Response to consultation on Picardy Place: December 2017

(NTBCC submitted the following to Edinburgh Council today [19 December 2017].)

Overview

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to hold public engagement activities in connection with proposals for Picardy Place. The proposals have generated a high level of local concern and we have received an unprecedented number of representations from residents, both at our meetings and by email.

However, the consultation, though welcome, was tardy and brief. Given this, NTBCC consider that to demonstrate good faith CEC must now take time to consider and respond to the many questions raised by local residents and other interest groups, rather than press ahead with a scheme which few are convinced is the best that can be achieved. If CEC maintains this is not possible, then they should make clear why a decision must be taken before these questions have been answered. Continue reading

NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 November

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are RED ITALIC UNDERLINED. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

George Street and First New Town engagement sessions

(distilled from an email conversation with Anna Herriman, Programme Manager, Edinburgh Council)

We don't yet know the times of these engagement sessions - we will update this post as soon as we do.

Face to face with CEC staff

15 and 16 January 2018
City Arts Centre (5th floor)
2 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DE

If you can’t make these, send enquiries and comments to Jamie Robertson (project manager, email Jamie.robertson@edinburgh.gov.uk).

Other engagement opportunities will be created by Edinburgh Council as the project progresses.

NTBCC agenda – Monday 11 December

7.30 p.m. Monday 11 December 2017

The Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent

(enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, down at right hand side of church)

  1. Attendance and apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of meeting of 13 November 2017, and matters arising
  3. Police
  4. Transport – update re Picardy Place proposals
  5. Planning – update re Royal Bank of Scotland site planning application
  6. Licensing
  7. Environment
  8. Communications
  9. Neighbourhood Partnerships and local residents' associations
  10. Any other business

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING

During the meeting an attendance sheet seeking names and emails addresses will be circulated, though there is no requirement to give either. Email addresses are held and used for the sole purpose of circulating information about NTBCC and seeking residents’ views on local issues. If you wish to be removed from this circulation list, please email minsec@ntbcc.org.uk at any time.

Door-step crime: bogus workmen

(adapted from a message from a Police Scotland officer to Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Dear Community members

I am taking this opportunity to make you aware of 2 recent incidents in the Morningside and Grange areas, where elderly occupiers have been approached by a male in his 30s offering to fix loose roof tiles on their houses.

It is thought the male may be driving a white transit style van.

We are currently investigating the circumstances to establish any criminality, but if you can make your members aware I would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks

Graeme Nisbet (South East Inspector)
Morningside
Southside /Newington
Liberton/ Gilmerton


Give your feedback on latest council proposal for the Picardy Place junction

Following the critical feedback the City Council received regarding their initial (September) proposal for a new 'gyratory' junction to replace the current roundabout, the City Council unveiled a revised proposal in mid November. The hastily convened public information events (on 21 and 22 November) have been and gone, but you can still view these proposals, and give your view, in the online survey. Here is a link to the current proposals for the street layout and island site.

The Community Council attended both public information sessions and a stakeholder event, but we are keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses before we finalise our response. So please let us know by using the contact form here. You are also welcome to attend our meeting on 11 December at 7:30pm, at the Drummond room, Broughton St Marys, Bellevue Crescent.