Planned Works on Dublin Street / Dublin Meuse & Associated Road Closure

The following is adapted from an email sent to us from Scottish Water covering proposed work on the upper stretch of Dublin Street / Dublin Meuse to repair a collapsed sewer. The work is planned to start on Tuesday 2nd April & last for 8 weeks.  

Dear Stakeholder, 
I am writing to inform you that Scottish Water will be carrying out a sewer repair on Dublin Meuse, Edinburgh,
this work is to repair a collapsed sewer between two manholes (see the map below – the grey dots are the manholes) which is leaking and creating a sinkhole.
Work will start at Dublin Meuse on Tuesday 2nd April and will last approximately 8 weeks.
There will be a road closure on Dublin St. No vehicles access will be permitted and parking will be suspended within the closure for the duration of works. Pedestrian footpaths will remain open and access to local business will remain but we ask pedestrians to follow the signage.
The attached letter went out on Mar 13th as advanced Start on Site (SoS) Notice and another yesterday.
We thank those affected for their patience and understanding while we carry out this essential work.
If you could please share this message with your constituents, that would be appreciated.
Denni Kinnear
Corporate Affairs Officer
Scottish Water

Responsible Construction (Short Life) Working Group

NTBCC frequently receive emails from local residents outlining concerns in response to planning applications regarding the impact of the (often extended) construction activity for new developments on nearby residents – be this in relation to impact on residential amenity (e.g. noise, air quality from demolition activities etc.) and / or impacts on the road network from construction activities amongst others.

Although we have frequently submitted representations outlining these concerns and whilst there is an expectation for developers to adhere to good working practices in relation to their neighbours, we are constantly reminded by the Council that planning controls over construction are limited  and not a material consideration for planning applications – however, the Council does have some powers to ensure adverse impacts of construction are mitigated in relation to noise, residential amenity, controlling the hours of working as well as impacts on the road network.

Following a Motion in June 2023 raising this issue specifically in relation to Haymarket Square construction, Edinburgh Council agreed an adjusted motion. In the subsequent report in response to this Motion, it was agreed that the Planning Committee would consider any additional controls or amendments to permissions which would help to reduce the impact of construction work to nearby residents for all new developments and to establish a more neighbour-friendly pattern of working for major construction and other active sites.

Furthermore, Council agreed that officers would explore the possibility of improving the information held on the Council website so that residents could better understand what controls the Council did have and who to contact if they had concerns and also agreed to establish a short-life working group, consisting of representatives from communities affected by construction, representatives of developers and/or the construction industry and relevant council officers, to consider options to encourage more responsible construction.

We are pleased that this Short Life Working Group (‘Working Group’) has now been set up and NTBCC, along with several other community councils have been invited to participate in a wider discussion on this.

The Working Group will consider options to encourage more responsible construction, and review ways in which to mitigate potential impacts associated with construction on the amenity of those within communities across Edinburgh. The subsequent follow-up report can be found here. Details of the proposed membership of the Working Group and remit can be found in Appendix 2.

The first meeting of the Working Group is scheduled for Friday March 1st.

Whilst NTBCC is aware of many of the issues raised by local residents, if there are specific concerns that residents would like us to raise, then please let us know via the NTBCC website Contact page.

‘Statutory’ agenda for NTBCC meeting on Monday 13 November (BY ZOOM)

The next NTBCC public meeting will be held on Monday 13 November and consistent with our adopted protocol, will be via Zoom.

The Zoom link as well as the detailed agenda for this meeting will be published in due course, but for now here is the ‘statutory’/framework agenda.

  1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting (9 October 2023) : AGM and Ordinary meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Policing matters
  5. Transport
  6. Licensing
  7. Culture & Communities
  8. Environment
  9. Engagement / Communications
  10. Planning
  11. Councillor’s reports
  12. Open Forum (for residents to raise any concerns)
  13. AOCB

Bellevue Crescent – ‘Amenity Ground’ in front of Broughton St Marys Church

NTBCC were aware of the works carried out by SGN here in support of the new St James Quarter about 5 years ago. These works involved installing a new high pressure gas main from Dundas Street, along Great King Street, Drummond Place, Scotland Street and then running along East Scotland Street Lane to tie in with the existing main in the roadway at Bellevue Place which then would supply the increased demand for the new St James Quarter development.

This necessitated works in the parking area in front of Broughton St Mary’s Church (an A listed building) to install a governor (let-down valve) and other associated equipment which resulted in the raised, kerbed, plinth being there, covered in non-heritage brick paviors as well as other equipment e.g. a high level vent. Continue reading

‘Statutory’/Framework agenda for 11 September NTBCC meeting (by Zoom)

In accordance with our adopted position (alternating between In Person & Virtual meetings), this will be a virtual (by Zoom) meeting. To join the meeting – please access via the following link

Passcode: Calton

The detailed agenda will be published later this week, but for now here is the ‘statutory’/framework agenda.

  1. Welcome, introductions & apologies
  2. Approval of minutes of previous meeting (14 August 2023)
  3. Matters arising
  4. Policing matters
  5. Planning
  6. Culture & Communities ( incl. George Street)
  7. Environment
  8. Transport
  9. Licensing
  10. Councillor’s reports
  11. AGM
  12. Open Forum (for residents to raise any concerns)
  13. AOCB

Along with the detailed agenda, some committee conveners’ reports will be available with links to specific discussion items.

Communal Bin Roll-Out : Off street Developments in the Broughton area

Email to NTBCC with further information regarding the Communal Bin roll-out in the N1 Parking area for off-street developments. It includes removal where necessary of the paper (‘Fibre’) blue-lidded bins such that future paper recycling is contained within the Dry Mixed Recycling (green-lidded) bins. 

COMMUNAL BIN REVIEW –– Off street developments – Broughton area

We are continuing the roll out of the communal bin review improving and enhancing recycling facility available to properties in developments. At off street developments, as the ones listed below, bins are stored in bin stores or bin areas and are not on-street. These off street developments are all different and different arrangements will be made to these sites i.e. some of them just required updated stickers, some of them needed a food waste bin or a glass bin and some others needed the paper bin to be changed into mixed recycling. This is to improve and increase the access to recycling facilities for these residents.

We are ensuring the signage on the bins is updated and/or the appropriate number of bins for non-recyclable waste, mixed recycling, glass and food waste are provided to residents at:

  • Powderhall
  • Hatters Lane
  • 70-72 Logie Green Road
  • 82-84 Logie Green Road/ 9 Warriston Road
  • 73 Logie Green Road
  • 10-12 Warriston Road, 75 Logie Green Road
  • Boat Green
  • 5 Warriston Road
  • 29-31 Beaverbank Place
  • 10-17 Beaverbank Place
  • 2-6 Stoddart Way
  • 154 McDonald Road
  • Claremont Court
  • 21 Dunedin Street
  • 4-6 Papermill Wynd
  • 1-3 Papermill Wynd
  • 121-127 Bellevue Road
  • 16 Hopetoun Street
  • 4 Hopetoun Street
  • 2B Hopetoun Street
  • 15-29 Hopetoun Street
  • 40-50 Annandale Street
  • 10-11 Hopetoun Crescent
  • 6 McDonald Road

Within the next few days, each resident will receive a letter with a guide enclosed which includes the relevant information about the updated service.

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Proposed Removal of Glass & Paper Recycling Bins at Tesco on Broughton Road

Email received by NTBCC from the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Service regarding the proposed removal of both the glass and paper recycling bins at the Tesco store on Broughton Road. 

Whilst we understand and agree with the removal of the paper (‘Fibre’, blue-lidded) recycling bin here – as this isn”t consistent with either the adopted strategy of  the Council for recycling of Dry Mixed Recyclables  (DMR)  as well as this bin often being filled with incorrect material (resulting in the contents being rejected for recycling); however, we do have significant concerns with both the proposal and timing for removal of the glass recycling bins here.

The option from the Council’s posted notice to use the 1280 litre bin at Eyre Place as an alternate recycling option for glass is unrealistic  and unhelpful. The capacity avalable there is significantly less than that currently available at Tesco and isn’t a realistic alternative option. 

We believe that this will result in a significant reduction in the recycling of glass in the short term. 

We also question the timing of this announcement. The Council ‘s Communal Bin Hub review proposes adding the option for glass recycling at many locations nearby but this seems to have been delayed with an expected roll-out now being later in 2023.  

It’s clear that the current glass recycling facility at Tesco is well-used and appreciated by local residents. We also believe that the safety concerns that have been raised by the Council could probably be managed in the short term (e.g. by using a banksman) until  proper alternatives are in place. 

Given that this proposed change is expected to take place on 21 August – we would appreciate any comments  that residents may have on this proposal as soon as possible.

Dear Community Councillors
During a review of the glass banks at recycling bring sites around Edinburgh, the issue of safe access at the Tesco on Broughton Road was discussed.  It is not possible to use the one way system due to low overhangs, and reversing out onto Broughton Road is not safe.  Therefore, it is necessary to remove the glass and paper recycling banks that are located at the entrance to the Tesco.  I have displayed posters at the site to advise local residents, and advised the duty manager there, as well as emailing Tesco.  
When the Communal Bin Review reaches this area, there will be glass banks on street for all residents.  In the meantime, there are on street glass banks within 200m, on Eyre Place.
Justine Stansfield CRWM

Project Officer | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Seafield Depot | 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh EH7 6RD | m 07825 733 623