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)

 

Consultation : “Communal Bin Review” Phase 3 – covering Extended Parking Zone N1

Many of you will have seen notices posted on lampposts announcing the Council’s proposals for improving the waste / recycling service in the N1 Extended Parking Zone area (which essentially covers parts of Broughton, Bellevue (as far as McDonald Road) & Hillside etc.).

The Council’s Waste Department has held a number of ‘information’ events on their proposal ; for residents within NTBCC’s area, there were ‘information’ events at Broughton St Mary’s  on  17 November and the Rose Street Café on the 26 November which many residents may have attended to either get more information (and ask questions) or at least tried to ask their questions and get answers.

The Council’s “Communal Bin Hub” team have given some more background to this change on a slightly difficult to find website which does contain some more information as to why this change is deemed necessary as well as some rationale for the proposed location of these bin hubs – this can be accessed here.

Although this website does enable residents to view the proposed  bin hub locations in their immediate area – the thumbnails below allow easier and direct access to the street-by-street proposals within the N1 Extended Parking Zone  (click any thumbnail to see the full-size PDF). Each of the proposed Bin Hubs are proposed to have 6 bins (2x General (Non-Recyclable) bins, 2x Recyclable bins (DMR), 1x Glass bin & 1x Food Waste bin).

 

P1 Beaverbank : Logie Green Road


P2 Broughton Road : Heriot Hill Terrace

P3 Bellevue Terrace

P4 Beaverbank : Broughton Road : Dunedin St

P5 Claremont Crescent

P6 East Claremont St : Melgund Terrace

P7 Bellevue Road

P8 Bellevue St

P9 McDonald Road

P10 Hopetoun Crescent : McDonald Road

P11 Annandale St

P12 WIndsor St / Montgomery St

P13 Brunswick Rd

P14 Hillside St / Brunswick St

P15 Brunswick Rd / Brunswick St

P16 Wellington St

P17 Easter Rd

P18 south Easter Rd

The complete set of PDF’s can be viewed here : N1-1 download 16Nov21

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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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Next NTBCC meeting – 8 November 2021 : Registration Details & Summary of Draft Agenda

The New Town & Broughton Community Council monthly meeting will be on Monday 8 November 2021 at 7:00pm.

We’re continuing for now with an online event as although we’re aware that some community councils are now returning to in-person or hybrid events, the New Town & Broughton Community Council feels that it’s still appropriate that this meeting should again be held virtually – by video conference, using the Zoom platform.

However, we continue to look at options that may allow either 100% in-person meetings or a hybrid model (some attending in person but also with a remote link being available) using Broughton St Mary’s but we don’t expect this to be possible until early 2022.

We look forward to as many residents as possible from the New Town & Broughton Community Council area joining us for this.

If interested – please register via Eventbrite here 

The full agenda for these meetings will be posted on our website, https://www.ntbcc.org.uk/meetings/ when available but  a pdf can be viewed here.

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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

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