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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Young Persons Free Bus Travel scheme – communication from the Edinburgh Bus Users Group

Adapted from an email sent to several community councils by the Edinburgh Bus Users Group (EBUG) highlighting the recently-introduced Young Persons’ (under 22’s) Free Bus Travel  passes. Although the scheme experienced some initial problems, steps have now been taken to make the application process easier and more widely available.   


Dear Community Council members

Scottish Bus Week is 23 May-29 May.
One of EBUG’s contributions highlights the low take-up of the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel scheme (‘under-22’s Bus Pass’). The scheme started in January 2022, but in Edinburgh, the latest information suggests only about 50% of 5 to 15 year olds have the Pass. Although this is higher than in many Council areas and the data changes weekly; but when the cost of living is a serious issue for many families and young people, free bus travel is a big help.
Two factors seem to be at work:
  • Many eligible people haven’t heard of the scheme
  • A demanding and complicated application process

Hopefully applications are now easier with the launch of this website: https://freebus.scot/

AND libraries can now deal with paper applications https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/public-transport/get-replace-nec/1

So, for Scottish Bus Week, EBUG is asking you just to use your normal communications in your area to publicise https://freebus.scot/ AND off-line applications at Council libraries.

Let’s get take-up close to 100%.

Yours sincerely,

Secretary, Edinburgh Bus Users Group

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 10 March 2022

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting on Thursday 10 March 2022 at 5:30pm, at Trams project compound (165 Leith Walk)

Actions and decisions are red italic. ‘TT’ means ‘Trams Team’. Names are mostly abbreviated to initials.

0 Summary of actions

3.1 TT to issue dashboards in time for review by CCTT before monthly meetings
3.1.1 CCTT (MB) and TT to discuss issues with Gayfield Square traffic offline
3.2.1 TT to include dates of updates on all future iterations of map showing completion dates
3.3.1 TT to take action about dangers at the substation works near the Trams project compound
3.4.1 CW to provide data answering the queries about claims at the next meeting
3.5 RA/TT to add date current map of crossings was prepared, and use consistent colours for crossing-types.
BR to then publish this map on LCCC, LHNCC, NTBCC websites.
3.5 TT to investigate improvements to crossing near Playhouse, and ways to make cyclists walk when using it.
3.7 TT to review signage at Constitution St/Ocean Drive advising that Ocean Terminal can’t be accessed via Ocean Drive.
3.7 TT to provide ‘look-aheads’ about traffic management changes
3.8 CW to provide monthly updates (with data) on business health
3.8 CW to advise total amount of business support disbursed.
3.10 CCTT (HT) and TT to discuss TT’s meetings with other groups outwith monthly CCTT/TT meetings
4.1 future agendas to have an ‘observations’ item
4.7 HT and RA to discuss signage on Leith Walk
5.2.1 RA/CW to provide written response in the next few days, CCIng this to BR so he can complete minutes
5.2.1 RA to escalate the issue raised by JM
5.2.2 RA/CW to provide written responses in the next few days, CCIng this to BR so he can complete minutes
6 RA and HT to meet next Friday to register of post-project measures

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NTBCC minutes Monday 14 February 2022

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 February 2022 at 7pm

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

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 10 February 2022

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting (Construction Phase) on Thursday 10 February 2022 at 5:30pm

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NTBCC minutes Monday 12 October 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 October 2020 at 7pm

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