Manifesto for walking

(adapted from an email from Living Streets Edinburgh)

With Council elections taking place on 4 May 2017, Living Streets Edinburgh is asking all political parties to include measures in their manifestos that will make walking in Edinburgh safer, easier and more enjoyable. Edinburgh is a naturally 'walkable' city but conditions for pedestrians are often  inadequate. Yet despite barriers to walking almost every one walks. Living Streets want City of Edinburgh Council to build on this and to support their aim to make Edinburgh a truly world class city for people walking.

Here are Living Street's four 'big ideas' :

  1. Transform Street Management
  2. Invest Much More in Walking
  3. Make a Comprehensive Traffic Plan for the City Centre
  4. Pedestrianise George Street

The full manifesto delivered to all councillors can be seen at http://www.livingstreetsedinburgh.org.uk/Living-Streets-Edinburgh-Manifesto.pdf. New Town and Broughton Community Council would like to hear your views on the Living Streets manifesto. Please use our contact form to tell us what you think.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 12 September 2016

Minutes of New Town and Broughton Community Council, Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 12 September 2016

1. Attendance and apologies for absence

1.2 Present

Community Councillors

Ian Mowat (chair)                    NTBCC

Stephen Hajducki                    NTBCC

Chris Collins                             NTBCC

Judy Conn                                 NTBCC

Claire Miller                             NTBCC

Jack Hugh                                NTBCC

Richard Price                           NTBCC

Christine Ross                         NTBCC

Alan Welsh                               NTBCC

Iain McGill                               NTBCC

Jonathan Finn                         NTBCC

Carol Nimmo                           NTBCC

CEC Councillors

Cllr Joanna Mowat                 City Centre Ward

Cllr Lesley Hinds                     Inverletih Ward

Police

PC Chris Green

PC Paul Rich

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Proposed Residential Development at the B&Q site on Warriston Road

The New Town & Broughton Community Council members visited the first of the public consultations in late July to see the initial thoughts by the developers, Artisan Group and appointed architects, Sheppard Robson. Their initial proposals for new residential buildings on the site were displayed in a series of exhibition boards, which can be viewed here.

In summary – the proposals include :

  • Proposal for 4 irregular-shaped blocks at the corners of the site, set back to a degree from Warriston Road, to include private gardens and a publicly accessible green link from Warriston Road to Powderhall Road.
  • Between 180 – 250 residential units with the blocks varying between 4 and 6 storeys, to match the buildings adjacent (ex Waterson’s warehouse - now residential) and Miller Homes development fronting St Mark’s Park to the east.
  • The design to respect both the view from Warriston Path across the site towards Calton Hill as well as other views southward across the city centre.
  • In common with their other recent developments, an emphasis on biodiversity-friendly landscaping, including potentially “living” roofs.
  • All parking for the site accommodated in the basements of the buildings but with the focus of encouraging pedestrian and cycle routes.

Overall, it is difficult to make a final judgement on the proposal given the level of detail available so far but our initial impressions were broadly favourable. Clearly, whilst some may miss the convenience of B&Q being on the site, very few will miss the contribution the current shed, its yard or its car park make to the aesthetics of this stretch of the Water of Leith.

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Traffic Regulation Order- Young Street one way traffic

The following Traffic Regulation Order advertisement has been received  to make permanent the experimental one way system currently  operating on Young Street in an east west direction.  Any objections must be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council  as stated in the advertisement  by 6 June 2016. The Community Council are currently are not currently aware of any  reason to object to this application, so, subject to receiving any representations that we should change our stance, do not  intend to object.  If you wish to contact the NTBCC about this please email us using  the contact form tab ( see top of page) .

THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL (CENTRAL EDINBURGH) (PROHIBITION OF ENTRY AND TURNING, ONE-WAY ROADS AND BUS LANES) (VARIATION NO-) ORDER 201_ - TRO/16/31

THE COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE AN ORDER UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, AS AMENDED, TO MAKE PERMANENT THE EXPERIMENTAL ONE WAY SYSTEM CURRENTLY OPERATING ON YOUNG STREET IN AN EAST TO WEST DIRECTION.

DETAILS OF THE DRAFT ORDER AND RELATED DOCS CAN BE VIEWED 9:30AM TO 3:30PM MON-FRI, FROM 16/5/16 TO 6/6/16 AT CITY CHAMBERS OR ONLINE AT WWW.EDINBURGH.GOV.UK/TRAFFICORDERS & WWW.TELLMESCOTLAND.GOV.UK.

OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE SENT, QUOTING REF TRO/16/31 TO TRAFFIC ORDERS, PLACE, CITY CHAMBERS, HIGH ST, EDINBURGH, EH1 1YJ, OR TRAFFICORDERS@EDINBURGH.GOV.UK NOT LATER THAN 6/6/16.