Response to Current Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Consultation

Following further discussion at the September NTBCC meeting on our response to the current consultation on the proposed city centre LEZ, we have now finalised our submission.

In summary, we are supportive of the introduction of a LEZ in Edinburgh but do not believe that the proposed scheme goes far enough both in terms of its geographical spread and in its ambitions to reduce pollution from vehicles. There are specific issues with some sections of the proposed boundary which we believe should be addressed before the LEZ is finalised. We are also concerned that the proposed enforcement regime will not be sufficient to ensure proper compliance.

We look forward to continued engagement in the development of the Low Emission Zone.

Please note that this consultation is open for comments from members of the public until 20 September 2021 – it can be accessed on the Council’s Consultation Hub here.

Below is the full text of our submission. A pdf version can also be downloaded here.


Response by New Town and Broughton Community Council to Edinburgh Council’s Consultation on Proposed Low Emission Zone

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the Council’s plans to move forward with introducing a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) in Edinburgh but we are concerned that the current proposals are not sufficiently ambitious and will have a serious detrimental impact for some residents, particularly those that live outside the boundaries of the currently proposed City Centre LEZ. We strongly believe that the boundaries of the LEZ should be increased in order to benefit a larger proportion of the residents of Edinburgh.

The area of the proposed LEZ currently covers only 2.5% of the City and excludes many areas of the City with the greatest density of residents. It will also not include the designated Town Centres and areas such as Broughton Street, which form such an important element in the development of 20-minute neighbourhoods outlined in the recently approved City Mobility Plan. In setting the boundaries of the LEZ, more consideration has been given to providing convenient diversionary routes for non-compliant vehicles than maximising the health benefits for people living in Edinburgh. Pollution levels have been considered on an absolute basis without any consideration of the number of people that will be exposed to that pollution. We are particularly concerned that there is no recognition of the risks to pedestrians from vehicular emissions in areas outside of the proposed LEZ; some of which have very high levels of walking including children walking to school.

There are three sections of the currently proposed boundary within the NTBCC area where we believe that further consideration is required before the plans are finalised – these are :

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NTBCC minutes Monday 10 May 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 May 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Edinburgh Council has stated that ‘CCs can approve minutes, and take other decisions, remotely’, as so long as they ensure that ‘remote meetings are as accessible to members of the public and (as) well-advertised as possible’. Continue reading

Dr Max Coleman of RBGE and the NTBCC Natural Environment Group, 10 June 3pm

The NTBCC Natural Environment Group will be hosting the fourth in a series of Zoom afternoon conversations, on Thursday, 10 June at 3pm.
On this occasion our guest will be Dr Max ColemanScience Communicator for the Botanics and Chair of the Edinburgh Biodiversity Partnership.
We will be talking about biodiversity in parks, gardens and public squares, street trees, the management of species-poor, semi-wild areas like Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, and the re-greening of deprived areas characterised by graffiti, litter etc. 
This event is open to all. Please contact <eo@ntbcc.org.uk> for details.

NTBCC minutes Monday 12 April 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 April 2021 at 7pm

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NTBCC minutes Monday 8 March 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 March 2021 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Edinburgh Council has stated that ‘CCs can approve minutes, and take other decisions, remotely’, as so long as they ensure that ‘remote meetings are as accessible to members of the public and (as) well-advertised as possible’. Continue reading

NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 8 March 2021

Agenda for online meeting: 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

We very much welcome members of the public joining the meeting (using the Zoom platform).

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-via-zoom-monday-8-march-2021-tickets-143730601097

Log-in details/Zoom link will then be emailed to all those who have registered.

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

  1. Technology check / Admin/ Welcome
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Minutes of 8 February meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
(5 minutes)
  1. ‘George Street & First New Town’ project – Presentation and Q&A
(20 minutes)
  1. Transport
    1. City Mobility Plan – Follow up to Deputation submitted to Transport and Environment Committee
    2. Trams Project Update
      1. TRO for Leith Walk/London Road junction – banning of left hand turn
      2. Picardy Place Tram Stop design changes and construction schedule
      3. TROs for full route – public consultation timing
    3. Spaces for People
      1. Broughton Street to Canonmills – status of proposed changes
      2. Leopold Place Pedestrian Crossing – update on Council response
      3. Making Changes Permanent – public consultation timing and NTBCC position
(20 minutes)
  1. Winter Festivals 2020 consultation
(15 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Public Spaces Management Plan – report expected to be available mid-March
(5 minutes)
  1. Licensing
  1. Engagement and Communications 
  1. Local Residents Associations/Local Interest Groups
    1. Friends of Calton Hill; Friends of Gayfield Square Garden; Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Gardens
    2. Possible funding allocation for Greenspaces (discussion)
(10 minutes)
  1. Any other business

During the meetings, names and email addresses may be recorded. Email addresses are held and used for circulating information about NTBCC but may also be used to seek residents’ views on local issues.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 10 February 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s business meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 February 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading