NTBCC agenda – Monday 13 November 2017

Venue: The Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent (enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church)

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of meeting of 9 October 2017 and matters arising
  3. Police
  4. Anna Herriman, City Centre Programme Manager: update on the George Street and First New Town (GNT) Design Project
  5. Transport – update re Picardy Place proposals and proposal to apply surcharge to parking permits of diesel vehicles
  6. Planning – update re Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application
  7. Licensing
  8. Environment
  9. Communications
  10. Neighbourhood Partnerships and local residents' associations
  11. Any other business

Online consultation on adding surcharge to parking permits for diesel vehicles

Edinburgh  City Council  is currently consulting  on a proposal to apply a £40 surcharge on parking permits issued to owners of diesel vehicles, and are seeking views by way of an online  survey, which is  available on the Council’s Consultation Hub at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/parking-permit-diesel-surcharge . The survey will  remain open until 28 January 2018. The Community Council is keen to hear resident's views on this and will be putting it on the agenda of our 13 November meeting.

Public consultation event for new music venue behind St Andrew Square – Tuesday 7 November

IMPACT Scotland are hosting a community consultation exhibition regarding proposals for land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The proposals are for the Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House  and the erection of a new music and performing arts venue in its place. IMPACT Scotland will be holding two public consultation events to inform the emerging proposals. A first drop-in public consultation exhibition is being held on Tuesday 7th November at 36 St Andrew Square, between 3pm - 7:30pm.

Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs)

(adapted from an email from Transport Scotland)

Transport Scotland is trying to raise awareness of a Scottish Government consultation called Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Air pollution in Scotland has progressively reduced over recent years, but poor air quality – predominantly caused by road transport – remains an issue at a number of hotspots in our towns and cities.

Following the May 2017 local elections, several local authorities in major Scottish cities have made positive statements around LEZs, and we are encouraged to see the strong political will across local government to support improvements to air quality. The Programme for Government committed to introducing LEZs into Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2018 and 2020.

The Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones consultation paper sets out the proposed arrangements and options to deliver a consistent approach to designing, building and managing LEZs in Scotland. Transport Scotland invites your everyone to respond to the consultation at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/ or by emailing comments to lezconsultation@transport.gov.scot.

The consultation will close at 23:59 on 28 November 2017.

Demolition to Start at the Former B&Q Site

Although there has been some minor exploratory work in the car park of the former B&Q store in Warriston Road, the developer (Artisan) now has in place the necessary permissions to start re-development of the site and intends to commence demolition, site clearance and other prestart works on Monday 23rd October.

The local residents group has raised an historical issue regarding the enforcement of the no parking restrictions mainly at the western end of Powderhall Road – it would seem that during the development of Powderhall Village, no relevant traffic orders were exercised at that time, such that parking restrictions are currently unenforceable. The necessary provisions are now belatedly being progressed by Edinburgh Council and thankfully, with the retrofit of the adjacent Fusion House from office use to residential now being complete, the pressure on parking on this section of Powderhall Road has eased somewhat but residents remain concerned about the impact of the low number of planned parking spaces in the new Canonmills garden development and the probable over-spill into Powderhall and the surrounding streets.

We are pleased that the developer for the B&Q site has at least made contractors aware of the limited car parking in the area and has arranged for all of their personnel to park within the B&Q site boundary.

The demolition contractors are Kinetic Demolition (www.kineticdemolition.com) who can be contacted on 0131-510-7170 in the event of a reoccurrence of irresponsible parking.

Coincident with the demolition, a pro-active programme of tree maintenance that will involve some thinning and felling” will be undertaken in the existing tree belt at the eastern edge of the site.

Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of a DIY store in the locality, very few will miss the aesthetic contribution of the current shed, its yard or its car park – including its carrier-bag catching fencing.

NTBCC are overall supportive of the proposed development which will provide much needed new homes (including 25% “affordable" units) on a brownfield site that is no longer  deemed to have a viable commercial use.

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 September 2017

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 11 September 2017 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

This minute is in the agenda order, but the chair re-ordered the meeting due to late arrivals from the Cockburn Association AGM. Continue reading

Edinburgh flat residents – what do you think of on street recycling bins?

(adapted from an email from Changeworks)

If you live in a flat in Edinburgh, Changeworks would like to ask your views of the shared waste and recycling bins on your street. The results of this survey will help the City of Edinburgh Council improve the service. The short online survey, which only takes 5-10 minutes to complete, is available to Edinburgh residents until 23 October 2017.

By taking part in the survey, you can enter a prize draw* with the chance to win several prizes including vouchers for Pizza Express and Cineworld, and family passes to the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh. You will also be offered the chance to attend a paid focus group, scheduled for November 2017, where feedback and ideas will be explored in more depth.

You can also follow @ChangeworksUK on Facebook and Twitter to share and retweet their posts about the recycling survey.

*Terms and conditions apply