Environment and Economy

£20m of support for regeneration in local communities

More than 600 jobs to be created or supported.

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity.

A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

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Thu, 07/03/2019 - 09:00

COSLA comment on winter preparedness

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:

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Fri, 25/01/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on Scottish Crown Estate Bill

COSLA Spokesperson for Environment and Economy Councillor Steven Heddle said: "COSLA welcomes the passage of the Scottish Crown Estate Bill by the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

"The passage of this Bill marks a step towards devolution of the Crown Estate to Local Authorities which has been a long-held aspiration of Local Government and something which COSLA has long campaigned on.

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Thu, 22/11/2018 - 10:58

COSLA comment on the Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit)(Scotland) Bill

COSLA is generally positive towards the proposed Bill. It is important that any proposal to change the speed limit to 20mph is resourced and is practical for Local Government to deliver and will need a considerable and lengthy public information campaign that is fully funded.

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Tue, 25/09/2018 - 08:59

COSLA comment on enivronmental fines recovery

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is an operational matter for individual authorities. Obviously cuts to local government funding do not help in relation to the essential services we provide."

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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on countryside rangers

A COSLA Spokesperson: "COSLA recognises the important role which countryside rangers provide. Local Government has faced serious financial constraint in recent years which has impacted upon many vital services - countryside rangers included. Every organisation has to balance its budget, and this includes Local Authorities and SNH.

"While we recognise why supporters of specific services sometimes call for ring fencing, this is not something we support as it reduces the ability of councils to respond to local pressures taking cognisance of local need and circumstance.

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Mon, 30/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on electric vehicle chargers

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Our understanding is that these figures (showing council plans to build electric vehicle charging points) will reflect electric vehicle charging points to which councils are currently committed.
"These charging points have been gradually rolling out in a planned way across the country as the numbers of electric vehicles in Scotland increase.
"Ongoing development will depend on a range of factors such as the further increase in vehicles, new technologies and the availability of funding.

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Sun, 29/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on waste recycling

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s councils are fully committed to recycling and have a good record in contributing to improving national recycling rates. We have, as a joint initiative between Local and Scottish Government, developed the Household Recycling Charter to help ensure more uniform waste and recycling collection systems.

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Fri, 20/07/2018 - 16:00

Joint COSLA and Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund open for applications

The joint COSLA and Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is once again open for applications. RCGF is delivered in partnership with Scottish Government.
The fund supports locally developed regeneration projects that involve local communities, help to support and create jobs and build sustainable communities.

First Stage applications for projects that can start in 2019/20 are now being requested and should be submitted by email to: rcgf@gov.scot by 5pm on 29th June 2018.

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Thu, 17/05/2018 - 07:58

COSLA comment on recycling charter

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s Councils are fully committed to recycling and have a good record in doing so. Some of the issues raised are recognised by local government.  

“We have, as a joint initiative between local and Scottish Government, developed the Household Recycling Charter to address this issue -  a more uniform waste collection system, to further improve recycling.

“Once this is fully rolled out across Scotland, your recycling will be collected in the same type of bin, whether you are in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban or Tiree.

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Thu, 19/04/2018 - 16:00