and Chief Financial Officer
Several of you have asked for statistics around Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling and littering.
You will find a link to the most up to date report for the Corporate Enforcement Unit here.
East Ayrshire Council is looking for the thoughts of residents on alcohol. The closing date for comments is 31st May.
The survey can be found here.
It can either be completed on behalf of the Community Council or individual Community Councillors or residents can complete it on their own behalf.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
Following on from the Chancellor’s announcement on 15th March about the Government’s investment in Local Full Fibre Networks you will be aware of the launch of a national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to the value of £67m. This has gone live today.
The primary objective of this scheme is to expand the full fibre, gigabit-capable network to small and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs in your area will be able to access a voucher worth £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband connection to fast and reliable gigabit speed. At the same time groups of residents will be able to apply for a voucher of £500 for each domestic connection – as long as there are business users in the scheme who are the main beneficiaries.
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a significant opportunity to expand the full fibre network in your area and to stimulate commercial investment in your priority business zones.
The initiative is supplier-led in terms of generating investment and end-users in Local Full Fibre Networks but we would greatly value your input in identifying and reaching potential beneficiaries.
How can we work together?
There are full details about the scheme here, in our guidance notes and you can download the supplier’s scheme guide and a range of communications assets in the password-protected area of the website at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/lbl/
In time we would like to share suitable case studies and best practice ideas with you – and, where possible, develop some success stories in local media.
Lastly, we have set up a dedicated email address for
your enquiries at email@example.com
Your role in this scheme will be crucial in helping us to deliver new full fibre networks at a local level to the right business users. I hope we can count on your support.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently consulting on a review of how they deliver their services to communities. The consultation period ends on 14th May 2018. However, your representatives on the Community Planning Partnership Board would also like to hear your views so that they can feed them into the Board’s response to the consultation.
If possible, they would like to hear your views by 19th April. If you would like to comment but will be unable to get your comments to me before the 19th could you contact me to let me know please?
If you would like the community reps to share your views with the Community Planning Partnership Board please email them before 19th April to Elaine.Millar@east-ayrshire.
We have received reports that East Ayrshire residents are receiving phone calls from people claiming that they work for SKY and that they are calling about a ‘refund’ you are supposedly due. The callers go on to say that this ‘refund’ must be claimed within 48 hours and that to do so they must have your bank account details.
Don’t get caught. This is a scam.
SKY have confirmed that they would not process refunds in this way.
If you have received one of these calls and have been persuaded to pass over your bank details – contact your bank straight away and arrange to have any payments stopped.
By sharing the Facebook Post https://www.facebook.com/eactradingstandards/ you can help reduce the risk of someone being scammed.
Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee wish to share information about their inquiry into the impact of back closures.
The main inspiration behind the Committee’s inquiry is that the number of bank branches across Scotland reduced by a third between 2010 and 2017.
The Committee wants to hear from as many people as possible, as a business owner or as an individual. The Committee are keen to find out how branch closures have impacted communities at as local a level as possible. Continue reading
Police in East Ayrshire are encouraging residents to review their home security following a recent rise in sneak in thefts in the area.
In a number of recent incidents entry has been gained through an unlocked door or open window – there are steps we can all take to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of this type of crime. Continue reading