Next NTBCC meeting

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 11 September 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.

Communal Waste Bins on London Street

As those who have attended NTBCC meetings over the past 6 months will know, there has been discussion regarding City of Edinburgh’s Council policy regarding gull-proof bags and replacing these in certain areas by communal (on-street) bins.

Last month, despite concerns being expressed by some residents on London Street, 5 on-street communal bins have been placed on London Street, replacing gull-proof bags.

The discussions have been covered by comments in the Spurtle [Issue 265 , p.3] and a letter to the Spurtle (here) last week has prompted further comments which capture the difference in opinion to this change from some resdients on London Street and the wider community.

It was stated that NTBCC (amongst others) had “shamefully brushed aside” residents’ predictions that they wouldn’t work.

NTBCC has responded to this, stating in their view, although "it is much too early to decide whether the new collection arrangements are working well; they would note that the street is much improved by the removal of the permanent display of gullproof bags in various states of emptiness, spillage, and disrepair." This view seems to be shared by the majority of comments generated from this; supporting the view that this change is an improvement vs. the previous situation.

NTBCC’s response can be viewed here.

Agenda for meeting at 7.30 p.m. Monday 14 August 2017


1       Apologies for Absence

2       Minutes of Meeting of 12 June 2017 and matters arising

3       Police

4.      Licensing - Nick Fraser, Depute Clerk of the Licensing Board, will speak and take questions on liquor licensing.

5.      Planning

6.      Environment

7.      Transport

8.      Communications

9.       Neighbourhood Partnerships

10.    Any Other Business


Funding and training opportunities, participatory budgeting videos

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.  Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. Continue reading

Our Stockbridge Event

(This is outside NTBCC's area, but may be of interest to some readers.)

Did you know that Stockbridge once had a beetroot factory?

Or that you could have a bath at Glenogle Baths for a shilling?
Or that Henderson Row used to have a wash house, with a rocking horse inside to keep children entertained whilst mothers did the weekly wash?

From tales of days spent playing peevers and tig in the streets, to painful school punishments and sneaking into empty buildings after dark, Our Stockbridge is a film project that brings together the memories of local residents who grew up in Stockbridge between 1920 and 1960 and the creativity of local modern-day 10-13 year olds.

All ages welcome. Click here to reserve your free tickets.

Let’s Make a Song and Dance About It: New Ways of Doing Church Together

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Churches Together)

When: Saturday 24 June 2017

Where: St Andrew’s and St George’s West, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA

10:30-12:00 with registration and  tea and coffee from 10:00

I’m delighted to draw your attention to a workshop to explore new forms of Church, an opportunity to share your story and learn new ideas, hosted by Edinburgh City Centre Churches Together and Edinburgh Churches Together.

The key speaker is A​lan Cowe, who will be talking about Greenside Church’s Arts & Entertainment Outreach.

As part of the workshop, we've also invited local churches together groups in Edinburgh to come  along and present for 5 minutes about the news, ventures and initiatives they have been involved with.

It is open to all and free, but registration would be helpful for catering purposes. Please register through: