NTBCC meeting – Monday 3rd August 2015

The next New Town and Broughton Community Council meeting will be on Monday 3rd August at 7.30pm. Please note this is the first Monday in August.

It will be at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent. Enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church.

This meeting will include a Question and Answer session with Julian Farrar and Janet Pope of Ironside Farrar, Design Consultants, on design principles for George Street. They have set up a focus group of key stakeholders, including NTBCC, to formulate design principles.

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 7th September, 12th October, 9th November and 14th December.

Agenda for NTBCC meeting: 3 August

This will take place at 7:30 in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent. Enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church.

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Meeting of 8 June 2015 and matters arising
  3. Police
  4. Question and Answer session with Julian Farrar and Janet Pope of Ironside Farrar, Design Consultants, on design principles for George Street. (They have set up a focus group of key stakeholders,
    including the NTBCC, to formulate design principles.)
  5. Environment
  6. Planning
  7. Transport
  8. Licensing
  9. Neighbourhood Partnerships
  10. Edinburgh Association of Community Councils
  11. Activities of Local Street or Amenity Associations
  12. Any Other Business

Members of the public are very welcome to attend this meeting.

Public toilet closures

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council - click for full text of that email: Public toilets)

Following consultation, we can advise that the toilets below will be closed over the following timescales:

  • Ardmillan – end of July 2015
  • Canaan Lane – end of July 2015
  • Canonmills – end of July 2015
  • Currie – end of July 2015
  • Granton Square – end of July 2015
  • Joppa – end of August 2015
  • Juniper Green – end of July 2015
  • London Road – end of August 2015
  • St John’s Road – end of August 2015
  • Tollcross – end of August 2015

The toilets at Hawes Pier and Middle Meadow Walk will not be closed at this time, while the options for these sites are reviewed.

To lessen the impact of the closures, the Council is establishing a Community Toilet Scheme with interested businesses across the city. This would result in participating businesses allowing members of the public to use their toilet facilities without expecting them to make a purchase, in exchange for an annual payment from the Council.

It is appreciated that there will be some impact following these closures. To help mitigate this, there have been over 60 additional toilet facilities identified in Council buildings around the city that are available for the public to use. These are located in various Libraries, Community Centres, Edinburgh Leisure facilities and Neighbourhood Offices, and information about these toilet facilities is available here on the Council’s website. Nearly 20 public toilets will remain open.

If you would like to make an enquiry about public toilet closures, please call 0131 529 3030 or email public.toilets@edinburgh.gov.uk.

George Street quarterly public stakeholder meeting minutes – 15 June 2015

(Ian MacPhail also emailed 'It’s been a genuine attempt to put grassroots stakeholders in charge. The fact there has been standing room only has been a testimony to how engaged people are.

Minutes of George Street Quarterly Public Stakeholder Meeting

Date – 15 June 2015, Venue – West Drawing Room at Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

Chair & Minutes – Iain MacPhail, City of Edinburgh Council, City Centre Programme Manager       Contact Email - iain.macphail@edinburgh.gov.uk


  • This is the 3rd quarterly meeting of the group. All are welcome, including members of the public with no other form of affiliation (other than a wish to see George Street achieve its potential). As with the two previous meetings there was a full house in attendance, which is testimony to the passion, commitment and level of engagement of the participants, and sheds light on the importance of the street and in helping it to achieve its potential.
  • Those present included a wide array of representatives including some from the local Community Council, heritage bodies, sustainable transport groups, disability groups, individual business interests, the local Business Improvement District, Council officials, bus companies, taxi firms, cyclists, the emergency services, and members of the public.


  • The purpose of the year’s trial on George Street has been to test out the impacts on George Street (and on surrounding streets) when there is additional space given over to pedestrians, cyclists and for activity (not only during the summer and winter festivals, but year-round).
  • The Council has made strenuous efforts to make this the most transparent and grassroots-led project in the city. This can be seen in three key areas, related to the research package.

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Edinburgh Art Festival: exciting FREE opportunity for educators

(adapted from an email from Kate MacKay of Alchemy Arts)

This takes place Thursday 30th July at Central Library. Places are FREE but booking is essential.

Here is an exciting FREE opportunity for educators. Alchemy Arts will be hosting a one day workshop exploring how the Edinburgh Art Festival artwork, exhibitions and events can be used to stimulate projects and workshops with young people.

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