Consultation and Engagement Hub

Welcome to the City of Edinburgh Council Consultation and Engagement Hub. This site will help you to find and participate in consultation and engagement activities that interest you.

Updates on recent activities

Statutory Consultation Proposing a Replacement St Catherine's RC Primary School

We want to hear your views on plans to establish a new 11 class primary school and nursery on the South Neighbourhood Office site on Captain’s Road, replacing the existing St Catherine's Roman...

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Proposal to build a new primary school in the Builyeon Road housing development

Significant new housing is proposed within the Queensferry area. The existing school infrastructure is not large enough to accommodate the pupil numbers expected going forward. Proposal...

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Towards West Edinburgh 2050

Towards West Edinburgh 2050 is our proposal on how the area to the west of the city should change over time. It is a ‘spatial strategy’ which covers the area of land stretching from the western...

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West Edinburgh Placemaking Framework and Strategic Masterplan

We are planning to create a new neighbourhood along the A8 corridor, next to Edinburgh Airport. This will have around 11,000 new homes alongside shops, schools, healthcare, leisure facilities and...

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Licensing of Sexual Entertainment Venues - July 2023

In March 2022, the Regulatory Committee formally agreed to introduce a licensing scheme for Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs) in Edinburgh. This followed the introduction of new legislation which...

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Broxburn to Maybury Public Transport and Active Travel Improvements

Working with West Lothian Council, we want to improve travel along the A8/A89 between Broxburn and Maybury. Our aim is to better connect communities with major employment, education, healthcare and...

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Closed activities

  • Liberton Hospital Community Engagement Pop-Up Event

    On 31 March, The City of Edinburgh Council were successful in their bid to purchase Liberton Hospital and the neighbouring Blood Transfusion Site. This has created a unique opportunity to engage fully with the local community to create a masterplan for the site. The development aims to provide...

    Closed 12 February 2024

  • George Street and First New Town Design Project

    We want to hear what you think about our next phase of the George Street and First New Town project and the design of the cross streets of North Castle Street, Frederick Street and Hanover Street (North). The Council is committed to delivering our vision for the...

    Closed 8 February 2024

  • Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) - Business Survey

    This version of the survey is specifically aimed at businesses. If you are an individual or household responding to this consultation, please use the individual survey . A new law was introduced from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 giving councils in Scotland the ability to introduce a...

    Closed 6 February 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We undertook a consultation to determine the level of support for a range of proposals to be included within the Activity Hub re-development of the disused bowling greens at Leith Links. This consultation also explored feedback and opinions towards transforming the pavilion into a café, toilet and community space. Prior to the survey on our consultation hub we delivered an activity hub consultation day at the bowling greens at Leith Links where we engaged a range of groups and local people and publicised the activity hub development. Some of these organisations and groups based in and around Leith included:

  • Community council
  • YMCA
  • Earth in Common
  • Primary and Secondary schools
  • Area Councillors
  • Local residents

This consultation progresses the original 2022 Leith Links masterplan which proposed the re-development of the bowling greens into an Activity Hub.

We held a public consultation on the proposed designs for the Activity Hub between 6 September 2023 and 21 October 2023.  

You said

  • Over 100 people attended our Activity Hub consultation day at the Leith Links bowling greens on 9 September 2023.
  • 1082 people responded to our consultation via the hub.
  • 92% of responses strongly agreed or agreed with transforming the vacant pavilion into a café with community space and toilets.
  • 51% of responses strongly agreed or agreed that the café should have multiple levels.
  • 84% of responses supported the proposed designs for the activity hub.
  • 90% of responses strongly agreed or agreed that the activity proposals suit a range of user groups of different ages, abilities and interests.
  • In addition to the skatepark which was already consulted on as part of the Leith Links Masterplan, the top 3 ranked activities for the hub were a pump track/bike trail, bouldering rocks and roller rink, respectively.
  • Significant themes from feedback stressed the importance of incorporating biodiversity elements, including social seating, managing noise and ensuring that the space can be used for adults as well as children.

We did

We would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation.

We have already considered the comments and how to reflect them in the design. Where this is not possible, we will explore how other areas of the park can be adapted to accommodate some of these suggestions.

Our next step is updating the plans to take to Planning Committee early next year. After planning consent our focus will be on securing funding to take forward detailed designs and deliver the scheme. Further updates on this will be published on www.thrivinggreenspaces.scot

We asked

We undertook a consultation exercise on the draft West Edinburgh Placemaking Framework and Strategic Masterplan (WEPFSM).

We asked for comments on various parts of the WEPFSM including what is good about the area; what are the challenges, sustainability; green blue network and landscape; open space, play and recreation; connectivity, access, movement and parking; living well locally; and creating a distinctive place.

The consultation took place for 12 weeks between 12 July 2023 and 4 October 2023.

There was engagement via the questionnaire on the Consultation Hub, a staffed pop-up session, a drop-in exhibition and two online webinars. Young people were engaged at three events in local schools and there was a presentation to Corstorphine Community Council. There were also discussions with a range of consultees and stakeholders.

You said

  • 173 people responded to our consultation via the Consultation Hub.
  • Over 50 people attended the drop-in information session.
  • Over 160 young people were involved in the school engagement exercises.
  • There were concerns about the principle of developing the site and the loss of green space.
  • The increase in traffic was the main concern and that development will bring further congestion to the area.
  • Making sure public transport is there from the start was important.
  • Needs better designed and safe cycle paths, walkways and crossings that meet the needs of different people.
  • Having a range of local amenities nearby needs to be a priority with overall support for a 20 minute neighbourhood approach.
  • Importance of delivering a range of homes that are affordable.
  • Needs to be as much green space as possible but they need to be fit for different uses and be inclusive.
  • Suggested a range of place names.

We did

We would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and attended the events.

We have revised the WEPFSM and we took it to Planning Committee on 19 December 2023 where it was approved. You can see all the associated papers (including the consultation report) and view the webcast of the meeting on our Committee meetings webpage.

We considered all the responses and took them into account when thinking about the revised version of the WEPFSM.

The main changes were:

  • Ensuring active travel and public transport remain core to the WEPFSM; and that the roads, path network and connections support this approach.
  • Recognising the needs of everyone within the future community in terms of open space, uses and services.
  • Adjusting the Airport area so uses such as town centre are not shown within it.
  • More developed options for the Gogar Burn.
  • Making the WEPFSM more concise and improving the illustrations
  • Making the phasing requirements clearer

The WEPFSM is now planning guidance that will shape the future development of West Edinburgh as required by Place Policy 16 in City Plan 2030. It will be a material consideration as future planning applications come forward for the area.

We asked

Every year the City of Edinburgh Council’s justice services conducts a Community Payback consultation to gather the public’s views on Community Payback Orders (CPO) which are given by the Court to people as an alternative to a prison sentence, to pay for their crimes. We asked about the unpaid work part of a CPO; this is when an individual who has committed an offence does unpaid work in the community.

We asked about general awareness of CPOs and unpaid work.  

We asked whether you thought unpaid work gave people the opportunity to pay for their crimes. 

We asked for your suggestions about community projects or organisations that could benefit from unpaid work.

You said

We received 105 responses for the 2023 consultation.  The majority of respondents (81%) were fully aware of CPOs, with 16% having some awareness. Just under 3% of respondents had no awareness of CPOs.

There was a high level of awareness of unpaid work with 93% of respondents stating they were fully aware of unpaid work and just under 4% having partial awareness. Just under 3% had no awareness of unpaid work.

42% of respondents thought that community payback gave people who have committed offences the opportunity to pay for their crimes. 41% thought that it partly gave people that opportunity. 17% were unsure or disagreed, believing that unpaid work did not present the opportunity to pay back to the community for crimes committed.

82% of respondents gave answers to the invitation to suggest community projects or organisations that could benefit from unpaid work. 

We did

The level of awareness of unpaid work and community payback is high however from the consultation responses it is clear that there is less confidence amongst the public that those undertaking unpaid work are being given the opportunity to pay back for their crimes.

To help raise awareness of the value of community payback both to communities and individuals as a worthwhile and appropriate alternative to prison, justice services plans to share examples of recent unpaid work community projects and feedback from beneficiaries. From February 2024, working with our communications colleagues, we propose to highlight this positive work across local media channels to further the understanding of community payback and unpaid work.

The suggestions we received from respondents in relation to potential community projects that could benefit from unpaid work have been passed to the team who manage community payback unpaid work projects in the community for their consideration and follow up where appropriate.

Justice services would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.