NTBCC minutes Monday 8 March 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 March 2020 at 7pm

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

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NTBCC response to ‘retaining Spaces for People measures’ consultation

Executive Summary

As noted below, the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) considers the consultation to be deeply flawed. The inclusion of questions about measures not yet implemented is highly questionable. Until there has been an opportunity to evaluate the success or otherwise of any particular measures, it is impossible to make any valid judgment on whether they should be retained or removed. Many of the questions group cycling and walking together but the needs of these two groups are quite different making it impossible to properly judge the merits of specific measures for each of these groups. The survey is designed to encourage simple yes/no answers to questions about whether measures should be retained and does too little to obtain any insight into the consequences both favourable and otherwise from the implementation of the measures. The Commonplace Mapping tool would have been a far more effective means of obtaining genuine and considered feedback on the various measures that have been introduced. This lack of qualitative feedback will hamper any decision making by Council officials and Councillors. Edinburgh Council and its citizens deserve better than this hastily prepared and poorly designed survey.

With regard to the specific schemes already implemented in our area:

  • We are in favour of continuing with the changes to The Mound and Princes Street East with some provisos.
  • We are opposed to the measures on Waverley Bridge and London Road being retained and indeed believe that they should removed before the end of the current TTRO’s.
  • We do not agree that any of the measures yet to be introduced in our area including those to Broughton Street, Broughton Roundabout, Bellevue, Rodney Street or Canonmills should be considered for retention until there has been an opportunity to better assess their effectiveness.
  • We are also very concerned about the impact on traffic in our area of the planned changes to South Bridge and would urge that implementation is delayed until the consequences of the planned restrictions to vehicular traffic can be better understood. 

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NTBCC disappointed in latest Spaces for People proposals for Broughton Street to Canonmills

The Council have just announced (see separate post) the temporary Spaces for People measures that will be implemented along the route from Canonmills to Broughton Street. While we welcome some aspects of the current plans including the widening of the pavements at the Broughton Road junction and the improvements made to a number of junctions along the route, we intend to highlight our disappointment with the overall package of measures. The current proposals largely ignore the feedback from the Commonplace Mapping conducted last year and make few meaningful improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety.

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Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

NTBCC received this notification from Edinburgh Council on 17 March.

Dear Councillors and Stakeholders

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

Please be advised that as part of overall emergency measures we are proposing, on Broughton Street running North to Canonmills, to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.

I have attached the proposed designs for the scheme. These show changes to the streets which, in summary, includes:

first page of linked PDF

Click the graphic to access the full PDF.

  • Introduction of sections of segregated cycleway and pedestrian buildouts on Broughton Street, Rodney Street, Bellevue and Canonmills.
  • Removal of one lane on approach to Broughton Roundabout from East and North.  Removal of railings and extension of pavements at NE, SE and SW corners.
  • Relocation of some loading to side streets off Broughton St and Rodney St (marked by double yellow lines (DYL) with single blips.
  • Some existing parking altered to blue badge parking only on Broughton St using DYL with single blips.
  • Additional restriction of parking at all times alongside the segregation at certain sections
  • Retention of blue badge parking along the route
  • Retention of existing bus stops
  • Removal of railings at Canonmills junction excluding pedestrian island and corner at Warriston Rd.

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 February 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 February 2020 at 7pm Continue reading

NTBCC March meeting summary – Peter Williamson, Environment convener

The following sets out the main points of discussion at the meeting of New Town & Broughton Community Council held on Monday 8 March 2021.

The meeting was attended by Community Councillors, local Councillors, those presenting on the George Street Development and members of the general public. The meeting was relayed by Zoom.

Complete minutes of the meeting will be presented in draft at the next meeting of the Community Council and when approved placed on the NTNCC Website.

George Street And First New Town Project

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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.