NTBCC meeting – Monday 13 September : Agenda & Brief Summary

The New Town & Broughton Community Council August monthly meeting will be on Monday 13 September 2021 at 7:00pm.

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

The full draft agenda for this meeting can be viewed here

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

In the meantime, here’s a preview / précis of discussion topics….

After a few formalities – the meeting kicks off with a presentation from IMPACT Scotland outlining their revised design for a new concert hall to the rear of Dundas House on St Andrew Square. Although perhaps slightly more ‘bijou’ than the the application that was previously-approved in early 2019 , we are pleased to see that the 1000 seat capacity concert hall is retained along with further flexible multi-purpose rooms for education, conferencing and hospitality along with a café/bar with indoor and outdoor seating. The variation to the original application (18/04657/FUL) is currently open for comments prior to determination.

This is followed by another presentation – this time from the Trams Team outlining their latest thoughts on ‘Traffic Management Plans for London Road to York Place’ during the construction / relocation of the tram stop from York Place to Picardy Place.

The agenda also includes several current Public Consultations from the Council – firstly, the current proposal for a Low Emission Zone covering the city centre, secondly the Draft ‘2030 Climate Strategy’ consultation and last but not least, a brief mention of the Short Term Let (STL) Control Area consultation.

The consultations as outlined above are all currently open – the proposed ‘City Centre’ Low Emission Zone closes on 20 September, the Council’s outline ‘2030 Climate Strategy’ closes on 12 September and the STL consultation closes on 5 November. All of these consultations can be viewed here

The meeting wouldn’t be complete without an update to the steps taken by both concerned residents’ groups & NTBCC to the recent ‘Communal Bin Review’ proposals which were approved by the Council’s Transport & Environment Committee without prior notification or engagement. This proposal includes removal the gull-proof bag / individual recycling box kerbside service for the majority of New Town residents – replacing them with extended on-street communal bin hubs. More background here 

Planning covers an update on current applications, including the outcome of the Committee hearing on the development at the foot of Dundas Street (108 – 114 & 116) – to which we continue to object and the Powderhall Phase II development – which is at committee on 8 September.

Licensing will cover any recent applications that may be of interest.