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

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.

Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council says

Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.

There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.

You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart

Thank you.

Resurfacing Bellevue Gardens footpaths and road surfaces

(adapted from an email from William Kearns of Edinburgh Council)

Both the footways and carriageway along Bellevue Gardens will be resurfaced soon. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, 27 November 2017 and should take four weeks to complete. (This may need to be extended due to weather and any unforeseen circumstances.)  The Contractors operating times will be between the hours of 08:00-17:00 Monday to Friday.

To allow for the safe execution of the works, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will be in place to close off the junction to Bellevue Gardens and suspend on-street parking where necessary. It is planned to keep Bellevue Gardens opened for the most part of the works and only suspend parking where necessary. However, for about a week, vehicular access will be denied with the main junction being completely closed to through traffic. During this time, vehicles will have to park outwith the closed off areas or in driveways. The parking suspensions and road closure are required in order to facilitate getting the work done whilst been carried out safely.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and noise, but unfortunately some is unavoidable during road works. Throughout the programme, emergency vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Where possible, access will also be maintained to residential properties.

Please contact me if you require any additional information about the works.

William Kearns 0131-469-5320 william.kearns@edinburgh.gov.uk

Picardy Place ‘information events’

(The following details were emailed to NTBCC late on Friday 10 November.)

The following have been arranged by Edinburgh Council.

What Date time venue
Stakeholder event Monday 20 November 10am to 12 noon European Room
City Chambers
Public Information Event Tuesday 21 November 10am to 7pm 5th Floor
City Arts Centre
Market Street
Public Information Event Wednesday 22 November 3pm to 7pm Broughton St Mary's Church
Bellevue Crescent

CEC also stated that formal confirmation and information should be available before the events.

More information can be seen on  Edinburgh Council website here

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