NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes 9 October 2023

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, at Broughton St Mary’s church, on Monday 9 October 2023 at 7pm

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NTBCC full agenda Monday 13 November 2023 and convenor reports received so far

This will be an online meeting on Monday 13 November 2023 via Zoom (link) at 7pm. We’ll open the meeting at 6:45 so we can start promptly.

To access the meeting, please use the Zoom link here.

  1. Admin and welcome
  2. Approval of the minutes of the ordinary NTBCC meeting held on 9 October 2023, and matters arising (To approve/discuss)
  3. Police report (if received) (To note/discuss)
  4. Chair’s update
  5. Licensing (convener’s report)
    • Short Term Let Licensing scheme – Home Letting vs Secondary Letting (To discuss)
    • Alcohol Licensing
      • New draft policy statement and consultation (To note)
      • Police annual report 2022-2023 (To note)
    • Street trading and market operators consultation (To note)
    • SEV licensing – CEC regulatory committee evidence session on 27 Oct (To note)
  6. Planning (convener’s report)
    • Concerns over planning (class use/enforcement) and licensing for cafés
    • Update on STL planning applications and licensing register
    • Proposed development in the Canon Court aparthotel car-park (23/06328/FUL)
    • Broughton Market (23/06502/FUL)  Change of use from office accommodation to serviced apartments
    • Edinburgh Council’s conservation and adaption initiative
  7. Transport (convener’s report)
    • George Street and the First New Town project (update on side streets)
    • Travelling Safely update (including Waverley Station masterplan/Waterloo Place bus trial)
    • Response to HES consultation regarding Holyrood Park
    • Report on outcome of Hardie Inquiry
    • Updates: Trams project, East London Street and LEZ
  8. Environment (convener’s report)
  9. Culture and Communities (convener’s report)
    • Presentation/discussion on Edinburgh Council’s community council review
      (There were no relevant items arising from this cycle of CEC committee meetings.)
  10. AOCB, including news from residents’ associations, and points raised by members of the public.

Please note: before or during the meeting, 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.

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NTBCC engagement plan, October 2023

Original PDF: 2022-23 Engagement report.


  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</li>
  8. Engagement with other community councils, networks and heritage organizations</li>
  9. Reform of the community councils
  10. Previous NTBCC Engagement Plans

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Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for Dundas Street Footpath Works

We have recently been advised that the Council will be undertaking work on Dundas Street between Great King Street and Henderson Row that will require partial road closures on Fettes Row and Cumberland Street at their junctions with Dundas Street. There will also be restrictions to parking and loading on several streets in the area. A temporary TRO is in place until February 2024, but all the traffic restrictions will not be in effect for the full period of the order.

As well as relaying the paving slabs on Dundas Street, a new cycle rack will be installed near the Tesco Express and new pedestrian crossings will be created across some of the side streets along Dundas Street. This work will be undertaken during the day on weekdays and on Saturday mornings, if required. It is due to start immediately and will be phased over the next 16 weeks.

Local residents and businesses have been advised by letter of the planned works and restrictions. A copy of that letter can be found here. Please note that there is an error in the section describing Phase 5 of the planned work. It should read West footway rather than East footway.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at www.ntbcc.org.uk or Martin Watson who is the assigned Project Manager for this work at Edinburgh Council at Martin.Watson@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Proposed Removal of Glass & Paper Recycling Bins at Tesco on Broughton Road

Email received by NTBCC from the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Service regarding the proposed removal of both the glass and paper recycling bins at the Tesco store on Broughton Road. 

Whilst we understand and agree with the removal of the paper (‘Fibre’, blue-lidded) recycling bin here – as this isn”t consistent with either the adopted strategy of  the Council for recycling of Dry Mixed Recyclables  (DMR)  as well as this bin often being filled with incorrect material (resulting in the contents being rejected for recycling); however, we do have significant concerns with both the proposal and timing for removal of the glass recycling bins here.

The option from the Council’s posted notice to use the 1280 litre bin at Eyre Place as an alternate recycling option for glass is unrealistic  and unhelpful. The capacity avalable there is significantly less than that currently available at Tesco and isn’t a realistic alternative option. 

We believe that this will result in a significant reduction in the recycling of glass in the short term. 

We also question the timing of this announcement. The Council ‘s Communal Bin Hub review proposes adding the option for glass recycling at many locations nearby but this seems to have been delayed with an expected roll-out now being later in 2023.  

It’s clear that the current glass recycling facility at Tesco is well-used and appreciated by local residents. We also believe that the safety concerns that have been raised by the Council could probably be managed in the short term (e.g. by using a banksman) until  proper alternatives are in place. 

Given that this proposed change is expected to take place on 21 August – we would appreciate any comments  that residents may have on this proposal as soon as possible.

Dear Community Councillors
During a review of the glass banks at recycling bring sites around Edinburgh, the issue of safe access at the Tesco on Broughton Road was discussed.  It is not possible to use the one way system due to low overhangs, and reversing out onto Broughton Road is not safe.  Therefore, it is necessary to remove the glass and paper recycling banks that are located at the entrance to the Tesco.  I have displayed posters at the site to advise local residents, and advised the duty manager there, as well as emailing Tesco.  
When the Communal Bin Review reaches this area, there will be glass banks on street for all residents.  In the meantime, there are on street glass banks within 200m, on Eyre Place.
Justine Stansfield CRWM

Project Officer | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Seafield Depot | 1 Fillyside Road, Edinburgh EH7 6RD | m 07825 733 623



NTBCC meeting full agenda Monday 14 August 2023, and convenor reports received so far

NTBCC ordinary meeting: Drummond room at Broughton St Mary’s Church on Bellevue Crescent
Monday 14 August, starting at 7:00pm

    1. Welcome / Introductions / Attendance
    2. Approval of the minutes of the ordinary NTBCC meeting held on 12th June 2023 (To approve)
    3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below) (To discuss)
    4. Police matters and proposal for improved reporting (To note/discuss)
    5. Culture and Communities (Convener’s report)
      • CEC Culture & Communities Committee held on 10 August 2023
      • Edinburgh’s Winter Festivals – update on procurement (To note / discuss)
      • Calton Hill – Request to Re-open Nelson Monument (To note)
    6. Licensing (Convener’s report)
      • HMO Best Practice Guide 2023 consultation (closing 10 August) (To note)
      • STL Licensing – Council update following the Judicial Review (To note)
      • Licensing applications – e.g. 1 Gayfield Square (To discuss)
    7. Transport (Convener’s report)
      • Tram works – handover / Road safety Audit (To note)
      • East London Street – petition at 17 August Transport & Environment Committee (To note)
      • Picardy Place – compliance with Edinburgh Street Design Guidance (To note / discuss)
      • Participation Request vs. less formal discussions with Transport Officials (To note / discuss)
    8. Planning (Convener’s report)
    9. Environment (Convener’s report)
    10. Governance
      • Future planning for Office Bearers (To discuss)
      • CEC upcoming consultation re. Community councils boundaries / funding etc. (To note / discuss)
    11. AGM (as agreed to be held on 9 October (In Person) and committee reports)
    12. Residents’ Open Forum / AOCB

Please note: before or during the meeting, 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.

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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.