NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 November

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.30pm

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George Street and First New Town engagement sessions

(distilled from an email conversation with Anna Herriman, Programme Manager, Edinburgh Council)

We don't yet know the times of these engagement sessions - we will update this post as soon as we do.

Face to face with CEC staff

15 and 16 January 2018
City Arts Centre (5th floor)
2 Market Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DE

If you can’t make these, send enquiries and comments to Jamie Robertson (project manager, email Jamie.robertson@edinburgh.gov.uk).

Other engagement opportunities will be created by Edinburgh Council as the project progresses.

November meeting headlines

At Monday’s well-attended meeting of the New Town & Broughton Community Council, there were discussions with Police Scotland Community officers on local crime & how the community can help with 20 mph limit enforcement; a discussion with a Council official on the next steps on the re-design of George Street; details of further planned public consultation on Picardy Place ; initial thoughts on the recent public exhibition on the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in St Andrews Square ; NTBCC position regarding the Royal High School “hotel” appeal to the Scottish Reporter(s)  ; Edinburgh licensing issues and finally a brief discussion on how to better regulate the growing  Airbnb presence in Edinburgh city centre.

Police Scotland reported on several incidents of vehicle crime in the area (Satnavs, phones and cash being stolen from parked cars) & pointed residents to their website & precautions that you can take http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/secure-your-car

They also discussed a new initiative to help enforcement of the 20 mph limits “Community Speed Watch” where they would train residents in local communities in the use of speed guns to monitor traffic speeds in their area. More details to follow.

Anna Herriman from Edinburgh Council discussed the next steps in the re-design of George Street. White Young Green (WYG) with LDA Design have been awarded a contract to further develop a “Masterplan” for George Street, keeping the principles of previous work completed by Ironside Farrar – there are further public consultation being planned in early December (at the Assembly Rooms)  - dates to be confirmed in the next few days.

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George Street – Preliminary Design – Next Steps

NTBCC have been involved in discussions regarding the potential improvements and redesign of George Street for several years. We have been an active participant in the Steering group and attended the public consultations in 2015 and were involved in setting the Design Principles for George Street.

The following has been adapted from an email from Anna Herriman (Edinburgh Council's City Centre Programme Manager, South East Locality) that provides stakeholders and interested parties with an update on the beginning of the next phase of the development of a design for George Street. (Sections in quotation marks are reproduced verbatim).

A report updating Edinburgh Council's Transport & Environment committee on this preliminary design project is available on the Council website, and will be considered by the  committee on 5 October 2017. In summary though, key elements include:

  • Project scope
  • Appointment of consultants
  • The role of engagement and stakeholder input in the preliminary design stage
  • Timescales for the project

We have extended an invitation to Anna Herriman to come to the November NTBCC meeting to discuss this further.

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NTBCC licensing updates

How to comment on or object to licensing applications.

Follow this link to Edinburgh Council's web-pages about licensing. You can then access the online registers of applications, and read how to submit comments or applications.

The 'Licensing' link will stay under 'other useful links' at the right side of all NTBCC web pages.

This month's applications

NTBCC has objected to granting of variations to amend the condition on amplified music in the following premises:

  • Ref: 349439, 7 Charlotte Lane
  • Ref: 349435, 55a Frederick Street
  • Ref: 349437, 51a George Street
  • Ref: 349488, 113-115 George Street
  • Ref: 349455, 125 George Street (Tigerlily)
  • Ref: 349486, 125 George Street (Lulu)

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