Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 11 December at 7.30pm, at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent.

Local residents are very welcome to attend. Enter by ramp at right side of church, which is suitable for wheelchairs. If you have an issue you wish to raise at the meeting please use the contact email form to let us know the details before the meeting.

At meetings, email addresses are only collected for circulating information about NTBCC and seeking residents’ views on local issues. If you wish to be removed from this circulation list, please email minsec@ntbcc.org.uk at any time.

Response to Consultation for new Performance Venue behind RBS in St Andrews Square

IMPACT Scotland hosted a community consultation exhibition regarding proposals for land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square on 7 November. The consultation covered the Pre-application notice for the  “Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House and the erection of music and performing arts venue and Associated Uses”

Several members of the New Town & Broughton Community Council attended to better understand the development team's initial thoughts on the proposed redevelopment at the rear of Dundas House (current RBS branch in St Andrews Square).

Although we were initially surprised at the lack of specific detail,  we do support the approach being taken of exploring public views on the key aspects of the proposal (context, setting) – with further public consultations in early 2018 then covering the style, footprint, massing and height of the new building.

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Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council says

Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.

There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.

You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart

Thank you.

Policing – your view counts! (updated)

Police Scotland want to know your priorities for local and national policing.

Either take the survey online or download a PDF allowing text entry and box-ticking.

From the introduction:

Police Scotland would like to know what issues you think we should prioritise, nationally and in your local area, as well as best methods for communicating with you.

Your views are important to us. We are committed to using this information to help shape our policing priorities and deliver them through continued commitment to working with partners and communities. We will do this through analysing this information and data from a number of other important sources.

What you tell us will also influence how we communicate and engage with you and your community going forward. Please be assured that the information you provide us with will be treated with the strictest confidence and anonymity. We will not share your personal data outside Police Scotland.

For further information on policing in your local area please see 'Your Community' on the Police Scotland website: http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community

 

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 October 2017

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 09 October 2017 at 7.30pm

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Resurfacing Bellevue Gardens footpaths and road surfaces

(adapted from an email from William Kearns of Edinburgh Council)

Both the footways and carriageway along Bellevue Gardens will be resurfaced soon. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, 27 November 2017 and should take four weeks to complete. (This may need to be extended due to weather and any unforeseen circumstances.)  The Contractors operating times will be between the hours of 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.

To allow for the safe execution of the works, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will be in place to close off the junction to Bellevue Gardens and suspend on-street parking where necessary. It is planned to keep Bellevue Gardens opened for the most part of the works and only suspend parking where necessary. However, for about a week, vehicular access will be denied with the main junction being completely closed to through traffic. During this time, vehicles will have to park outwith the closed off areas or in driveways. The parking suspensions and road closure are required in order to facilitate getting the work done whilst been carried out safely.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and noise, but unfortunately some is unavoidable during road works. Throughout the programme, emergency vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Where possible, access will also be maintained to residential properties.

Please contact me if you require any additional information about the works.

William Kearns 0131-469-5320 william.kearns@edinburgh.gov.uk

November meeting headlines

At Monday’s well-attended meeting of the New Town & Broughton Community Council, there were discussions with Police Scotland Community officers on local crime & how the community can help with 20 mph limit enforcement; a discussion with a Council official on the next steps on the re-design of George Street; details of further planned public consultation on Picardy Place ; initial thoughts on the recent public exhibition on the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in St Andrews Square ; NTBCC position regarding the Royal High School “hotel” appeal to the Scottish Reporter(s)  ; Edinburgh licensing issues and finally a brief discussion on how to better regulate the growing  Airbnb presence in Edinburgh city centre.

Police Scotland reported on several incidents of vehicle crime in the area (Satnavs, phones and cash being stolen from parked cars) & pointed residents to their website & precautions that you can take http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-car

They also discussed a new initiative to help enforcement of the 20 mph limits “Community Speed Watch” where they would train residents in local communities in the use of speed guns to monitor traffic speeds in their area. More details to follow.

Anna Herriman from Edinburgh Council discussed the next steps in the re-design of George Street. White Young Green (WYG) with LDA Design have been awarded a contract to further develop a “Masterplan” for George Street, keeping the principles of previous work completed by Ironside Farrar – there are further public consultation being planned in early December (at the Assembly Rooms)  - dates to be confirmed in the next few days.

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Picardy Place ‘information events’

(The following details were emailed to NTBCC late on Friday 10 November.)

The following have been arranged by Edinburgh Council.

What Date time venue
Stakeholder event Monday 20 November 10am to 12 noon European Room
City Chambers
Public Information Event Tuesday 21 November 10am to 7pm 5th Floor
City Arts Centre
Market Street
Public Information Event Wednesday 22 November 3pm to 7pm Broughton St Mary's Church
Bellevue Crescent

CEC also stated that formal confirmation and information should be available before the events.

More information can be seen on  Edinburgh Council website here