NTBCC minutes – Monday 14 September 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 September 2020 at 7pm

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

Guidance on Flu Vaccinations from the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership

Adapted from an email from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership to Stakeholders with information on the Flu vaccination programme in Edinburgh

Flu vaccinations just got easier in Edinburgh                                                    

The way people get their free flu jabs in Edinburgh is changing

Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one easy way to do this.

This year the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has introduced a new way of getting your flu vaccination in Edinburgh - the flu drive through. Instead of visiting your GP to get your vaccine, you will visit one of eight drive through clinics across Edinburgh.

The drive through clinics will open most weekends in October and November but it’s always helpful to check for any changes in the timetable. If you don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit a walk through clinic and details of these are also on the NHS Inform website.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your jab in Edinburgh. If you qualify for a free vaccine you’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire.

Please help neighbours and friends who may not be comfortable with accessing websites.

Find your nearest flu drive through on NHS inform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88

Roll-out of Latest Stage of the ‘Parking Action Plan’ : Sunday Parking Restrictions Zones 1 – 4

Email received from the Parking Action Plan team on 9 October 2020 (who can be contacted via Parkingactionplan@edinburgh.gov.uk)

While much of the preparatory work is now complete, the final stage is for the Council to seek permission from property owners to place signs on their boundary walls, fences or railings. Letters will be sent out to all properties where this might be possible in the next few days. This approach will help us to reduce the numbers of poles used in the city centre, reducing clutter and making more space for pedestrians.

The implementation itself will involve significant changes to the layout of parking places and, while every effort will be made to reduce potential disruption, the nature of the work will require parking suspensions in many streets in order to allow us to make the required changes. In accordance with our existing protocols, we will give 48 hours’ notice on-street of forthcoming parking suspensions. Further details on the proposed schedule of works and the streets/areas to be affected will soon be available and updated regularly on our website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/CPZchanges

Currently permit holders in Zones 1-8 have dispensation to park in pay and display bays within their zones, this will continue at least until all the implementation work is complete and this will help to minimise disruption for residents.

Kind Regards

The Parking Development Team

NTBCC agendas (AGM and ordinary meeting) – Monday 12 October 2020

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: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-agm-via-zoom-monday-12-october-tickets-124163015923

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

AGM

  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: technology check admin
  2. Attendance/apologies for absence
  3. Approval of 2019 AGM minutes
  4. Chair’s report summary
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Election of office bearers
  7. Any other business

Ordinary meeting

1.   Welcome/new members/proposed NTBCC Business meeting 19th October  (5 minutes)
2.   Minutes of 14th September Meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
       (To approve)
3.   Police Report
(To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
4.   Transport

  1. Spaces for People: submission on latest proposal for ‘A1 corridor’
    (To note)
  2. Forthcoming consultation on the ‘Tram Extension’ TRO proposals
    (Purpose: raise awareness of the consultation and agree how to respond to proposals affecting our area)
(15 minutes)
5.   Environment

  1. Communal Bin Review project – review of Gull Proof Sack service
    (To note & discuss overall response & proposed briefing as requested by CEC Waste & Cleansing
(15 minutes)
6.    Planning
(Purpose: opportunity to finalise response to proposals as lodged: 20/03034/FUL, 20/03665/FUL & 20/3661/CON)

  1. Ex-RBS site (Dundas St/Fettes Row) planning application: draft NTBCC Position
  2. Q&A (NTBCC & members of the public)
  1. (15 minutes)
  2. (15 minutes)
7.   Licensing

  1. Scottish Government Short Term Lets consultation
    should we respond?
8.   Engagement/Communications/Instagram update (5 minutes)
9.   Local residents’ associations/local interest groups
10. Any other business
(including any contact by residents not previously covered)
 

 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.

Reflections on the September NTBCC meeting from James Kilner – an NTBCC member

We are still stuck in Zoom for our Community Council meetings and it looks like we will exist in this ‘virtual reality world’ for some time. This is a shame as I miss the camaraderie of our meetings. It also makes it harder to gauge guests and to question them properly.

This month's meeting was a case in point. Ross McNulty from Ediston and Colin Smith from Turley joined our meeting to talk about their development of the former RBS site on the corner of Fettes Row and Dundas Street. It is a massive development which  is now passing through the planning application process. Covid-19, the lockdown and social distancing and rules about meeting in groups have made it far harder to get a handle on the project and what it all means.

For 15 or 20 minutes or so, Ross McNulty and Colin Smith had the floor, or at least the Zoom screen, and told us about their project. They didn't say anything new. A handful of questions came their way but these were also easily dealt with.

Mostly, the dry formality of this discussion had, I thought, been down to the online format but  Ross McNulty, a tough ex-pro rugby player, had also seemed grumpy. He had joined the meeting looking weary, (rattled even), pushing back on how the owners of the RBS site, a London-based  property fund, had been depicted in a community newsletter.  An hour before the meeting he had been sent, along with all the members of the Community Council, the newsletter of the Fettes Row and Royal Crescent Residents' Association. Its front page had highlighted developers' intention to chop down more than half of the trees on the site. It seems   that they want to turn the site from semi-rural to urban.

This segment on the development dominated the meeting and it took the tact and skill of Our Great Leader, Community Council Chair Carol Nimmo, to pull us back on schedule.

There was then some input from the Edinburgh City Councillors who are regular attendees  of the meeting including Cllr Jo Mowat on the important ‘Charter for Edinburgh’ issue  and some discussion about the ‘Spaces for People’ (SfP) programme. SfP is about creating extra space for people concerned about the spread of Covid-19, to reassure them that it is safe enough to use the pavements once again. Of all the ill-thought out Covid response programmes this is one of the stand-outs. You may have seen it in action. Red and white bollards block off parking spaces and bus lanes, congesting roads and irritating businesses. These spaces should now provide extra pavement space for people to walk along; improving social distancing…..except that I’m not sure that anybody uses them.

Anyhow, I digress.

Towards the end of the meeting, a question was raised  about how to deal with graffiti that had started to appear around the area. There is, apparently, a council anti-graffiti team that is meant to deal with the worst of this but this questioner wasn't having much luck so far.

I'd had had a quiet meeting but now sensed my opportunity to make a difference and, frankly, to impress, and so I explained to the graffiti-concerned person that growing up in London I'd defeated these louts by painting over their graffiti on a white wall opposite my home within a day of it appearing.  She should do the same, I suggested, content that my steer would improve her life.

And now Our Great Leader, who had Zoomed in from a hotel in the Highlands to keep us in line, was able to display her poise and timing once again. The technique that I'd suggested was, she said gently, less effective on the bare stone walls of the New Town. Always happy to defer to those wiser than me, I did so immediately.

Roll-on our next meeting on 12 October.

Free bike repairs for those who need it most! (up to £50)

Click either graphic to see the original PDF.

Here's the text from the leaflet:

Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme

Free bike repairs worth up to £50 for those who need it most right now

https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

#ScotlandCycleRepair

Through the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, bike shops across Scotland are providing up to £50 worth of free bike repairs to those who need it most – whether it’s for an old bike that needs some work to make it roadworthy, or one that’s well used but requires some care.

Who can get their bike fixed?

People who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these repairs. The COVID-19 crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential bike repairs right now.

What repairs are covered?

  • Punctures or old tires
  • Problems with brakes
  • Gears that don’t work properly
  • Other issues that stop you using the bike

All cycles are welcome in the scheme including adults’ and children’s bikes, e-bikes and non-standard cycles e.g. tandems, tricycles, hand cycles and side-by-side cycles.

How do I use the scheme to get my bike fixed?

Search for your nearest participating bike shop either online via the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme map www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair or look out for a bike shop displaying our poster or window sticker.

You simply contact the bike shop to book your bike in for repairs. They will look at the bike and let you know what work needs doing, before going ahead with any repairs.

Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541.
Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

RBS Redevelopment – Response by Ediston to The Chronicle’s “Plans threaten our tree-scape”

The New Town & Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) wants to hear views from the community on the current planning applications that have been lodged for the former RBS site. The applications that are open for comment can be viewed on this NTBCC website post.

The community council is a statutory consultee on these applications and, as such, will submit a representation. NTBCC also have an extended deadline for submission of comments to these applications & it will be also be a key agenda item for our meeting on 12 October.

The views of the immediate residents on Fettes Row & Royal Crescent as well as those from the Friends of King George V & Scotland Yard Park (www.kgvsy.org.uk) were posted recently on NTBCC's website (Plans threaten our tree-scape)  included within The Chronicle’ newsletter which has been distributed to well over 1,000 households in the area.

We would also state that whilst NTBCC may share many of these concerns  - our position & response to these applications should reflect as far as we are able, views covering the wider community & relate to / be cognisant of relevant planning policies.

We have received a response from the developers (Ediston) which discusses many of the points raised. Click the graphic below so see the full PDF.