NTBCC minutes – Monday 14 October 2019

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 14 October 2019 at 7.30pm

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NTBCC agenda Monday 9 September

7.30 p.m. Monday 9th September 2019

The Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent

(enter by ramp, suitable for wheelchairs, entry at right hand side of church)

N.B. Current SGN works in front of the church – with access by car only possible from northern end of Bellevue Crescent

  1. Minutes of Meeting of 12th August and matters arising
  2. Police report
  3. Presentation : Edinburgh Council - Update on Parks & Greenspaces / Events approach - with Lindsay Grant (CEC Parks Programme Manager) & Sarah Murphy (CEC)
  4. Presentation: (19/03803/PAN) ex RBS site Dundas St. etc. : Preview of public consultation on 11th September (with representatives from Ediston Real Estate/Turleys)
  5. Licensing update *
  6. Transport - incl. 'Fast & Furious 9' road closures
  7. Planning *
  8. Environment
  9. Communication
  10. Neighbourhood Networks / local residents’ associations
  11. Community Council elections (Sept ’19) & Local Interest Group registration
  12. Any other business

* Summaries to be issued prior to meeting

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS MEETING

During the meeting an attendance sheet seeking names and email addresses will be circulated, though there is no requirement to give either.  Email addresses are held and used for the sole purpose of circulating information about NTBCC and seeking residents’ views on local issues. If you wish to be removed from this circulation list, please email minsec@ntbcc.org.uk at any time.

NTBCC Objection to FLY Open Air Music Festival, 20th to 22nd September 2019

New Town & Broughton Community Council, along with the Old Town Community Council (OTCC) have registered their objection to Fly Events Ltd’s application for permission to run their all day Open Air Music Festival at West Princes Street Gardens on 21st / 22nd September (total event duration extended with set-up / de-rigging extending  to 18th to 24th September).

This was in response to a consultation from Edinburgh Council’s Parks & Greenspaces and an Emergency Deputation by the promoter at the council’s  August Transport & Environment Committee.  The decision to register a unanimous objection to this was agreed following discussion at the recent August NTBCC meeting (at which OTCC members were also present).

NTBCC have been concerned at the continued increase in commercial / ticketed events in Princes Street Gardens and their impact on the lives and amenity of local residents. This latest proposal involves restricting public access to a significant area - including the enclosed Ross Bandstand area but also extending significantly outwards from there and would also again (we assume) necessitate erection of barriers / curtain along Princes Street for reasons stated as being necessary for “public safety”.  The arrangement in place for the current series of Summer Session concerts is generally accepted to be inappropriate and perhaps an even more dangerous intervention by significantly reducing pavement width.

Furthermore, the extended performances will result in unacceptable noise levels / frequencies across the city centre for virtually a whole weekend, affecting nearby residents, shops and businesses.  Although the organisers have stated that their "state of the art sound system which will mitigate noise problems", this has not been demonstrated and no noise monitoring is being stipulated nor any maximum noise levels for the event. Our view is that as the nature of the "boutique music" proposed is almost inevitably going to involve a high decibel level and a heavy bass beat

Much has been made of the fact that this event is aimed primarily at young people.  We fully accept that the Council has a responsibility towards young people and for providing them with amenities and facilities for enjoying appropriate cultural, entertainment and leisure activities, but this must not be at the expense of the wider population of the city.  To meet this particular responsibility the Council should accept that at present the city has no suitable venue and the provision of an appropriate venue is something that we would hope is given priority in any future budget.  A purpose built or appropriately adapted building outwith the city centre would also help in the current push to diffuse the various Festivals beyond the centre.

This may be a challenging  aim but given the lack of a suitable venue we urge that consent is not given to the Fly Music Festival.  The central open air venue of Princes Street West Gardens is not appropriate.

Further details on what is proposed can be seen in the OTCC  website posting  and the full text of NTBCC’s objection can be viewed  here.

 

May AGM – Chair’s Annual Report (April 2019)

Below is the full text of the Chair's Annual Report, presented at the May AGM on 2019_05_13.

The New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) is one of Edinburgh's 44 community councils, established under statute, to represent the views of the community within the New Town and Broughton area, the boundaries of which are set but the Edinburgh Scheme for Community Councils.

Since the AGM in May 2018 we have held ten public meetings; in May (immediately after the AGM), June, August, September, October, November and December 2018, and January, March and April 2019. These meetings were open to the public and were attended regularly by some of our ward Councillors, who along with our local MP and MSP are ex officio members of the Community Council. Police Scotland officers are also invited and have reported at each meeting, and between 10 and 50 local residents have regularly attended.

In addition, NTBCC held a ‘closed door’ business meeting in September 2018, with Community Councillors only in attendance.

Since May 2018, 3 elected Community Councillor members have stood down or resigned; one after completing his representation of a local residents’ association and we anticipate a replacement in due course, and 2 others who have left the NTBCC area. Three new members have joined; 1 co-opted in April 2018, a second co-opted in January 2019 (from being an Associate member) and 1 becoming a Nominated member, representing a newly-registered residents’ association.

NTBCC has five subcommittees who report at each meeting and there is always discussion on issues raised by our representatives on the Neighbourhood Partnership, the South-East Locality and from Resident Associations’ in the area.

This year has very possibly been one of the busiest on record for NTBCC, with many significant City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) consultations being highly relevant for both NTBCC and the city at large. These included:

  • ‘Connecting our City, Transforming our Places’
  • George Street and First New Town Project
  • Review of Parks Manifesto
  • Parking Action Plan.

NTBCC has also been involved with several large scale planning applications, the ‘Community Councils Together on Trams’ (CCTT), the latest Licensing Statement of Policy and the five week Inquiry by the Scottish Reporters with regard to the future of the Old Royal High School (ORHS).

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City of Edinburgh Licensing Board – Consultations

Edinburgh's Licensing Board is consulting on the terms of a new draft statement of Licensing Policy, and its Assessment of Overprovision in the Board’s area.  Details of the consultations are available on the Consultation Hub on the Council’s website at the following locations:

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cg/licensingstatement

https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/cg/overprovision

Responses to the consultations should be sent to licensing.consultation@edinburgh.gov.uk

The consultations remain open until 5 October 2018.

 

NTBCC minutes – Monday 13 November

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held in the Drummond Room, Broughton St Mary’s Church, Bellevue Crescent on Monday 13 November 2017 at 7.30pm

Actions and decisions are RED ITALIC UNDERLINED. Nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading