New trust submits plans to relocate St Mary’s Music School to the former Royal High School 

As many of you will have seen, an alternative proposal has emerged for the former Old Royal High School on Regents Road. Initial details of this have been excellently summarised in a recent article on the Broughton Spurtle website:

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City of Edinburgh Council planning application process and the weekly list

If you have ever wondered how planning applications are communicated by Edinburgh Council, this may help you to understand. The Planning Department of Edinburgh Council has posted a blog about the weekly list of planning applications and how these are compiled: Continue reading

Agendas for NTBCC’s AGM and ordinary meeting: 11 May

These will take place at the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent. Enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church. The agendas are:

AGM: 7:15pm

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Previous AGM (May 2014)
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chair’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Election of Office Bearers
  7. Any Other Business

The AGM will be immediately followed by the ordinary meeting.

Ordinary meeting (7:30pm)

  1. Presentation by William Gray Muir, Chairman, The Royal High School Preservation Trust with their proposals for the Royal High School building
  2. Minutes of Meetings of March 2015 and matters arising
  3. Planning
  4. Environment
  5. Transport
  6. Licensing
  7. Activities of Local Street or Amenity Associations
  8. Any Other Business

Community Police Officers – funded by Edinburgh Council

Each council ward will be assigned 2 Community Police Officers, with an additional 7 for City Centre to aid with issues around the night time economy, as agreed at Edinburgh Council's Health, Social Care and Housing Committee today. Full details can be found at

Please see below the cut for the key parts of this document.

The agreement will apparently commence on 1st April (it's 21 April just now). We don't currently know how many Community Improvement partnerships (CIPs) are in place just now, nor how they will interface with Community Councils, but will report as soon as we have further information. Continue reading

Public toilet closures: which would **you** close?

(with thanks to Leith Links CC for alerting us to this issue. The text below is adapted from a page on Edinburgh Council’s consultation hub.)

Edinburgh Council has taken a step back from implementing a £600,000 reduction for the Public Conveniences budget, which would have resulted in the closure of 22 public toilets across the city.

However, a budget decision was taken in 2011 to remove £300,000 from the service budget within the 2015/2016 financial year. This means that around 10 public toilets will still need to be closed. You can tell Edinburgh Council what you think by answering a survey. (Please note the survey opens on Monday 13 April.)