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The civil justice system in Scotland needs to be reformed, say The Law Society of Scotland. The separation of civil and criminal cases, an increase in the threshold for the Court of Session and introduction of specialist sheriffs are just three of the recommendations they have made. The Society’s Civil Justice Committee submission to the Scottish Government this week has...
Sunday 14th November 2010 Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Local Nature Reserve Volunteering Taster session: Open to all! Fancy doing your bit to off-set your carbon footprint? Why not help by planting trees with the Countryside Ranger Service at the Hermitage of Braid? There are 400 native trees that will produce berries and nuts for the local wildlife. What time: from 9.30am...

Consultation on 20mph zone

From 15th November there will be a public exhibition at Newington Library of the proposal to change the speed limits on some roads in the South East Central area of the city to 20mph. This is part of the consultation being carried out by the Council to add more residential streets to the ever-growing list of those where driving...
Edinburgh Central MSP Sarah Boyack submitted her petition, calling on The City of Edinburgh Council to save the Dalry Swim Centre, to Edinburgh Leisure today November 9th. The petition has gathered tremendous support from the local community, collecting over 3,500 signatures. Campaigners have also organised a „Save Our Baths‟ website, a Facebook group and a rally attended by people...
Here is the world premiere of Scotland's own Susan Boyle singing Lou Reed's Perfect Day....
The leaders of Glasgow and Edinburgh councils last week updated MSPs on what is required to bring high speed rail (HSR) north of the border. The well-attended event, hosted at Holyrood by Charlie Gordon MSP, was organised to maintain the pressure on the Scottish Government to co-operate with their Westminster counterparts in ensuring that Scotland is included in the network...
In recent years the art of burning wood and coal to heat homes has become more popular – but most people don’t know that doing so might carry a hefty fine. Although the numbers of calls received about smoking chimneys has decreased since last year, the Council would still like to remind people that the city is a Smoke Control...
Local people in Leith are being given the chance to make some very tough decisions on local funding. A pilot project called '£eith Decides', run by the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership, will give the local community power to determine the allocation of Community Grant Funding. Around £16,000 is available for local groups. Anyone who lives or works in...
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has called on MSPs to do the right thing and support minimum pricing when the entire Scottish Parliament votes on the issue for the first time this week. Her appeal comes after more than 160 leading figures from across Scotland voiced their support for the policy by signing a full page advertisement placed in the today's...
Free 'energy saving' gadgets worth nearly £50 are being offered as part as a major new drive by the Scottish Government to help households lower their fuel bills during winter. The devices will be on offer from the Scottish Government's new one stop shop on home energy - Home Energy Scotland. A digital electricity monitor and a stand-by plug will be...