East Lothian Consultation Hub

Welcome to the East Lothian Consultation Hub. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you. Recently added consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

Open Consultations

  • Print and Mail Communications

    Since Covid there has been a decrease in hard-copy letters being sent to customers and being received by the Council. The Council is considering how best to manage mail and correspondence in the future and would welcome your input to allow us to design a system that meets your needs. ... More

    Closes 22 April 2021

  • East Lothian Primary Care Improvement Plan

    East Lothian’s Primary Care Improvement Plan was developed in collaboration with primary care professionals, primary care representatives, stakeholders, service managers, the third sector and planners. It aims to develop a model of care which: Develops a multidisciplinary team approach... More

    Closes 30 April 2021

  • Scottish Government's Local Place Plan Regulations consultation

    Local Place Plans are a new type of community led plan giving people an opportunity to develop proposals for the development and use of land in the place where they live. They will not replace Local Development Plans but will provide more detail for smaller areas. They will be drawn up by... More

    Closes 25 June 2021

  • Covid 19 Tenants Survey

    We know that many households have been affected financially by COVID-19. East Lothian Council’s Rent Income Team is committed to ensuring all tenants receive help and support when needed, therefore we are asking Council tenants to complete a short survey to tell us how the current... More

    Closes 27 July 2021

Forthcoming Consultations

Closed Consultations

  • COVID Spring Hardship Payment Application

    COVID spring hardship payment On 16 February 2021 the Cabinet Secretary for Finance announced a £100 COVID spring hardship payment would be made to families for each child in receipt of Free School Meals because of low income and that this would include eligible pre-school aged children... More

    Closed 1 April 2021

  • Key Worker Application for in-school learning and childcare March 2021

    Early learning settings have now reopened and P1-P3 pupils have returned to school on a full-time basis. Pupils in S4-S6 can also go into school on a part-time basis if they have practical work for their national qualifications. As a result of the First Minister's announcement on... More

    Closed 21 March 2021

  • Early Learning and Childcare: EASTER 2021

    The Scottish Government is committed to increasing the funded entitlement to Early Learning & Childcare for all eligible 3-4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds from 600 hours to 1140 hours. This was due to be introduced across all settings (local authority and funded providers) from August... More

    Closed 19 March 2021

  • Learning Estate Review: Pre-Consultation

    We want to hear your views on the East Lothian Council School Estate. East Lothian Council’s vision is to develop a modern, safe, sustainable learning estate that enhances and supports communities while improving the lives of families equally, no matter what area they are in. ... More

    Closed 15 March 2021

  • Land Management Rules for East Lothian

    East Lothian Council, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 112 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, intends making Land Management Rules for the Council’s Countryside sites, Parks, Nature Reserves and Greenspace which are intended to facilitate the use of these areas in a... More

    Closed 1 March 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We asked

Whether to make a permanent 20mph speed limit covering Dunbar streets north of the railway line, following a trial in 2018-19.

Our aim was to reduce the dominance of motorised traffic, resulting in streets feeling safer for cycling and walking while still allowing the free movement of vehicles. Most streets south of the railway are already covered by a permanent 20mph speed limit.

You said

Around 1500 responses were received, roughly half of which were online and half were responses to the paper consultation which was delivered to every household.

  • 66% of respondents are in favour of retaining the 20mph speed limit, with 28% against and 6% not recording an opinion
  • 56% of those in favour of the speed limit, preferred retaining the 30mph limit on the arterial route (Queens Road/High Street/Belhaven Road)

An additional question was asked about whether the new speed limit should also apply to Kellie Road, but as only 45% of responses were in favour of this.

We did

Your comments have been summarised in a report which will be submitted to Cabinet on 21st January. This includes additional data from speed surveys which show significant reductions in speed, particularly on Belhaven Road and Summerfield Road.

The recommendation of the report is that 20mph limits will be made permanent on all the streets north of the railway in Dunbar, with the exception of the arterial route (Queens Road/High Street/Belhaven Road) which will retain a speed limit of 30mph. The recommendation is that Kellie Road remains at 30mph. There will be a further opportunity to comment as this progresses through the statutory Traffic Regulation Order process.

We asked

For your comments on the Countryside and Coast Supplementary Planning Guidance. 

You said

You made a variety of comments on the document, including the need to protect the countryside and coast from unnecessary or unsympathetic development. Your comments are summarised in a report which can be downloaded as Item 128/19 from the Members Library Service. This Report was available to Councillors before they made the decision on whether or not to approve the Countryside and Coast Supplementary Planning Guidance. 

We did

We considered your comments and made several changes to the Countryside and Coast Supplementary Planning Guidance in response. The changes are shown in Item 128/19 from the Members Library Service.

The Council approved the amended Countryside and Coast Supplementary Planning Guidance at a meeting on 29 October 2019. This guidance will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications while the East Lothian Local Development Plan 2018 remains in force. The guidance can be downloaded here: Countryside and Coast Supplementary Planning Guidance

We asked

We asked our tenants, applicants and stakeholders for their views on the review of the Council’s Housing Allocations Policy. There were eight proposals for change up for discussion and we asked for your feedback.

You said

Over 2,300 surveys were returned that contained over 10,000 comments on the policy review. Analysis showed that there was majority support for all eight of the proposals for change.

We did

Having the collective support of our tenants, applicants and stakeholders provided the Council with a mandate to proceed with the Housing Allocations Policy review. All of the comments collected during the consultation process formed part of the Consultation Register and were responded to by the Housing Allocations Working Group. A  Consultation Report was produced and submitted to Council and Elected Members detailing the consultation outcomes – this is also publically available. The revised Housing Allocations Policy will ‘go live’ on the 1st May 2019.