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

Consultation/engagement about waste services in world heritage: NTBCC letter to CEC director of place

On 15 October, NTBCC wrote this letter to Paul Lawrence about future consultation and engagement for Edinburgh’s world heritage area about proposals for communal bins in this area: 2021_10_15 Paul Lawrence.

The text of the letter is below the ‘read more’ cut. Continue reading

NTBCC minutes Monday 13 September 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 13 September 2021 at 7pm Continue reading

‘Final’ Proposal for Cycle Path Extension in King George V Park

The New Town & Broughton Community Council along with representatives from the Friends of King George V Park & others have been engaged with Turley, the planning consultant (acting on behalf of Ediston, the developer of the ex-RBS site) on progressing the Council-imposed condition / informative  imposed  as part of the approval of the various applications in relation to the wider development – specifically relating to cycling provision from the proposed new entrance into King George V Park (KGVP).

We have been invited to a further meeting on 15 October with the  Council’s Parks & Green Spaces and Active Travel team along with the Friends and others to agree the final proposal for extending the cycle path  from the new cut-through from Dundas Street to KGVP and widening / resurfacing current paths in KGVP to accommodate this – the final proposal put forward by the Council can be seen here.

We would be interested in any comments that local residents and park users have to this proposal.

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NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 11 October

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

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-11-october-2021-tickets-186149366767

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

Response to Current Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Consultation

Following further discussion at the September NTBCC meeting on our response to the current consultation on the proposed city centre LEZ, we have now finalised our submission.

In summary, we are supportive of the introduction of a LEZ in Edinburgh but do not believe that the proposed scheme goes far enough both in terms of its geographical spread and in its ambitions to reduce pollution from vehicles. There are specific issues with some sections of the proposed boundary which we believe should be addressed before the LEZ is finalised. We are also concerned that the proposed enforcement regime will not be sufficient to ensure proper compliance.

We look forward to continued engagement in the development of the Low Emission Zone.

Please note that this consultation is open for comments from members of the public until 20 September 2021 – it can be accessed on the Council’s Consultation Hub here.

Below is the full text of our submission. A pdf version can also be downloaded here.


Response by New Town and Broughton Community Council to Edinburgh Council’s Consultation on Proposed Low Emission Zone

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) welcomes the Council’s plans to move forward with introducing a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) in Edinburgh but we are concerned that the current proposals are not sufficiently ambitious and will have a serious detrimental impact for some residents, particularly those that live outside the boundaries of the currently proposed City Centre LEZ. We strongly believe that the boundaries of the LEZ should be increased in order to benefit a larger proportion of the residents of Edinburgh.

The area of the proposed LEZ currently covers only 2.5% of the City and excludes many areas of the City with the greatest density of residents. It will also not include the designated Town Centres and areas such as Broughton Street, which form such an important element in the development of 20-minute neighbourhoods outlined in the recently approved City Mobility Plan. In setting the boundaries of the LEZ, more consideration has been given to providing convenient diversionary routes for non-compliant vehicles than maximising the health benefits for people living in Edinburgh. Pollution levels have been considered on an absolute basis without any consideration of the number of people that will be exposed to that pollution. We are particularly concerned that there is no recognition of the risks to pedestrians from vehicular emissions in areas outside of the proposed LEZ; some of which have very high levels of walking including children walking to school.

There are three sections of the currently proposed boundary within the NTBCC area where we believe that further consideration is required before the plans are finalised – these are :

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