Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 12th October at 7.30pm, at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent. Enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church.

Local residents are very welcome to attend. 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.

Subsequent meetings in 2015 are on 9th November and 14th December.

Potential changes to ward boundaries – public consultation

(Adapted from an email from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

This does not affect CC boundaries – these are set by Local Authorites such as Edinburgh Council. However, it might affect the Edinburgh Councillors who are ex-officio CC members.)

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland published its proposals for ward boundaries, for each of Scotland's 32 councils, for public consultation on 30 July 2015.

The closing date for the public consultation is Thursday 22 October 2015.

Comments on the proposals can be submitted through the Commission’s consultation portal website, by email, or in writing to Thistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD..

Further information regarding the reviews is available online.

Should you require further information, please telephone 0131 538 7510 for assistance.

(There are some interesting mis-matches between CC areas and Edinburgh Council wards.)

Parking in Edinburgh – consultation

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)


A consultation is underway on parking in Edinburgh. The draft parking action plan  sets out a range of actions and was approved by the Transport and Environment Committee on 25 August. The main actions include:

  • The extension of parking controls to cover weekends/Sundays and into the evening
  • The roll out of shared use parking places
  • The introduction of visitor permits in the city centre

Edinburgh Council wants to know what you think about the parking proposals to ensure the it makes the right decisions about parking in Edinburgh.  Once you’ve read the proposals, please fill in the questionnaire.

Drop in Events

Further information and a full list of  local drop in sessions and engagement events is  available on the Council’sConsultation Hub at

Please forward this post to any contacts that you feel would be interested in making their views heard on the proposals.  The consultation is open and you can feed back until 31 October. Edinburgh Council looks forward to hearing from you.

Parking Action Plan Team

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Waste Action Grants – deadline approaching

(copied from a post on Leith Links CC's website)

Communities across Edinburgh are being urged to submit their applications to the City of Edinburgh Council for a Waste Action Grant as the deadline fast approaches. Grants are available to fund eco-friendly projects that will encourage more people in the Capital to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Royal High School – NTBCC’s objection and details of an extension to the time for making comments

Historic Scotland are right to object to plans to turn Edinburgh’s magnificent old Royal High School into a luxury hotel.  New Town and Broughton Community Council, which represents local residents, is unanimous in its condemnation of the proposal which seeks to replace some later buildings with huge accommodation wings on either flank of Thomas Hamilton’s 1829 building. Despite their stepped-back design, if built, their sheer size will dominate the site and mar the stunning set piece of Greek revival architecture nestling in the contours of Calton Hill, itself topped by the unfinished National Monument.

Edinburgh can, and should, do better.

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Royal High School – how to object

NTBCC is resolutely opposed to the current proposals to convert the former Royal High School into a hotel. Reasons include the proposed demolition of important parts of Edinburgh's architectural heritage; the scale of the proposed development, which would mar important views; issues with the economics of the proposed development, lack of public access and lack of sustainability. NTBCC supports an alternative proposal to convert the RHS into a new home for St Mary's music school.

NTBCC strongly encourages others to object to the planned, irrevocable changes. It will publish its finished objection soon, in the hope that this will enable others to submit their own.

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RBS Eyre Terrace/Eyre Place: exhibition boards and questionnaire

(with thanks to GVA James Barr for supplying the attached materials)


Following on from the public exhibition on Thursday 24th September, all are welcome to download the boards displayed at the exhibition. If you wish to comment on these plans to the architects, please use this form. Please send completed forms to (tel 0131 255 8000, fax: 0131 255 8001) by 2nd October 2015.

Edinburgh Eco Fair

Edinburgh Eco Fair is coming to Out of the Blue Drill Hall on Sunday 4th October and will be a wonderful celebration of green companies and services from the Edinburgh area. There will be stalls of planet-friendly gifts, treats and food as well as crafts for kids and musical interludes. You'll also be able to chat to the groups who are working to create a more sustainable future for our communities.

You'll find more details on Greenwire, or on Facebook.