Response to the Council’s Waste Management Strategy : Proposed ‘5 Year Collaborative Plan’ for the New Town

Adapted from an email sent  by NTBCC (acting both on behalf of and with many local residents’ associations) to all Edinburgh councillors prior to a possible further discussion on this matter at the next Transport & Environment Committee meeting on 27th January.

Thank you to the councillors who have taken the time to respond – although it’s apparent from some of the responses that further discussion may be required to ensure that the concerns being voiced are fully understood.  

We would urge all residents who would be impacted by this to read the attachments accessible in the highlighted links at the foot of this letter. 

 

Dear Councillor
The Council’s “Information Events” have shown that residents of the New Town are very unhappy with the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to start storing rubbish on Edinburgh’s beautiful Georgian streets in Communal Bin Hubs.

Surprisingly the Communal Bin Hub Review did not look at how other historic cities manage recycling, so we have carried out our own research.

It is clear there are better ways forward – and the attached report sets out the details. It is possible to manage recycling well in a World Heritage City without damaging the streetscape.

The strength of residents’ opposition to the Councils plans is also clear, not least from the recent “Information Events”. The minor adjustments, which we understand are currently being considered by council officials in response to this opposition, are totally inadequate.

Imposing large numbers of bins, in beautiful, ordered Georgian streets, will be hugely damaging to these streetscapes, to the amenity of residents and to Edinburgh’s reputation. The evidence for any benefit is weak.

We are asking City of Edinburgh Council to fulfil its duty to manage the World Heritage Site – by pausing the rollout of Communal Bin Hubs to allow a new plan to be developed. This should draw on best practice both in the United Kingdom and abroad, with input from heritage specialists and residents.

To ensure increased recycling and to protect the New Town, we have prepared ‘Waste Management in Edinburgh’s New Town; a Five Year Collaborative Plan,’ a catalyst for a better approach. With a broader analysis and the opportunity to work with residents and heritage specialists constructively, we are certain Edinburgh could produce imaginative solutions in which the City could take pride.

We urge you as a Councillor to think of the example you are setting in the stewardship of the World Heritage Site and pause the rollout of Communal Bin Hubs in the New Town, and in particular, those streets currently using gull-proof bags.

We would be happy to meet with Councillors to discuss these issues in more detail.

Carol Nimmo

Chair – New Town & Broughton Community Council, working with New Town Residents’ Associations

Please see attached:

  1. Summary Report to Councillors
  2. Waste Management in Edinburgh’s New Town : 5 Year Collaborative Plan (N.B. a long read)

 

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.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 9 August 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 9 August 2021 at 7pm

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FLY Open Air Music Festival – NTBCC’s Response to Request for Comments

EVENT IN PARK ENGAGEMENT – FLY OPEN AIR MUSIC FESTIVAL – WEST PRINCES STREET GARDENS – 17-19 SEPTEMBER 2021 (on-site between 10-23 September 2021)

23 August 2021

“New Town and Broughton Community Council take the view that events that require significant infrastructure build and de-rig out-with the Ross Band Stand area, both in terms of area used and time taken, are clearly major events and therefore not suitable for West Princes St Gardens (WPSG). We agree with the position taken by the Old Town Community Council in whose area this sits). Over recent years there is and continues to be a strongly emerging view that spaces like WPSG essentially belong to the people of the City of Edinburgh, as such they are used daily and extensively by residents and they should not be subjected to commercialisation.

Assuming that everything runs according to plan, the park will be occupied by FLY for 14 days.

St Cuthbert’s Churchyard is the only level access to WPSG that is suitable for those with mobility issues as well as those who are unable to navigate the steps and slopes whilst using wheelchairs and prams. Additionally, it is a popular through route for local residents and those working in the Old Town traversing to and from Princes Street. The proposed entrance closes WPSG to these people, creates clear equality implications and the site plan cuts WPSG in half blocking access from one side of WPSG to the other.

It is imperative that the top path remains open throughout the timing of the event, including set up and take down to enable public access for the event to meet its claim that WPSG will remain open to the public throughout.

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NTBCC minutes Monday 10 May 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 May 2020 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

NTBCC minutes Monday 12 April 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 12 April 2021 at 7pm

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