We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

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.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft Green Network Strategy Supplementary Planning Guidance. This will become Supplementary Planning Guidance to the East Lothian Local Plan. 

You Said

Comments on the strategy were received via the consultation hub and direclty via email. Comments were also made at several 'drop-in' events held throughout East Lothian.

We Did

A number of amendments were made to the Strategy based on the feedback received via the consultation process. These can be viewed in the Consultation Report lodged in the Members' Library February 2019, Ref: 25/19 and the finalised Green Network Strategy Supplementary Planning Guidance is available in the Members' Library February 2019, Ref: 24/19 here: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/16411/members_library_service

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft Town Centre Strategies for Musselburgh, Tranent, Prestonpans, Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar. These will become Supplementary Guidance to the East Lothian Local Plan.

You Said

The majority of respondents agreed with the proposed actions and aims of the strategies. A number of proposed changes were put forward to make the strategies better. Over 65% of people said they wanted a Vision for each town centre.

We Did

Based on the feedback received, a Vision was introduced for each Town Centre and a number of changes were made to the Town Centre Strategies.  These can be viewed in the report submitted to East Lothian Council on 26th February 2019. 

We Asked

We asked tenants, tenants and residents groups and ELTRP for their views on our proposed rent increase of 5%.

You Said

Of those who responded to our consultation:

  • 95% were happy with the level of consultation and information they received about the annual rent increase
  • 92% thought that the rent they pay is good value for money
  • 78% said that they thought the proposal to increase rents by 5% was fair.

We Did

All the feedback received was put in to a report for the Council’s Special Budget Meeting on Tuesday 12th February 2019 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation.   At that meeting, a decision was taken to increase rents by 5%.  We have now written out to all our tenants to advise them what their rent and service charges will be for 2019-20.

We Asked

We asked for your views on the draft Special Landscape Areas Supplementary Planning Guidance. 

You Said

No comments were received on the document.

We Did

We adopted the Special Landscape Area Supplementary Planning Guidance on 30 October 2018. This can be viewed in full here: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210547/planning_and_building_standards/12284/natural_environment_and_planning/2

We Asked

Members of the public, partner organisations and other stakeholders were asked for their views on a draft Local Transport Strategy.

You Said

Over 100 people attended workshops in locations across East Lothian. A further 500 responses were received online.

We Did

A number of amendments were made to the Strategy based on feedback received via the consultation process - these can be viewed in the report submitted to East Lothian Council on 30th October 2018.  

We Asked

We asked tenants and registered tenants organisations for their views on our rent consultation and a proposed rent increase of 5%.

You Said

95% of respondents said they were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase

91% think the rent they pay is good value for money

79% said that they think the proposal to increase rents by 5% is fair

We Did

All the feedback from the consultation was put in a report for the Council's budget meeting on Tuesday 13th February 2018 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation. At that meeting a decision was made to increase rents by 5%. We will write out to all our tenants now to tell them what their rent and services changes will be for 2018/19.

We Asked

We asked for your views on budget proposals and on the level of Council Tax for 2018/19.  

You Said

Local people shared their views by taking part in focus groups and by responding to our online survey – you can view an analysis of feedback received here.

We Did

The results of the budget consultation were shared with elected members in the report that accompanied the draft Budget that was considered by Cabinet on 16 January 2018. The Council went on to approve a three year budget at its meeting on the 13th February 2018. You can view this here.

We Asked

We asked tenants and registered tenants organisations for their views on our rent consultation and a proposed rent increase of 5%.

You Said

93% of respondents said they were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase

91% think the rent they pay is good value for money

77% said that they think the proposal to increase rents by 5% is fair

We Did

All the feedback from the consultation was put in a report for the Council's budget meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2017 to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation. At that meeting a decision was made to increase rents by 5%. We will write out to all our tenants now to tell them what their rent and services changes will be for 2017/18.

We Asked

We asked stakeholders for their views on the proposal to establish a new primary school and its associated catchment area within the land at Craighall, Musselburgh.

You Said

Of the responses which provided an overall view about the council’s proposal, almost all expressed support. In terms of the three individual elements of the proposal, a clear majority of respondents to the questionnaire (88%) support the proposal to establish a new school and its associated catchment area. A greater proportion of respondents overall oppose the element to host initially at Stoneyhill Primary School before relocating until the new permanent facility is built (72%).

We Did

East Lothian Council has made the decision to go ahead with the proposal to establish a new primary school and its associated catchment area within the land at Craighall, Musselburgh, subject to the adoption of the emerging LDP in a format that would require these new education catchment arrangements and facilities to be delivered. In taking its proposal forward, the Council will continue to engage with stakeholders over its planned transition arrangements for children who will attend the new school and those children who attend Stoneyhill Primary School.

We Asked

We asked stakeholders for their views on the proposal to alter the catchment areas of Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School and Wallyford Primary Schools to include the Land at Levenhall within the Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School catchment area. 

You Said

The Council received five responses to its questionnaire. A clear majority of respondents to the questionnaire (80%) support the proposal.

We Did

East Lothian Council has made the decision to go ahead with the proposal to alter the catchment areas of Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School and Wallyford Primary Schools to include the Land at Levenhall within the Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School catchment area. The new catchment and admission arrangements for Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School and Wallyford Primary School will become operational with immediate effect.

We Asked

We asked stakeholders for their views on the proposal to establish a new primary school for Blindwells and alter the catchment area of Preston Lodge High School to include the Blindwells new settlement

You Said

Of the responses which provided an overall view about the council’s proposal, almost all expressed support. In terms of the three individual elements of the proposal, respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to establish a new primary school for Blindwells (89%). A majority of stakeholders (50%) supported the proposal to initially host at Cockenzie Primary School until the new permanent facility is built (25.9% oppose). A greater proportion of respondents opposed the proposal to extend the Preston Lodge High School (47%) and St Gabriel’s RC Primary School (51%) catchment areas to include Blindwells.       

We Did

East Lothian Council has made the decision to go ahead with the proposal to establish a new primary school at Blindwells and extend the catchment area of Preston Lodge High School. The Council will continue to consult and engage with affected stakeholders as the hosting and planned transition arrangements are developed and subsequently implemented. The Preston Lodge High School and St Gabriel’s RC Primary School catchment areas will be extended to include the Blindwells site with immediate effect.

We Asked

We asked stakeholders for their views on the proposal to alter the catchment area for Letham Mains Primary School.

You Said

The Council received twenty six responses to its questionnaire. Of those who expressed a opinion, 46.2% were in favour. 

We Did

East Lothian Council has made the decision to go ahead with the proposal to alter the catchment area for Letham Mains Primary School. The new catchment and admission arrangements for Letham Mains Primary School, Haddington Infant School and King’s Meadow Primary School would become operational with immediate effect.

We Asked

We asked parents for their views on a range of lunchtime drink options for primary schools.

You Said

1,043 responses were received from parents:

  • 97% said they would like plain water to be available
  • 94% said they would like semi-skimmed milk to be available
  • 48% said they would like naturally flavoured milk drinks to be available
  • 58% said they would like fruit juice mixed with water to be available

Comments received included:

* Some parents were concerned about tooth decay if drinks other than milk and water were on offer

* Other parents were worried that there would not be enough choice for children if drinks were limited to milk and water.

We Did

We have listened to the feedback received and also considered advice from the British Dental Health Foundation. Based on this, we have decided to make the following changes:

  1. We have introduced a second water and milk only day onto the weekly menu - Mondays and Wednesdays will now be water and milk only days - this should help encourage children to drink more water / milk
  2. We have introduced a sugar free naturally flavoured milk drink for Thursday lunchtimes. This will add more variety to the menu, particularly for children who would not usually choose milk. If such drinks are consumed along with a meal any risk of tooth decay is significantly reduced.

We Asked

We asked for your views on proposals to move customer services from Aldhammer House to Prestonpans Library.

You Said

The majority of respondents said that they wanted the two services to remain in separate buildings and did not want to see any changes to the Library building. A small majority (54%) said they would like increased Library opening hours.

We Did

  • We decided not to relocate customer services to Prestonpans Library
  • We decided that more use could, however, be made of the Library building
  • We decided to increase the opening hours to allow more school classes to visit - the Library will be open for an additional 6 hours a week, opening from 9am each morning (10am on a Wednesday and Saturday) - this will be reviewed in a year to see whether it has resulted in increased usage
  • We will make changes to layout to allow more private space for people using computers (this will not involve creating interview rooms)
  • Vacant space in Aldhammer House is now being used by the Capital Credit Union
  • No further changes to Aldhammer House are likely to occur until a fuller review takes place of public sector accomodation in Prestonpans 

We Asked

We asked stakeholders for their views on proposals to relocate Wallyford Primary School and to change the Wallyford Primary School catchment area.

You Said

Respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to relocate Wallyford Primary School (89% either agreed or strongly agreed), only a few respondents disagreed with this aspect of the proposal. A majority of stakeholders also either agreed or expressed no opinion regarding the proposal to change the catchment area (69% strongly agreed, agreed or had no opinion).  

We Did

East Lothian Council has made a decision to go ahead with plans to build a new primary school in Wallyford and to vary the school catchment area. Work will now go ahead to appoint contractors for the design and build of the new school which is due to open in the autumn term of 2018.

We Asked

We asked tenants and registered tenants organisations for their views on our rent consultation and a proposed rent increase of 5%

You Said

95% of respondents said they were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase

93% think the rent they pay is good value for money

79% said that they think the proposal to increase rents by 5% is fair

We Did

All the feedback from the consultation was put in a report for the Council's budget meeting on Tuesday 9th February to inform the Council and Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation. At that meeting a decision was made to increase rents by 5%. We will write out to all our tenants now to tell them what their rent and services changes will be for 2016/17

We Asked

What you thought of the Draft Plan that had been put together. Specifically we wanted to know what you thought of the vision, values and priorities outlined in the Draft.

You Said

All of the online responses we received said that they agreed with the vision and values we had outlined and most (84%) said they agreed with the priorities identified. Individuals and organisations also made a range of specific suggestions about the Draft Plan’s contents.

We Did

Many of the points raised during the consultation were incorporated in the development of a Final Draft (you can view the Final Draft below – the amendments made as a result of feedback received are highlighted). The Children’s Strategic Partnership met in January 2016 to consider the Final Draft and this will now go to a meeting of the Resilient People Partnership in March. It is anticipated that the new East Lothian Children and Young People’s Strategy will be formally launched at the end of March 2016.

We Asked

We asked local disabled people, their family, friends and carers for their views on Disabled Go.

You Said

Feedback received suggested that Disabled Go is a useful resouce for local disabled people, their families, friends and carers. However, the need to improve awareness of Disabled Go was also identified.   

We Did

The East Lothian Partnership will continue to invest in the Disabled Go website and work will be done to improve the promotion of Disabled Go.

We Asked

We sought stakeholder views on the draft school session dates for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

You Said

The Department received a total of 31 responses to the Consultation. The consultation asked the question “Are you happy that East Lothian’s school session dates align with City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council session dates?” Of the 31 responses 25 were happy that East Lothian’s session dates align with City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council.

We Did

The Education Committee on 22 September 2015 approved the school session dates for 2016/17 and 2017/18. The dates have published on the Council website.