Final Draft submission to the ‘Use of Public Spaces in Edinburgh for Events and Filming’ Consultation

The Council’s ‘Use of Public Spaces in Edinburgh for Events and Filming’  Public Consultation ends 15 December – final draft for discussion (by exception) at 13 December NTBCC meeting 

Many public events happen within, and around, the area of the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC).

Members of the community council contributed many texts and comments, written during the ‘collaborative engagement’ stage of what was then the ‘Public Spaces Management Plan’ (October 2020 to January 2021).

These included NTBCC’s contributions to the key principles: area conditions, carbon neutrality 2030, heritage, noise, and residential-area public spaces.

Moreover NTBCC contributed the following guidelines: access to parks and greenspaces, carbon footprint, certification, complaints hotline service, fireworks, greenspaces environmental impact assessment, heavy equipment and temporary buildings, impact on the surroundings, onsite generators, overcapacity events, pesticides in public spaces, public art installations, reflecting Edinburgh, rest periods from events and activities, sound levels at music events, statistics, and use of space for different users.

We published an NTBCC Statement for the City of Edinburgh Council Public Spaces Management Plan ‘Collaborative Engagement’ January 2021 (Stephen Hajducki for NTBCC) as a summary of our position at that time (Appendix 1).

Members representing NTBCC attended each workshop stage workgroup (April 2021 to July 2021). At the end of that process we wrote a New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) PSMP Group submission of 21 July 2021 (Appendix 2).

The NTBCC ‘team’ have held frequent meetings to exchange opinions. NTBCC have been more involved, and arguably have more experience of, and expertise in, public events than any other citizen or community group in Edinburgh. Accordingly we hope our conclusions in this submission will be read and considered.

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Edinburgh Council Communal Bin Review & Bin Hubs – Information Sessions – Make Your Views Known!

Edinburgh Council’s Waste & Cleansing Service has undertaken a review of communal bin services across the city, including the New Town. This includes a wider review of waste management services currently offered to residents.  The broad intent is to bring about improvements to a service that is widely seen by residents to be inadequate.

To date, there has been little or no consultation with residents in the New Town and less than adequate consultation elsewhere in the City about these proposals, in contrast to what has been done in the past.

While the Council’s proposals are aimed at promoting a much welcomed increase in recycling capacity, this is intended to be achieved through siting groups of communal bins in fixed “bin hubs” across the New Town. Each ‘bin hub’ will consist of up to six bins for Food, Glass & Recycling along with General (non-recyclable) Waste. The initial proposals state that these will be set out either in lines along the kerb (up to 8 metres in length) or in a square configuration  (approx 4 metres by 4 metres). These ‘hubs’ will serve about 50 properties and be located so that each one is no more than 50 metres walking distance from any property. The Council also intends to cease doorstep collections on certain streets for  Food, Glass and Recyclables – as well as end the use of the Gull Proof Sack service for approximately 2,500 homes in the New Town.

There is a “drop-in” session for the Broughton area covering these proposals at Broughton St Mary Church on Bellevue Crescent on Wednesday 17 November between 9:45 am -1:45 pm. Although we are aware that some residents have now received notification of this very recently, many others may not be aware of either the current proposal or the opportunity being available to discuss with Council officers the details of what’s proposed.

Whilst this may not be a convenient time for some, we would encourage everyone who can to go along to get a better understanding of what is being proposed and make their views known.

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Next NTBCC meeting – 8 November 2021 : Registration Details & Summary of Draft Agenda

The New Town & Broughton Community Council monthly meeting will be on Monday 8 November 2021 at 7:00pm.

We’re continuing for now with an online event as although we’re aware that some community councils are now returning to in-person or hybrid events, the New Town & Broughton Community Council feels that it’s still appropriate that this meeting should again be held virtually – by video conference, using the Zoom platform.

However, we continue to look at options that may allow either 100% in-person meetings or a hybrid model (some attending in person but also with a remote link being available) using Broughton St Mary’s but we don’t expect this to be possible until early 2022.

We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.

If interested – please register via Eventbrite here 

The full agenda for these meetings will be posted on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ when available but  a pdf can be viewed here.

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Edinburgh Council : Communal Bin Review Project – Phase 4 Engagement Sessions

Adapted from an email forwarded by Cllr Mowat to the New Town & Broughton Community Council (& the Old Town Community Council) providing details of the forthcoming ‘Engagement’ sessions proposed by the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Services team.

Please form an orderly queue. 

We would like to provide an update on the engagement events for phase 4 of the Communal Bin Review (CBR) project to allow enough time for the promotion of the events.

Broughton Broughton St Mary Church

Bellevue Crescent

Wed 17 November 2021 9:45am-1-45pm
Stockbridge Number 7,

7 Raeburn Place

Fri 19 November 2021 11am -3pm
Old Town The Crannie Community Hub

9 Cranston Street

Wed 24 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm
New Town Rose Theatre Café

204 Rose Street

Fri 26 November 2021 11am – 3pm
West End Walpole Hall

27 Chester Street

Tue 30 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm

A reminder as well that next week we will be in Tollcross area for an event:

Tollcross Barclay Viewforth Church

1 Wright’s House

Wed 27 October 12-4pm

The information on the events will be also available on the website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binhubs.

Erica Manfroi | Project Delivery Manager – Communal Bin Review | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

FLY Open Air Music Festival – NTBCC’s Response to Request for Comments

EVENT IN PARK ENGAGEMENT – FLY OPEN AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL – WEST PRINCES STREET GARDENS – 17-19 SEPTEMBER 2021 (on-site between 10-23 September 2021)

23 August 2021

“New Town and Broughton Community Council take the view that events that require significant infrastructure build and de-rig out-with the Ross Band Stand area, both in terms of area used and time taken, are clearly major events and therefore not suitable for West Princes St Gardens (WPSG). We agree with the position taken by the Old Town Community Council in whose area this sits). Over recent years there is and continues to be a strongly emerging view that spaces like WPSG essentially belong to the people of the City of Edinburgh, as such they are used daily and extensively by residents and they should not be subjected to commercialisation.

Assuming that everything runs according to plan, the park will be occupied by FLY for 14 days.

St Cuthbert’s Churchyard is the only level access to WPSG that is suitable for those with mobility issues as well as those who are unable to navigate the steps and slopes whilst using wheelchairs and prams. Additionally, it is a popular through route for local residents and those working in the Old Town traversing to and from Princes Street. The proposed entrance closes WPSG to these people, creates clear equality implications and the site plan cuts WPSG in half blocking access from one side of WPSG to the other.

It is imperative that the top path remains open throughout the timing of the event, including set up and take down to enable public access for the event to meet its claim that WPSG will remain open to the public throughout.

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NTBCC Meeting Agenda – Monday 14 December 2020

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).

Please register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-via-zoom-monday-14-december-tickets-131718277915

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 (links to ntbcc.org.uk) or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

  1. Technology check / Admin/ Welcome
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Minutes of 9 November meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
(5 minutes)
  1. Transport  
    1. Presentation from representatives from ‘Better Broughton’ followed by Q & A
    2. Other SfP updates from 12th November TEC from Transport Committee Convenor
(15 minutes)

(5 minutes)

  1. ‘Public Space Management Plan’ 
    1. Update following The Cockburn Association / EACC meetings on PSMP (To note)
    2. NTBCC input to PSMP (note final date for input / comments extended to 20th January 2021)
(20 minutes)
  1. George Street & First New Town Project
    Developing proposal – update from NTBCC attendees at recent consultation sessions (1 & 2)
(10 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Summary of agreed Committee Structure (Please note paper circulated) 
    2. Communal Bin Review – update including Residents’ Associations input
(10 minutes)
  1. Planning 
    1. Latest Powderhall (ex-Bowling Green area) – Public Event 8/9th December
    2. Update on 108-116 Dundas Street (20/03923/PAN) Pre-consultation
(10 minutes)

 

  1. Engagement/Communications update
(5 minutes)
  1. Licensing
    (by exception)
  1. Local residents’ associations/local interest groups
  1. Any other business
    (including any contact by residents not previously covered)
 

During the meetings, names and email addresses may be recorded. Email addresses are held and used for circulating information about NTBCC but may also be used to seek residents’ views on local issues.

Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership – Conversation on Future of Health & Social Care

Email sent to the New Town & Broughton Community Council from ‘Inclusive Edinburgh’

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board is responsible for the decision making and strategic planning of health and social care services for adults in the Capital. We deliver our services through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and both Board and Partnership are committed to delivering a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh.

The EIJB want to support and nurture the thriving communities in Edinburgh. And we also want to embrace the opportunity to create a different relationship with people and organisations across the city. Our first step is to listen and learn what health and social care means to you.

And it’s why we’re inviting you to join the conversation on the future of health and social care in the capital and help us shape Your health. Your care. Your future. at our digital events this November.

Find out more about the events, and register for your ticket now through Eventbrite at www.bitly.com/yourhealthcarefuture

When will the events take place?

The two inaugural events in November will be hosted. We’re hosting two identical events, on different days and at different times, to help make it as easy as possible to join our conversation on the future of health and social care in Edinburgh.

  • Tuesday 17 November 10:00 – 12:00
  • Thursday 19 November 19:00 – 21:00

What to expect from the events?

At our inaugural Your health. Your care. Your future. events in November, you’ll hear from a range of Edinburgh citizens and colleagues on what health and social care means to them. The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board – responsible for the strategic planning of Edinburgh’s health and social care – will host a panel discussion, giving you the chance to share what’s front of mind. And we’ll share more about the ongoing work we’re doing to co-create a health and social care service that’s right for the people of Edinburgh.

The events are the first in a series of Your health. Your care. Your future. events to connect the people of Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board.

How do I attend the events?

Visit www.bitly.com/yourhealthcarefuture to register for your ticket.

Details on how to join the event will be updated on the website 24 hours before the event and you will also receive an email reminding you.
When it’s time for the event to take place, follow the simple joining instructions on the online event page. If you click before the start time, you’ll be entered into a waiting room and be admitted to the event just before it begins, so we’d recommend you join 5 minutes before the start time.

For BSL users, an interpreter will be present for the duration of the event.