Response to City Mobility Plan Consultation April 2020

SUMMARY

  • Revise the plan to take account of changes following the COVID-19 pandemic. Implementation will need to be reassessed, and there are likely to be opportunities to make faster progress towards some of the long-term objectives
  • Ensure a safe infrastructure for cycling, but prioritise pedestrians and public transport at all stages
  • Revise transport and economic priorities so the health benefits of lower emissions in the lockdown are retained in the long-term; introduce restrictive measures to maintain lower volumes of traffic in city streets
  • Any increase in private car use, because of lower risk of infection, should be carefully managed: ensure the focus remains on delivering the CMP’s long-term environmental and health benefits
  • Accelerate the switch to EVs, especially buses, taxis and delivery vehicles
  • Revise the parking proposals: reverse planned increases, and cut spaces in the centre and surrounding areas to encourage a lower level of private car use and take account of more people working from home
  • The ‘mass rapid transport system’, as conceived, is not comprehensive – or rapid – enough to deliver a “car-free” future: it should be more ambitious
  • In particular, options for light rail should be urgently explored with potential partners
  • The LEZ proposal should be expanded to extend the greatest protection from harmful emissions to residents beyond the central business and tourism district, and should include Queen Street and York Place
  • A robust and radical approach is needed to enforce the 20mph speed limits
  • We support pedestrianisation of streets – but only if an effective framework is put in place to protect them from over-use by events or activities of a commercial or tourist nature
  • There should be no return to the unsustainable levels of tourism and commercial exploitation of public space of recent years: diversify the economy away from over-dependence on these, and limit use of public space to the existing small number of established large-scale events.
  • Focus instead on local businesses and economic sectors which bring sustainable, long-term added value to the city economy
  • We ask all parties on the Council to work together to deliver consistent planning decisions which ensure that private sector activity aligns fully with the city’s long-term environmental and economic aims.

The full submission can be viewed here 

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 March 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 9 March 2020 at 7pm

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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

NTBCC agenda – Monday 9 March 2020

7:00 pm Monday 9 March 2020

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

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

  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of Meeting of 10th February and matters arising
  3. Police report
  4. * Transport
    1. Q&A with Ian Bieniowski (Lothian Buses) – questions attached
    2. City Mobility Plan – feedback from NTBCC members & others on consultation sessions – as input to final NTBCC response
  5. * Licensing
  6. * Environment
    1. To agree: key Priorities as agreed at NTBCC Sub-committee meeting (25 February)
    2. To note: Parks & Greenspaces : response to ‘Summer Sessions’ notification
  7. * Planning
    1. Info: Update on Ediston / Orion (ex-RBS Dundas Street/Fettes Row) development
    2. Update: Powderhall Stables & wider scheme
  8. * Engagement
    1. Update: NTBCC publicity for future meetings – poster distribution status
  9. NTBCC AGM (May 2020)
    1. For action : Annual report incl. sub-committee reports
  10. Localities / local residents’ associations
  11. Any other business

* Summaries issued prior to the meeting

 

NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 January 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s business meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 January 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND means that no-one dissented from or voted against a decision. Continue reading

NTBCC agenda – Monday 10 February 2020

7:00 pm Monday 10 February 2020

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

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

  1. Welcome
  2. Minutes of Meeting of 13th January and matters arising
  3. Police Report
  4. East Princes Street Gardens update:
    1. Recap: EPSG PAN consultation (retrospective PP for 2019 & 2020/2021)
  5. West Princes Street: The Quaich Project Update
    1. Recap: Business Plan / Operational Plan – Culture & Communities 28 January
  6. * Planning
    1. Info: ‘City Plan 2030’ – consultation on the next Local Development Plan
    2. Info: Update on Ediston / Orion (ex-RBS Dundas Street/Fettes Row) development
    3. 5 – 6 Marshall’s Court (20/00486/FUL) – Proposed 26 flat development
    4. Info: Recent meeting regarding options being considered for the ‘Jenners’ building
  7. * Transport
    1. Info: City Mobility Plan – consultation sessions / initial thoughts
  8. * Licensing
  9. Environment
    1. Info: Recent Waste Forum / February Sub-committee meeting
  10. Engagement
  11. Localities / local residents’ associations
    1. Info: EACC meeting
  12. Any other business

* Summaries to be issued prior to the meeting