Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 8 January 7pm to 8pm (discussion of urgent planning matters only, especially the Royal Bank of Scotland site bordering Fettes Row, Dundas St and Eyre Terrace), at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent.

The next full meeting will be on Monday 12 February, 7:30 to 9:30,at the same venue.

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.

December meeting headlines

At Monday’s meeting of the New Town & Broughton Community Council, there were discussions with a Police Scotland Community officer on parking & how the community can help with 20 mph limit enforcement; a discussion on the City Council’s proposal for Picardy Place; progress of the revised planning application for the RBS site on Dundas St and the Royal High School hotel appeal to the Scottish Reporter(s) ; and finally a brief presentation of Edinburgh licensing issues and NTBCC suggestions on Licensing policy.

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George Street and First New Town engagement sessions

(distilled from an email conversation with Anna Herriman, Programme Manager, Edinburgh Council)

We don't yet know the times of these engagement sessions - we will update this post as soon as we do.

Face to face with CEC staff

15 and 16 January 2018
City Arts Centre (5th floor)
2 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DE

If you can’t make these, send enquiries and comments to Jamie Robertson (project manager, email Jamie.robertson@edinburgh.gov.uk).

Other engagement opportunities will be created by Edinburgh Council as the project progresses.

Update : Amended Plans Now Submitted for RBS Site Redevelopment

As discussed at recent NTBCC meetings and consistent with the recent presentation by representatives from GVA and Michael Laird Architects, amended proposals have now been lodged on the Edinburgh Planning portal covering changes to the proposed new buildings fronting Fettes Row and Royal Crescent.

These amendments can be viewed on the planning portal (under the original application 16/05454/PPP. The 35 additional documents include 22 new drawings as well as the expected updates to the original Design & Access Statement & the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Currently, given updates to the EIA, the final date for comments to be lodged is 5 January 2018. We have requested that this should be extended given that the consultation spans the festive period. Edinburgh Council have now confirmed an extension for all comments to Monday 15 January 2018.

From initial inspection, the proposals would seem to be consistent with the October NTBCC presentation – reducing the height of the 4 blocks on Fettes Row to 7 storeys (from 8) and more importantly, halving the height of the blocks fronting Royal Crescent in response to the concerns expressed by Historic Environment Scotland. This results in a 20% reduction in the total floor area and a reduction in the maximum number of residential units from 400 to an expected 300 (assuming a minimum-acceptable Class 4 (Office) use).

Whilst we welcome these changes, we will look more closely at the detail followed by a discussion at the next NTBCC meeting on 11 December.

 

NTBCC agenda – Monday 11 December

7.30 p.m. Monday 11 December 2017

The Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent

(enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church)

  1. Attendance and apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of meeting of 13 November 2017, and matters arising
  3. Police
  4. Transport – update re Picardy Place proposals
  5. Planning – update re Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application
  6. Licensing
  7. Environment
  8. Communications
  9. Neighbourhood Partnerships and local residents' associations
  10. Any other business

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING

During the meeting an attendance sheet seeking names and emails addresses will be circulated, though there is no requirement to give either. Email addresses are held and used for the sole purpose of 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.

Door-step crime: bogus workmen

(adapted from a message from a Police Scotland officer to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Dear Community members

I am taking this opportunity to make you aware of 2 recent incidents in the Morningside and Grange areas, where elderly occupiers have been approached by a male in his 30s offering to fix loose roof tiles on their houses.

It is thought the male may be driving a white transit style van.

We are currently investigating the circumstances to establish any criminality, but if you can make your members aware I would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Graeme Nisbet (South East Inspector)
Morningside
Southside /Newington
Liberton/ Gilmerton


Give your feedback on latest council proposal for the Picardy Place junction

Following the critical feedback the City Council received regarding their initial (September) proposal for a new 'gyratory' junction to replace the current roundabout, the City Council unveiled a revised proposal in mid November. The hastily convened public information events (on 21 and 22 November) have been and gone, but you can still view these proposals, and give your view, in the online survey. Here is a link to the current proposals for the street layout and island site.

The Community Council attended both public information sessions and a stakeholder event, but we are keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses before we finalise our response. So please let us know by using the contact form here. You are also welcome to attend our meeting on 11 December at 7:30pm, at the Drummond room, Broughton St Marys, Bellevue Crescent.

TRO for Calton Road, Greenside Row, Leith Street, Princes St

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council is proposing a Traffic Regulation Order to

  1. Remove the 'Greenway' red line stopping prohibitions and replace them with yellow line loading/unloading and waiting prohibitions, on Calton Road, Greenside Row and Leith Street.
  2. The area of double yellow line on Princes Street between Leith Street and West Register Street will be redefined.
  3. Remove the two 'Greenway' loading bays and replace the loading bay on the east side of Leith Street.
  4. Remove the bus lanes on Leith Street.
  5. Remove the banned right turn from Calton Road to Leith Street and the banned right turn from Leith Street to Calton Road from the 'Greenway' traffic order and replace in new traffic order.
  6. Introduce a banned left turn from Leith Street into Waterloo Place.
  7. Introduce a prohibition of entry from Leith Street into the Edinburgh, St James, service yard.

The proposals are shown on the plans below. Further information is available on the Council website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders or at www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.

Should you wish to submit an objection to the proposal, please do so by 19 December 2017 quoting notice reference number TRO/17/81.

Yours faithfully

HOLLY ROBERTSON

TRAFFIC ORDERS ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

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