NTBCC response to ‘retaining Spaces for People measures’ consultation

Executive Summary

As noted below, the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) considers the consultation to be deeply flawed. The inclusion of questions about measures not yet implemented is highly questionable. Until there has been an opportunity to evaluate the success or otherwise of any particular measures, it is impossible to make any valid judgment on whether they should be retained or removed. Many of the questions group cycling and walking together but the needs of these two groups are quite different making it impossible to properly judge the merits of specific measures for each of these groups. The survey is designed to encourage simple yes/no answers to questions about whether measures should be retained and does too little to obtain any insight into the consequences both favourable and otherwise from the implementation of the measures. The Commonplace Mapping tool would have been a far more effective means of obtaining genuine and considered feedback on the various measures that have been introduced. This lack of qualitative feedback will hamper any decision making by Council officials and Councillors. Edinburgh Council and its citizens deserve better than this hastily prepared and poorly designed survey.

With regard to the specific schemes already implemented in our area:

  • We are in favour of continuing with the changes to The Mound and Princes Street East with some provisos.
  • We are opposed to the measures on Waverley Bridge and London Road being retained and indeed believe that they should removed before the end of the current TTRO’s.
  • We do not agree that any of the measures yet to be introduced in our area including those to Broughton Street, Broughton Roundabout, Bellevue, Rodney Street or Canonmills should be considered for retention until there has been an opportunity to better assess their effectiveness.
  • We are also very concerned about the impact on traffic in our area of the planned changes to South Bridge and would urge that implementation is delayed until the consequences of the planned restrictions to vehicular traffic can be better understood. 

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NTBCC disappointed in latest Spaces for People proposals for Broughton Street to Canonmills

The Council have just announced (see separate post) the temporary Spaces for People measures that will be implemented along the route from Canonmills to Broughton Street. While we welcome some aspects of the current plans including the widening of the pavements at the Broughton Road junction and the improvements made to a number of junctions along the route, we intend to highlight our disappointment with the overall package of measures. The current proposals largely ignore the feedback from the Commonplace Mapping conducted last year and make few meaningful improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety.

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NTBCC Meeting Agenda – Monday 9 November 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).

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  1. Welcome/ratification of changes (office bearers) as proposed at 19 October business meeting
(10 minutes)
  1. Minutes of 12 October 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. Planning
      1. MMMARS/Scott Hobbs presentation “Demolition/mixed-use redevelopment of 108-114 and 116 Dundas Street”  (20/03923/PAN)
      2. Q&A (NTBCC & members of the public)
        Opportunity to understand proposals included in pre-application notification, see www.108-116dundasstreet.co.uk/proposed-development
(15 minutes)

(10 minutes)

  1. Transport
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ latest news / update
      (To note & update to overall process)
    2. Initial NTBCC views on Report as submitted to 12 November 2020 Transport & Environment Committee on linkage to  ‘Common Place’ tool
      (including possible proposals for Broughton St.)
    3. Update from Transport Sub-Committee convener (incl. current Tram works)
    4. Further update
      Concerns raised wrt increased traffic in Bellevue Road/Annandale St.
(20 minutes)
  1. Public Spaces Management Plan – (PSMP)
    Discussion on developing response by NTBCC
(10 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Draft NTBCC proposal on Managing Graffiti by Environment Sub-Committee Convener
      (Please note paper re-circulated with Agenda / draft minutes)
    2. Update from Environment Sub-Committee
    3. Communal Bin Review – update
(20 minutes)
  1. Licensing
    by exception
  1. Engagement/Communications
    by exception 
  1. Local residents’ associations/local interest groups
  1. 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.