New Town & Broughton Community Council Engagement Plan June 2022

Original PDF: NTBCC Engagement Report 2022-06-11

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Noticeboards
  3. NTBCC website
  4. twitter
  5. Residents’ associations
  6. Walkabouts
  7. Formal responses to local government consultations and deputations to City of Edinburgh Council committees
  8. Engagement with other community councils, networks and heritage organizations
  9. Use of Public Spaces for Events and Filming (formerly Public Spaces Management Plan)
  10. Previous NTBCC Engagement Plans

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George St: CEC’s response to NTBCC submission

CEC has now responded to NTBCC’s submission on the latest plans for George Street, as follows:

New Town and Broughton Community Council
c/o Simon Holledge
By email

31st May 2022

Dear Simon

George Street and First New Town (GNT) Public Realm Proposals

The Council note and welcome the recent comments received from the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) regarding the public realm plans for George Street and the First New Town (GNT).

NTBCC has been one of the key stakeholders over the years through the development of the proposals for George Street. The Council recognises that the views and comments raised by NTBCC are critical in shaping final proposals for the area and ensuring that the project is a success in terms of enhancing George Street and the First New Town as a place to live, work and visit. As the Council has stated, collaboration is key to the success of the GNT project and we will continue to work with NTBCC as final project proposals are developed.

The Council’s response to the main items raised by the NTBCC are detailed below.

 

Equality Impact Assessment

An initial Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), which allows the Council to meet its legal obligations in relation to equality, socio-economic disadvantage, climate change, sustainability, the environment and human rights for the GNT project, was produced in May 2019 and was updated in March 2020. During this current design stage of the project the IIA will be reviewed once more to reflect current designs but more importantly operational plans for the area which are due to be finalised by autumn this year. Working in partnership with key stakeholders, especially those representing disabled and mobility impaired groups, we will continue to review the project IIA as the delivery of the project moves forward.

Continuous engagement and consultation have taken place on the GNT project from the outset and the Council will continue to adopt a collaborative approach in developing final proposals. Groups including Edinburgh Access Panel have been closely involved and a specific session was recently organised with them relating to the current Stage 3 proposals.

Travel

In line with the Council’s City Mobility Plan, City Centre Transformation Plan (CCT) and Climate Emergency, a key objective of the George Street project is to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle as well as provide better access to public transportation. With regards to people with mobility issues or disabilities, we will remove as much street clutter as possible, improve junctions, introduce seating areas, and significantly widen footpaths. This will all help to enhance the experience for everyone who wants to access and enjoy the street.

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Scottish Ministers’ Approval for Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone

Local media as well as national media has recently covered the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in major Scottish cities – Edinburgh along with Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow. 

The following is adapted from an email sent to the New Town & Broughton Community Council  (NTBCC) on 2 June stating that  final approval by Scottish Ministers for the proposed LEZ in Edinburgh was given on 19 May.  The email confirms that the proposal, as agreed at the Council’s 31 March 2022 Transport & Environment Committee, has now been approved by Scottish Ministers and came into force  on 31 May 2022 – with enforcement from 1 June 2024. 

NTBCC had again raised several concerns with the proposal during the final Council consultation e.g. the limited scope of the LEZ in Edinburgh, its adverse impact on residents living outside the area covered by the LEZ and the lack of effective enforcement plans. However, despite these concerns, shared by many other groups, the proposed scheme was approved at the 31 March Transport & Environment Committee without any changes from the initial proposal.

We are also unclear how this proposal will contribute to reductions in emissions to ensure compliance with the Scottish Government’s climate change objectives, specifically for carbon dioxide (CO2) – as stated below.

The specific detail of the approved Low Emission Zone can be viewed on the Council’s website here .


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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 14 April 2022

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting on Wednesday 14 April 2022 at 5:30pm, at Trams project compound (165 Leith Walk)

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NTBCC minutes Monday 11 April 2022

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

New Town and Broughton Community Council submission on George Street and First New Town Public Realm Improvements Project (9 May 2022)

Executive Summary

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) has concerns about the process of re-designing the George Street First New Town area and the impacts on disadvantaged people, protected under the Equality Act 2010.

This document lays out some key issues that need consideration:

We are aware that consultation and engagement have been undertaken for this project. However, the impact on the residents in the area and surrounding communities, as well as disadvantaged communities, has not been properly considered.

It also important to note that some of the recommendations made after the initial consultation have been ignored, e.g. having buses on George Street, but with no clear evidence as to why or assessment of the impact of this change.

We invite you to read our evidence based submission and reconsider this proposal, and taking in to account alternative options to meet the needs of different communities.

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Next NTBCC meeting – Monday 9th May – Agenda items & Registration

NTBCC’s next meeting will again be held via the Zoom platform on Monday 9th. Although we have explored options for holding for hybrid meetings, based on the experience of other events – we are yet not confident of being able to successfully hold a hybrid meeting with the current facilities available to us.

However, in line with feedback from a recent poll amongst NTBCC members,  there was some support to return to in-person meetings in the summer. Consistent with that, the intent is for the June NTBCC meeting (which includes the Annual General Meeting ) to be our first in-person meeting for over 2 years – to be held in the sanctuary (main body) of Broughton St Mary’s church. This will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The full agenda for the online May meeting will be published soon on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/

We look forward to as many residents as possible joining us for this as well as local councillors – both those newly-elected or those who have been re-elected folllowing the 5th May Council elections.

For those that wish to attend – please register via Eventbrite using this link

We look forward to as many residents as possible joining us for this.

What’s going to be discussed ?

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