The New Town & Broughton Community Council monthly meeting will be on Monday 11 October 2021 at 7:00pm.
We’re continuing for now with an online event as we’re unaware of any changes to either Edinburgh Council or Scottish Government guidance, the community council feels that it’s still appropriate that this meeting will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform. However, along with other coommunity councils, we are looking at options that may allow either 100% in-person meetings or a hybrid model (some attending in person but also with a remote link) but don’t expect this until 2022.
We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.
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The full agenda for these meetings will be posted on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ when available but a precis of discussion topics is shown below.
Another well attended virtual meeting – peaking at 47 attendees including yet another excellent turnout of NTBCC members as well as local City of Edinburgh Councillors Mowat, Osler and Mitchell and our MP, Deidre Brock – their presence, as always, very much appreciated. It was a time to say farewell to one of our long-standing Community Councillors, Jonathan Finn, who has recently served as both Treasurer and Licencing Convenor. We also welcomed Ken Lochrie, who was formally adopted as a new Associate member as a temporary representative for the Drummond Civic Association.
After the problems that some people had accessing the meeting last month, we were all relieved that normal Zoom service returned. As always the agenda was very packed but due to the excellent marshalling of our Chair, Carol Nimmo we managed to finish the discussion within two minutes of the scheduled time!
The Police Scotland report highlighted several burglaries of business premises and further cases of vandalism occurring within the New Town as well as their continuing efforts to respond to reports of Covid-19 breaches but no details of the number of fixed penalty notices were provided. There was also mention of Operation Watchnight for Hogmanay, which was unsurprisingly reported as being the quietest in many years.
Much of the meeting was taken up with Planning issues. Richard Price, who as always is on top of all matters to do with Planning in our area, provided an excellent summary of the status of the key planning applications. We also had a brief presentation from the team responsible for the plans to develop 12-14 Picardy Place into a new 67-bedroom hotel with an enclosed rear courtyard bar and restaurant (incorporating The Outhouse bar). This presentation coincided with the formal submission of the planning applications but the developers had already presented to the NTBCC Planning committee in late October but it was helpful that a wider audience got an early sight of the final plans and the opportunity to ask the developers questions about the impact on neighbours and the environment.