Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces: NTBCC deputation to CEC full council meeting

NTBCC has submitted the following to today’s full council meeting (started 10am) on Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces. PDF is here (NTBCC deputation), text is below

TL;DR: NTBCC is against amplification

NTBCC Submission: Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces Full Council 28 October 2021 Item 11.2

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcome and support Cllr Neil Ross’s motion (11.2) for the regulation of amplification of sound in public spaces.

We recognise the concerns of residents, businesses and visitors at the high level of amplification, sometimes used by buskers and street entertainers, in places such as Princes Street that are within the NTBCC area.

We echo Cllr Ross in asking officers to create straightforward ways for residents and businesses to report disturbances arising from the amplification of sound in public spaces, from whatever sources.

We believe there is no easily defined and enforceable level of acceptable amplified sound, especially in places with high ambient street noise. Instead NTBCC recommend a simple ban on amplification, following the successful Copenhagen policy, with musicians and other performers required to use natural acoustic sound.

Simon Holledge
Engagement Officer/Public Spaces Lead
New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) 26 October 2021

NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 11 October

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 via Eventbrite – please click link below

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-11-october-2021-tickets-186149366767

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

NTBCC annual general and ordinary meetings agendas – Monday 14 June 2021

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 via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-agm-monday-14-june-2021-tickets-158472434317

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.

Annual general meeting

  1. Attendance/apologies for absence
  2. Submission & adoption of 2020 AGM Minutes
  3. Chair’s Annual Report summary *
  4. Treasurer’s submission of Balance Sheet and Annual Accounts *
  5. Engagement Officer’s Annual Report summary *
  6. Election of Office Bearers
  7. Any other business, including provisional date for 2022 AGM
  8. Close of AGM
Agenda items 3, 4 and 5 also include questions from members of the public attending

Ordinary meeting

 

  1. Technology check
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Welcome/admin/apologies/well-being
  1. Annual general meeting – see separate agenda above
  1. Minutes of 10th May 2021 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. Spaces for People
      1. Post-installation update on Broughton Street/Canonmills corridor (Information)
      2. ‘Spaces for people’ retention – summary of NTBCC submission & proposal for 17th June Transport & Environment Comittee meeting deputation
      3. Questions to local councillors on ‘Spaces for people’ schemes
    2. Trams to Newhaven – update on traffic management plans for Picardy Place works, including Broughton St
(30 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Follow-up from ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ at 22nd April T&E Ctte, including gull-proof bags and residents’ sub-group
(10 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. Update from ‘Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group’ (PSMP)
(5 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc

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.

NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 10 May 2021

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 via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-10-may-2021-tickets-153356317875

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.

  1. Technology check / Admin/ Welcome
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Minutes of 8 March 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. Spaces for People – update on Broughton Street & other measures in NTBCC’s area
    2. Trams TROs  – confirm content of NTBCC submission
    3. Tram construction – update on traffic management plans for Picardy Place works
(20 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Follow-up from 22 April T&E Committee ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ incl. Gull-Proof Bags
(15 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group (PSMP) update / next steps
    2. Edinburgh Council ‘Winter Festival 2022 Onwards’ consultation discussion (ends 19 May)
(10 minutes)
  1. Treasurer report and forthcoming June AGM
(10 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc
(10 minutes)

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.