Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership – Conversation on Future of Health & Social Care

Email sent to the New Town & Broughton Community Council from 'Inclusive Edinburgh'

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board is responsible for the decision making and strategic planning of health and social care services for adults in the Capital. We deliver our services through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and both Board and Partnership are committed to delivering a caring, healthier, safer Edinburgh.

The EIJB want to support and nurture the thriving communities in Edinburgh. And we also want to embrace the opportunity to create a different relationship with people and organisations across the city. Our first step is to listen and learn what health and social care means to you.

And it’s why we’re inviting you to join the conversation on the future of health and social care in the capital and help us shape Your health. Your care. Your future. at our digital events this November.

Find out more about the events, and register for your ticket now through Eventbrite at www.bitly.com/yourhealthcarefuture

When will the events take place?

The two inaugural events in November will be hosted. We’re hosting two identical events, on different days and at different times, to help make it as easy as possible to join our conversation on the future of health and social care in Edinburgh.

  • Tuesday 17 November 10:00 – 12:00
  • Thursday 19 November 19:00 – 21:00

What to expect from the events?

At our inaugural Your health. Your care. Your future. events in November, you’ll hear from a range of Edinburgh citizens and colleagues on what health and social care means to them. The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board – responsible for the strategic planning of Edinburgh’s health and social care – will host a panel discussion, giving you the chance to share what’s front of mind. And we’ll share more about the ongoing work we’re doing to co-create a health and social care service that’s right for the people of Edinburgh.

The events are the first in a series of Your health. Your care. Your future. events to connect the people of Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board.

How do I attend the events?

Visit www.bitly.com/yourhealthcarefuture to register for your ticket.

Details on how to join the event will be updated on the website 24 hours before the event and you will also receive an email reminding you.
When it’s time for the event to take place, follow the simple joining instructions on the online event page. If you click before the start time, you’ll be entered into a waiting room and be admitted to the event just before it begins, so we’d recommend you join 5 minutes before the start time.

For BSL users, an interpreter will be present for the duration of the event.

Guidance on Flu Vaccinations from the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership

Adapted from an email from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership to Stakeholders with information on the Flu vaccination programme in Edinburgh

Flu vaccinations just got easier in Edinburgh                                                    

The way people get their free flu jabs in Edinburgh is changing

Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one easy way to do this.

This year the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has introduced a new way of getting your flu vaccination in Edinburgh - the flu drive through. Instead of visiting your GP to get your vaccine, you will visit one of eight drive through clinics across Edinburgh.

The drive through clinics will open most weekends in October and November but it’s always helpful to check for any changes in the timetable. If you don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit a walk through clinic and details of these are also on the NHS Inform website.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your jab in Edinburgh. If you qualify for a free vaccine you’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire.

Please help neighbours and friends who may not be comfortable with accessing websites.

Find your nearest flu drive through on NHS inform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88

Roll-out of Latest Stage of the ‘Parking Action Plan’ : Sunday Parking Restrictions Zones 1 – 4

Email received from the Parking Action Plan team on 9 October 2020 (who can be contacted via Parkingactionplan@edinburgh.gov.uk)

While much of the preparatory work is now complete, the final stage is for the Council to seek permission from property owners to place signs on their boundary walls, fences or railings. Letters will be sent out to all properties where this might be possible in the next few days. This approach will help us to reduce the numbers of poles used in the city centre, reducing clutter and making more space for pedestrians.

The implementation itself will involve significant changes to the layout of parking places and, while every effort will be made to reduce potential disruption, the nature of the work will require parking suspensions in many streets in order to allow us to make the required changes. In accordance with our existing protocols, we will give 48 hours’ notice on-street of forthcoming parking suspensions. Further details on the proposed schedule of works and the streets/areas to be affected will soon be available and updated regularly on our website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/CPZchanges

Currently permit holders in Zones 1-8 have dispensation to park in pay and display bays within their zones, this will continue at least until all the implementation work is complete and this will help to minimise disruption for residents.

Kind Regards

The Parking Development Team

Reflections on the September NTBCC meeting from James Kilner – an NTBCC member

We are still stuck in Zoom for our Community Council meetings and it looks like we will exist in this ‘virtual reality world’ for some time. This is a shame as I miss the camaraderie of our meetings. It also makes it harder to gauge guests and to question them properly.

This month's meeting was a case in point. Ross McNulty from Ediston and Colin Smith from Turley joined our meeting to talk about their development of the former RBS site on the corner of Fettes Row and Dundas Street. It is a massive development which  is now passing through the planning application process. Covid-19, the lockdown and social distancing and rules about meeting in groups have made it far harder to get a handle on the project and what it all means.

For 15 or 20 minutes or so, Ross McNulty and Colin Smith had the floor, or at least the Zoom screen, and told us about their project. They didn't say anything new. A handful of questions came their way but these were also easily dealt with.

Mostly, the dry formality of this discussion had, I thought, been down to the online format but  Ross McNulty, a tough ex-pro rugby player, had also seemed grumpy. He had joined the meeting looking weary, (rattled even), pushing back on how the owners of the RBS site, a London-based  property fund, had been depicted in a community newsletter.  An hour before the meeting he had been sent, along with all the members of the Community Council, the newsletter of the Fettes Row and Royal Crescent Residents' Association. Its front page had highlighted developers' intention to chop down more than half of the trees on the site. It seems   that they want to turn the site from semi-rural to urban.

This segment on the development dominated the meeting and it took the tact and skill of Our Great Leader, Community Council Chair Carol Nimmo, to pull us back on schedule.

There was then some input from the Edinburgh City Councillors who are regular attendees  of the meeting including Cllr Jo Mowat on the important ‘Charter for Edinburgh’ issue  and some discussion about the ‘Spaces for People’ (SfP) programme. SfP is about creating extra space for people concerned about the spread of Covid-19, to reassure them that it is safe enough to use the pavements once again. Of all the ill-thought out Covid response programmes this is one of the stand-outs. You may have seen it in action. Red and white bollards block off parking spaces and bus lanes, congesting roads and irritating businesses. These spaces should now provide extra pavement space for people to walk along; improving social distancing…..except that I’m not sure that anybody uses them.

Anyhow, I digress.

Towards the end of the meeting, a question was raised  about how to deal with graffiti that had started to appear around the area. There is, apparently, a council anti-graffiti team that is meant to deal with the worst of this but this questioner wasn't having much luck so far.

I'd had had a quiet meeting but now sensed my opportunity to make a difference and, frankly, to impress, and so I explained to the graffiti-concerned person that growing up in London I'd defeated these louts by painting over their graffiti on a white wall opposite my home within a day of it appearing.  She should do the same, I suggested, content that my steer would improve her life.

And now Our Great Leader, who had Zoomed in from a hotel in the Highlands to keep us in line, was able to display her poise and timing once again. The technique that I'd suggested was, she said gently, less effective on the bare stone walls of the New Town. Always happy to defer to those wiser than me, I did so immediately.

Roll-on our next meeting on 12 October.

‘New Town Quarter’ – Redevelopment of the Former RBS Site on Dundas Street

As many will be aware, planning applications have been  submitted for redevelopment of the former RBS site on Dundas Street by the agent (Turley) & the architects '10 Design ' on behalf of Ediston – this includes 144’Build to Rent’ (BTR) residential units, 117 private residential units and 88 Mid-Market Rent (MMR) i.e. meeting the 25% ‘affordable units’ requirement  (=349 in total) together with office space,retail / leisure space & a 116 room hotel.

NTBCC is aware that there may be confusion amongst residents as to what applications have been submitted and which applications are open for comment at this time.

The main application covering the redevelopment is 20/03034/FUL but accompanied by an application for  the ‘Complete Demolition in a Conservation Area’ (20/03661/CON) i.e. separate permission is required to demolish non-listed buildings that are within a conservation area (in this case, the New Town Conservation Area). It’s normal for these 2 applications to be determined at the same time. Also worth noting that the original ‘Demolition in a Conservation Area’ application (20/03033/CON)  was withdrawn earlier in August 2020 but then resubmitted as 20/03661/CON.

It had also been rumoured that a 3rd application would be submitted specifically covering the access from the new development into King George V Park. Notification for this now received (20/03655/FUL) – this covers  ‘Formation of Path & Associated Landscaping’ – now with all documents lodged on the Council's Planning portal. It proposes removing 5 trees (2 diseased (classifised as “U” and 3 others (with a limited expected life - between 10 & 20 years) to allow a wide split entrance into King George V Park in the south-west corner, for pedestrians (via steps) & cyclists / ‘wheelers’ by a ramp.

So – to be clear – for the main redevelopment – there are 3 applications lodged : 20/03034/FUL (Redevelopment), 20/03661/CON (for the demolition)  and 20/03655/FUL (detailing the access into KGV Park) – all  with the final  date for comments being 9 October.

NTBCC requested confirmation that it will be considered as a Statutory Consultee & also requested an extension to the period for comments until 16 October – to allow final consideration at October’s NTBCC meeting (& also recognising that there are 400+ documents submitted…..).This has now been confirmed by the Council Planning officer.

As indicated some weeks ago & covered in the Spurtle ('No hotel for Dundas Street development' and confirmed at the September NTBCC meeting – a further application is also being submitted for an alternative option (labelled ‘NTN1’) on part of the New Town Quarter site (designated  as ‘Plot 1’, covering the northern-most section on Dundas Street - from the proposed new accessway from Dundas St. to KGV Park to Eyre Place - i.e the proposed location for the hotel in the scheme  currently open for comment - but omitting the hotel & replacing it with a further 79 residential units. This scheme is subject to a separate Pre-Application consultation (20/03825/PAN) – the consultation process has now been approved. There is a virtual public consultation scheduled for 8 October on the official website (& also separate session for NTBCC as well as local residents’ groups a few days earlier).

However, worth reinforcing that the focus should be on the 3 ‘live’ applications that have been lodged.

There will be an opportunity to comment on the revised scheme ('NTN1')  later in 2020.

 

Edinburgh Talks Climate – Climate Change and Young People in Edinburgh

Email from Chris Peggie, Governance Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council - requesting that we share the details / links for the 'Edinburgh Talks Climate' initiative -  most relevant for young people but open to all members of the public to participate (age immaterial!).

'The City of Edinburgh Council recently launched Edinburgh Talks Climate, starting a new phase of engagement and collaboration around climate change.

In February, we talked to some of the young people attending the Edinburgh Youth Summit to find out what they feel the key issues are around climate change.  We also discovered why they felt it was important to be included in work and discussions aimed at creating a better, fairer and more sustainable city.

This week, we have launched a follow-up challenge aimed at the interests of younger people in Edinburgh.  We want to know what most concerns people about climate change in Edinburgh and what changes they think need to happen so that the city can become greener and more sustainable. We encourage people of all ages to take part in the conversation.

We’d be grateful if you could share this with your colleagues and networks and ask them to join in the discussion.

Social Media info

Thank you for your continued support with this.

Kind regards

Emma

Emma Candy | Senior Policy & Insight Officer | Strategy and Communications | Chief Executive | The City of Edinburgh Council | Business Centre 2.1 Waverley Court | 4 East Market Street | Edinburgh | EH8 8BG | strategyandinsight@edinburgh.gov.uk '

Brief Highlights from NTBCC’s 10 August Zoom Meeting

A second, very successful, NTBCC meeting using the Zoom platform with members of the public both welcome and involved.  Despite some last minute technical issues (& inability by some NTBCC members to locate the Zoom link-in details!) – we were happy  to record 15 community councillors were present (virtually) – including one of our office bearers  from the back seat of a car many miles from Edinburgh.

Also we all appreciated attendance by 5 ward councillors - many thanks to Councillors Doran, Miller & Mowat from the City centre ward (almost a full house) and also Councillors Osler & Barrie from Inverleith Ward for joining us. Having Councillors present is really helpful in many of the discussions, both to understand current council thinking as well as being able to pick up issues.

As an aside – we also regularly extend an invitation to Leith Walk ward councillors as a significant part of NTBCC’s area lies within Leith Walk ward. They would be very welcome at future community council meetings.

Last, but by no means least, almost a dozen members of the public. And we mustn’t forget the roving Broughton Spurtle editor also joining us from afar.

We would also thank Police Scotland for providing an excellent summary of their activities in the city centre – unprompted by us – much appreciated. Key messages were a continued issue with cycle thefts (incl. Just Eat hire cycles), police checks for Covid-compliance on licensed premises, reported improvements in anti-social behaviour at Waverley Mall with the temporary village now set up and increased focus on speed checks across the city centre.

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