Response to consultation on Picardy Place: December 2017

(NTBCC submitted the following to Edinburgh Council today [19 December 2017].)

Overview

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) to hold public engagement activities in connection with proposals for Picardy Place. The proposals have generated a high level of local concern and we have received an unprecedented number of representations from residents, both at our meetings and by email.

However, the consultation, though welcome, was tardy and brief. Given this, NTBCC consider that to demonstrate good faith CEC must now take time to consider and respond to the many questions raised by local residents and other interest groups, rather than press ahead with a scheme which few are convinced is the best that can be achieved. If CEC maintains this is not possible, then they should make clear why a decision must be taken before these questions have been answered. Continue reading

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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December meeting headlines

At Monday’s meeting of the New Town & Broughton Community Council, there were discussions with a Police Scotland Community officer on parking & how the community can help with 20 mph limit enforcement; a discussion on the City Council’s proposal for Picardy Place; progress of the revised planning application for the RBS site on Dundas St and the Royal High School hotel appeal to the Scottish Reporter(s) ; and finally a brief presentation of Edinburgh licensing issues and NTBCC suggestions on Licensing policy.

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Give your feedback on latest council proposal for the Picardy Place junction

Following the critical feedback the City Council received regarding their initial (September) proposal for a new 'gyratory' junction to replace the current roundabout, the City Council unveiled a revised proposal in mid November. The hastily convened public information events (on 21 and 22 November) have been and gone, but you can still view these proposals, and give your view, in the online survey. Here is a link to the current proposals for the street layout and island site.

The Community Council attended both public information sessions and a stakeholder event, but we are keen to hear the views of local residents and businesses before we finalise our response. So please let us know by using the contact form here. You are also welcome to attend our meeting on 11 December at 7:30pm, at the Drummond room, Broughton St Marys, Bellevue Crescent.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 9 October 2017

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 09 October 2017 at 7.30pm

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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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