Draft Annual Report & Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021

The Annual Report & Accounts (as a draft) will be presented at the New Town & Broughton AGM on Monday 14 June. – we welcome questions / comments from  residents.

If you are interested in attending, please register via Eventbrite here 

 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE NEW TOWN AND BROUGHTON COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The New Town and Broughton Community Council is one of Edinburgh’s 46 Community Councils, established under statute, to represent the views of the community within the New Town and Broughton area, the boundaries of which are set by the Edinburgh Scheme for Community Councils.

Chair’s Annual Report – New Town and Broughton Community Council – June 2021

Last year, I started this report in the third week of the UK’s first lockdown, having held our first ever virtual committee meeting on Zoom. Twelve months later, and three lockdowns later, Zoom meetings are our ‘modus operandi’ and the work of NTBCC has gone on apace. We are all now experts on-screen, using the hand signals and chat functions and very familiar with the phrase ‘you are still on mute’.

Inevitably there was a slight hiatus in work streams across the board as we all found a new way of working but it was not long before it was almost business as usual for NTBCC. In many respects it was even harder to keep up with the level of activity emanating from the Council, as Emergency Measures were very quickly put in place to allow for speedy reactions to help the City deal with the pandemic and the sudden change to our daily lives. These measures often meant that there was very little time to consult or consider the value or relevance of all the proposals brought forward. However, I must commend the community councillors and local interest group representatives on NTBCC for their energy and dedication to the workload this year as we continued to try and represent the views of the community on many fronts and in very different times.

In this past year NTBCC met on Zoom ten times. We were unsure initially if Zoom meetings were valid under the governance protocol for the Council, so although we had held a trial Zoom meeting in April without members of the public being involved; it was June before we officially convened on-line. There is traditionally no meeting in July but there has been a meeting every month since, with both the delayed AGM and a business meeting in October too. Interestingly, we have had good attendance numbers from members of the public, arguably higher than in-person meetings. In many ways the virtual media platform is very suitable for public meetings as it is accessible for most (but we do recognise that not everyone has the ability or necessary equipment to take part), it allows the public to take part in specific sections of the meeting and attendees can be more comfortable (and there is no danger of getting rained on!) There is a downside though – not getting to meet people in the flesh and the connection and relationship building that this allows. It does look like a mix of meeting styles will be the way forward. Using Zoom also made it easier for our local Councillors to be ‘present’, and we must thank Cllrs Mowat and Osler for their very regular attendance.

However we must record our disappointment in the extreme lack of interest shown in NTBCC by the councillors who represent the governing group in CEC. Several times it would have been helpful to our discussions to have heard from them, and, more importantly, for support from them with regard to decisions made.

Councillor input is invaluable in giving us relevant and appropriate background information when we discuss Council proposals, consultations and decisions. Their attendance also gives residents an opportunity to raise important issues directly with their elected representatives, which is much appreciated.

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NTBCC AGM & June Meeting Agenda – Preview

The New Town & Broughton Community Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) and June monthly meeting will be on Monday 14 June 2021 at 7:00pm.

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

The normal monthly meeting will immediately follow the AGM which starts at 7:00pm (via Zoom). The full agendas for these meetings will be available on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ very soon.

In the meantime, here’s a preview….

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

Annual General Meeting (starts at 7:00pm) 

A summary of the the Annual Report will be presented by the Chair followed by the Annual Accounts. NTBCC Office bearers will also be (re)-elected.

June NTBCC meeting (immediately following the AGM)

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‘Trams to Newhaven’ : Response to Traffic Regulation Orders for new Tram route

Following a review of the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders for the new Tram route to Newhaven, the New Town and Broughton Community Council has submitted objections highlighting a number of concerns regarding
  • Access;
  • Displaced traffic;
  • Congestion and;
  • Lack of adequate segregation between pedestrians and cyclists.
The relevant Traffic Regulation Orders  are TRO/20/24A and TRO/20/24B.  The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC)  reviewed the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders at their recent meeting on 10 May – in particular for the section of the ‘Trams to Newhaven’ route from Picardy Place to McDonald Road (covered by Sheets 12 – 14) and have submitted objections  to them for the reasons set out below :

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Summary of NTBCC’s ‘Broughton Street’ Special Meeting – Monday 29 March 2021

On 29th March, the Community Council held its first Special meeting for several years on the ‘Spaces for People’ (SfP) proposals for Broughton Street & NTBCC’s considered view of the proposals.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this well-attended public meeting – the bumper turnout demonstrated that there was significant interest from both residents and businesses but many were unaware of what was proposed until they saw the NTBCC flyer that was distributed to over 300 households and businesses mostly on Broughton Street and adjacent roads. In addition, several posts were added to the NTBCC website and the @NTBCC twitter feed to highlight the issues and our stance.

The numbers attending the Zoom meeting peaked at around 50 people – we also appreciated the engagement from some local Edinburgh councillors, with a special mention to local councillors, Jo Mowat (City Centre) & Hal Osler (Inverleith) as well as Cllr Susan Webber for joining the discussion. We were also pleased to see in attendance many Broughton Street traders/ businesses, a representative from the ‘Better Broughton’ group as well the director of the Cockburn Association.

There have been many requests for copies of the slides that were presented; here are links covering:

  1. Introduction: Mike Birch (5 pages)
  2. Commonplace Mapping summary: Simon Holledge (7 pages)
  3. NTBCC Vision for Broughton Street: Stephen Hajducki (13 pages)
  4. Spaces for People Proposal Broughton St_Canonmills: Peter Williamson (5 pages)
  5. NTBCC Response to Spaces for People Proposal: Mike Birch (5 pages)
  6. What Happens Next?: Mike Birch
  7. How do you make your views known?: Mike Birch

We also highlighted the ongoing consultation regarding the retention of these measures and encouraged attendees to contact their local Councillors and others to express their views and participate in future plans for our community.

In our view, the meeting was very successful in communicating the Spaces for People proposal to the wider community and encouraging discussion. It was also very helpful to hear the views of those attending which may help to shape longer term proposals for Broughton Street.

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Parking Action Plan : Shared Use Parking – Controlled Parking Zones 5 to 8

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Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

Email from Martyn Lings (on behalf of the Spaces for People Team) sent to all nominated stakeholders including NTBCC as well as local councillors (from the City Centre, Inverleith and Leith Walk wards) 

Dear Councillors and Stakeholders

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

Please be advised that as part of overall emergency measures we are proposing, on Broughton Street running North to Canonmills, to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.

I have attached the proposed designs for the scheme. These show changes to the streets which, in summary, includes:

  • Introduction of sections of segregated cycleway and pedestrian buildouts on Broughton Street, Rodney Street, Bellevue and Canonmills.
  • Removal of one lane on approach to Broughton Roundabout from East and North.  Removal of railings and extension of pavements at NE, SE and SW corners.
  • Relocation of some loading to side streets off Broughton St and Rodney St (marked by double yellow lines (DYL)with single blips.
  • Some existing parking altered to blue badge parking only on Broughton St using DYL with single blips.
  • Additional restriction of parking at all times alongside the segregation at certain sections
  • Retention of blue badge parking along the route
  • Retention of existing bus stops
  • Removal of railings at Canonmills junction excluding pedestrian island and corner at Warriston Rd.

The plans showing the detailled proposals can be seen here  (7 sections covering the route from the Canonmills junction at Brandon Terrace, along Rodney Street,  Mansfield Place, Broughton Street, ending at Picardy Place).

If you have any comments relating to these proposals, please send them to  spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk by 1800hrs on Monday 22 March 2021.

All feedback will be reviewed and where possible the scheme will be further refined. Feedback will be summarised in an assessment feedback form which will be presented to the Council Incident Management Team for approval. Please note that we will be unable to respond to individual emails.

If the proposal is approved for implementation, publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.