NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 8 March 2021

Agenda for online meeting: 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

We very much welcome members of the public joining the meeting (using the Zoom platform).

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-via-zoom-monday-8-march-2021-tickets-143730601097

Log-in details/Zoom link will then be emailed to all those who have registered.

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

  1. Technology check / Admin/ Welcome
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Minutes of 8 February meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
(5 minutes)
  1. ‘George Street & First New Town’ project – Presentation and Q&A
(20 minutes)
  1. Transport
    1. City Mobility Plan – Follow up to Deputation submitted to Transport and Environment Committee
    2. Trams Project Update
      1. TRO for Leith Walk/London Road junction – banning of left hand turn
      2. Picardy Place Tram Stop design changes and construction schedule
      3. TROs for full route – public consultation timing
    3. Spaces for People
      1. Broughton Street to Canonmills – status of proposed changes
      2. Leopold Place Pedestrian Crossing – update on Council response
      3. Making Changes Permanent – public consultation timing and NTBCC position
(20 minutes)
  1. Winter Festivals 2020 consultation
(15 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Public Spaces Management Plan – report expected to be available mid-March
(5 minutes)
  1. Licensing
  1. Engagement and Communications 
  1. Local Residents Associations/Local Interest Groups
    1. Friends of Calton Hill; Friends of Gayfield Square Garden; Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Gardens
    2. Possible funding allocation for Greenspaces (discussion)
(10 minutes)
  1. Any other business

During the meetings, names and email addresses may be recorded. Email addresses are held and used for circulating information about NTBCC but may also be used to seek residents’ views on local issues.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 11 January 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 11 January 2020 at 7pm Continue reading

NTBCC Deputation for T&E Committee Meeting on 19 February 2021

NTBCC has submitted a deputation to Edinburgh Council’s Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 19 February 2021. This deputation responds to the City Mobility Plan. NTBCC also submitted, as an attachment, its response to the consultation in 2020. Click the following links to see

For both of these, the text of the documents precedes a link to the original PDF.

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Broughton Street: ‘Commonplace’ feedback and NTBCC’s proposals

NTBCC has analysed feedback on Broughton St from the ‘Commonplace’ tool. This has been used to create:

  1. a summary of the feedback
  2. a graphical outline of NTBCC’s proposal
  3. a submission called ‘Broughton Street – our community high street’

The text, images and original PDFs are below. Click any of the above numbered items to go straight to that section.

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George Street and First New Town : Business and Resident Engagement

The New Town & Broughton Community Council along with other stakeholders have been engaged in discussions regarding plans for George Street over the past few years & have also had regular discussions at NTBCC meetings, most recently in December 2020.

These proposals have now progressed to the stage where views of  the wider public (both businesses and residents of George Street and First New Town) are being sought on the final concept design proposals and their operation.

There is now an opportunity for local residents to become involved – there are 8 sessions planned – via Microsoft Teams – either on 2nd or 3rd March for small groups (maximum 8 people at each) with registration through Eventbrite (see link below).

The following is adapted from an email sent to the community council  covering these sessions. 

“Further to my recent email, we have now set up an Eventbrite Page  to enable residents to book onto one of eight 1.5 hour sessions that are being held.  Clicking on the box below will take you to the page.

We will shortly issue a flyer around businesses and residents to further publicise the sessions – I’m happy to send you an electronic version of the flyer if you’d like to share it via your Twitter feed or website.

We will limit attendance at each meeting to 8 participants to ensure we can have a good and detailed discussion.  Therefore, we’ll need to restrict attendance to 1 slot per household at present.  If we have slots still available as we get closer to the 2nd and 3rd I’ll come back to relevant parties.

The meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams and we will send a link out in advance of the meeting.  We will also send a link to some background materials.”

To register for one of these sessions through Eventbrite  – please click George Street and First New Town, Business and Resident Engagement

If you’d like any further information at this stage please contact me directly.”

Fiona Robertson | streets-UK | Tel: 07771 978577| 

Take Away’s from NTBCC’s February Meeting by Laura Graham

Our second meeting of 2021 took place on a snowy night that once again saw us gather by zoom.

Monthly meetings using zoom continue to be very well attended with the Eventbrite listings working effectively. Expertly set up by our Vice Chair, Richard Price, any members of the public registering late on the day of the meeting are caught with direct emails from the secretary. The increased attendance has been a silver lining in these dark, difficult times.

We are also very grateful for the regular and engaged attendance of councillors and for the expert hosting by our Chair Carol Nimmo (aka Britney) whilst thankfully not achieving the heady heights of viral infamy that some other (parish) councils have.

Cracking on with administrative requirements, the previous months minutes were passed, after minor corrections were noted and agreed. The police report was very helpful and thanks were extended to the officer who prepared it. Policing appears to have been quiet due to lockdown, with some vandalism to report but no housebreakings (everyone is at home!), business break-ins or assaults reported. Last month we asked for more information on reports of breaches of COVID regulations and are reassured to hear these are few and far between.

Deirdre Henderson commented on the review of the next stage of the short-term letting legislation development. The Local Government and Communities Committee have passed the proposed legislation over to the Scottish Parliament and there is to be a Scottish Government Working Group. Representatives have been invited from various sectors, and ‘big industry’ is very well represented however residents’ groups are not so well represented and have to go through their local council.

Concerns were expressed that there could potentially be a conflict of interest. It was agreed that we should have a follow up meeting for those members interested in this subject.

In response to an earlier iteration of concerns around the subject of Graffiti, Andi Christie, head of Drummond Community High School reported on a survey she had undertaken amongst the younger members of the community.  The general view is that most people do not like graffiti, however the idea of creating ‘legal wall space’, designated for Graffiti, enabling artistry as opposed to vandalism was considered to be a viable option

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Help Required : BELLEVUE CRESCENT : Urban Conservation Coursework Survey

Adapted from an email from Shaheera Pesnani, MSc Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh 

“We are a group of university students pursuing a MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. Since last semester we have been taking a course on Urban Conservation, and as a part of our Urban Conservation coursework, we are analysing the area of Bellevue Crescent, for which we require your help. We believe that the voice of the community is extremely important in any proposed development or recommended urban conservation strategy. The questions in the survey seek to gauge information on demographics, housing, social aspects, place, travel, and any further recommendations you may have.

We are looking for people living in either Bellevue Crescent, Bellevue Rd, Bellevue Pl., Bellevue Terrace, Bellevue St., Cochran Terrace, Cornwallis Pl., E. Claremont St., E. London St., Drummond Place, London St., Melgund Terrace, Rodney St., and Scotland St. to fill out our survey.”

The link to the survey is  HERE

We have been advised that it should not take you more than a minute or two to complete (although having completed the survey, this may be optimistic!).

“We are extremely grateful for your help. Should you have any further information regarding the survey or our project, please feel free to reach out to Shaheera Pesnani s2120046@ed.ac.uk