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.
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.
Not only do we have GVA coming to outline their revised plans for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Dundas Street, but the City of Edinburgh Council’s Executive Director of Place, Paul Lawrence has accepted our invitation to address us on the Council's latest plans to replace the Picardy Place roundabout with a 3 lane traffic "gyratory".
Like many local residents and other stakeholders, Community Council members were shocked by the short timescales indicated in the September public engagement exercise. In a letter to the City Council's Transport and Environment Committee we called for genuine consultation about the redevelopment of the Picardy Place roundabout site .-as reported in the Broughton Spurtle here. http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/picardy-place-reactions
We welcome the Committee response committing to further public engagement on the plans this autumn, but are concerned at reports from last Thursday's meeting that the gyratory plans are now ‘embedded’ into the £60m+ Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) contracts the Council signed with St James Quarter developer TH Real Estate and the Scottish Government in June 2016- see Broughton Spurtle report here http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/news/no-major-rethink-picardy-place . We will be exploring with Paul Lawrence what opportunities for amendment and improvement there are, and will, as far as time permits, allow residents who attend to put questions to him.
At NTBCC's September 11th meeting we welcomed the unanimous decision of the City Council's Development Management sub committee to refuse the application to turn the old Royal High School Building into a hotel, although we were dismayed to learn that the developer intends to appeal. It is likely that this appeal will be heard along with their appeal against the 2015 refusal of the first hotel plan, which is currently on hold. Unfortunately, whilst planning consent has been granted to the much more sympathetic plans to reutilise the old RHS as the new home for the St Marys Music School, the City Council will not be in a position to lease the site to the school until these appeal are either withdrawn or determined.
We also discussed the benefits of a street or group of streets of being part of a residents' association. A residents' association like the Drummond Civic Association or the Fettes Row and Royal Crescent Association will usually have more clout with the City Council or developers than a group of residents- and several either have representatives on the Community Council or send representatives to our meeting on an ad hoc basis , which we much appreciate. The Regent, Royal and Calton Terraces Association was given a slot to present objections at the recent Royal High School hearing, as were NTBCC. We are keen to encourage more streets to form associations, (its not difficult or that time consuming) and can offer assistance to anyone interested in getting an association going. If you would like assistance, or have formed an association, and wish to establish contact with the Community Council, please email our Chair, Ian Mowat at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Minutes of Meeting of 12 June 2017 and matters arising
4. Licensing - Nick Fraser, Depute Clerk of the Licensing Board, will speak and take questions on liquor licensing.
9. Neighbourhood Partnerships
10. Any Other Business
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING
The Perfect Harmony Musical Rally is a special celebration of the campaign to bring two of Scotland's national treasures, St Mary's Music School and the Old Royal High School of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill together, in Perfect Harmony.
It will feature live performances by the children of St Mary’s Music School, updates on the campaign and information on how to get actively involved. There will also be an information display and scale model of the RHSPT’s approved design for the Old Royal High School.
WHERE: Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BN.
WHEN: Thursday 22 June 2017. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Close by 8.30pm.
COST: Free of charge.