Have your Say on Human Rights in Scotland

Events: Have your say about the future of human rights in Scotland

Last year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set up an independent Advisory Group to develop a series of recommendations and actions around human rights in Scotland – and you can have your say at these events across the country.

Human rights are a vital part of a just and equal society. They give you a set of rights and freedoms regardless of where you are from, how old you are, what you believe, or how you choose to live your life.

How your human rights are affected by governments and other bodies is becoming increasingly important. The Advisory Group is making recommendations on how we can protect our existing rights and examine how Scotland can go further in demonstrating human rights leadership.

The Advisory Group want to hear your views and feedback on their developing recommendations and how they can be made as effective as possible in improving the lives of people and communities. We’re inviting you along to a discussion event so you can have your say:




All events will be held in the afternoon, with exact timings to be confirmed. We’ll also have an opportunity to share your views online soon.

We’ll also be having lots of discussion on Facebook and Twitter using #HumanRightsLeadership, You can follow the @HRLeadershipSco Twitter account, Like them on Facebook  and visit the website www.humanrightsleadership.scot for more.


Scottish Rural Action – August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Rural Transport Convention

We have announced the fantastic speakers and a broad range of workshops for the Rural Transport Convention.

The event takes place over two days, 11th and 12th of September in Inverness. For full details and to book your ticket – click here.

What happens after Brexit?

We are going to be travelling to rural communities to hear their thoughts about what happens after we Brexit – what are the concerns and problems? What can be done to ensure our communities aren’t unfairly impacted?

You can read more about the project on our website, but we are looking for communities that can offer an opportunity for us to come and talk about these issues.  We will take the issues raised and potential solutions to both the UK and Scottish governments.

Innovator Awards at the Scottish Rural Parliament

A real highlight of previous Rural Parliaments has been the innovator awards. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience to build better communities.

This years categories are:
💡 Environment and land use
💡 Transport and infrastructure
💡 Innovation in Dumfries and Galloway
💡 Youth-led (up to 25)
💡 Food and drink
💡 Building rural communities

Find out more about this competition and how to enter by clicking here. You can also find out more about the Scottish Rural Parliament and book your place by clicking here.

Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund

The Scottish Government Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund provides grants of up to £300 (in exceptional circumstances up to £500) to small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them run an event with a group of five or more people to discuss what matters to them in relation to democracy.

Groups and voluntary organisations with a turnover of up to £100,000 can apply for a grant to run an event and cover costs such as venue hire, catering, childcare and inclusive communication such as interpreters. Click here for more information.

Banking at the Post Office

As bank branch closures become a bigger problem across rural Scotland, we thought we should share this useful information from our friends at the Post Office. There is lots of useful information for personal banking and small businesses alike. Find out more by clicking here.

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The Future of Eastwood Leisure Centre

A public consultation on the future of leisure provision in Eastwood has been launched.

East Renfrewshire Council is seeking the views of the public to consider the best way forward for providing leisure facilities which meet residents’ needs in the future.

The current Eastwood Park Leisure complex was built more than 40 years ago and both the building and swimming pool are now reaching the end of their natural lifespan. Carmichael Hall and Eastwood Theatre also require major renovation and refurbishment if they are to remain fit for purpose.

So the Council has now put forward four options to allow residents to consider and influence how facilities in Eastwood are developed in the coming years.

The options include continuing to run the centre on a maintenance basis only, refurbishment, redeveloping the existing site with an extension or scoping out the potential for creating a new state-of-the-art leisure and recreational facility on a different site within Eastwood”.

East Renfrewshire Council has published the consultation on the future of Eastwood Leisure facilities in Giffnock, https://getinvolved.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/erc/eastwoodleisure


There is an article explaining it here.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Asset Register

Dear sir/madam,

Back in October 2017 the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service launched the Community Asset Register (CAR).

Essentially this is a register of volunteers who have a particular asset or skill which they feel could be used to support emergency services and responders at an incident.

Examples include someone with a boat who could be called in times of flooding to assist evacuate people from houses to a place of safety.  Similarly someone with a 4X4 may be used in times of severe snow to transport vulnerable people to a community hall.

Further information about the CAR can be found on the link below:


Unfortunately, it is impossible to gauge how often a volunteer will be requested.

Mobilisations can be determined by severe weather, a specific type of asset/skill required for the incident, the emergency services availability and resources in the area and the location of the volunteer.

It must be stressed that even when someone has registered, they are under no obligation to mobilise when they are called by the Operations Control centre.

For anyone to register an interest and request a form they would be required to email:

SFRS.CommunityAssetRegister@firescotland.gov.uk and a registration form will be sent to be completed along with guidelines on how to complete the registration process.

Thank you.

Planning (Scotland) Bill

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today, Friday 15 December, launched a call for written views from all interested organisations and individuals as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Planning (Scotland) Bill.


The call for views can be accessed at the following link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/107221.aspx


If you or your organisation wish to respond to the Committee then please send your submissions to LocalGovernmentandCommunities@parliament.scot no later than Friday 2 February 2018. Please note that written submissions to the Committee are published on the Committee’s website in line with the Parliament’s policy on treatment of written evidence by Committees. We’d be grateful if you could confirm that you are content for your submission to be published in line with the policy.

SRA – RBS Bank Closures

RBS branch closures

We need your views!

The announced closure of 62 RBS branches across Scotland in the last week has kicked off debate from village shops to Holyrood and was also raised at Prime Ministers Questions in Westminster.

The Holyrood debate saw cross-party support for calls for a re-think and larger impact assessments.  There were  even calls for an introduction of legislation to stop the closure of the ‘last bank in town’ without consultation by the independent Financial Conduct Authority.

Scottish Rural Action is undertaking this research to find out what the impacts will be on our rural communities and their high streets.  Some suggest it may be a good thing as it will free up shop units for other types of businesses, whilst others argue it will drive away business.  We expect the survey to show complex results with a range of impacts.

Scottish Rural Action will take full range of views collected to an evidence session at Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster on 17 January 2018, so it is important we are able to fully represent rural Scotland.

We know anecdotally impacts of these planned branch closures will hit rural communities the hardest, and it will be the elderly and those who rely on public transport that will be disproportionately affected.  Island communities and villages in the Highlands and Borders may have to do round trips of several hours to do their cash banking.  We know that many rural communities do not have reliable high speed broadband or mobile signal to use the digital solutions on offer for a limited number of services.

Take the survey

Once you have taken the survey, please share it with people in your community.

Glasgow Airport Consultation – Airspace Change Proposal & Noise Action

We received the following regarding a consultation on Airspace Change and Noise Action:



Glasgow Airport Launches Airspace Change Proposal & Noise Action Plan Consultations

In December, we wrote to you to let you know about our Airspace Change Proposal and Noise Action Plan consultations.  I am pleased to confirm that these are now both live and your views are critical to ensuring that we take decisions that reflect the views of communities and stakeholders.

The Airspace Change Proposal forms part of an industry-wide drive, the Future Airspace Strategy, mandated by our regulator – the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – to create airspace infrastructure fit for the 21st century. A key element of the strategy involves the removal of selected ground- based navigation aids across the UK and a move to procedures predicated on state-of-the-art satellite navigation systems by the end of the decade. Our air traffic control provider, NATS, has informed us that the ground-based navigation aid used at Glasgow Airport will be withdrawn in 2019 meaning we are required to modernise our approach and departure procedures.

We are keen to stress that we will only make changes to the approach or departure flight paths once we have considered the views of all those who respond. We will then present those views to the CAA before the necessary approval can be granted to implement these new procedures which will minimise the amount of time planes queue, both in the air and on the ground, and reduce fuel and CO2 emissions by 21%.

We are fully committed to growing the airport responsibly and modernising our airspace will help us achieve that. It is important that our communities and stakeholders are fully involved in this modernisation process and we would encourage people to participate.

We are also required to publish an updated noise action plan every five years and will be undertaking a parallel 13-week consultation on a draft plan. The noise action plan sets out proposed measures to manage and mitigate the impact of aviation-related noise.

We would therefore be grateful if you could take some time to share your views as part of these consultations which launched on Monday 15th January 2018 and run to Friday 13th April 2018.

Full details can be accessed at our dedicated websites. For the Airspace Consultation please visitwww.glasgowairport.com/airspace and for our Noise Action Plan Consultation visitwww.glasgowairport.com/community/noise.

In addition, you can contact us at airspace@glasgowairport.com or napconsultation@glasgowairport.com for further information.

Mark Johnston
Operations Director
Glasgow Airport