‘City Plan 2030’ – Forthcoming Information Sessions & How to Respond / Comment

Adapted from an email sent to the New Town & Broughton Community Council from the ‘City Plan 2030’ team within the Council’s Planning Department as received on Tuesday 23rd November.

This is an important document as it sets the basis for future developments across Edinburgh as well as defining the specific planning policies by which future planning applications are determined. However, it is complex, lengthy and detailed.  

There are a number of  ‘drop-in’ sessions available (but only virtual as far as we understand) to both get a better understanding of the proposals as well as to provide comments on the proposed plan. We also intend to discuss this further at our meeting on 13th December. 

(Apologies for the short notice for some of these sessions).    

The City Plan 2030 period for representations has been open for 2 weeks and there is still time to make your representations on the consultation hub before it ends on the 20th December.

The consultation hub contains the plan in full and you can comment on each section in turn or simply navigate to the part you wish to comment on. Our guide will help you navigate.

Our Quick Guide to City Plan 2030 gives an overview of each section of the plan and what it contains plus more information on the plan and the process.

You can also check out the interactive proposals map along with the accompanying Environmental Report and a range of background documents used to inform the plan.

Representations can be in support of, or object to any aspect of the proposed plan and should set out any changes you wish to see. Comments can also be made on the Environmental Report and background documents.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 12 October 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 October 2020 at 7pm

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Edinburgh Council Communal Bin Review & Bin Hubs – Information Sessions – Make Your Views Known!

Edinburgh Council’s Waste & Cleansing Service has undertaken a review of communal bin services across the city, including the New Town. This includes a wider review of waste management services currently offered to residents.  The broad intent is to bring about improvements to a service that is widely seen by residents to be inadequate.

To date, there has been little or no consultation with residents in the New Town and less than adequate consultation elsewhere in the City about these proposals, in contrast to what has been done in the past.

While the Council’s proposals are aimed at promoting a much welcomed increase in recycling capacity, this is intended to be achieved through siting groups of communal bins in fixed “bin hubs” across the New Town. Each ‘bin hub’ will consist of up to six bins for Food, Glass & Recycling along with General (non-recyclable) Waste. The initial proposals state that these will be set out either in lines along the kerb (up to 8 metres in length) or in a square configuration  (approx 4 metres by 4 metres). These ‘hubs’ will serve about 50 properties and be located so that each one is no more than 50 metres walking distance from any property. The Council also intends to cease doorstep collections on certain streets for  Food, Glass and Recyclables – as well as end the use of the Gull Proof Sack service for approximately 2,500 homes in the New Town.

There is a “drop-in” session for the Broughton area covering these proposals at Broughton St Mary Church on Bellevue Crescent on Wednesday 17 November between 9:45 am -1:45 pm. Although we are aware that some residents have now received notification of this very recently, many others may not be aware of either the current proposal or the opportunity being available to discuss with Council officers the details of what’s proposed.

Whilst this may not be a convenient time for some, we would encourage everyone who can to go along to get a better understanding of what is being proposed and make their views known.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Points : More Details on Proposed TROs

Further details following the initial post on our website on this subject and reflecting subsequent discussions at the 8 November NTBCC meeting on the Council’s proposal for installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points across Edinburgh – which NTBCC and most residents welcome in principle but have some concerns about the precise locations being proposed.

The Council has recently issued a draft Traffic Regulation Order, TRO/21/24 , for the the initial stage of consultation on the installation of on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging places on 11 streets across the City. These include placing EV charging points in Montgomery Street, Kings Road, Sheriff Brae, Fettes Avenue, Comely Bank Terrace, India Street, Heriot Row, Stewart Terrace, Thirlestane Road, Maxwell Street and East London Street.

Three of these streets fall within our area – being East London Street, India Street and Heriot Row. A further installation is planned for Montgomery Street (4 chargers with 8 bays), just outside NTBCC’s area.

The proposed locations for these charging points  within NTBCC”s area can be seen from the reproduced PDFs below . (Click the thumbnails to see the full-size PDFs.)

East London Street

Heriot Row

India Street

The proposed locations for the remainder of the EV charging points in this initial phase across Edinburgh can be accessed here

NTBCC intend to submit comments on this TRO (covering the 3 installations within NTBCC’s area) following several concerns being raised by residents and residents’ associations – the deadline for submitting comments as part of the initial consultation being 15 November.

If you have comments on this proposal that you would want the community council to take into account, please contact us via this link.

There will be a further opportunity to register your comments before the final details are agreed.

 

 

NTBCC meeting agenda Monday 8 November

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 will be via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-8-november-2021-tickets-203345962247

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

Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces: NTBCC deputation to CEC full council meeting

NTBCC has submitted the following to today’s full council meeting (started 10am) on Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces. PDF is here (NTBCC deputation), text is below

TL;DR: NTBCC is against amplification

NTBCC Submission: Amplification of Sound in Public Spaces Full Council 28 October 2021 Item 11.2

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcome and support Cllr Neil Ross’s motion (11.2) for the regulation of amplification of sound in public spaces.

We recognise the concerns of residents, businesses and visitors at the high level of amplification, sometimes used by buskers and street entertainers, in places such as Princes Street that are within the NTBCC area.

We echo Cllr Ross in asking officers to create straightforward ways for residents and businesses to report disturbances arising from the amplification of sound in public spaces, from whatever sources.

We believe there is no easily defined and enforceable level of acceptable amplified sound, especially in places with high ambient street noise. Instead NTBCC recommend a simple ban on amplification, following the successful Copenhagen policy, with musicians and other performers required to use natural acoustic sound.

Simon Holledge
Engagement Officer/Public Spaces Lead
New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) 26 October 2021

Edinburgh Council : Communal Bin Review Project – Phase 4 Engagement Sessions

Adapted from an email forwarded by Cllr Mowat to the New Town & Broughton Community Council (& the Old Town Community Council) providing details of the forthcoming ‘Engagement’ sessions proposed by the Council’s Waste & Cleansing Services team.

Please form an orderly queue. 

We would like to provide an update on the engagement events for phase 4 of the Communal Bin Review (CBR) project to allow enough time for the promotion of the events.

Broughton Broughton St Mary Church

Bellevue Crescent

Wed 17 November 2021 9:45am-1-45pm
Stockbridge Number 7,

7 Raeburn Place

Fri 19 November 2021 11am -3pm
Old Town The Crannie Community Hub

9 Cranston Street

Wed 24 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm
New Town Rose Theatre Café

204 Rose Street

Fri 26 November 2021 11am – 3pm
West End Walpole Hall

27 Chester Street

Tue 30 November 2021 12 noon- 4pm

A reminder as well that next week we will be in Tollcross area for an event:

Tollcross Barclay Viewforth Church

1 Wright’s House

Wed 27 October 12-4pm

The information on the events will be also available on the website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/binhubs.

Erica Manfroi | Project Delivery Manager – Communal Bin Review | Waste and Cleansing Services | The City of Edinburgh Council | Waverley Court  4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG