Depute Chief Executives' Update: Issue 15/2021

Dear All

Welcome to our latest fortnightly update – August already! As always, we hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and have been able to enjoy some of the great weather we’ve been having – either side of last week’s weather warnings, of course!

Now that we are in level zero for Covid measures, we are reminded to stick to the guidance and take sensible precautions so that we can continue to the next step beyond level zero next week (9 August). As always, you can read the full details of what is now permitted on the Scottish Government website.

Now on with the news updates from the past two weeks:

News from the Council

Council Service Updates
The final fortnightly service update to Councillors was issued at the end of last week (Friday 30 July). Our post-recess Council diary kicks off this week, and with a full programme of Council and Service Committee meetings in place in a return to normal reporting timescales, the fortnightly updates are no longer required.

You can read the final edition on the Technical Notes page of the website, and we’ll provide updates on our updated approach to performance reporting as this is implemented in the coming months.

Covid-19 Update
The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues with clinics in both Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre and Allander Leisure Centre. Full details of all vaccination clinics in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area can be found on the NHSGGC website.

Community asymptomatic testing remains a priority and the testing centre operating from War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs is open to all those living, working and visiting East Dunbartonshire who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.

Putting people in the picture
Dynamic videos are being released which focus on the great outdoors in the local area. The 'Explore, Enjoy East Dunbartonshire' short films train the spotlight on attractions and opportunities to get around actively - including walking, cycling, wheeling and more. They are part of efforts to encourage more people to enjoy local tourism assets and to help guide improvements to the travel network. The new videos tie in with the Council's Active Travel Discussion - ongoing until 28 September 2021. There's an interactive map for people to have a say and add ideas, and further online discussion sessions are being held in August and September. Check out the News section of our website for more info.

Have your say

  • Consultation is being carried out on East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board's Draft Supplementary Policy. Have your say before 23 August 2021 by visiting our website. All premises remain subject to the opening hours allowed under the relevant COVID-19 Regulations.
  • There's still time to help shape the future of Bishopbriggs town centre as part of the Council's £34.88 million City Deal project - with initial consultation taking place until 15 August 2021. Check out the interactive StoryMap by visiting our website.

Outlook bright for a Safer Summer
In case you missed Employee News 33, a handy new guide is available to help you and your loved ones enjoy a safe summer - offering advice, hints, support and links. The Council and HSCP have produced a Summer Safety booklet packed with information to ensure you have a season to remember for all the right reasons. You can download a copy of Summer Safety East Dunbartonshire from our News section. The booklet builds on work carried out by the Council and HSCP to support Healthy Working Lives.

Milngavie Week not going ahead
We've been informed by Milngavie Community Development Trust that Milngavie Week will not be going ahead in September. The annual celebration could not take place in June as planned, but organisers hoped it might take place in some form next month. However, due to current uncertainties it has been shelved. There may still be local events taking place in September. Look out for news locally and on social media. Fingers crossed for next year...

PACE – Partnership Action for Continued Employment
The Council has recently launched a new service to provide support for anyone who lives in East Dunbartonshire who is worried about their job, is on furlough, has been made redundant or is at risk of redundancy. PACE (Partnership Action of Continued Employment) is dedicated to helping individuals and can be contacted for careers guidance, advice on money, benefits, housing and council tax, and for information on funding, training, re-skilling or starting up a business.

If you have friends or family who could benefit from PACE, please give them the following contact information to access support:

Telephone:  0141 777 3082

Graduate Opportunities
Following on from the Modern Apprenticeship recruitment campaign, we are now advertising for nine local graduates for positions on our Early Careers Programme.  We have opportunities in HR, Business, Innovation and Transformation, ICT, Accounts and Finance, Civil Engineering, Information Management and Procurement. You can share these new opportunities with any local graduates you know – all details are on the Council page of the myjobscotland website. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 August 2022.

Greenspace Strategy
If you live in East Dunbartonshire and have a view on what would make your local park better or have ideas of how to enhance biodiversity in the area's open spaces then don't be shy, get involved in the Greenspace Strategy Consultation.

The Greenspace Strategy is the blueprint for making East Dunbartonshire a greener, healthier, better place to live. It replaces the existing Open Space Strategy but will also look at things like how young people can get the best of the great outdoors in their area, how to use nature-based solutions to help take action on climate change and how we can travel locally in a greener way.

The consultation is underway and will run until 28 September so there is plenty of time to make your views known. A series of online community events are scheduled for August and September but if you can’t make them then you can share your comments and suggestions for Open Space, Play Sufficiency and the Green Network at any time by using the interactive Ideas Map tool which can be found on

Climate Ready Park
If you live in Bishopbriggs then have your say on plans for the Climate Ready Park at Woodhill (Greenhill) and Etive Parks.

An online public engagement event on the concept design for the parks in the heart of Bishopbriggs has been extended until Friday 13 August.

Have your say now

Employee Wellbeing - Healthy Working Lives news for August

Watch this space later this week when we’ll issue the August Healthy Working Lives update through an Employee News with links to the HWL section of the Employee Zone.

Remember there is a wealth of information and support in the Wellbeing section of the Employee Zone, including details of our Employee Assistance Programme.

News from EDLC Trust

Play away the days
Young football fans are running out of time to net an amazing deal. For just £10 per court, juniors can enjoy an hour-long football session (between 9am and 4pm) on the outdoor 5-a-side courts at the Leisuredrome and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre. Offer applies between Monday and Friday (until 11 August) for anyone aged between eight and 16. Ask at reception for more info or call 0141 777 3060 (Leisuredrome) / 0141 578 8222 (Kirkintilloch). Offer subject to terms and conditions.

Browsing is back!
Browsing is back at Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Lennoxtown, Milngavie and William Patrick Libraries as readers will once again be able to peruse the shelves and leave with an armful of must-read titles. The popular Connect and Collect service also remain in place to serve those who prefer not to browse in person at this time - available days and times are listed outside each library or you can find them online.

News from the HSCP

Call for volunteers
East Dunbartonshire HSCP is looking for volunteers to join the Public, Service User and Carer Group. For more info, check out the video or email

Dates for your Diary

3 August       First Planning Board post-recess
5 August       Cycle to Work Day 2021
12 August     International Youth Day
12 August     First Committee Meeting post-recess (PNCA)
12 August     Pupils return to EDC Schools
23 Sept          First Council post-recess

And finally…….

As always, our continued thanks to you all – stay safe and keep well. For those of you having breaks over the next few weeks, have a great time, and here’s hoping some great weather continues. The summer is flying by, with our schools returning in under two weeks. We’ll be back again with our next update on Monday 16 August with the next fortnightly DCE update.

Ann and Thomas