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

  • Services for older people

    East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership (ELHSCP) brings together employees within East Lothian Council and NHS Lothian to integrate health and social care services for the local population. Our collective mission is to deliver the best care, best health and best value for...

    Closes 3 December 2023

  • Rent Level Consultation 2024/25

    East Lothian Council consults with tenants, tenants and residents' groups and East Lothian Tenants & Residents Panel (ELTRP) on any proposals to increase rents. We know decisions about rent and how we spend the money we collect is extremely important. The money you pay in rent goes towards the...

    Closes 15 December 2023

  • East Lothian Council (B6355 New Winton) (40mph Buffer Zone) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council gives notice that it intends to make an Order under 82(2), 83(2) and of paragraph 27 (1) of Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to vary speed limits on the B6355 on the approaches to New Winton. A copy of the proposed Order, Schedule and...

    Closes 15 December 2023

  • East Lothian Council (Various Locations, East Lothian (Disabled Parking Spaces) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council intends to make an Order under Sections 1(1), 2(1) and (2), 3 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce and/or amend enforceable disabled bay restrictions at Various Locations across East Lothian A copy of the proposed Order,...

    Closes 15 December 2023

  • East Lothian Council (Eskmills Road, Musselburgh) (Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council intends to make an Order under Sections 1(1), 2(1) and (2), 3 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce and/or amend enforceable waiting restrictions at Eskmills Road within Musselburgh. A copy of the proposed Order, Schedule,...

    Closes 15 December 2023

Closed Consultations

  • Early Years Parent Consultation 2023

    East Lothian Council (ELC) offers a range of Early Learning and Childcare (EL&CC) options through local Council, Funded Partners and childminder settings. This consultation seeks to gain insight around: Parent / Carer preference of the range of EL&CC options within their community. ...

    Closed 1 December 2023

  • Annual Procurement Survey 2023

    The purpose of this survey is to reach out to the internal customers and stakeholders of the Procurement Team, to actively seek feedback which will enable the team to identify areas and opportunities for improving our processes.

    Closed 30 November 2023

  • Journey Hubs: new connections for sustainable transport in East Lothian

    East Lothian Council is taking a joined-up approach to public and sustainable transport and working to create high-profile interchanges across the area. These are called Journey Hubs. What Are Journey Hubs? Journey Hubs are transportation centres which provide public...

    Closed 30 November 2023

  • East Lothian Independent Advocacy Strategy

    Independent advocacy Independent advocacy helps people to have as much control as possible in their lives. An independent advocate is a person who will support people to have their views heard. Independent advocates: speak up for people and...

    Closed 19 November 2023

  • Draft East Lothian Play Sufficiency Assessment

    What is a Play Sufficiency Assessment (PSA)? The Play Sufficiency Assessment (PSA) is intended to provide an overall picture as to the provision and distribution of outdoor play opportunities for children across the whole of a local authority area. East Lothian Council...

    Closed 13 November 2023

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We asked

We asked tenants, tenants and residents groups and ELTRP for their views on our proposals to increase rents. 

The council is aware that for many tenants this year is possibly even more difficult with high inflation and a cost of living that is placing huge stresses on household finances notably around energy costs and the price of food. We explained that without a rent increase in April 2023, it will be impossible for the Council to continue to deliver the current level of service including its ambitious capital programme.

With these factors in mind we set out a range of options 0%, 3% and 5% and explained the effect that each of these options would have on our housing service.


You said

Of those who responded to our consultation:

  • 92% were happy with the level of consultation and information they received about the annual rent increase
  • 85% thought that the rent they pay is good value for money


We did

All the feedback received was added to a report to inform the Elected members of the outcome of the consultation. The report will be heard at the Council’s Special Budget Meeting in February 2023.  At that meeting, a decision will be taken regarding the rent increase.  We will write out to all tenants after this meeting to inform them of the outcome and any planned incrrease to their rent charge for 2023/2024.

We asked

We asked

We asked your views on the Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 that had been prepared by the Council setting out the objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years to tackle poverty in East.

You said

You Said

Twentynine individuals and six organisations responded to the survey. Organisations also took the opportunity to comment on the draft Plan at various meetings. In addition, the views of people with lived experience were recorded and presented as evidence to the consultation. A full report on the results of the consultation, including the comments made by respondents to the online consultation and people with lived experience has been lodged in the Council’s Members Library Service.

The consultation showed overwhelming support for the outcomes and proposed actions detailed in the Draft Poverty Plan.

The common theme of responses to the consultation is that there is a growing urgency that concerted action is needed to tackle the impact of the rise in poverty as a result of the pandemic and other factors such as price inflation and withdrawal of the £20 Universal Credit boost.

We did

We Did

The final version of the Plan – Our policies, plans and strategies - Poverty Plan 2021-2023 | East Lothian Council – was amended to take account of the responses to the consultation.  The amendments included: slightly amended wording for two of the outcomes; clarification that the Plan includes the Child Poverty Plan; clarification that the Plan takes an early intervention and prevention approach to tackling the causes and impact of poverty; and the addition of quotes from people with lived experience to show the impact of poverty on people’s lives and reflect the need for concerted action.

A new East Lothian Poverty Partnership is to be formed with representatives from the Council, NHS, and voluntary and community sectors to review progress with delivering the Poverty Plan and ensuring that concerted action is being taken to reduce poverty in East Lothian.  The Partnership will also be charged with ensuring that the views of people with lived experience are heard and taken into account by the Council and East Lothian Partnership.

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.