Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 March 2020 at 7pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.
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As noted below, the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) considers the consultation to be deeply flawed. The inclusion of questions about measures not yet implemented is highly questionable. Until there has been an opportunity to evaluate the success or otherwise of any particular measures, it is impossible to make any valid judgment on whether they should be retained or removed. Many of the questions group cycling and walking together but the needs of these two groups are quite different making it impossible to properly judge the merits of specific measures for each of these groups. The survey is designed to encourage simple yes/no answers to questions about whether measures should be retained and does too little to obtain any insight into the consequences both favourable and otherwise from the implementation of the measures. The Commonplace Mapping tool would have been a far more effective means of obtaining genuine and considered feedback on the various measures that have been introduced. This lack of qualitative feedback will hamper any decision making by Council officials and Councillors. Edinburgh Council and its citizens deserve better than this hastily prepared and poorly designed survey.
With regard to the specific schemes already implemented in our area:
- We are in favour of continuing with the changes to The Mound and Princes Street East with some provisos.
- We are opposed to the measures on Waverley Bridge and London Road being retained and indeed believe that they should removed before the end of the current TTRO’s.
- We do not agree that any of the measures yet to be introduced in our area including those to Broughton Street, Broughton Roundabout, Bellevue, Rodney Street or Canonmills should be considered for retention until there has been an opportunity to better assess their effectiveness.
- We are also very concerned about the impact on traffic in our area of the planned changes to South Bridge and would urge that implementation is delayed until the consequences of the planned restrictions to vehicular traffic can be better understood.
Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 June 2019 at 7.30pm
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(Submitted by Allan Jack, NTBCC’s Transport convenor, to Edinburgh Council on 6 July 2019)
- Creation of this integrated strategy, and its objectives
We note that
- The strategy will only succeed if residents and visitors make different transport choices
We believe that
- Having a high proportion of residents in the city centre is a major part of what makes Edinburgh unique and should be valued as a priority
We suggest that
- In developing the various elements, residents’ interests should be given precedence over those of commerce and visitors
- Traffic displacement should not negatively impact the Second and Third New Town
- CEC should take action to protect the Second New Town/Broughton areas from the reduction of parking in the First New Town
- Permit zone boundaries should be reviewed
- CEC should demonstrate how the proposals will not displace air pollution from one area to another
- CEC should commit to prompt transfer of public transport to electric charge
- An effective system for removing commercial waste in the First New Town should be urgently introduced
- Existing areas of first-rate public realm – especially Princes Street Gardens – should be better managed, and protected from unnecessary development
- Management of public realm should be the sole responsibility of CEC and should not be delegated to external bodies
- CEC should develop policies to minimise disruption in the city
- Where CEC has identified over-provision of licensed premises, remedial action should be taken
Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 December 2018 at 7:30pm Continue reading