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

“Active Travel Measures” – Deputation to Transport & Environment Committee

The following deputation was presented to the  Council’s Transport & Environment Committee on 14 October following discussions with local residents and with NTBCC members, along with several other deputations from a  wide range of community groups in relation to Agenda Item 7.1 ‘Active Travel Measures – Travelling Safely Update’ .

The community council’s principal concern is continuing lack of engagement in the process of reviewing the various measures introduced under the Spaces for People programme. These schemes have been in place in many cases for over a year and based on previous reports to committee, have been supposedly reviewed several times over that period of time. We have never been approached for comments about implemented schemes in our area. As a Community Council we believe that we can provide useful input from residents and businesses about how these measures are working but there is no process for us to do so. We understand the reasons why some of these schemes were introduced with little consultation but we are struggling to understand the rationale for this continued lack of engagement. We believe that in many cases the choice between retain or remove is too simple. There will be features of even the best scheme where improvement is possible and likewise in schemes scheduled for removal there will be elements that should be retained.  We urge the Council to put in place an effective and transparent engagement process that allows for local input to be considered prior to extending/modifying measures under an ETRO or indeed removing measures.

Our second concern is that the temporary measures are not suitable for long-term use. As noted many of the measures have been in place for over a year and if retained under an ETRO (Experimental Traffic Regulation Order) could be in place for around three years. For example, pavements have been extended but nothing has been done to make these areas either suitable or safe for those with mobility issues or visual impairment. From a recent discussion with a local resdient who escorts a blind person to church each week, she described  the difficulties now being experienced without proper pavements, lack of tactile paving and the absence of audio signals on temporary crossings. We believe that if measures are to be retained then the design should comply with the Edinburgh Street Design Guidance to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

Overall the NTBCC are broadly supportive of the measures in our area but there are some issues that we would  want to highlight.

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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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NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes Monday 14 June 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 June 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 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

‘Spaces for People’ : Deputation covering Potential Retention of SfP Measures

Adapted from email sent to Local Ward Councillors

Councillors,

Attached is a copy of the deputation that NTBCC has submitted to the City of Edinburgh Full Council meeting on 24 June for consideration, focussing on the schemes either within or directly adjacent to NTBCC’s area.

Whilst NTBCC are supportive of retaining some schemes, we consider that others should be removed or significantly revised as soon as possible. In all cases, we believe that further engagement would be helpful in ensuring any retained measures are reviewed/designed to both most effectively support Council objectives as well as the needs of the community.

Having read the report submitted to the Transport and Environment Committee, we did not see any explicit reference to the consultation responses from Community Councils and other Stakeholders.  NTBCC was invited to submit their responses to the consultation separately from those being gathered from residents and businesses. However, it is unclear how our response has been taken into account in the overall analysis.  You will recall that we had previously raised concerns about the design of the public consultation and in particular the inclusion of the schemes within the NTBCC area for which the design had not yet been completed, let alone implemented. It would appear that the Market Research was also undertaken before the final details of some planned schemes were known. We are concerned that if the consultations conducted by the Council are not credible that it will undermine this important aspect of local democracy.

As you are also undoudtedly aware, NTBCC had submitted detailed proposals for Broughton Street based on feedback and analysis of responses to the Commonplace Mapping exercise and from discussions with local residents and businesses. We were disappointed that so little was implemented on Broughton Street under the Spaces for People process especially with regard to the pavement widening at the southern end of Broughton Street. While we understand the constraints that the Trams project is currently placing on this area, we would welcome discussions with you and Council officials on the longer term options for improving this street.

We look forward to further discussions with you at future meetings of the NTBCC.

Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 29 April 2021

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Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading