred policy position and views are invited on its contents. The final BRIA will build on the partial BRIA and the consultation analysis.

The consultation will close Tuesday 18 December 2018.

When providing views to this consultation on the SEA Environmental Report, the preferred policy position statement and the partial BRIA, there is no need to restate views already covered in the 2017 Talking "Fracking" public consultation analysis report, as these have been, and will continue to be, taken into account as the Scottish Government finalises its policy position on unconventional oil and gas.

Responses to the consultation are invited via the Citizen Space portal:

Alternative formats can be made available on request via

Green Infrastructure Fund - Round 3 Now Open - Closing Date For Applications - 28th January 2019

Published 25th October 2018

Dear Stakeholder

The Green Infrastructure Fund is now open for new applications.  The closing date will be 28 January 2019. 

As a result of feedback received following Rounds 1 and 2, we have made some changes to our guidance and application form, reducing and simplifying the information we ask you to provide.  Our revised guidance has been published on our website and can be viewed here.  Applicants should ensure that they comply with the most up to date versions of the guidance before submitting applications.

If you are considering applying and haven't already done so, please get in touch so we can arrange a support meeting with one of our Project and Funding Officers.

If you want to apply, please request a personalised application form by emailing

We look forward to hearing from you.

Uncovering the Environment - Project at the University of Dundee

Published 25th October 2018

The University of Dundee wishes to share information with community councils about their research project, "Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information".

The project is examining how the right of access to environmental information is utilised in Scotland, in particular seeking to identify whether the use of environmental information has led to changed outcomes in environmental decision-making processes. For more information, a PDF flyer is attached

. As part of the research they would like to hear from community councils

The project has two separate surveys: the first survey is aimed at individuals and bodies which make use of the right of access to environmental information ( while the second survey is aimed at public authorities which make environmental information available (

Community councils can participate in either survey as they see fit.  

If you have any questions about the research, please email Sean Whittaker at

pdf icon Uncovering the Environment Project Summary [109kb]

Community Council Information Pack - Opening of New Pharmacies

Published 14th June 2018

Please find attached an updated document for community councils providing information on the process for applying for a new pharmacy.

pdf icon Community Pharmacies [1Mb]

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Guidance for Community Councils

Updated 5th September 2018

Following a number of requests for guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to community councils please see the attached proposed Privacy Statement.

The Privacy Statement is intended as a standard point of reference for community councils across Glasgow.  It is envisaged that the Statement will be included in the Guidance for Community Councils, which forms part of the support arrangements, along with Induction.

Any comments or suggestions on the contents of the Privacy Statement are welcomed.

pdf icon GDPR Guidance [47kb]

Requests for Community Council Minutes and Accounts

Following a number of requests for copies of minutes and/or accounts of Community Councils across the City, Community Councils are reminded that the responsibility for making these documents publicly available rests with the Community Councils; this is in accordance with clause 7 of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

Community Councils are the originators of the minutes, and Secretaries have a key responsibility to ensure minutes are circulated accordingly i.e. (1) draft minutes 7 days prior to the date of the meeting to all Community Council members i.e. Community Councillors, Ex-officio; and Associate Members, and (2) approved minutes made available to the City Council within 14 days of the meeting which approved them. The City Council is simply a recipient of the minutes for monitoring purposes.

All requests for minutes and/or accounts should be made directly to the respective Community Councils in the first instance, and if this request is refused with no sound reason then the City Council could be notified.  Alternatively, if information and/or intelligence potentially gives rise to evidenced concerns about a Community Council's current governance then this should be forwarded to the appropriate Officer within the City Council for them to address.

Please note that it would be at the Community Councils' discretion whether they provide draft minutes and/or accounts upon request.  It should be understood by all Community Councils that following a minute and/or accounts becoming approved then these would enter the public domain and in normal circumstances be made available upon request.  It would be reasonable, if requested, for a justification/reason to be provided to the Community Council in the first instance where such requests are being made.  NOTE: Certain information may require to be redacted i.e. personal data.

Participation Requests - Reposted 27th April 2018

In response to the Participation Request section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow City Council have published a Participation Request form.

A Participation Request is when a community participation body makes a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
Information on how to submit a Participation Request using the form can be found here:  

Factsheets 2017 and 2011 Census Profiles for Wards - Reposted 24th May 2017

This is to let you know that the Factsheets for the 23 Council Wards are now published on the Council website:
The Ward Factsheets for the former 21 Council Wards have been taken off and are no longer available from the Council website.
The 2011 Census profiles for the former Wards have been replaced by 2011 Census profiles for the new Wards, see:


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