NTBCC minutes – Monday 14 September 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 14 September 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

NTBCC agendas (AGM and ordinary meeting) – Monday 12 October 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: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-town-broughton-cc-meeting-agm-via-zoom-monday-12-october-tickets-124163015923

Log-in details/Zoom link will then be emailed to all those who have registered.

AGM

  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: technology check admin
  2. Attendance/apologies for absence
  3. Approval of 2019 AGM minutes
  4. Chair’s report summary
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Election of office bearers
  7. Any other business

Ordinary meeting

1.   Welcome/new members/proposed NTBCC Business meeting 19th October  (5 minutes)
2.   Minutes of 14th September Meeting (via Zoom) and matters arising
       (To approve)
3.   Police Report
(To note, Police Scotland key messages as received/circulated prior to meeting)
4.   Transport

  1. Spaces for People: submission on latest proposal for ‘A1 corridor’
    (To note)
  2. Forthcoming consultation on the ‘Tram Extension’ TRO proposals
    (Purpose: raise awareness of the consultation and agree how to respond to proposals affecting our area)
(15 minutes)
5.   Environment

  1. Communal Bin Review project – review of Gull Proof Sack service
    (To note & discuss overall response & proposed briefing as requested by CEC Waste & Cleansing
(15 minutes)
6.    Planning
(Purpose: opportunity to finalise response to proposals as lodged: 20/03034/FUL, 20/03665/FUL & 20/3661/CON)

  1. Ex-RBS site (Dundas St/Fettes Row) planning application: draft NTBCC Position
  2. Q&A (NTBCC & members of the public)
  1. (15 minutes)
  2. (15 minutes)
7.   Licensing

  1. Scottish Government Short Term Lets consultation
    should we respond?
8.   Engagement/Communications/Instagram update (5 minutes)
9.   Local residents’ associations/local interest groups
10. 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.

Reflections on the September NTBCC meeting from James Kilner – an NTBCC member

We are still stuck in Zoom for our Community Council meetings and it looks like we will exist in this ‘virtual reality world’ for some time. This is a shame as I miss the camaraderie of our meetings. It also makes it harder to gauge guests and to question them properly.

This month's meeting was a case in point. Ross McNulty from Ediston and Colin Smith from Turley joined our meeting to talk about their development of the former RBS site on the corner of Fettes Row and Dundas Street. It is a massive development which  is now passing through the planning application process. Covid-19, the lockdown and social distancing and rules about meeting in groups have made it far harder to get a handle on the project and what it all means.

For 15 or 20 minutes or so, Ross McNulty and Colin Smith had the floor, or at least the Zoom screen, and told us about their project. They didn't say anything new. A handful of questions came their way but these were also easily dealt with.

Mostly, the dry formality of this discussion had, I thought, been down to the online format but  Ross McNulty, a tough ex-pro rugby player, had also seemed grumpy. He had joined the meeting looking weary, (rattled even), pushing back on how the owners of the RBS site, a London-based  property fund, had been depicted in a community newsletter.  An hour before the meeting he had been sent, along with all the members of the Community Council, the newsletter of the Fettes Row and Royal Crescent Residents' Association. Its front page had highlighted developers' intention to chop down more than half of the trees on the site. It seems   that they want to turn the site from semi-rural to urban.

This segment on the development dominated the meeting and it took the tact and skill of Our Great Leader, Community Council Chair Carol Nimmo, to pull us back on schedule.

There was then some input from the Edinburgh City Councillors who are regular attendees  of the meeting including Cllr Jo Mowat on the important ‘Charter for Edinburgh’ issue  and some discussion about the ‘Spaces for People’ (SfP) programme. SfP is about creating extra space for people concerned about the spread of Covid-19, to reassure them that it is safe enough to use the pavements once again. Of all the ill-thought out Covid response programmes this is one of the stand-outs. You may have seen it in action. Red and white bollards block off parking spaces and bus lanes, congesting roads and irritating businesses. These spaces should now provide extra pavement space for people to walk along; improving social distancing…..except that I’m not sure that anybody uses them.

Anyhow, I digress.

Towards the end of the meeting, a question was raised  about how to deal with graffiti that had started to appear around the area. There is, apparently, a council anti-graffiti team that is meant to deal with the worst of this but this questioner wasn't having much luck so far.

I'd had had a quiet meeting but now sensed my opportunity to make a difference and, frankly, to impress, and so I explained to the graffiti-concerned person that growing up in London I'd defeated these louts by painting over their graffiti on a white wall opposite my home within a day of it appearing.  She should do the same, I suggested, content that my steer would improve her life.

And now Our Great Leader, who had Zoomed in from a hotel in the Highlands to keep us in line, was able to display her poise and timing once again. The technique that I'd suggested was, she said gently, less effective on the bare stone walls of the New Town. Always happy to defer to those wiser than me, I did so immediately.

Roll-on our next meeting on 12 October.

NTBCC minutes – Monday 10 August 2020

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s public meeting, held via Zoom, on Monday 10 August 2020 at 7pm

Actions and decisions are red italic. ND (‘no dissent’) means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading

NTBCC agenda – Monday 14 September 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)

To receive the Zoom link details to join the meeting, please email secretary@ntbcc.org.uk

Anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by submitting a Contact Us form or sending a message via @NTBCC on Twitter.

Item

Time allocated

  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: Technology check / admin
15 minutes
  1. Welcome / NTBCC membership update & Notice of NTBCC AGM in October
10 minutes
  1. Minutes of 10th August 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. Ex-RBS site Planning Application: Presentation by Ross McNulty (Ediston)
    2. Q & A (NTBCC & members of the public)
      Purpose: Opportunity to fully understand proposals as lodged - 20/03034/FUL & 20/03661/CON
  1. 10 minutes
  2. 20 minutes
  1. Transport
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ latest news / update
      (To note & discuss overall process / feedback to Edinburgh Civic Forum)
    2. Update: ‘Proposed Pedestrian Crossing Priorities’ as presented to P&S Committee 20 August
      (To note & agree any further follow-up)
    3. Final Tram Extension TRO proposals (McDonald Road – Picardy Place)
      (To note : link to plans available on website - final consultation expected mid September)
    4. Update to concerns raised regarding increased traffic in Bellevue Road / Annandale St.
      (Agree further follow-up as necessary)
15 minutes
  1. Festivals & Events: ‘Charter for Edinburgh’
    (To discuss / comment on Cllr Mowat / 5CC’s initiative re. festivals / events in the future)
15 minutes
  1. Environment
    1. Updates from Councillor(s) on managing reported increased incidence of graffiti
      (To note & agree any further follow-up)
    2. Communal Bin Review - consultation sessions
      (To note)
  1. 15 minutes
  2. 5 minutes
  1. Licensing
    by exception
  1. Engagement / Communications
    summary issued
  1. Local residents’ associations / Local Interest Groups
  1. Any other business
    (To include issues raised by residents not already covered)

 

NTBCC minutes – Monday 8 June 2020

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

NTBCC Meeting Agenda – 10 August 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) by  registering here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ntbcc-meeting-tickets-114902079212

In addition, anyone who wants to raise an issue for discussion can do so either by using NTBCC's Contact form or send a message via @NTBCC on Twitter

Here is the draft agenda:

* Important that all summaries issued prior to the meeting

Item Time allocated
  1. 6:45 – 7:00pm: Technology check / admin
15 minutes
  1. Welcome / NTBCC membership update
5 minutes
  1. Minutes of 8th June Meeting (via Zoom) and Matters Arising
    (To approve)
  1. Police report
    (to note, Police Scotland key messages as received to be circulated prior to meeting)
5 minutes
  1. * Transport
    1. Safer Streets – ‘Spaces for People’ latest news/update
      (to note & discuss overall process)
    2. Broughton Street – NTBCC proposal to SfP – next steps
      (including feedback from residents, Residents’ Associations & Broughton Street traders)
    3. Response to concerns regarding impact of increased traffic in Bellevue Road/Annandale Street
      (summary of concerns raised to be distributed prior to meeting)
    4. Concerns raised re Tram Work Alternative Diversion routing suggestions through NTBCC area
30 minutes
  1. * Planning
    1. RBS site (Ediston): Latest news/Ediston July newsletter
      (to note & agree any further follow-up / discussion prior to the planning application being submitted)
10 minutes
  1. Events
    1. Edinburgh Christmas & Hogmanay
      (to note – update following APOG meeting 21st July)
10 minutes
  1. * Engagement/Communications
10 minutes
  1. * Licensing
    by exception
  1. * Environment
  1. NTBCC Annual Report (Apr ‘19 – Mar ’20) for AGM (with AGM date TBC)
    (To comment on final draft)
5 minutes
  1. Local residents’ associations
    (To note information/agree action for any requests/contacts from them)
  1. Any other business
    (to include any contact by residents not already covered)