Final Draft submission to the ‘Use of Public Spaces in Edinburgh for Events and Filming’ Consultation

The Council’s ‘Use of Public Spaces in Edinburgh for Events and Filming’  Public Consultation ends 15 December – final draft for discussion (by exception) at 13 December NTBCC meeting 

Many public events happen within, and around, the area of the New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC).

Members of the community council contributed many texts and comments, written during the ‘collaborative engagement’ stage of what was then the ‘Public Spaces Management Plan’ (October 2020 to January 2021).

These included NTBCC’s contributions to the key principles: area conditions, carbon neutrality 2030, heritage, noise, and residential-area public spaces.

Moreover NTBCC contributed the following guidelines: access to parks and greenspaces, carbon footprint, certification, complaints hotline service, fireworks, greenspaces environmental impact assessment, heavy equipment and temporary buildings, impact on the surroundings, onsite generators, overcapacity events, pesticides in public spaces, public art installations, reflecting Edinburgh, rest periods from events and activities, sound levels at music events, statistics, and use of space for different users.

We published an NTBCC Statement for the City of Edinburgh Council Public Spaces Management Plan ‘Collaborative Engagement’ January 2021 (Stephen Hajducki for NTBCC) as a summary of our position at that time (Appendix 1).

Members representing NTBCC attended each workshop stage workgroup (April 2021 to July 2021). At the end of that process we wrote a New Town and Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) PSMP Group submission of 21 July 2021 (Appendix 2).

The NTBCC ‘team’ have held frequent meetings to exchange opinions. NTBCC have been more involved, and arguably have more experience of, and expertise in, public events than any other citizen or community group in Edinburgh. Accordingly we hope our conclusions in this submission will be read and considered.

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Next NTBCC meeting – 11 October 2021 : Registration Details & Summary of Discussion Items

The New Town & Broughton Community Council monthly meeting will be on Monday 11 October 2021 at 7:00pm.

We’re continuing for now with an online event as we’re unaware of any changes to either Edinburgh Council or Scottish Government guidance, the community council feels that it’s still appropriate that this meeting will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform. However, along with other coommunity councils, we are looking at options that may allow either 100% in-person meetings or a hybrid model (some attending in person but also with a remote link) but don’t expect this until 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, when available but a precis of discussion topics is shown below.

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NTBCC August meeting Preview / Agenda

The New Town & Broughton Community Council August monthly meeting will be on Monday 9 August 2021 at 7:00pm.

Consistent with continuing Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government guidance, this will again be held by video conference, using the Zoom platform.

The full draft agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

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

If you’re interested, please register via Eventbrite here

In the meantime, here’s a preview / précis of discussion topics. ….

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NTBCC January meeting summary – Mike Birch, Transport convener

Another well attended virtual meeting – peaking at 47 attendees including yet another excellent turnout of NTBCC members as well as local City of Edinburgh Councillors Mowat, Osler and Mitchell and our MP, Deidre Brock – their presence, as always, very much appreciated. It was a time to say farewell to one of our long-standing Community Councillors, Jonathan Finn, who has recently served as both Treasurer and Licencing Convenor. We also welcomed Ken Lochrie, who was formally adopted as a new Associate member as a temporary representative for the Drummond Civic Association.

After the problems that some people had accessing the meeting last month, we were all relieved that normal Zoom service returned. As always the agenda was very packed but due to the excellent marshalling of our Chair, Carol Nimmo we managed to finish the discussion within two minutes of the scheduled time!

The Police Scotland report highlighted several burglaries of business premises and further cases of vandalism occurring within the New Town as well as their continuing efforts to respond to reports of Covid-19 breaches but no details of the number of fixed penalty notices were provided. There was also mention of Operation Watchnight for Hogmanay, which was unsurprisingly reported as being the quietest in many years.

Much of the meeting was taken up with Planning issues. Richard Price, who as always is on top of all matters to do with Planning in our area, provided an excellent summary of the status of the key planning applications.  We also had a brief presentation from the team responsible for the plans to develop 12-14 Picardy Place into a new 67-bedroom hotel with an enclosed rear courtyard bar and restaurant (incorporating The Outhouse bar). This presentation coincided with   the formal submission of the  planning applications but the developers had already presented to the NTBCC Planning committee in late October but it was helpful that a wider audience  got an early sight of the final plans and the opportunity to ask the developers questions about the impact on neighbours and the environment.

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NTBCC Meeting Agenda – Monday 9 November 2020

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).

Please register here:

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 (links to or send a message via Twitter @NTBCC

  1. Welcome/ratification of changes (office bearers) as proposed at 19 October business meeting
(10 minutes)
  1. Minutes of 12 October 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. Planning
      1. MMMARS/Scott Hobbs presentation “Demolition/mixed-use redevelopment of 108-114 and 116 Dundas Street”  (20/03923/PAN)
      2. Q&A (NTBCC & members of the public)
        Opportunity to understand proposals included in pre-application notification, see
(15 minutes)

(10 minutes)

  1. Transport
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ latest news / update
      (To note & update to overall process)
    2. Initial NTBCC views on Report as submitted to 12 November 2020 Transport & Environment Committee on linkage to  ‘Common Place’ tool
      (including possible proposals for Broughton St.)
    3. Update from Transport Sub-Committee convener (incl. current Tram works)
    4. Further update
      Concerns raised wrt increased traffic in Bellevue Road/Annandale St.
(20 minutes)
  1. Public Spaces Management Plan – (PSMP)
    Discussion on developing response by NTBCC
(10 minutes)
  1. Environment
    1. Draft NTBCC proposal on Managing Graffiti by Environment Sub-Committee Convener
      (Please note paper re-circulated with Agenda / draft minutes)
    2. Update from Environment Sub-Committee
    3. Communal Bin Review – update
(20 minutes)
  1. Licensing
    by exception
  1. Engagement/Communications
    by exception 
  1. Local residents’ associations/local interest groups
  1. Any other business
    (including any contact by residents not previously covered)

 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.