The next community council meeting will be on Monday 8 November 2021 at 7:00pm; the meeting will again be a ‘virtual’ meeting using the Zoom platform. We have been exploring options for returning to either ‘in person’ or perhaps hybrid meetings but currently we believe that the meeting should remain as a virtual one as this seems both appropriate & sensible given the current circumstances.
Registration (to receive the Zoom link) will be via Eventbrite. (The Eventbrite link will be posted here when it’s ready.)
However, any member of the public who would like to raise an issue in the interim or at the SEptember meeting can use the contact formon this website or send us a message via @NTBCC on Twitter and we will respond as soon as we can.
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 St Mary Church
Wed 17 November 2021
7 Raeburn Place
Fri 19 November 2021
The Crannie Community Hub
9 Cranston Street
Wed 24 November 2021
12 noon- 4pm
Rose Theatre Café
204 Rose Street
Fri 26 November 2021
11am – 3pm
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:
On 15 October, NTBCC wrote this letter to Paul Lawrence about future consultation and engagement for Edinburgh’s world heritage area about proposals for communal bins in this area: 2021_10_15 Paul Lawrence.
The following deputation was presented to the Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 14 October following discussions with local residents and with NTBCC members, along with several other deputations from a wide range of community groups in relation to Agenda Item 7.1 ‘Active Travel Measures – Travelling Safely Update’ .
The community council’s principal concern is continuing lack of engagement in the process of reviewing the various measures introduced under the Spaces for People programme. These schemes have been in place in many cases for over a year and based on previous reports to committee, have been supposedly reviewed several times over that period of time. We have never been approached for comments about implemented schemes in our area. As a Community Council we believe that we can provide useful input from residents and businesses about how these measures are working but there is no process for us to do so. We understand the reasons why some of these schemes were introduced with little consultation but we are struggling to understand the rationale for this continued lack of engagement. We believe that in many cases the choice between retain or remove is too simple. There will be features of even the best scheme where improvement is possible and likewise in schemes scheduled for removal there will be elements that should be retained. We urge the Council to put in place an effective and transparent engagement process that allows for local input to be considered prior to extending/modifying measures under an ETRO or indeed removing measures.
Our second concern is that the temporary measures are not suitable for long-term use. As noted many of the measures have been in place for over a year and if retained under an ETRO (Experimental Traffic Regulation Order) could be in place for around three years. For example, pavements have been extended but nothing has been done to make these areas either suitable or safe for those with mobility issues or visual impairment. From a recent discussion with a local resdient who escorts a blind person to church each week, she described the difficulties now being experienced without proper pavements, lack of tactile paving and the absence of audio signals on temporary crossings. We believe that if measures are to be retained then the design should comply with the Edinburgh Street Design Guidance to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
Overall the NTBCC are broadly supportive of the measures in our area but there are some issues that we would want to highlight.
Below is a email communication received by the community council on the proposed redevelopment of Beaverhall House on Beaverhall Road.
The content is reproduced as received. It contains links to the the latest information on what is planned as well as an opportunity to feedback any comments on the proposal as it stands.
We would encourage all those interested in the future of this site to respond to the questionnaire.
On behalf of HUB, we would like to thank everyone that has got involved in the first stage of our consultation for Beaverhall House. The feedback received is being reviewed and will help to inform the development of our proposals for the site.
A recording of the public webinar that took place on Tuesday 28 September 2021 is available to watch on our project website with a copy of the presentation. The webinar included introductions to the project team, background information to the proposals for Beaverhall House and a live Q&A session with the project team.
Below are the reports submitted by the various NTBCC Committee conveners to NTBCC members prior to the October meeting. The key aspects of these reports were part of the Occtober NTBCC meeting but due to time pressures, not all of the content was discussed. The following reports cover Transport, Events (& other topics falling under the Environment Committee e.g. 2030 Climate Strategy) & Planning.
Although the key topics were discussed, there is much additional detail in these reports. If there are issues raised in them that were not covered, please contact us via www.ntbcc.org.uk/contact/ and we will try to respond.
Thse will be included in the Minutes of the meeting – to be published officially in mid November.
The New Town & Broughton Community Council along with representatives from the Friends of King George V Park & others have been engaged with Turley, the planning consultant (acting on behalf of Ediston, the developer of the ex-RBS site) on progressing the Council-imposed condition / informative imposed as part of the approval of the various applications in relation to the wider development – specifically relating to cycling provision from the proposed new entrance into King George V Park (KGVP).
We have been invited to a further meeting on 15 October with the Council’s Parks & Green Spaces and Active Travel team along with the Friends and others to agree the final proposal for extending the cycle path from the new cut-through from Dundas Street to KGVP and widening / resurfacing current paths in KGVP to accommodate this – the final proposal put forward by the Council can be seen here.
We would be interested in any comments that local residents and park users have to this proposal.