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 AGM & June meeting – In Person or via Zoom : Monday 13 June

For the first time in over 2 years, NTBCC’s June meeting will be an ‘in-person’ event in the main sanctuary of Broughton St Mary’s Church on Bellevue Crescent.

This will start with the Annual General meeting (AGM), immediately followed by our normal June meeting.

  • In order to gauge the number of attendees, we’re asking everyone to register if they plan to attend in person via the Eventbrite link here.
  • There will also be an option to attend virtually – if this option is desired, please register via a separate Eventbrite link here to receive the Zoom details.

We have been exploring options for holding for hybrid meetings and now believe that with the new facilities available in Broughton St Mary’s , we are more confident of being able to successfully hold a hybrid meeting but with the focus on it being an in-person event.

The full agenda for the AGM and June meeting will be published soon on our website, www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/

We look forward to as many residents as possible joining us for this as well as local councillors – both those newly-elected or those who have been re-elected folllowing the 5 May Council elections.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 11 April 2022

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

NTBCC meeting agenda Monday 11 April 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 will be through Eventbrite via this link

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

Next NTBCC meeting – Monday 11th April – Discussion items & Registration

NTBCC’s next meeting will again be held via the Zoom platform on 11th April (although we are continuing to explore options either for hybrid meetings or in-person meetings in the future & hope that in the summer, will will be able to return to in-person meetings).

The full agenda for this meeting will be published soon on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/

For those that wish to attend – please register via Eventbrite using this link 

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

What’s going to be discussed ?

After a few necessary formalities, including another discussion on how to get more relevant information in the Police Scotland Newsletter and what the community council / residents would like to see, we will then discuss the forthcoming Edinburgh World Heritage Management Plan and how local residents can be more involved in the process and then hear an update on the latest proposals from the team charged with delivering the redesign of George Street (the ‘George Street & First New Town’ project) – including the current consultation on the Operational Plan (N.B. consultation closes on 8th April) – this has been a long running engagement with key stakeholders including NTBCC and the finer details are now reaching a conclusion.

We’ll also hear from NTBCC’s Communications & Engagement Committee on the recently completed ‘Walkabout’ covering the eastern section of our area (East Claremont St / Beaverhall / Dunedin St / Broughton Rd).

We’ll then cover environmental issues including the latest news on Picardy Place public realm, and the Communal Bin Hub project.

The Planning discussion discusses the broader issues with recent applications for the installation of Photo-voltaic (PV) panels & NTBCC’s input to the Scottish Government’s recent National Planning Framework (NPF4) consultation.

Under Transport, there are several important topics – ranging from the Committee decision on the final consultation for the proposed Low Emission Zone as well as the latest information on the Trams to Newhaven project & concerns regarding the Elm Row public realm works and the latest news regarding the EV charging points roll-out.

Licensing will cover any recent applications that may be of interest to local residents.

Finally – if that’s not enough (& if time allows), we’ll again discuss future plans for either in person or hybrid community council meetings in the coming months and lastly, but by no means least, the details for a City Centre Hustings event, organised by the Broughton Spurtle, for the Council’s May 2022 election to be held in Broughton St Mary’s (both online & in-person) on April 20th. .

This isn’t all that’s on the agenda but it should be more than enough to whet your appetite and fill the 2 hours available comfortably but if there are other issues that local residents are interested in – then always happy to hear these, please contact us via https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/contact/

We’ll then try to make time available under any other business to respond to any other issues or concerns raised.

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.

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

Response from New Town and Broughton Community Council to proposed Low Emission Zone Scheme for Edinburgh.

Executive Summary

Having considered the information provided in support of the final scheme and in particular the Council’s responses to the comments submitted by the various stakeholders, while the New Town and Broughton Community Council continues to support the principle of introducing a Low Emission Zone, we can no longer support the current proposals due to their adverse impact on residents.

Given that none of the issues that we highlighted in our previous consultation response submitted in September 2021 have been addressed to our satisfaction, we wish to largely resubmit those comments but also highlight our concerns about the consultation process.

Despite clear reasons for change, there is no evidence that the City of Edinburgh Council has seriously considered any of the issues that we (and others) raised about the current plans. Some of the issues (lack of effective enforcement) were completely ignored and others (displacement of traffic into predominantly residential areas) are dismissed on the basis that it is too difficult to make changes to the current arrangements.

This approach is contrary to the Scottish Government’s efforts to encourage community empowerment and their intent to introduce meaningful changes to reduce atmospheric emissions from traffic in Scotland’s four major cities.

We therefore object to the current scheme for the reasons set out below.

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