East Lothian Council

Council signs Green Network concordat

Published Wednesday 27th November 13

Council agree concordat

New agreement with Europe's largest greenspace initiative

Local communities in East Lothian will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and East Lothian Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.

East Lothian Council has signed up to the CSGN’s Local Authority Concordat, which recognises its commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the fundamental role local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims.

In signing up to the scheme, East Lothian Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.

East Lothian Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans and to develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said:   

“In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking.

“Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I hugely welcome the fact that East Lothian Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”

 East Lothian Council Leader, Willie Innes said:

“East Lothian has an enviable natural environment that attracts many people to live, locate their business or to visit. The aims of the CSGN concordat will greatly enhance opportunities for people to maximise environmental benefits and improve their quality of life.”

A number of projects in East Lothian have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund.  The Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust was awarded £26,040 to expand their community growing development programme into East and Midlothian from Edinburgh City, providing support to local community groups to create, maintain and enhance community gardening sites.

Stretching from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east, the CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population. 

The CSGN is encouraging other local authorities across Central Scotland to follow in the footsteps of East Lothian Council by signing its Local Authority Concordat.

The agreement marks a significant step forward in bringing together the right expertise, resources and people, in order to realise an ambitious project which will help to make Central Scotland a more attractive and distinctive place to live, to visit and to do business in.

For further information about the Central Scotland Green Network, please visit http://www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org./

 

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