NTBCC Objection to the Installation of a BT ‘Street Hub’ at 117 Dundas Street (22/02528/FUL)

NTBCC submitted an objection to the above application and welcome its prompt refusal.

A summary of our objection is outlined below.

This proposal within the New Town & Broughton Community Council’s area forms part of a wider pan-Edinburgh series of applications for the installation of BT ‘Street Hubs’ which are essentially double-sided digital advertising display units with static but frequently rotating content – the majority of which aim to replace redundant BT phone kiosks.

We note that the proposed location is on the periphery but just outwith the (Old and) New Town World Heritage site but the site does sit within the New Town Conservation area.

Generally, the New Town & Broughton Community Council would support removal of redundant (i.e. infrequently used) BT phone kiosks. These kiosks have often been subject to either vandalism to some degree or locations that attract anti-social behaviour or more typically targeted as suitable locations for graffiti or fly-posting. However, whilst this application proposes removal of a currently under-utilised and graffiti’d  kiosk on Dundas Street, it also proposes replacing the redundant kiosk with a BT ‘Street Hub’.

We have considered the proposed benefits as listed in the application documents for BT ‘Street Hubs’  and although there may be elements that could be beneficial to local residents; based on reported (albeit anecdotal in part) evidence from other UK cities which have already approved similar installations, we remain unconvinced that there are sufficient real benefits to support this proposal versus the significant disbenefits as outlined in our  full submission 

Therefore, given the above and that the proposal is, in our view, contrary to a number of  current LDP policies (being Des 1, Des 5 and Env 6) and associated non-statutory guidance (‘Guidance on Advertisements, Sponsorship and City Dressing’), we would wish to register our formal objection to this application as presented.

Although the deadline for submitting comments has now passed, we would also urge Planning officers to refuse the associated 22/02527/ADV application (‘2 No LED Digital Displays’ : Proposed Telecoms Apparatus 16 Metres West Of 117 Dundas Street New Town Edinburgh). (However, as of 29 June,  this application was  still ‘Awaiting Assessment’).

 

New Town & Broughton Community Council Engagement Plan June 2022

Original PDF: NTBCC Engagement Report 2022-06-11

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Noticeboards
  3. NTBCC website
  4. twitter
  5. Residents’ associations
  6. Walkabouts
  7. Formal responses to local government consultations and deputations to City of Edinburgh Council committees
  8. Engagement with other community councils, networks and heritage organizations
  9. Use of Public Spaces for Events and Filming (formerly Public Spaces Management Plan)
  10. Previous NTBCC Engagement Plans

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NTBCC minutes Monday 14 March 2022

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

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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.

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NTBCC meeting agenda Monday 14 March 2022

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 is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/292658217607

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. Continue reading

NTBCC March Meeting – Draft Agenda Summary

NTBCC’s next meeting will again be held (by Zoom) on Monday 14th March although we’re continuing to explore options for either hybrid meetings or in-person meetings in future.

The full agenda for this meeting will be published soon on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ or can be viewed as a pdf here.

If this is of interest then please register via Eventbrite  here to receive the Zoom link.

We look forward to as many local residents as possible joining us for this.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 13 December 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 13 December 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