NTBCC Objection to the Installation of a BT ‘Street Hub’ at 117 Dundas Street (22/02528/FUL)

NTBCC submitted an objection to the above application and welcome its prompt refusal.

A summary of our objection is outlined below.

This proposal within the New Town & Broughton Community Council’s area forms part of a wider pan-Edinburgh series of applications for the installation of BT ‘Street Hubs’ which are essentially double-sided digital advertising display units with static but frequently rotating content – the majority of which aim to replace redundant BT phone kiosks.

We note that the proposed location is on the periphery but just outwith the (Old and) New Town World Heritage site but the site does sit within the New Town Conservation area.

Generally, the New Town & Broughton Community Council would support removal of redundant (i.e. infrequently used) BT phone kiosks. These kiosks have often been subject to either vandalism to some degree or locations that attract anti-social behaviour or more typically targeted as suitable locations for graffiti or fly-posting. However, whilst this application proposes removal of a currently under-utilised and graffiti’d  kiosk on Dundas Street, it also proposes replacing the redundant kiosk with a BT ‘Street Hub’.

We have considered the proposed benefits as listed in the application documents for BT ‘Street Hubs’  and although there may be elements that could be beneficial to local residents; based on reported (albeit anecdotal in part) evidence from other UK cities which have already approved similar installations, we remain unconvinced that there are sufficient real benefits to support this proposal versus the significant disbenefits as outlined in our  full submission 

Therefore, given the above and that the proposal is, in our view, contrary to a number of  current LDP policies (being Des 1, Des 5 and Env 6) and associated non-statutory guidance (‘Guidance on Advertisements, Sponsorship and City Dressing’), we would wish to register our formal objection to this application as presented.

Although the deadline for submitting comments has now passed, we would also urge Planning officers to refuse the associated 22/02527/ADV application (‘2 No LED Digital Displays’ : Proposed Telecoms Apparatus 16 Metres West Of 117 Dundas Street New Town Edinburgh). (However, as of 29 June,  this application was  still ‘Awaiting Assessment’).

 

New Town & Broughton Community Council Engagement Plan June 2022

Original PDF: NTBCC Engagement Report 2022-06-11

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Noticeboards
  3. NTBCC website
  4. twitter
  5. Residents’ associations
  6. Walkabouts
  7. Formal responses to local government consultations and deputations to City of Edinburgh Council committees
  8. Engagement with other community councils, networks and heritage organizations
  9. Use of Public Spaces for Events and Filming (formerly Public Spaces Management Plan)
  10. Previous NTBCC Engagement Plans

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NTBCC meeting agendas Monday 13 June 2022

This is our first in-person meeting for over 2 years. Members of the public are very welcome to attend this meeting either in-person or via Zoom – there are two Eventbrite links:

In order to know numbers, we’re asking everyone including community councillors to register. Registration via either link covers both the AGM and the ordinary meeting that will immediately follow it.

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George St: CEC’s response to NTBCC submission

CEC has now responded to NTBCC’s submission on the latest plans for George Street, as follows:

New Town and Broughton Community Council
c/o Simon Holledge
By email

31st May 2022

Dear Simon

George Street and First New Town (GNT) Public Realm Proposals

The Council note and welcome the recent comments received from the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) regarding the public realm plans for George Street and the First New Town (GNT).

NTBCC has been one of the key stakeholders over the years through the development of the proposals for George Street. The Council recognises that the views and comments raised by NTBCC are critical in shaping final proposals for the area and ensuring that the project is a success in terms of enhancing George Street and the First New Town as a place to live, work and visit. As the Council has stated, collaboration is key to the success of the GNT project and we will continue to work with NTBCC as final project proposals are developed.

The Council’s response to the main items raised by the NTBCC are detailed below.

 

Equality Impact Assessment

An initial Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), which allows the Council to meet its legal obligations in relation to equality, socio-economic disadvantage, climate change, sustainability, the environment and human rights for the GNT project, was produced in May 2019 and was updated in March 2020. During this current design stage of the project the IIA will be reviewed once more to reflect current designs but more importantly operational plans for the area which are due to be finalised by autumn this year. Working in partnership with key stakeholders, especially those representing disabled and mobility impaired groups, we will continue to review the project IIA as the delivery of the project moves forward.

Continuous engagement and consultation have taken place on the GNT project from the outset and the Council will continue to adopt a collaborative approach in developing final proposals. Groups including Edinburgh Access Panel have been closely involved and a specific session was recently organised with them relating to the current Stage 3 proposals.

Travel

In line with the Council’s City Mobility Plan, City Centre Transformation Plan (CCT) and Climate Emergency, a key objective of the George Street project is to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle as well as provide better access to public transportation. With regards to people with mobility issues or disabilities, we will remove as much street clutter as possible, improve junctions, introduce seating areas, and significantly widen footpaths. This will all help to enhance the experience for everyone who wants to access and enjoy the street.

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 14 April 2022

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting on Wednesday 14 April 2022 at 5:30pm, at Trams project compound (165 Leith Walk)

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NTBCC minutes Monday 11 April 2022

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

Edinburgh Council has stated that ‘CCs can approve minutes, and take other decisions, remotely’, as so long as they ensure that ‘remote meetings are as accessible to members of the public and (as) well-advertised as possible’. Continue reading

New Town and Broughton Community Council submission on George Street and First New Town Public Realm Improvements Project (9 May 2022)

Executive Summary

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) has concerns about the process of re-designing the George Street First New Town area and the impacts on disadvantaged people, protected under the Equality Act 2010.

This document lays out some key issues that need consideration:

We are aware that consultation and engagement have been undertaken for this project. However, the impact on the residents in the area and surrounding communities, as well as disadvantaged communities, has not been properly considered.

It also important to note that some of the recommendations made after the initial consultation have been ignored, e.g. having buses on George Street, but with no clear evidence as to why or assessment of the impact of this change.

We invite you to read our evidence based submission and reconsider this proposal, and taking in to account alternative options to meet the needs of different communities.

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