Response to Current Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Consultation

Following further discussion at the September NTBCC meeting on our response to the current consultation on the proposed city centre LEZ, we have now finalised our submission.

In summary, we are supportive of the introduction of a LEZ in Edinburgh but do not believe that the proposed scheme goes far enough both in terms of its geographical spread and in its ambitions to reduce pollution from vehicles. There are specific issues with some sections of the proposed boundary which we believe should be addressed before the LEZ is finalised. We are also concerned that the proposed enforcement regime will not be sufficient to ensure proper compliance.

We look forward to continued engagement in the development of the Low Emission Zone.

Please note that this consultation is open for comments from members of the public until 20 September 2021 – it can be accessed on the Council’s Consultation Hub here.

Below is the full text of our submission. A pdf version can also be downloaded here.


Response by New Town and Broughton Community Council to Edinburgh Council’s Consultation on Proposed Low Emission Zone

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the Council’s plans to move forward with introducing a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) in Edinburgh but we are concerned that the current proposals are not sufficiently ambitious and will have a serious detrimental impact for some residents, particularly those that live outside the boundaries of the currently proposed City Centre LEZ. We strongly believe that the boundaries of the LEZ should be increased in order to benefit a larger proportion of the residents of Edinburgh.

The area of the proposed LEZ currently covers only 2.5% of the City and excludes many areas of the City with the greatest density of residents. It will also not include the designated Town Centres and areas such as Broughton Street, which form such an important element in the development of 20-minute neighbourhoods outlined in the recently approved City Mobility Plan. In setting the boundaries of the LEZ, more consideration has been given to providing convenient diversionary routes for non-compliant vehicles than maximising the health benefits for people living in Edinburgh. Pollution levels have been considered on an absolute basis without any consideration of the number of people that will be exposed to that pollution. We are particularly concerned that there is no recognition of the risks to pedestrians from vehicular emissions in areas outside of the proposed LEZ; some of which have very high levels of walking including children walking to school.

There are three sections of the currently proposed boundary within the NTBCC area where we believe that further consideration is required before the plans are finalised – these are :

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FLY Open Air Music Festival – NTBCC’s Response to Request for Comments

EVENT IN PARK ENGAGEMENT – FLY OPEN AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL – WEST PRINCES STREET GARDENS – 17-19 SEPTEMBER 2021 (on-site between 10-23 September 2021)

23 August 2021

“New Town and Broughton Community Council take the view that events that require significant infrastructure build and de-rig out-with the Ross Band Stand area, both in terms of area used and time taken, are clearly major events and therefore not suitable for West Princes St Gardens (WPSG). We agree with the position taken by the Old Town Community Council in whose area this sits). Over recent years there is and continues to be a strongly emerging view that spaces like WPSG essentially belong to the people of the City of Edinburgh, as such they are used daily and extensively by residents and they should not be subjected to commercialisation.

Assuming that everything runs according to plan, the park will be occupied by FLY for 14 days.

St Cuthbert’s Churchyard is the only level access to WPSG that is suitable for those with mobility issues as well as those who are unable to navigate the steps and slopes whilst using wheelchairs and prams. Additionally, it is a popular through route for local residents and those working in the Old Town traversing to and from Princes Street. The proposed entrance closes WPSG to these people, creates clear equality implications and the site plan cuts WPSG in half blocking access from one side of WPSG to the other.

It is imperative that the top path remains open throughout the timing of the event, including set up and take down to enable public access for the event to meet its claim that WPSG will remain open to the public throughout.

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NTBCC meeting – Monday 13 September : Agenda & Brief Summary

The New Town & Broughton Community Council August monthly meeting will be on Monday 13 September 2021 at 7:00pm.

Consistent with continuing Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government guidance, this will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform.

The full draft agenda for this meeting can be viewed here

We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.

If you’re interested, please register via Eventbrite here

In the meantime, here’s a preview / précis of discussion topics….

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Covid-19 Testing available at McDonald Road Library 9th – 21st August

McDonald Road Library will host another community testing hub for people without Covid19 symptoms from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st August (exlucding Sundays) from 9am – 6pm.

Leith Central Community Council recieved the following email from The City of Edinburgh Council with the full list of Community Testing Hubs:

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Gilmerton Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed 8 August)
  • Fountainbridge Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 August (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from Friday 16 July to Sunday 15 August,10am to 5pm
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)
  • Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August and Saturday 14 August from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 15 August 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF from Monday 9 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Thanks to Leith Central Community Council for posting this initially – happy to accept the charge of plagiarism in this instance

NTBCC August meeting Preview / Agenda

The New Town & Broughton Community Council August monthly meeting will be on Monday 9 August 2021 at 7:00pm.

Consistent with continuing Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government guidance, this will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform.

The full draft agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.

If you’re interested, please register via Eventbrite here

In the meantime, here’s a preview / précis of discussion topics. ….

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COVID-19 Community Testing – Weekly Update e-flier

Adapted from an email sent to Community Councils by the City of Edinburgh Council 

 

 

 

 

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are rising across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Drumbrae Library Hub from Monday 5 July to 10 July
  • Fountainbridge Library from 5 July to 17 July (closed Sunday 11 July)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 12 July to Saturday 17 July
  • Assembly Rooms from Monday 12 July to Saturday 17 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Wheatfield Stand until Sunday 11 July
  • Mobile testing unit drive through at Hibernian Easter Road Stadium, East Stand Albion Place/Hawkhill Place) until Sunday 11 July
  • Mobile testing unit at South East Locality office, Captain’s Road car park until Sunday 18 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Craigroyston High School, Pennywell Road from Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July
  • Mobile testing unit at Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, Harvesters Way from Monday 12 July to Sunday 18 July

We’re open from 9am to 6pm and there’s no need to book. We also have home testing kits people can pick up. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.

Thank you for your help.

 

‘Spaces for People’ : Deputation covering Potential Retention of SfP Measures

Adapted from email sent to Local Ward Councillors

Councillors,

Attached is a copy of the deputation that NTBCC has submitted to the City of Edinburgh Full Council meeting on 24 June for consideration, focussing on the schemes either within or directly adjacent to NTBCC’s area.

Whilst NTBCC are supportive of retaining some schemes, we consider that others should be removed or significantly revised as soon as possible. In all cases, we believe that further engagement would be helpful in ensuring any retained measures are reviewed/designed to both most effectively support Council objectives as well as the needs of the community.

Having read the report submitted to the Transport and Environment Committee, we did not see any explicit reference to the consultation responses from Community Councils and other Stakeholders.  NTBCC was invited to submit their responses to the consultation separately from those being gathered from residents and businesses. However, it is unclear how our response has been taken into account in the overall analysis.  You will recall that we had previously raised concerns about the design of the public consultation and in particular the inclusion of the schemes within the NTBCC area for which the design had not yet been completed, let alone implemented. It would appear that the Market Research was also undertaken before the final details of some planned schemes were known. We are concerned that if the consultations conducted by the Council are not credible that it will undermine this important aspect of local democracy.

As you are also undoudtedly aware, NTBCC had submitted detailed proposals for Broughton Street based on feedback and analysis of responses to the Commonplace Mapping exercise and from discussions with local residents and businesses. We were disappointed that so little was implemented on Broughton Street under the Spaces for People process especially with regard to the pavement widening at the southern end of Broughton Street. While we understand the constraints that the Trams project is currently placing on this area, we would welcome discussions with you and Council officials on the longer term options for improving this street.

We look forward to further discussions with you at future meetings of the NTBCC.