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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NTBCC minutes Monday 10 May 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 May 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 minutes Monday 8 March 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 March 2021 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 minutes – Monday 10 June 2019

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 10 June 2019 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are red italic underlined. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

Open Streets Edinburgh consultation: NTBCC’s response

(The following is the text of NTBBC’s submission to CEC’s Open Streets consultation, submitted 2 November 2018)

The New Town and Broughton CC supports the principle of holding vehicle-free Sundays in parts of the city including the city centre.

In the city centre an obvious location would be sections of George Street with Charlotte Square or St Andrew Square, an area which already experiences pedestrianisation at least in part during the Festival. There might have to be a break at Hanover Street to allow for north/south traffic. Continue reading

Have your say on plans for Randolph Place

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Members of the public are invited to Edinburgh Council’s drop-in session next week outlining proposed changes to Randolph Place as part of the City Centre West to East Cycle Link and Street Design project.

The drop-in session will take place on Tuesday 20 February from 1pm-7pm at Harry’s Bar, 7B Randolph Place.

Three different options for the redesign of Randolph Place will be presented at the session and the CCWEL team will be keen take on board people’s feedback on the options.

Following the drop-in there will be an online consultation on the council’s Consultation Hub, so that anyone who is unable to make the session in person can still take part in the process.

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delay to work on Charlotte Square

(adapted from a communication from Edinburgh Council)

Edinburgh Council proposes to change the implementation date of Traffic Regulation Order (TRO/12/23) from 2 May 2018 to 2 May 2020. Here’s their wording, changed from BOLD, ALL-CAPS to a hopefully more legible format:

The City of Edinburgh Council (traffic regulation; restrictions on waiting, loading and unloading, and parking places) and (disabled parking places) and (Queen Street area, Edinburgh) (prohibition of entry and turning) and (central Edinburgh) (prohibition of entry and turning, one-way roads and bus lanes) and (Edinburgh tram) (prohibition of entry, motor vehicles and turning, one-way roads, bus/tram priority lanes and weight limit) (variation no.1) (variation no.-) order 201- TRO/18/05

The council proposes to make an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended to change the commencement date of the order that affects Charlotte Square as part of the public realm works, from 2 May 2018 to 2 May 2020.

Details of the draft order and related documents can be viewed 9:30am to 3:30pm Mon-Fri, from 26/01/18 to 16/02/18 at City Chambers reception or online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/trafficorders or www.tellmescotland.gov.uk.

Objectors must state their reasons in writing, with reference TRO/18/05 to Traffic Orders, Services for Communities, City Chambers, High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ, not later than 16/02/18.

There is also a phone number for Traffic Orders: 0131 469 3122.