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.

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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 annual general and ordinary meetings agendas – Monday 14 June 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).

Registration will be via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-agm-monday-14-june-2021-tickets-158472434317

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.

Annual general meeting

  1. Attendance/apologies for absence
  2. Submission & adoption of 2020 AGM Minutes
  3. Chair’s Annual Report summary *
  4. Treasurer’s submission of Balance Sheet and Annual Accounts *
  5. Engagement Officer’s Annual Report summary *
  6. Election of Office Bearers
  7. Any other business, including provisional date for 2022 AGM
  8. Close of AGM
Agenda items 3, 4 and 5 also include questions from members of the public attending

Ordinary meeting

 

  1. Technology check
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Welcome/admin/apologies/well-being
  1. Annual general meeting – see separate agenda above
  1. Minutes of 10th May 2021 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. Transport
    1. Spaces for People
      1. Post-installation update on Broughton Street/Canonmills corridor (Information)
      2. ‘Spaces for people’ retention – summary of NTBCC submission & proposal for 17th June Transport & Environment Comittee meeting deputation
      3. Questions to local councillors on ‘Spaces for people’ schemes
    2. Trams to Newhaven – update on traffic management plans for Picardy Place works, including Broughton St
(30 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Follow-up from ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ at 22nd April T&E Ctte, including gull-proof bags and residents’ sub-group
(10 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. Update from ‘Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group’ (PSMP)
(5 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc

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 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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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 April 2021

**attempt 2 to post this legibly. If this doesn’t help, here’s a PDF of the original Word document**

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 April 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

NTBCC minutes Monday 12 April 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 April 2021 at 7pm

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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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