Portobello Community Council

Suspension of Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnershipmeeting 28 June 2017

Posted on: May 31st, 2017


This is to confirm that the Neighbourhood Partnership and its sub group meetings have been suspended until the Council has confirmed its new governance arrangements – please see below;





As you will be aware, appointments to Committees, Boards and Joint Boards was considered at last week’s Council Meeting. The following motion was agreed in this connection:-


Council recognises the need to review the current political management arrangements and structure of committees to improve the Council’s decision making processes and ensure it is effectively addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the city.


Council requests that the Chief Executive consults with all the party groupings and brings forward proposals for reform for consideration at the June Council meeting. The Chief Executive is asked to explore with the Lord Provost the possibility of convening the June Council meeting earlier in the month.


The redesign should be based on a streamlined Executive Committee model. The Executive Committees should be based on the political balance of the Council.


The political management arrangements should also be accompanied by all the necessary governance documentation.


The same report should also address the Council’s commitment to working in localities by the creation of four Locality Committees. Consultation on the draft Locality Committee proposals should take place over the summer months, with the outcome reported to the Council meeting in September.


You will be particularly interested in the final clause which relates to the creation of Locality Committees and a wider look over the summer months at the most effective means of promoting community involvement in local democracy and decision-making. The position of Neighbourhood Partnerships will obviously feature in the consultation to be undertaken over the summer in shaping the proposals.


You will also find of relevance the motion below on the Council diary which was also agreed.  This effectively cancelled all but a few committees in the diary. 


Council notes that its meetings diary for 2016/17 runs until end-August. In view of the intended review of committee structure, Council agrees to cancel all remaining meetings agreed in the 2016/17 diary, except as follows:


Full Council

Licensing Board

Integration Joint Board

Development Management Sub-Committee (other than 7 June 2017 meeting moving to 14 June 2017)

Licensing Sub-Committee

Planning Local Review Body (3 Panels) (except for 14 June 2017)


Council notes that a full 2017/18 meetings diary will be submitted as soon as practicable after any new political management arrangements are agreed


While the Neighbourhood Partnerships are not actually listed in the online Council diary, the Council’s intent to cancel meetings is clear.  For meetings to take place, elected members would in any event have to be formally appointed to the Neighbourhood Partnerships.  As noted, no appointments have been made to Neighbourhood Partnerships (on the basis that a Locality Committee arrangement is being explored) and the Neighbourhood Partnerships cannot therefore meet at this time.



We will circulate the detail of the new governance arrangements as soon as they are confirmed.


Best wishes




Graham Rowan, City of Edinburgh Council, East Neighbourhood Team, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS. Telephone 0131 529 6374, e-mail graham.rowan@edinburgh.gov.uk” target=”_blank”>graham.rowan@edinburgh.gov.uk

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