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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Reports from NTBCC Committees – as discussed at 11th October NTBCC meeting

Below are the reports submitted by the various NTBCC Committee conveners to NTBCC members prior to the October meeting. The key aspects of these reports were part of the Occtober NTBCC meeting but due to time pressures, not all of the content was discussed. The following reports cover Transport, Events (& other topics falling under the Environment Committee e.g. 2030 Climate Strategy) & Planning.

Although the key topics were discussed, there is much additional detail in these reports. If there are issues raised in them that were not covered, please contact us via  www.ntbcc.org.uk/contact/  and we will try to respond.

Thse will be included in the Minutes of the meeting – to be published officially in mid November.

N.B. This is a long read (10 minutes+)

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NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes Monday 14 June 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 June 2020 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

NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 9 August

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).

Registration will be via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-9-august-2021-tickets-165807070411

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

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

  1. Technology check
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Welcome/Admin/Apologies/Well-being
  1. Minutes of 14 June AGM and ordinary meeting, and matters arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
  1. Environment
    1. Summary of progress following the ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ (22 April T&E Committee) incl. decision to suspend Gull-Proof Bags service, position of residents’ associations as well as the wider discussion
    2. Draft 2030 Climate Strategy – Council consultation open until 12 September – how should NTBCC respond? (Also workshops for community council members on 19 August & 26 August)
(20 minutes)
  1. Transport
    1. Proposed Low Emission Zone (LEZ) – consultation until 20 September – discussion on NTBCC response
    2. Spaces for people
      1. Views on Broughton Street / Canonmills SfP scheme post-installation – discussion
      2. Question to local councillors on next steps for ‘Spaces for people’ schemes
(15 minutes)
  1. Planning
    1. 108 – 114 & 116 Dundas Street – DMSC hearing (date TBC)
    2. New Town Quarter Plot 1 planning application
(15 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. ‘Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group (PSMP) update / next steps
(5 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc
    1. ‘Adopt a street’ by local residents’ / friends’ groups – any interest?

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.

NTBCC August meeting Preview / Agenda

The New Town & Broughton Community Council August monthly meeting will be on Monday 9 August 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. ….

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NTBCC annual general and ordinary meetings agendas – Monday 14 June 2021

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).

Registration will be via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-agm-monday-14-june-2021-tickets-158472434317

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

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC.

Annual general meeting

  1. Attendance/apologies for absence
  2. Submission & adoption of 2020 AGM Minutes
  3. Chair’s Annual Report summary *
  4. Treasurer’s submission of Balance Sheet and Annual Accounts *
  5. Engagement Officer’s Annual Report summary *
  6. Election of Office Bearers
  7. Any other business, including provisional date for 2022 AGM
  8. Close of AGM
Agenda items 3, 4 and 5 also include questions from members of the public attending

Ordinary meeting

 

  1. Technology check
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Welcome/admin/apologies/well-being
  1. Annual general meeting – see separate agenda above
  1. Minutes of 10th May 2021 meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
to approve
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
(5 minutes)
  1. Transport
    1. Spaces for People
      1. Post-installation update on Broughton Street/Canonmills corridor (Information)
      2. ‘Spaces for people’ retention – summary of NTBCC submission & proposal for 17th June Transport & Environment Comittee meeting deputation
      3. Questions to local councillors on ‘Spaces for people’ schemes
    2. Trams to Newhaven – update on traffic management plans for Picardy Place works, including Broughton St
(30 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Follow-up from ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ at 22nd April T&E Ctte, including gull-proof bags and residents’ sub-group
(10 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. Update from ‘Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group’ (PSMP)
(5 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc

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.