Electoral reform consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on electoral reform. They say

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring access to democratic participation for all citizens. The way we vote in elections has remained unchanged for over 100 years. Modernisation takes place across all aspects of society and now is a good time to think about the kinds of innovation people in Scotland would like to see in elections.

Have your say on how the nuts and bolts of Scotland's democracy should work at https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform. If you are unable to respond online, please complete a Respondent Information Form and send it to:
Electoral Reform Consultation Elections Team
Area 2 West
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.

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Options for Randolph Place: consultation

Edinburgh Council is consulting on options for improving Randolph Place, so that it can be properly part of the planned City Centre West to East Cycle Link and Street Improvements Project (CCWEL), and the 'sense of place' in this area can be improved.

This consultation is open until 27 February, and can be accessed via the Council's consultation hub. (NTBCC presumes that people who do not wish to use this method can contact Rurigdh McMeddes, (Stakeholder Liaison Officer), Active Travel & Road Safety, 0131 469 3606, Rurigdh.McMeddes@edinburgh.gov.uk.)

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Have your say on plans for Randolph Place

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Members of the public are invited to Edinburgh Council's drop-in session next week outlining proposed changes to Randolph Place as part of the City Centre West to East Cycle Link and Street Design project.

The drop-in session will take place on Tuesday 20 February from 1pm-7pm at Harry’s Bar, 7B Randolph Place.

Three different options for the redesign of Randolph Place will be presented at the session and the CCWEL team will be keen take on board people's feedback on the options.

Following the drop-in there will be an online consultation on the council’s Consultation Hub, so that anyone who is unable to make the session in person can still take part in the process.

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Summary of our 12th February meeting

This CC meeting was different. First, PC Bruce Burt, who has been policing the city centre for years, finally made it to our CC with only 100 odd days till retirement, and had members hanging on his words with his softly spoken but elegantly delivered crime report. We wish him well!

Then, rather than the usual Planning issues,  we heard from Drummond Community High School (DCHS) Parent Council, who outlined their concerns about a proposal in a recent Council report that  secondary-level Gaelic Medium Education (GME) be moved from its current home within  Gillespie’s (which it was outgrowing) to DCHS. They stressed that they weren’t against GME per se, but were worried that given the increasing roll at DCHS, and its feeder primary schools, there would not be room for both the projected GME pupils and Drummond pupils in a few years. Whilst the City Council had offered guarantees that no current secondary school pupils would be forced to move, this didn’t offer comfort to parents whose kids were still at primary school and were hoping to join older siblings at DCHS. Neighbouring secondary schools such as Trinity Academy were already close to full. Although it might be possible to expand on the DCHS site, this would disrupt the school and cut into to playground space. There was also concern that the adult outreach programme at DCHS would be threatened, along with its “Community” status.   In the ensuing discussion, several CC members voiced concerns about the GME proposals, whilst others felt it was too early to judge.  It was agreed that CC members as a next step would attend  an ‘engagement event’ with parents  on 27 February  at DCHS, where the City Council  will present various options.

From a planning perspective, the latest RBS site application was briefly discussed, noting that Historic Environment Scotland had maintained their objection to the latest scheme. The Royal High School inquiry is now set for September 2018 with NTBCC participating as a partner along with the Cockburn Association & Edinburgh World Heritage. We agreed to support the expected public funding appeal from the Cockburn in the coming months.

Finally, we report a success! Two Licensing applications for variation (29-33 Dublin St and 3A Dundas St) to which NTBCC had submitted objections due to the likelihood of noise-nuisance. These have been permitted, BUT  with for shortened hours and with a  condition that ‘all amplified music and vocals shall be so controlled so as not to be an audible nuisance in neighbouring residential premises’. That is, the onus of proof of “no nuisance” is with the licensee, as it was for all licenced premises in Edinburgh until the Council’s Licensing Board started granting less stringent conditions for amplified music last year. This may be a useful precedent.

Full minutes of the meeting will be available in the coming weeks on the NTBCC website.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 January 2018

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 08 January 2018 at 7 pm

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 December 2018

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 December 2017 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are red underlinedNem con means that no-one spoke or voted against the item.

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