Holiday Fun Clubs – applications for funding – how to find out more

Keeping children entertained and fed during school holidays can be a challenge and can have a big impact on family budgets.  We know that for some families in particular, being able to use free Holiday Fun Clubs can help to take away some of these pressures. The Council cannot resource these clubs on its own and so we want to work with partner organisations to provide free Holiday Clubs across the Stirling Council area over the summer holidays. We hope that the families who would benefit most from these will be able to attend clubs that are local to them.

If your organisation is interested in applying for funding to run a holiday club and wish to find out more then please come along to one of the open evening sessions that is taking place:

Tuesday 21 May 2019  – SVE offices at Jubilee House, Forthside Way 6-7.30pm

 Monday 27 May 2019 – Callander Kirk Hall, 14 S Church St, Callander FK17 8BN

 If you would like further information about any aspect of this, please contact Lynda Perkins or Jennifer Abernethy

perkinsl@stirling.gov.uk

abernethyj@stirling.gov.uk

Unconventional Oil and Gas addendum consultation

We have been asked by Scottish Government to share information about their Unconventional Oil and Gas addendum consultation. This follows on from a consultation in October 2018 on An Environmental Report for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Scottish Government’s preferred policy position, updated preferred policy position and a partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA).

More information about the addendum consultation and the previous consultation are available below. The consultation will close on 25th June 2019 and any questions should be sent to UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot

The Scottish Government continues to take a cautious, evidence-led approach to considering unconventional oil and gas. On 03 October 2017, the Scottish Government set out a preferred position that it does not support onshore unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland. The preferred policy position is subject to statutory and other assessments before the policy is adopted.

An Environmental Report for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Scottish Government’s preferred policy position was published in October 2018, alongside the updated preferred policy position and a partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). Views were invited on the contents of these documents, and the Scottish Government’s preferred policy position, during an eight-week consultation from October to December 2018. The responses are currently being analysed; the Scottish Government is  grateful to all those who took part in the consultation process.

Scottish Ministers remain committed to transparency and public engagement on this important issue.  As confirmed via Parliamentary Question on 26 March, the responses received to the recent consultation have led the Scottish Government to form the view that it would be helpful to provide some further clarification on a number of points raised in response to the consultation documents, specifically regarding the preferred policy position and its objectives. The Scottish Government is also taking the opportunity to update its position on the reasonable alternatives to the preferred policy position which were considered as part of the SEA process.

Our approach to the addendum consultation is in line with the cautious, evidence-led approach we have consistently taken towards the development of an unconventional oil and gas policy for Scotland. This is an important issue with strongly-held views on all sides, and it is only right that we continue this approach as we move towards confirming and adopting a final policy.

I can confirm that the Scottish Government has today published an addendum to the SEA Environmental Report, the preferred policy position statement and the partial BRIA, and will invite further comments on the points covered. Responses to the addendum will be considered in detail prior to any  policy position being adopted.

Responses are invited via the Scottish Government’s online consultation site, Citizen Space: https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/unconventional-oil-and-gas-sea. Alternative formats can be made available on request by emailing UOGSEAConsultation@gov.scot, or calling 0131 244 9380.

In line with the initial consultation in late 2018, the consultation will run for eight weeks until 25 June, after which the responses will be analysed. Our final policy on unconventional oil and gas will be confirmed as soon as possible after this process is complete.

Short-Term Lets: Consultation

We have been asked by Scottish Government to share information about their consultation on short-term lets. The consultation closes on 19th July 2019. If there are any questions, please email shorttermlets@gov.scot

Short-Term Lets: Consultation

The consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Your views will help the Scottish Government find the right approach for Scotland. The consultation closes on 19th July 2019.

For more information about the consultation, please visit https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/

You can read the consultation paper here: https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/consultation-paper/2019/04/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/documents/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/govscot%3Adocument

Or download the consultation paper from here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/