Places, people and planning: consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system

The Scottish Government is consulting  on proposals to change the planning system. NTBCC encourages residents with concerns about the current system to read the proposals and tell the government what you think. Responses to this consultation are invited by 4th April 2017. To read the proposals and to make a response go to https://beta.gov.scot/publications/places-people-planning-consultation-future-scottish-planning-system.

NTBCC is also keen to represent your views - so if you wish please also tell us what you think of the government proposals via our contact page: http://www.ntbcc.org.uk/contact. Thank you!

Consultation event for victims & witnesses to crime

(adapted from an email form Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

What: Consultation event for victims & witnesses to crime

When: Monday 16 January 2017, 6pm to 8pm

Where: Fort Community Wing Sports Hall, 25 North Fort Street, EH6 4HF

Edinburgh Council’s Community Safety Services are consulting on the Scottish Government’s new model for community justice which aims to reduce crime, keep communities safe and promote social inclusion and citizenship. People who have been witnesses or victims of crime are invited to go along to the above event.

If you have any questions or could distribute flyers, please contact Suzan.Ross@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Loraine Duckworth | Partnership Development Officer | The City of Edinburgh Council | Place | City Centre Leith Team | 329 High Street | Edinburgh | phone: 0131 529 7403 | Mobile: 07739188437

Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership

(adapted from an email from NHS Lothian)

NHS Lothian would like to invite you to  join us  to 'Talk, Share, Plan, Repeat' at one/or more coproduction events to support the development of the Edinburgh Wellbeing Public Social Partnership (PSP).

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board (EIJB) agreed to build a PSP to ensure that services are shaped around people and their communities, in line with the principles of the Christie Commission. The Public Social Partnership for Wellbeing Services will build on good practice and established relationships and develop and test innovative approaches to redesign services, improve collaboration across statutory and third sector and maximise resources and assets. For more detail please find briefing attached. The session will provide you with an update and opportunity for open dialogue on all aspects of the PSP going forward. This will be supported by an independent facilitator.

There will be two city wide events, the first to capture the main themes and the second to capture work across the city and to begin to make these links. The locality events will be focused more around understanding the needs of that particular community,  opening up local dialogue, and building relationships for future partnership working. Please find invite and briefing attached.

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Your priorities for local policing

(adapted from Police Scotland's website)

Police Scotland consults with the public every year on what their priorities are for policing in their community. This year the consultation process is widening, becoming more flexible, and moving online to a digital format that will be open all year.

Everyone's views across Scotland will be taken on board at a national and local level. There is no 'one size fits all' approach to local policing and all the needs and wants of individual communities will be considered.

It's a very simple process that should only take a few moments of your time but will shape the way that policing is coordinated across Scotland and in your local community.

Police Scotland will keep you updated on our  quarterly  results. The consultation will be a completely transparent process as it's all about your priorities.

Take the survey here

Click here for a Polish version

Publication of Proposed Strategic Development Plan

(Adapted from an email from SESplan)

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SESplan, the Strategic Development Planning Authority for South East Scotland, has prepared a new Proposed Strategic Development Plan. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan sets out a vision, broad development patterns and levels of growth for the city region over a 20 year period from 2018.

It is intended that the plan will replace the current Strategic Development Plan in 2018 and will inform the next set of Local Development Plans in the future. The Proposed Strategic Development Plan is based on the options in, and responses to, the 2015 Main Issues Report.

The Proposed Strategic Development Plan, the Environmental Report and other supporting documents are available to view on the SESplan website: www.sesplan.gov.uk

The formal period of representations on the Proposed Strategic Development Plan will start on 13 October and run until 5pm on Thursday 24 November 2016. During this period anyone will be able to submit representations using the SESplan Consultation Portal:  Continue reading

Update on the World Heritage Site Consultation by Edinburgh Council

As communicated earlier, a consultation has been conducted, which invited the public and other bodies to have their say on how the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site is being managed.

This was a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland and ran throughout July. NTBCC submitted a response to the survey, which required the rating of 14 key attributes (e.g. Facilities & Amenities, Contribution of New Developments, Housing, etc.) on a low to high scale together with any relevant comments. NTBCC’s submission can be seen here.

It is a requirement of all World Heritage Sites that robust management plans are in place to ensure its key values are conserved. The current plan expires at the end of 2016. The new plan will be formalised later in the year based on feedback and suggestions from the public. The results from this will be discussed with Edinburgh Council representatives either at the September or October community council meeting.

A summary of the overall submissions can be seen here.

NTBCC’s submission was overall slightly more optimistic than those from the general public.

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MUSIC IS AUDIBLE CONSULTATION – Representation by Community Council

New Town & Broughton Community council have objected  to the proposal currently being consulted on by Edinburgh City Council to replace the current licensing condition which requires amplified music to be inaudible in nearby residential properties with one which merely requires that it shall not be an audible nuisance. Our objection is based on the following reasons:

  • the present condition is clear cut and readily enforceable, whereas the proposed condition is subjective – who decides what is a “nuisance”? Who arbitrates in a difference of viewpoint?
  • supporters claim it will enable Licensing Standards Officers to make a “fairer and more balanced judgement”. In reality, it will have the opposite effect of making judgements more difficult and subjective, harder to resolve satisfactorily, and therefore open to judicial review
  • the proposal is at variance with the Music Venues Trust recommendations that, when a venue opens up in an existing area, the venue operator as “agent of change” must ensure soundproofing
  • although it is claimed that the inaudibility clause discourages musicians from performing in Edinburgh, no evidence has been produced to support this view. Indeed, the city has a thriving music scene. Venues which have failed have done so for commercial / management reasons
  • research shows that exposure to persistent noise can lead to health problems – deafness and chronic stress is linked to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and immune problems
  • if Edinburgh’s policy is stricter than many other places, it reflects the need to protect the amenity of the unusually high residential component in the centre. This sector makes a valuable contribution to the economic health of the city, far greater than the music industry
  • we note that the main agitation seems to be from venue proprietors rather than musicians, which suggests commercial motivation rather than altruistic support for the arts
  • as other cities rediscover urban living, the Edinburgh policy could set the way forward rather than being perceived as outdated and restrictive

The full representation submitted by NTBCC can be viewed here