Scottish Ministers’ Approval for Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone

Local media as well as national media has recently covered the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ) in major Scottish cities – Edinburgh along with Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow. 

The following is adapted from an email sent to the New Town & Broughton Community Council  (NTBCC) on 2 June stating that  final approval by Scottish Ministers for the proposed LEZ in Edinburgh was given on 19 May.  The email confirms that the proposal, as agreed at the Council’s 31 March 2022 Transport & Environment Committee, has now been approved by Scottish Ministers and came into force  on 31 May 2022 – with enforcement from 1 June 2024. 

NTBCC had again raised several concerns with the proposal during the final Council consultation e.g. the limited scope of the LEZ in Edinburgh, its adverse impact on residents living outside the area covered by the LEZ and the lack of effective enforcement plans. However, despite these concerns, shared by many other groups, the proposed scheme was approved at the 31 March Transport & Environment Committee without any changes from the initial proposal.

We are also unclear how this proposal will contribute to reductions in emissions to ensure compliance with the Scottish Government’s climate change objectives, specifically for carbon dioxide (CO2) – as stated below.

The specific detail of the approved Low Emission Zone can be viewed on the Council’s website here .


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Young Persons Free Bus Travel scheme – communication from the Edinburgh Bus Users Group

Adapted from an email sent to several community councils by the Edinburgh Bus Users Group (EBUG) highlighting the recently-introduced Young Persons’ (under 22’s) Free Bus Travel  passes. Although the scheme experienced some initial problems, steps have now been taken to make the application process easier and more widely available.   


Dear Community Council members

Scottish Bus Week is 23 May-29 May.
One of EBUG’s contributions highlights the low take-up of the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel scheme (‘under-22’s Bus Pass’). The scheme started in January 2022, but in Edinburgh, the latest information suggests only about 50% of 5 to 15 year olds have the Pass. Although this is higher than in many Council areas and the data changes weekly; but when the cost of living is a serious issue for many families and young people, free bus travel is a big help.
Two factors seem to be at work:
  • Many eligible people haven’t heard of the scheme
  • A demanding and complicated application process

Hopefully applications are now easier with the launch of this website: https://freebus.scot/

AND libraries can now deal with paper applications https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/public-transport/get-replace-nec/1

So, for Scottish Bus Week, EBUG is asking you just to use your normal communications in your area to publicise https://freebus.scot/ AND off-line applications at Council libraries.

Let’s get take-up close to 100%.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary, Edinburgh Bus Users Group

Scotland’s 2022 Census – Have You Completed it ? If not, this may help

From an email received by the New Town & Broughton Community Council  on 1st April (& it’s not a hoax) from the Community Engagement Officer at the National Records of Scotland who are responsible for  Scotland’s 2022 Census.

As I am sure you are aware, Scotland’s Census Day was Sunday 20 March 2022. This Census is a Digital First Census, acknowledging that, for most citizens in Scotland, this is the preferred method of completion.

However, we are aware that there are a number of people in local communities where this may not be the best way to access the questionnaire, and we have been working very closely with Local Authorities and Third Sector organisations across Scotland to encourage and support these households to take part in the census and be counted.

Scotland’s Census is the official count of every person and household in Scotland, with answers helping us build a picture of the population of the country. Government and other service providers use the data we collect to make decisions on investments and planning, which makes it all the more important that the people of your area are supported to take part.There is still time for those who have not yet completed it, to submit it, either digitally or via the post.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 12 October 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 October 2020 at 7pm

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 February 2021

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NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 January 2021

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Take Away’s from NTBCC’s February Meeting by Laura Graham

Our second meeting of 2021 took place on a snowy night that once again saw us gather by zoom.

Monthly meetings using zoom continue to be very well attended with the Eventbrite listings working effectively. Expertly set up by our Vice Chair, Richard Price, any members of the public registering late on the day of the meeting are caught with direct emails from the secretary. The increased attendance has been a silver lining in these dark, difficult times.

We are also very grateful for the regular and engaged attendance of councillors and for the expert hosting by our Chair Carol Nimmo (aka Britney) whilst thankfully not achieving the heady heights of viral infamy that some other (parish) councils have.

Cracking on with administrative requirements, the previous months minutes were passed, after minor corrections were noted and agreed. The police report was very helpful and thanks were extended to the officer who prepared it. Policing appears to have been quiet due to lockdown, with some vandalism to report but no housebreakings (everyone is at home!), business break-ins or assaults reported. Last month we asked for more information on reports of breaches of COVID regulations and are reassured to hear these are few and far between.

Deirdre Henderson commented on the review of the next stage of the short-term letting legislation development. The Local Government and Communities Committee have passed the proposed legislation over to the Scottish Parliament and there is to be a Scottish Government Working Group. Representatives have been invited from various sectors, and ‘big industry’ is very well represented however residents’ groups are not so well represented and have to go through their local council.

Concerns were expressed that there could potentially be a conflict of interest. It was agreed that we should have a follow up meeting for those members interested in this subject.

In response to an earlier iteration of concerns around the subject of Graffiti, Andi Christie, head of Drummond Community High School reported on a survey she had undertaken amongst the younger members of the community.  The general view is that most people do not like graffiti, however the idea of creating ‘legal wall space’, designated for Graffiti, enabling artistry as opposed to vandalism was considered to be a viable option

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