NTBCC meeting agenda – Monday 10 May 2021

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 via Eventbrite – please click link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-community-council-meeting-monday-10-may-2021-tickets-153356317875

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.

  1. Technology check / Admin/ Welcome
(6:45 to 7:00 pm)
  1. Minutes of 8 March meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police Report
    (To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
(5 minutes)
  1. Transport
    1. Spaces for People – update on Broughton Street & other measures in NTBCC’s area
    2. Trams TROs  – confirm content of NTBCC submission
    3. Tram construction – update on traffic management plans for Picardy Place works
(20 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Follow-up from 22 April T&E Committee ‘Communal Bin Review Update’ incl. Gull-Proof Bags
(15 minutes)
  1. Planning
(10 minutes)
  1. Licensing
(5 minutes)
  1. Engagement and Communications 
    1. Use of Public Spaces for Events’ Working Group (PSMP) update / next steps
    2. Edinburgh Council ‘Winter Festival 2022 Onwards’ consultation discussion (ends 19 May)
(10 minutes)
  1. Treasurer report and forthcoming June AGM
(10 minutes)
  1. Any other business and news from local residents’ associations etc
(10 minutes)

During the meetings, names and email addresses may be recorded. Email addresses are held and used for circulating information about NTBCC but may also be used to seek residents’ views on local issues.

NTBCC minutes Monday 8 March 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 March 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 response to ‘retaining Spaces for People measures’ consultation

Executive Summary

As noted below, the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) considers the consultation to be deeply flawed. The inclusion of questions about measures not yet implemented is highly questionable. Until there has been an opportunity to evaluate the success or otherwise of any particular measures, it is impossible to make any valid judgment on whether they should be retained or removed. Many of the questions group cycling and walking together but the needs of these two groups are quite different making it impossible to properly judge the merits of specific measures for each of these groups. The survey is designed to encourage simple yes/no answers to questions about whether measures should be retained and does too little to obtain any insight into the consequences both favourable and otherwise from the implementation of the measures. The Commonplace Mapping tool would have been a far more effective means of obtaining genuine and considered feedback on the various measures that have been introduced. This lack of qualitative feedback will hamper any decision making by Council officials and Councillors. Edinburgh Council and its citizens deserve better than this hastily prepared and poorly designed survey.

With regard to the specific schemes already implemented in our area:

  • We are in favour of continuing with the changes to The Mound and Princes Street East with some provisos.
  • We are opposed to the measures on Waverley Bridge and London Road being retained and indeed believe that they should removed before the end of the current TTRO’s.
  • We do not agree that any of the measures yet to be introduced in our area including those to Broughton Street, Broughton Roundabout, Bellevue, Rodney Street or Canonmills should be considered for retention until there has been an opportunity to better assess their effectiveness.
  • We are also very concerned about the impact on traffic in our area of the planned changes to South Bridge and would urge that implementation is delayed until the consequences of the planned restrictions to vehicular traffic can be better understood. 

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Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting, 25 February 2021

Minutes of the Community Councils Together on Trams/Trams Team meeting
(Construction Phase) via Google Meet on Thursday 25 February 2021 at 5:30pm Continue reading

NTBCC disappointed in latest Spaces for People proposals for Broughton Street to Canonmills

The Council have just announced (see separate post) the temporary Spaces for People measures that will be implemented along the route from Canonmills to Broughton Street. While we welcome some aspects of the current plans including the widening of the pavements at the Broughton Road junction and the improvements made to a number of junctions along the route, we intend to highlight our disappointment with the overall package of measures. The current proposals largely ignore the feedback from the Commonplace Mapping conducted last year and make few meaningful improvements to pedestrian and cyclist safety.

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Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

Email from Martyn Lings (on behalf of the Spaces for People Team) sent to all nominated stakeholders including NTBCC as well as local councillors (from the City Centre, Inverleith and Leith Walk wards) 

Dear Councillors and Stakeholders

Covid-19 Cycling and Walking Emergency Response Measures

Proposed footway expansion and segregated cycleways Broughton St to Canonmills

Please be advised that as part of overall emergency measures we are proposing, on Broughton Street running North to Canonmills, to re-designate key parts of the road network to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while meeting physical distancing requirements.

I have attached the proposed designs for the scheme. These show changes to the streets which, in summary, includes:

  • Introduction of sections of segregated cycleway and pedestrian buildouts on Broughton Street, Rodney Street, Bellevue and Canonmills.
  • Removal of one lane on approach to Broughton Roundabout from East and North.  Removal of railings and extension of pavements at NE, SE and SW corners.
  • Relocation of some loading to side streets off Broughton St and Rodney St (marked by double yellow lines (DYL)with single blips.
  • Some existing parking altered to blue badge parking only on Broughton St using DYL with single blips.
  • Additional restriction of parking at all times alongside the segregation at certain sections
  • Retention of blue badge parking along the route
  • Retention of existing bus stops
  • Removal of railings at Canonmills junction excluding pedestrian island and corner at Warriston Rd.

The plans showing the detailled proposals can be seen here  (7 sections covering the route from the Canonmills junction at Brandon Terrace, along Rodney Street,  Mansfield Place, Broughton Street, ending at Picardy Place).

If you have any comments relating to these proposals, please send them to  spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk by 1800hrs on Monday 22 March 2021.

All feedback will be reviewed and where possible the scheme will be further refined. Feedback will be summarised in an assessment feedback form which will be presented to the Council Incident Management Team for approval. Please note that we will be unable to respond to individual emails.

If the proposal is approved for implementation, publicity will then be undertaken so that local people are aware of the changes. A dedicated inbox will help us to manage any feedback around proposals – spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk

The introduction of, or changes to, any restrictions will be implemented under emergency delegated decision-making powers using a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 February 2021

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 8 February 2020 at 7pm Continue reading