Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 30 September 2021

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

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Update on Proposed Works on the ‘New Town Quarter’ Development (28 October)

Adapted from email sent on 28th October to the New Town & Broughton Community Council and local residents’ groups on planned activities on the ‘New Town Quarter’ development in the coming weeks    

  • The internal garage buildings which border the park will be demolished by the end of next week. The heras fencing on the park side has been extended to provide safe working and exclusion zones and has been agreed with the Council. Once the buildings are gone, the fencing will be put back to the original site demise.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Data centre demolition will commence on Monday (1 October) with the high reach machine.
  • The demolition contractor is in the process of getting an information and contact board put up at the corner of Dundas Street / Fettes Row.
  • Condition survey reports should have been posted to all who received one and be with residents by the end of the week (as all posted by recorded delivery).

Further updates will be posted when received.

Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces: NTBCC deputation to CEC full council meeting

NTBCC has submitted the following to today’s full council meeting (started 10am) on Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces. PDF is here (NTBCC deputation), text is below

TL;DR: NTBCC is against amplification

NTBCC Submission: Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces Full Council 28 October 2021 Item 11.2

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcome and support Cllr Neil Ross’s motion (11.2) for the regulation of amplification of sound in public spaces.

We recognise the concerns of residents, businesses and visitors at the high level of amplification, sometimes used by buskers and street entertainers, in places such as Princes Street that are within the NTBCC area.

We echo Cllr Ross in asking officers to create straightforward ways for residents and businesses to report disturbances arising from the amplification of sound in public spaces, from whatever sources.

We believe there is no easily defined and enforceable level of acceptable amplified sound, especially in places with high ambient street noise. Instead NTBCC recommend a simple ban on amplification, following the successful Copenhagen policy, with musicians and other performers required to use natural acoustic sound.

Simon Holledge
Engagement Officer/Public Spaces Lead
New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) 26 October 2021

Edinburgh Council : Communal Bin Review Project – Phase 4 Engagement Sessions

Adapted from an email forwarded by Cllr Mowat to the New Town & Broughton Community Council (& the Old Town Community Council) providing details of the forthcoming ‘Engagement’ sessions proposed by the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Services team.

Please form an orderly queue. 

We would like to provide an update on the engagement events for phase 4 of the Communal Bin Review (CBR) project to allow enough time for the promotion of the events.

Broughton Broughton St Mary Church

Bellevue Crescent

Wed 17 November 2021 9:45am-1-45pm
Stockbridge Number 7,

7 Raeburn Place

Fri 19 November 2021 11am -3pm
Old Town The Crannie Community Hub

9 Cranston Street

Wed 24 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm
New Town Rose Theatre Café

204 Rose Street

Fri 26 November 2021 11am – 3pm
West End Walpole Hall

27 Chester Street

Tue 30 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm

A reminder as well that next week we will be in Tollcross area for an event:

Tollcross Barclay Viewforth Church

1 Wright’s House

Wed 27 October 12-4pm

The information on the events will be also available on the website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binhubs.

Erica Manfroi | Project Delivery Manager – Communal Bin Review | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG

Consultation/engagement about waste services in world heritage: NTBCC letter to CEC director of place

On 15 October, NTBCC wrote this letter to Paul Lawrence about future consultation and engagement for Edinburgh’s world heritage area about proposals for communal bins in this area: 2021_10_15 Paul Lawrence.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 13 September 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 13 September 2021 at 7pm Continue reading

“Active Travel Measures” – Deputation to Transport & Environment Committee

The following deputation was presented to the  Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 14 October following discussions with local residents and with NTBCC members, along with several other deputations from a  wide range of community groups in relation to Agenda Item 7.1 ‘Active Travel Measures – Travelling Safely Update’ .

The community council’s principal concern is continuing lack of engagement in the process of reviewing the various measures introduced under the Spaces for People programme. These schemes have been in place in many cases for over a year and based on previous reports to committee, have been supposedly reviewed several times over that period of time. We have never been approached for comments about implemented schemes in our area. As a Community Council we believe that we can provide useful input from residents and businesses about how these measures are working but there is no process for us to do so. We understand the reasons why some of these schemes were introduced with little consultation but we are struggling to understand the rationale for this continued lack of engagement. We believe that in many cases the choice between retain or remove is too simple. There will be features of even the best scheme where improvement is possible and likewise in schemes scheduled for removal there will be elements that should be retained.  We urge the Council to put in place an effective and transparent engagement process that allows for local input to be considered prior to extending/modifying measures under an ETRO or indeed removing measures.

Our second concern is that the temporary measures are not suitable for long-term use. As noted many of the measures have been in place for over a year and if retained under an ETRO (Experimental Traffic Regulation Order) could be in place for around three years. For example, pavements have been extended but nothing has been done to make these areas either suitable or safe for those with mobility issues or visual impairment. From a recent discussion with a local resdient who escorts a blind person to church each week, she described  the difficulties now being experienced without proper pavements, lack of tactile paving and the absence of audio signals on temporary crossings. We believe that if measures are to be retained then the design should comply with the Edinburgh Street Design Guidance to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

Overall the NTBCC are broadly supportive of the measures in our area but there are some issues that we would  want to highlight.

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