NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes 12 February 2024

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s meeting, at Broughton St Mary’s Church, on Monday 12 February 2024 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision.

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East London Street Residents – Petition to Edinburgh Council


East London Street residents have submitted a petition to Edinburgh Council calling for urgent action to reduce the impact of the heavy traffic including out of service buses using this residential street.

So far more than 160 people have signed this petition which will be considered at the next meeting of the Transport and Environment Committee. If you have not yet signed the petition, please consider doing so. It can be accessed at the following location.

Edinburgh Police Division : ‘Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Advice’

Adapted from a recent Edinburgh Police Division Facebook post.

This was highlighted by a local resident as there have been an increasing number of thefts of catalytic converters across Edinburgh recently. 

Catalytic converters can be attractive items to thieves due to the precious metals (rhodium, platinum, palladium) they contain. Hybrid vehicles are frequently targeted, as they have two power sources with the result that the converter is used less frequently and the metals are less corroded.

To reduce the risk of theft :

  • Park in a locked garage where possible. Alternatively, choose a well-lit, populated area, ideally with CCTV.
  • Avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road, this will make it easier for thieves to access the converter.
  • In car parks, park alongside other vehicles and face the bonnet towards a wall, if possible, to make accessing the cat convertor more difficult.
  • Vehicles with low clearance could be used to block access to those with high clearance.
  • Welding the bolts securing the cat converter may make removal more difficult.
  • Consider using forensic property marking kits (e.g. Selectamark), which help deter theft and identify stolen cat convertors.
  • Fit a ‘catloc’ (Secured By Design accredited) to prevent the removal of a cat converter.
  • Fit a tilt sensor which will activate the car alarm should the vehicle be jacked up.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Police Scotland

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London Street / Drummond Place Pedestrian Crossing Improvements – Coming Soon(ish) ?

NTBCC are pleased to see the Council  administration’s response to the question tabled at the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on 16th December regarding progress on the agreed proposal for pedestrian improvements at the London Street / Drumond Place crossing.

This followed an enquiry sent  to NTBCC by a local resident.  In 2018, we had responded to the Council consultation seeking views on the preferred option and we were not aware of the reasons behind the continuing delays in implementing the agreed scheme.  We then contacted several local ward councillors to get a clearer understanding of the next steps necessary to implement the preferred scheme. Thank you to the Ward Councillors who responded.

Whilst we understand that the time required (as set out in the relevant legislation to ensure adequate scrutiny of Road Determination Orders) can sometimes seem excessive, we are not aware that the process has yet been set in motion, if so, this would be disappointing.   Continue reading

Covid-19 Testing available at McDonald Road Library 9th – 21st August

McDonald Road Library will host another community testing hub for people without Covid19 symptoms from Monday 9th to Saturday 21st August (exlucding Sundays) from 9am – 6pm.

Leith Central Community Council recieved the following email from The City of Edinburgh Council with the full list of Community Testing Hubs:

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Gilmerton Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed 8 August)
  • Fountainbridge Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • McDonald Road Library from Monday 9 August to Saturday 21 August (closed Sunday 15 August)
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from Friday 16 July to Sunday 15 August,10am to 5pm
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)
  • Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O’Hill Road, EH4 2AJ from Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August and Saturday 14 August from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 15 August 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF from Monday 9 August to Sunday 15 August, 9.30am to 5.30pm (5pm on Sunday)

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

Thanks to Leith Central Community Council for posting this initially – happy to accept the charge of plagiarism in this instance

Broughton St. (& South Bridge) : Deputation to CEC Transport & Environment Committee 12 November 2020

Item 7.6 ‘Spaces for People Update ‘

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the decision to shortlist Broughton Street for inclusion in the next phase of the Spaces for People initiative.

Broughton Street plays a key role in the neighbourhood as a retail and hospitality venue, as well as an important thoroughfare for this part of Edinburgh. We have concerns, however, that the focus of the changes outlined in the update being considered today does not address the key issues identified in the comments submitted on the Commonplace tool or indeed the issues that have been highlighted by the community. We therefore urge that before any definite plans are developed for this area that there should be further direct engagement between the Spaces for People team and various local interest groups including businesses on Broughton Street. The NTBCC is very willing to participate in, and facilitate these discussions, with the community.

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Guidance on Flu Vaccinations from the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership

Adapted from an email from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership to Stakeholders with information on the Flu vaccination programme in Edinburgh

Flu vaccinations just got easier in Edinburgh                                                    

The way people get their free flu jabs in Edinburgh is changing

Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one easy way to do this.

This year the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership has introduced a new way of getting your flu vaccination in Edinburgh – the flu drive through. Instead of visiting your GP to get your vaccine, you will visit one of eight drive through clinics across Edinburgh.

The drive through clinics will open most weekends in October and November but it’s always helpful to check for any changes in the timetable. If you don’t have access to a car, you’ll be able to visit a walk through clinic and details of these are also on the NHS Inform website.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to find out where you can get your jab in Edinburgh. If you qualify for a free vaccine you’ll be given a time to attend a clinic after completing a short questionnaire.

Please help neighbours and friends who may not be comfortable with accessing websites.

Find your nearest flu drive through on NHS inform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88