NTBCC AGM minutes 13 June 2022

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s annual general meeting, held at Broughton St Mary’s church (some attendance via Zoom), on Monday 13 June 2022 at 7pm

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

Items 1 to 5 and item 7 were chaired by Carol Nimmo. Item 6 was chaired by Bruce Ryan. Continue reading

New Town & Broughton Community Council Engagement Plan June 2022

Original PDF: NTBCC Engagement Report 2022-06-11


  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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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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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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NTBCC minutes Monday 14 March 2022

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 March 2022 at 7pm

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NTBCC meeting agenda Monday 11 April 2022

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).

Registration will be through Eventbrite via this link

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. Continue reading

Next NTBCC meeting – Monday 11th April – Discussion items & Registration

NTBCC’s next meeting will again be held via the Zoom platform on 11th April (although we are continuing to explore options either for hybrid meetings or in-person meetings in the future & hope that in the summer, will will be able to return to in-person meetings).

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

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 ?

After a few necessary formalities, including another discussion on how to get more relevant information in the Police Scotland Newsletter and what the community council / residents would like to see, we will then discuss the forthcoming Edinburgh World Heritage Management Plan and how local residents can be more involved in the process and then hear an update on the latest proposals from the team charged with delivering the redesign of George Street (the ‘George Street & First New Town’ project) – including the current consultation on the Operational Plan (N.B. consultation closes on 8th April) – this has been a long running engagement with key stakeholders including NTBCC and the finer details are now reaching a conclusion.

We’ll also hear from NTBCC’s Communications & Engagement Committee on the recently completed ‘Walkabout’ covering the eastern section of our area (East Claremont St / Beaverhall / Dunedin St / Broughton Rd).

We’ll then cover environmental issues including the latest news on Picardy Place public realm, and the Communal Bin Hub project.

The Planning discussion discusses the broader issues with recent applications for the installation of Photo-voltaic (PV) panels & NTBCC’s input to the Scottish Government’s recent National Planning Framework (NPF4) consultation.

Under Transport, there are several important topics – ranging from the Committee decision on the final consultation for the proposed Low Emission Zone as well as the latest information on the Trams to Newhaven project & concerns regarding the Elm Row public realm works and the latest news regarding the EV charging points roll-out.

Licensing will cover any recent applications that may be of interest to local residents.

Finally – if that’s not enough (& if time allows), we’ll again discuss future plans for either in person or hybrid community council meetings in the coming months and lastly, but by no means least, the details for a City Centre Hustings event, organised by the Broughton Spurtle, for the Council’s May 2022 election to be held in Broughton St Mary’s (both online & in-person) on April 20th. .

This isn’t all that’s on the agenda but it should be more than enough to whet your appetite and fill the 2 hours available comfortably but if there are other issues that local residents are interested in – then always happy to hear these, please contact us via https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/contact/

We’ll then try to make time available under any other business to respond to any other issues or concerns raised.