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.

Response to Consultation for new Performance Venue behind RBS in St Andrews Square

IMPACT Scotland hosted a community consultation exhibition regarding proposals for land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square on 7 November. The consultation covered the Pre-application notice for the  “Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House and the erection of music and performing arts venue and Associated Uses”

Several members of the New Town & Broughton Community Council attended to better understand the development team's initial thoughts on the proposed redevelopment at the rear of Dundas House (current RBS branch in St Andrews Square).

Although we were initially surprised at the lack of specific detail,  we do support the approach being taken of exploring public views on the key aspects of the proposal (context, setting) – with further public consultations in early 2018 then covering the style, footprint, massing and height of the new building.

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Question Time – Edinburgh Council Budget

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council says

Question Time event
7.15pm to 8.45pm, Monday 27 November
City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

Thank you to everyone who has given us their views on our budget proposals and who has registered to come along to our Question Time event.

There is still plenty of time to register if you want to want to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

If you would like to put a question to the panel, or just come along and be part of the audience, please leave your details here by Wednesday 22 November.

You can give us your views on our budget proposals at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/playyourpart

Thank you.

Policing – your view counts! (updated)

Police Scotland want to know your priorities for local and national policing.

Either take the survey online or download a PDF allowing text entry and box-ticking.

From the introduction:

Police Scotland would like to know what issues you think we should prioritise, nationally and in your local area, as well as best methods for communicating with you.

Your views are important to us. We are committed to using this information to help shape our policing priorities and deliver them through continued commitment to working with partners and communities. We will do this through analysing this information and data from a number of other important sources.

What you tell us will also influence how we communicate and engage with you and your community going forward. Please be assured that the information you provide us with will be treated with the strictest confidence and anonymity. We will not share your personal data outside Police Scotland.

For further information on policing in your local area please see 'Your Community' on the Police Scotland website: http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community

 

Online consultation on adding surcharge to parking permits for diesel vehicles

Edinburgh  City Council  is currently consulting  on a proposal to apply a £40 surcharge on parking permits issued to owners of diesel vehicles, and are seeking views by way of an online  survey, which is  available on the Council’s Consultation Hub at https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/sfc/parking-permit-diesel-surcharge . The survey will  remain open until 28 January 2018. The Community Council is keen to hear resident's views on this and will be putting it on the agenda of our 13 November meeting.

Public consultation event for new music venue behind St Andrew Square – Tuesday 7 November

IMPACT Scotland are hosting a community consultation exhibition regarding proposals for land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The proposals are for the Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House  and the erection of a new music and performing arts venue in its place. IMPACT Scotland will be holding two public consultation events to inform the emerging proposals. A first drop-in public consultation exhibition is being held on Tuesday 7th November at 36 St Andrew Square, between 3pm - 7:30pm.

Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs)

(adapted from an email from Transport Scotland)

Transport Scotland is trying to raise awareness of a Scottish Government consultation called Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Air pollution in Scotland has progressively reduced over recent years, but poor air quality – predominantly caused by road transport – remains an issue at a number of hotspots in our towns and cities.

Following the May 2017 local elections, several local authorities in major Scottish cities have made positive statements around LEZs, and we are encouraged to see the strong political will across local government to support improvements to air quality. The Programme for Government committed to introducing LEZs into Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2018 and 2020.

The Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones consultation paper sets out the proposed arrangements and options to deliver a consistent approach to designing, building and managing LEZs in Scotland. Transport Scotland invites your everyone to respond to the consultation at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/transport-scotland/building-scotlands-low-emission-zones/ or by emailing comments to lezconsultation@transport.gov.scot.

The consultation will close at 23:59 on 28 November 2017.