East Lothian Council has developed a Draft East Lothian Climate Change Strategy 2019–2024, for consultation, setting out how we will continue to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, adapt to changes in our climate and improve sustainability. They would like to hear your views on proposals for how the Council, and the wider East Lothian community, including local communities, businesses, organisations and individuals, can tackle climate change.
The Draft Climate Change Strategy sets out how East Lothian Council will tackle climate change locally in East Lothian, and how it will work in partnership to ensure that East Lothian can play its full part in the national and international efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Strategy sets out the priorities and actions for the Council and the wider East Lothian community to mitigate against and reduce the impacts of climate change.
The public consultation is underway on the draft strategy until 22nd July 2019. You can access the consultation here.
Further information on the consultation on the Draft Climate Change Strategy is available on the East Lothian Council website. Look out for further promotion via the Council’s Twitter and Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Meeting minutes for the April meeting of Garvald and Morham Community Council have been published on the GMCC Meetings and Minutes page. These include community council funding news and updates from East Lothian Council on local budgets and the common school day.
Your Community Council has had a busy year in 2018-2019 and we wanted to update you on what the Crystal Rig Fund has been used for.
Local young people Louisa Stoddart, Isabell Gold, Robin Bellamy and Finlay Hay were supported. Our funding aided them in their competitive sporting and musical achievements and a Raleigh Expedition. Also Heidi Ingram kindly helped the Community Council with GDPR and IT support throughout the year.
Larger projects helped were:
• De- Fibrillator for Garvald
• Woodland Project 2
• Knox Academy
• Yester Primary School
• Haddington Hockey
• Garvald Fun Day
• Seed Funding for Garvald Ceilidh
• Garvald Christmas Party
• Two picnic benches for the Village Hall
• Garvald & Morham Theatre Trip – over 80 people from both villages travelled to Edinburgh to see Wendy and Peter Pan and by all accounts the trip was a great success.
As you can see a large and varied amount of projects were given support. In total we approved the allocation of £22,742 last year.
We are currently arranging to purchase an External Defibrillator to be located at Morham Village Hall and provide some support to 1st Gifford Cub Scouts for a Cub camp.
We are looking for any ideas you may have for allocating 2019 funds. We should have a similar amount of money available and any projects that meet the strict criteria will be considered. Please read the information on our funding page. You can also download the application form from there, or contact Philip White for more information.
It is the Council’s intention to undertake carriageway patching works on the Johnscleugh road commencing on Tuesday 7th May 2019 for approximately three days, weather permitting.
In order to comply with the current health and safety legislation, it will be necessary to close the road during working hours 08:00 to 17:00 hours daily. No vehicular access/egress or parking will be permitted on the closed road with the exception of emergency service and construction vehicles.
See map for diversion route: C103 Johnscleugh Road – Road Closure
We now have two refurbished picnic benches in the orchard in front of the Village Hall. The previous two had out lived their lifespan and were beyond repair. The Community Council has recovered the cost in full from East Lothian Council.
Minutes from the February 2019 Community Council meeting are now available on the GMCC Meetings and Minutes page.
Local road closures coming up this weekend and next week:
On 16th March Gifford’s roads and car park will be affected – 088_Road Closure – Gifford 16th March. Race information – Gifford RR Circuit & Marshal Points
From 18-22nd March Deuchrie road will be closed for resurfacing work – Road Closure Deuchrie Road 18-22 March
Please note that Councillor Akhtar’s local surgeries on Wednesday 13 March will now be at the following times:
1.00pm-1.30pm – Gifford
2.20pm-3.00pm – Morham
There’s lots of useful information on keeping yourself safe in this ‘Safer communities, safer Scotland’ booklet, giving practical tips on how to keep you, your family and your community safe – from protecting your home and possessions, to helping your children enjoy the benefits of the internet in safety.
The Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership Annual Meeting will be held on 16th March. All are welcome.
This group has an impact on our community; it funded our shelter in the park and is currently completing a study on rural transport for Yester Primary children. If you would like to hear more about the Partnership’s work, you are welcome to attend the meeting.