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Continuing the important fight to keep free events licence-free, without all the restrictions licences would require…
Thank you for supporting our campaign on Public Entertainment Licences in Scotland. You might be aware that City of Edinburgh Council already conducted a public consultation on the issue. Glasgow City Council have now followed suit, and we’d like to encourage as many supporters as possible to complete their survey and ensure that your voice and opinion is represented.
You can complete their short survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PEL2012
We are continuing to campaign on behalf of artists, community organisations and venues across Scotland. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone in areas outside Glasgow and Edinburgh interested in forming a network to keep us updated on developments in your area, such as events that may have been forced to pay, events that might not have taken place, no matter how large or small. Please contact us via the petition website. It is important that we have a better picture of what is happening across the country as we form a national strategy for the campaign.
Be filmed while giving a live performance…
It’s live! You can now find the City of Edinburgh Council’s survey about changes to Public Entertainment Licensing online.
Make sure you tell them what you think about their proposals re. licences for free events!
If you are not yet in the picture re. these changes, check out the importance of this campaign and the basics of what is involved and what is going on.
The public consultancy period – where you and I get to put our penny’s-worth in – has started on changes to the Public Entertainment Licensing Resolution of the City of Edinburgh Council. Below is a letter giving details about this (bold highlighting by me) and how to speak up about this important issue.
If you are not familiar with the campaign highlighting the affect of these changes on free events and expression, check out the posts in the category ‘Public Entertainment Licence Fiasco‘, in particular Keeping Track.
From solicitor for City of Edinburgh Council
“Firstly I would confirm that the advert advising of the proposed draft Public Entertainment licensing Resolution went into the Edinburgh Evening News on 16th March 2012. That has the effect of kick-starting the legal process for the consultation. The advert invites written responses, to be sent to the Director of Services for Communities, Licensing Section, 249 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ.
In addition we have set up an email address for consultation responses – firstname.lastname@example.org
Separately, arrangements are in hand for an online consultation and I understand that this is likely to be accessed on the Council’s website at the general consultations section, and also via a link from the Public Entertainment licensing section of the website. At the time of emailing the questions for the online survey were almost ready – so hopefully will be in place by the end of the week. Meantime, a couple of links which will hopefully be of some assistance to you:-
The details of the committee decision and the press release, etc are at the following link:-
The details of Public Entertainment licensing and the link to the online survey will be at the following address (which at the time of emailing was still to be updated):-
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/309/public_entertainment_licences/935/public_entertainment [the survey is now live – the above link leads to it, or you can go direct via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QTZMWXP]
For those who are anxious to ensure that their views are recorded, may I suggest that they make use of the email address as above, and/or write in with their comments? Once the online questionnaire is up and running, that will enable a more accessible means of responding to the consultation process – as I say, I think that should be ready in the next day or two.
Hope this assists in the meantime.
“As I write, poets, performers and artists sit in prisons and under house arrest across the globe (as a visit to Amnesty International will inform), because they encourage society to think. Art is as necessary in a democracy, as food and water, if there is to be quality of life. Quality of life comes from knowing one has the power to change, contribute, be heard and to hear why things are as they are or how they could be within our communities.”
Wise words from Gillian, leading to why A Little April Foolery is so important, in the ‘Crunch time for Edinburgh!’ comments.
See Gillian’s comment in full – and add your responses too!