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Tuesday 18 June 2024

MSCC Draft Agenda for 26th June 2024

 

M archmont & Sciennes

Community Council


Meeting on Wed 26th June 2024 at 7:30pm (including AGM)

To be held at St Catherine’s Argyle Church hall



A G E N D A



1 Sederunt and apologies

2   Draft Minutes of last meeting 28thJune 2023; actions and matters arising (not otherwise on Agenda)

3 Police Report

4 Meadows & Bruntsfield Links: Including FOMBL report

5 Publicity

6 City Councillor report on topical local issues

7 Update on progress of buildings replacing old Sick Kids





Items for AGM



A1 Approve Note of last year's AGM

A2 Matters arising from the AGM minutes

A3 Annual Report - Chair (Brian Gilmore)

A4 Annual Report - Secretary (Anne Laing)

A5 Annual Report and presentation of audited accounts - Treasurer (Alison Service)

A6 Election of Officers

A7 Date of next AGM

A8 Ordinary meeting dates for 2024-2025

Proposed: 4th Wed of each month except no meeting in July, August or December

A9 AOCB



Items for discussion

9 Planning applications

Any significant?



For info:

11 Treasurer's report

12 Meetings attended

13 AOCB



14 Date of next meeting: Wednesday 25th September 2024



All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

Monday 27 May 2024

MSCC - Agenda for 22nd May 2024

 

M archmont & Sciennes

Community Council



Meeting on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024

at .7.30 pm

To be held at St Catherine’s Argyle Church Hall












A G E N D A



1 Sederunt and apologies

2 Draft Minutes of last meeting 24th April 2024

Matters arising not included on this agenda

3 Police Report

4 City Councillor report on topical local issues



Items for discussion

5 Publicity

6 Planning (Applications & consultation)

7 FOMBL and Meadows Festival

8 Update on Sewer Flooding project (circulated)

Items for information

9 Treasurer's report (circulated)

10 Meetings attended

11 Bin hub situation

12 AOB

Date of next meeting and AGM: Wednesday 26th June, 2024



All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

Friday 24 May 2024

MSCC - Minutes for 24th April 2024

 

Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council

Minutes of Meeting held on April 24th, 2024 at St. Catherine’s Argyle Church Hall

 

Present: Brian Gilmore - Chair, Anne Laing - MSCC Secretary, Alison Service - MSCC Treasurer, Douglas Rogers - MSCC, Calum Bell - JR Builders, Susan  - local resident, Gordon Mulholland - resident, Ryan Gilmour - local resident, Margaret Coughtrie - local resident, Richard Robinson - local resident, Morag Macrae - local resident, Stephan Antram - local resident, Ruth Dolan - local resident

 

Apologies: Susie Agnew - MSCC, Lianne Phillips - MSCC Publicity, Kayleigh Gordon - MSCC Publicity

 

Attending: Nora Flynn-McIver - Minutes Secretary

 

Meeting began at 7:30pm

 

Draft Minutes of 27/03/24

Douglas Rogers corrected that the property on 27-31 Ratcliffe Terrace is currently being sold, it has not already been sold.

Cllr. Ross had a correction that Quenton Rd should be Clinton Rd.

A member of the public wanted concern noted about no mention in last month’s minutes on concerns on the behavior of the chair of the meeting. The concerns about the behavior of the chair at last month’s meeting are now recorded in this month’s minutes.

Alison moves to pass, Anne seconds.

 

Matters Arising

Cllr. Ross was asked to look into tree memorials - executive of the trust has given a response clarifying that homemade displays are inappropriate and will be reminding donors that these are not allowed and will be removed.

On the fallen stone outside of Margiotta’s - investigation showed that the stone was of completely different type than those on the building, Anne notes that CCTV footage showed someone placing the stone outside the building.

Douglas Rogers notes that Tim Pogson got in touch with someone with expertise in the historical preservation and Douglas is meeting with him tomorrow.

 

Police Report

None this month.

 

JR Builders update

Calum Bell attended the meeting to answer any questions. He also says that he is able to donate three new benches and a new table tennis table to FOMBL. Douglas asked about any time scales for completion, Calum says that they are looking at being finished in April 2025. Progress is going well and relatively quickly thus far.

 

City Councillor report on local issues

No councillors attended this meeting.

 

 

 

Publicity

Kayleigh is happy to produce material (flyers and maps) for the Meadows Festival if the MSCC can pay for it. Alison notes that new leaflets may not be needed but other material is helpful.

 

Planning applications

Grange Association report (circulated) has no updates.

On the Raja’s application, the response to concerns about the listed building consent says that investigations made the people who approved the application believe that the ducts would not have adverse affects on the building. Brian notes that there was an article in Edinburgh Live saying that Rajas is selling the building, it is unclear whether or not this is true.

 

FOMBL Report & Meadows Festival

FOMBL projects largely going quite well - many new trees are being planted, the new log house and wooden train were installed in the playground. Benches are being restored, birdboxes cleaned, and the wildflower Meadow coming along well with a bush perimeter.  Future projects include more bench restoration, another table tennis table for the South Links, new stores at the three toilet areas, and new exercise equipment - the tennis table and benches will now be provided by Calum Bell.

 

Alison is looking at getting an information point for community councils in the middle of the festival area, they will need volunteers. Festival is on 1st and 2nd of June.

 

Update on Sewer Flooding project

No updates.

 

Treasurer’s Report

£1445 in the account this month.

 

Meetings attended

Douglas attended meetings for NESTA, LHEES, CHEF, EdinBrick, Home Energy Group, and Edinburgh World Heritage. They are looking at ways to decarbonize houses in the next ten years. He also encourages the meeting to attend the Grange Association Home Energy Open Evening on April 30th.

Two local residents question the necessity of reaching net zero, Douglas notes that this is not the forum to address this and the MSCC is not a political group.

 

Bin Hub Situation

Cllr. Tim Pogson looked into the question of planning permission being needed for bin hubs - the response is that it is probably not due to how long the bin hub review was out, as this likely would have been brought up before. A local resident questioned why planning permission is not needed, the MSCC believes that this issue has been dealt with and the MSCC has taken this as far as we can.  Several local residents argued that this was not good enough and that the MSCC should be more a voice for the locals.  Alison, as an MSCC officer, said she would write to Cllr. Pogson to push for more clarification from the Council as to exactly why planning permission can't be sought retrospectively as it was felt that the 5-year limit had not been reached.

 

Cllr. Ross got answers about the questions that were brought up at the last meeting, these were circulated to Google Groups. The responses are as follows:

On glass bins: glass bins have always been on residential streets and are now just more spread out than before. Noise assessments are being done now and they hope to have a report on this soon.

On the 50 metre rule: review framework allows for this to be relaxed to 100 metres in certain circumstances. The bins also aren’t allowed to be too close to road junctions. Brian believes that this answer is not overly satisfactory but the problem is that this seems to be strictly enforced council rule. Anne notes that there seems to be a protest being organized somewhere in response to the bin hub issue. Anne suggests that the community council write a letter to Michael Richardson about the community’s feelings on the issue and to press for more flexibility. Douglas notes that it is probably a good idea for those who have concerns to make a map with suggestions for where the bin hubs can go, it is mentioned that this can likely be shut down by not according to the framework, which prevents people from appealing the situation.

On whether the bins need to be in groups of 6: the design follows standard layout and involves all residents having access to all of the bins that they need. The layout is also in line with future changes for how recycling is collected.

Alison recommends that the next step is likely to reach out to councillors directly as the MSCC has little power over the issue at hand.

 

AOCB

Anne mentions the Meadows to George Street Active Plan - there are meetings about this on May 2nd and May 9th. Douglas notes that there will be a bus gate at the top of the Mound.

 

Date of next meeting

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

 

 

 

MSCC Draft Agenda for April 2024

 

M archmont & Sciennes

Community Council



Meeting on Wednesday 24th April, 2024

at .7.30 pm

To be held at St Catherine’s Argyle Church Hall












A G E N D A



1 Sederunt and apologies

2 Draft Minutes of last meeting 27th March, 2024

Matters arising not included on this agenda

3 Police Report

4 Report from JR Builders, Calum Bell

5 City Councillor report on topical local issues



Items for discussion

6 Publicity

7 Planning (Applications & consultation) (Grange report circulated)

8 FOMBL and Meadows Festival

10 Update on Sewer Flooding project (if available)

Items for information

11 Treasurer's report (circulated)

12 Meetings attended

13 Bin hub situation

14 AOB

Date of next meeting: Wednesday 22nd May, 2024



All who live or work locally are welcome to attend

Monday 6 May 2024

MSCC - Minutes for February 2024

 Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council

Minutes of Meeting held on February 28th, 2024 at St. Catherine’s Argyle Church

Hall

Present: Brian Gilmore - Chair, MSCC, Anne Laing - MSCC Secretary, Alison Service - MSCC

Treasurer, Douglas Rogers - MSCC, Anthony Holmes - Thirlestane Lane Association, Cllr. Ben Parker,

Cllr. Steve Burgess, Sarah Sandow - local resident, Natalie Fergie - local resident, Beverly Frison - local

resident, Patrick Frison - local resident, Mr. Gilmour - local resident, Mr. Mulholland - local resident,

Annette Carranthers - local resident, Kate McNeirney - local resident

Apologies: Susan Agnew - MSCC, Calum Bell - JR Builders, Lianne Phillips - MSCC Publicity,

Kayleigh Gordon - MSCC Publicity

Attending: Nora Flynn-McIver - Minutes Secretary

Meeting began at 19.32

Draft Minutes of 24/01/23

Anne moves to pass, Alison seconds. Minutes pass.

Matters Arising

Ian Murray has sent out a letter about a petition to keep the local post office open, the petition is online on

his newsletter and are on paper at the Hardware shop. We will await future news on that issue.

Police Report

None this month.

JR Builders update

Apologies from Calum, but update that they are on top of their timeline. If people have questions, he is

happy to meet with them.

Meadows and Bruntsfield Links incl. FOMBL

Report has been circulated. Playhouse on the Bruntsfield Links is complete. There will be permanent

toilets put in on the Meadows, hopefully will be completed by the summer, but if they are not, there will

still be temporary toilets for the summer. The toilets will be placed near Middle Meadow Walk and the

Pavilion. Annette Carranthers asked about whether there is a plan for the Jawbones to return, Alison

explained that it is unlikely that they will return to their original placement, Cllr. Parker said that there

will be a report coming out on the Jawbones and will send it around.

City Councillor report on local issues

Cllr. Parker:

The main issue to be discussed is the Council budget. It is noted that this was a particularly difficult

budget to set and there were a lot of cuts being faced, more focus on how to save money versus how to

spend it. There was some reevaluation of the pension fund for the Council that meant that there was

slightly more money to work with. There were no cuts to education services. There were agreements to

additional investment in roads and pavements that will be further discussed, there was investment in street

cleansing and forestry service. The Council has some budget to help with nature, climate conservation

and energy efficiency in the area. A council-tax freeze has been implemented. On the housing revenue

account budget, this has a rent rise of 7% to go into infrastructure for this housing. There were no

proposals with service reductions or cuts, some grant funding has ended but there are no massive cuts to

services. There was no public consultation, Cllr. Parker acknowledges that this should likely be rectified

in the future. Idea moving forward is having continuous budgeting discussions over the course of the

year. Cllr. Burgess notes that cuts are more likely next year.

Cllr. Burgess:

There was a meeting with the Sciennes Parent Council about the road closure outside of Sciennes Primary

School. The parents raised concerns that motor vehicles can approach the boundaries quite closely and

would like to seek further improvements like another TRO, but would like to speak to the Community

Council about the issue to see if there is any support that MSCC could offer. Douglas Rogers notes that

he has attempted to contact the school to no avail and would like to have some communication with the

groups involved. Brian notes that the representative from the Sciennes Parent Council is invited to any

meetings that they would like to come to, including on a regular basis.

Anne asked about the changes to the roads in Edinburgh and the suggested road closure in Holyrood Park,

Alison noted that she received an email from the involved parties clarifying that the points against the

road closure are well represented. Cllr. Burgess explained that whilst there is discussion from Historic

Environment Scotland, they are not talking about doing anything imminently. The Transport and

Environment committee is considering many different transport reports at the moment, which include

some proposals to close roads in the city centre and the future of the tram system, but no decisions have

been made. These reports are available on the Council website and Cllr. Burgess will send them to Anne

to circulate. On the trams, there is a proposal to put the tram from Granton to the Royal Infirmary, which

would use the Roaseburn cycle path which is a popular cycling and walking site. This was somewhat

favored because it is more simplistic, but Greens put an amendment to the report that both options be

presented equally, which was agreed upon. Anne notes that the current through Morningside and

Newington railway line could be reinstated instead of a tram. Cllr. Burgess said that it has been looked at

but there is not enough capacity at Haymarket Station. This has been raised again in light of the tram

proposal. Alison asked if the tram is definite, Cllr. Burgess clarifies that it is likely that the third line is

going to be put in as the next phase of the project, but people are welcome to state their views during the

consultation. The tram projects have been learning from past projects and it is cheaper at this point than it

was in the beginning. Cllr. Parker noted that this is not done in one consultation because of how large of a

project it is, there are a lot of steps to go through over time.

Kate McNairney and others bring up issues about bin hubs: there are too many, the placement makes it

too loud and the food bins being close to front doors is an inconvenience. There was little opportunity to

discuss issues with the Council despite reaching out several times. There is a group of people from across

Edinburgh who are challenging the decision on the bins. The main issue is that the bins are very noisy

especially when collecting glass, the majority of people who have the bin outside of their residence are

upset and are concerned that the property value has gone down. There are concerns that the Council has

taken transport into account but not the impact on people on lower floors with the bin hubs outside of

their doors. The noise can be detrimental to peoples’ health in the long-term. It is noted that the bins do

have to go somewhere. The bins are also difficult to open, especially for people with disabilities. Sarah

Sandow notes that collecting rubbish has seemed to take precedence over the people in the community.

There has also been a bad effect on behavior, as people have taken to fly tipping. Anne notes that a

consultation for the placement of the bins went out a year ago, but not everyone received infromation and

the consultation was somewhat erratic. Natalie Fergie notes that the Council is aware of where disabled

people live based on Blue Badges, and still put bins directly outside of disabled peoples’ doors. Mr.

Gilmour notes that it is unclear why the reasoning of needing to cross the street to reach the bin is

important. Mr. Mulholland notes that the consultation seemed to do very little. Some people have garbage

blowing into their gardens and bin doors causing damage. Some bins seem to be overfilled. Brian noted

that this has been an issue for a long time. Cllr. Burgess said that the consultation on this started about a

year ago and it is being rolled out now, the number of bins is a reflection on the amount of waste that

needs to be collected. Changes have been made to bin hub locations based on residents’ concerns, Cllr.

Burgess advises to get in touch with Ward Councillors if people are unhappy with the placement of the

bins. There is very little chance of the entire project being stopped because of the amount of planning that

is necessary and how large of a project this is. It is possible to get changes in a locality, Mr. Gilmour

notes that it seems as though the appeals tend to not have any success - Cllr. Burgess said that if residents

are coming up against Officers not wanting to move bins, they should contact Councillors. There have

been some examples of bin hubs being moved based on concerns. Kate McNairney notes that this is

divisive within the community because no one wants the bin hubs outside of their house and that she has a

petition to look specifically at the glass collection noise issue. Cllr. Parker notes that there is a motion

coming up about noise mitigation, which includes the glass collection issue. Beverly Frison notes that it is

unclear why there are as many bins as there are in the locations that they are in. Sarah Sandow asks if the

process of reviewing this decision on a regular basis should be a part of the system, Cllr. Parker notes that

sometimes bins can be reconfigured within the hub rather than relocating the entire thing, though the TRO

system complicates this issue and these are quite inflexible. Moving bin hubs requires a new TRO to be

written. Mr. Mulholland asked about TROs being used in a conservation area and wants to clarify why a

full planning process wasn’t done, Cllr. Burgess offers to find out the answer for this. Brian notes that it

would be reasonable to have a review after the bins have been in place for a while to see if everything is

in the correct place. Cllr. Burgess said that this is something that could be explored. Brian also notes that

the guidelines on where the bins must be are quite inflexible and there are places where bins are going

into unreasonable places. Cllr. Burgess notes that this criteria did likely go through a committee, Mr.

Gilmour notes that things probably got more complex over time.

Publicity

No updates.

Downing Updates

Report was circulated. Everything seems to be going well. Douglas mentioned that Downing should be

asked to remove their rubbish from the street and wash the street down, issues will be passed from Anne

to Downing. Annette Carranthers asked about the Mortuary Chapel, Douglas said that there have been no

updates on that front despite reaching out about it.

Planning applications

Report from the Grange Association on 10 Chalmers Crescent has been circulated. Other planning

application reports have been circulated.

Update on Sewer Flooding project

Report from Scottish Water has been circulated. The work on Marchmont Rd will hopefully come to an

end in April and then they will begin work on Marchmont Crescent for several months in May or June.

The buses will have to reroute, but it is unclear where - probably Marchmont Rd. Annette asked about the

restoration of the junction between Marchmont Rd and Marchmont Crescent, Anne will ask about this.

Meadows Festival: collaboration with other CCs

There is usually a tent in the middle of the festival for the CCs though there are not enough volunteers for

all of the CCs to be represented. Anne will talk to Kayleigh about having a map of the area.

Treasurer’s Report

£1500 in the bank, nothing outstanding.

Meetings attended

None.

AOCB

Alison asked about booking the German church for the Christmas event, the church has suggested

Saturday Nov 23rd or Dec 7th or a Sunday, Council agrees to book for Dec 7th.

Anthony Holmes asked the Councillors about people who block the opening of Thirlestane Lane selling

trees every year, they do not have permission from the Thirlestane Lane Association and Anthony wants

to know who can deal with this because it is a private lane. Cllr. Burgess notes that this is a Police matter,

because this is trespassing. Anthony notes that based on past experience the Police will not do anything.

Cllr. Parker asked that he be sent an email on the issue to try and figure out how to deal with this - there

may be a way to deal with this via licensing.

Beverly Frison notes that the litter on the bottom of Arden Street is quite bad, asks that Cllr. Parker raise

this issue.

Date of next meeting

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

MSCC - Minutes for March 2024

 

Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council

Minutes of Meeting held on March 27th, 2024 at St. Catherine’s Argyle Church Hall

 

Present: Brian Gilmore - Chair, MSCC, Anne Laing - MSCC Secretary, Alison Service - MSCC Treasurer, Douglas Rogers - MSCC, Susie Agnew - MSCC, Cllr. Tim Pogson, Cllr. Neil Ross, Carolina McKellar - Sciennes Parents Council, Gordon Molholland - local resident, Ryan Gilmour - local resident, Rhona Mechen - local resident, Jenny Davidson - local resident, Lisa Craig - local resident, Celia Morfi - local resident, Sheila Spraule - local resident, Evelyn Dickie - local resident, Kate McNairney - local resident, Ruth Dolan - local resident, Suzie Weigert - local resident, Sandra Jack - local resident, Nick Hepworth - local resident, Silke Dykstra - local resident, Stephan Antic?? - local resident, Beverly Frison - local resident, Patrick Frison - local resident, Patricia Paolozze Cain - local resident, Edward Milligan - local resident

 

Apologies: Anthony Holmes - Thirlestane Lane Association, Kayleigh Gordon - MSCC Publicity, Lianne Phillips - MSCC Publicity

 

Attending: Nora Flynn-McIver - Minutes Secretary

 

Meeting began at 7:35pm

 

Draft Minutes of 28/02/24

Clarified that the bin hub situation has been added to the agenda. Anne moves to pass, Alison seconds. Minutes pass.

 

Matters Arising

None.

 

Police Report

None this month.

 

JR Builders update

No report this month, Anne notes that it seems to be progressing well.

 

Sciennes PTA - Caroline McKellar

There have been concerns for years about the size of the playground in comparison to the size of the school, this has become an increasing concern over time. When the road was closed, the school started to utilize this area to widen the playground area. Now that the Sick Kids site is closed, it is more reasonable to close this area permanently. Thus far, a TRO has been advanced and are waiting for further action that has been delayed. There is not expected to be material objections to this, the hope is that the experimental closure will become permanent. Parents have been volunteering to try to stop drivers from going through this area, but this is not a good solution. The original TRO does not deal with what happens on either side of the school, so there is a hope that this can be dealt with in the future. Next step would be to deal with street signage to make it clearer to drivers. In the future, the school would like this area to be a safe extension to the playground. The design has only been circulated to the council officers thus far, they had no real objection at the time. The TRO is not progressing yet, there is a deadline of April 19th to move forward. Douglas Rogers notes that it might be a good idea to make this area into a play street without any pavement and with appropriate signage. Caroline notes that there are Council restrictions for this and that it has to remain a road in technicality, though it can look in many different ways. There are likely to be future issues with how cyclists view and use the area, the school would like there to be one path for pedestrians outside the bounds of the playground. Ryan Gilmour asks about how this could affect the residents of the old Sick Kids site and whether their needs have come into account. Caroline notes that this is probably the responsibility of the planning people. Cllr. Pogson notes that he would expect the developers to have thought about this quite a bit and that he thinks that this might increase the value of the property. It is unclear how one can take these perspectives into account, the developers have been spoken to and they have been generally positive, this is likely the best way to try to take the residents into account. Cllr. Pogson notes that what is being proposed is not any different from what exists right now. Brian notes that we have to wait until the consultation for this to be addressed, as it is not the school who has any say in this.

 

City Councillor report on local issues

Cllr. Ross:

There has been a consideration of the Greenbank quiet cycle route recently, the results of a survey were considered at committee, split into northern and southern sections. In the northern section, there was no clear support for any of the four options, option two, which addresses rat running, was accepted. This would block Clinton Road to traffic. In the southern area, the most people supported option three, which was separated bike lanes.

 

The Council has been asked by the Fringe Society if they can take over the South Bridge Resource Centre because they have the money to do the repairs. The classes that take place there will be rehoused to community centres, engagement is under way for these relocations. The new arrangements will take place from August.

 

On short-term lets, there have been 4000 applications put in, none have been refused. The result from the most recent judicial reviews show that existing owners must rejustify their application. Ruth Dolan asked if the change means that there will be the same number of short-term lets, Cllr. Ross notes that regulations coming in is rebalancing over time. There has not been time yet to look into unlicensed operators, once this is done there may be a better idea of whether longer-term housing is coming into play to a greater extent. Cllr. Pogson notes that a lot of applications for planning permissions for short-term lets have been refused, meaning that they can’t apply for permission to run them at all.

 

Cllr. Pogson:

On the Astley Ainsley site, Cllr. Pogson recently met with the Astley Ainslie Community Trust, who are interested in taking charge of this site in the future. There has been very very little movement and there is little chance of the NHS moving off of the site any time in the near future. Some services have moved back to this site, nothing is likely to happen there until 2030. The community trust needs to be prepared to move in the case that something suddenly happens, which could happen because the NHS has few resources, so it might be appealing to sell to the highest bidder in the future.

 

Anne asks for an update on the proposals to extend the hours of parking charging to 10pm in the centre and could extend to this area. Cllr. Pogson notes that he and Cllr. Ross do not know about this and will find out about this for the future.

 

Susie Agnew asked that the Council reverse its decision to allow people to nail memorial plaques to trees in the Meadows due to the area not being a memorial garden. FOMBL is pushing for the policy to change  to be either hanging or plaques set in the ground at the tree base.. Cllr. Pogson notes that the Edinburgh & Lothian Green Space Trust has pushed this initiative to allow people to adopt trees and care about trees. Brian notes that the council has to give approval to do this. Cllr. Ross will look into this.

 

Ruth Dolan asked about the Astley Ainslie site under the understanding that the person who gifted the site  to the NHS under the condition that it must be used for health care, Cllr. Pogson has heard this but there hasn’t been any hard proof of this. Beverly Frison asks what the plans would be, Cllr. Pogson notes that there are no existing plans and that there is the intention to do a master plan but this is on the back burner at the moment.

 

Brian notes that a block of stone has apparently fallen next to the Margiotta’s, the councillors do not know yet what is being done about this. It is possible that somebody has dumped the stone there because the stone does not match the stonework of the building.

 

Publicity

Anne has been putting up notices on the notice boards but they are slightly out of date due to the windy weather making it dangerous to open them.

 

Planning applications

Douglas speaks on 27/31 Ratcliffe Terrace, which is being sold under the understanding that the frontage would be kept, which is not under the plan. This is being turned into student accomodation but many groups are planning on objecting to the planning proposal. Cllr. Pogson is going to ask about this but this is outside of the MSCC purview.

 

Edward Milligan notes that the Rajas listed building planning application has been passed, despite many objections. The main application has not yet been considered, only the listed building consent has been approved. It is unclear why the application has been approved. The residents in the building have sent a lawyer’s letter to Rajas about the noise. Patricia Cain notes that the application passing is a problem and indicates a part of the system that doesn’t work and has set a precedent that could affect future issues. Residents and objectors do not have any standing in the project. Cllr. Pogson said that planning decisions have to be taken in light of planning legislation and cannot have an opinion on different things. He doesn’t know the main difference between the listed building application and the planning application but notes that the planning application still has to go through. He also notes that it is unfortunate that residents do not have the ability to appeal planning applications and that there was legislation for this in the future that did not pass. Patricia notes that there is an inconsistency in the application being passed and is unclear on what the difference would be as to why it was failed before and passed now. Cllr. Ross will look into this.

 

Update on Sewer Flooding project

None.

 

Treasurer’s Report

£1524 in the bank.

 

Meetings attended

Douglas Rogers attended the Edinburgh Climate Action Network meeting.

 

Bin Hub Situation

Many concerns were raised last month, particularly about the lack of consultation and the effects on residents. Over 80% of the people who Kate McNairney has spoken to are distressed about this and have had little to no ability to have a consultation on this or to contact the Council. Anne notes that people were invited along to consultations approximately a year ago. Ruth Dolan notes that many people were unaware of any consultation existing. There are also issues with the appearance and smell of the bins. Gordon Molholland asks about whether the councillors from last month were able to look into this. Cllr. Pogson speaks to the fact that he has been involved in some conversations regarding moving bin hubs in his ward, the number of disputes is relatively small in his experience. According to his experiences, there were letters sent to residents about a consultation (there was wide objection to this idea, it is likely that some residents did recieve letters but not all). When changes were made, people were apparently written to again to note that bin hubs had been changed. Officers are still making changes and exploring other options. He notes that when difficulties exist, people should approach their councillors. Cllr. Ross notes that there are different approaches on this by different councillors. In certain places, there were poorly advertised engagement meetings and few letters sent out. The council has looked into changing the rules for bin hub location and has loosened them slightly. There has been engagement with those who have gotten in touch with Council in the Marchmont ward based on feedback and officers have taken notes and have generally responded and said that there are not alternatives. The rules likely need to be relaxed. As a result of the criteria, it is difficult to move bin hubs. Gordon Molholland asks why councillors can’t change the criteria. Cllr. Pogson notes that they can oppose these rules. Nick Hepworth notes that the relocation framework is flawed in several ways and is in breach of the Duty of Care regulations, meaning that you cannot manage waste in a way that results in a nuisance to residents. Glass recycling causes 85 decibels of noise when it is emptied, which is too high. He asks what the councillors are doing as the council is acting illegally. Nick requests that the MSCC make a deputation at a meeting for the council. Ruth Dolan notes that there seems to have been little consideration for people as opposed to traffic. Nick Hepworth said that it seems that councillors are able to get their bin hubs changed. Evelyn Dickie notes that the bin hubs should not be directly outside of people’s windows. Ruth Dolan notes that the people who are most distressed about this are people who are less able to stand up for themselves. Cllr. Pogson asks that people ask the questions that they need to ask so that answers can be sought out. Brian notes that we can write out a document noting that the noise level is too high. He also notes that the inflexible 50 metre rule is also a problem and would like to get this chased up as well. Douglas Rogers suggests putting forward a proposition urging the council to explore the possibility of moving the hubs, possibly specifically to street corners. Ruth Dolan suggests also requesting that the bin hubs be broken up a bit into less bins in a group. Gordon Molholland also asks that a question be asked about how planning is considered. Cllr. Pogson has asked about aesthetic impact of the bins, and the answer to this may help answer other questions. Evelyn Dickie requests that the MSCC challenge the level of consultation that the city claims that was done. Jenny Davidson asks why the food recycling bins are needed when the food buckets are still being picked up, Anne clarifies that when you live in a flat, you don’t get a food bucket. Patricia Cain requests a discussion as to how democratic input can be put into a decision like this and to look into the systems and not just the individual issues. Brian notes that many of the questions are not specific enough to get a clear answer. Cllr. Pogson notes that it could be useful for several councillors to meet and have a discussion on this issue. Ryan Gilmour points out that the framework is flawed and the appeals are nonexistent and wants to ask about the way that this has been done. Anne suggests having a public meeting of some sort with the people involved. Cllr. Ross says that he will request that the bin hub officers attend an MSCC meeting to explain their procedure. Additionally, he notes that the rules are too strict despite having been lessened slightly in the past year. He has been meeting with other councillors to try and figure out a way forward, there are meetings of the committee at the end of May and there can be a deputation, but there has to be engagement in advance. Ruth Dolan speaks on behalf of a woman with a disability in her arm who is having a lot of difficulty using the specific bins and would prefer that the foot pedal be put back in use.

 

Questions to ask:

  1. The view was expressed that glass bins near to residential properties do not meet legislative requirements, in that they exceed a statutory noise limit of 50db. Please comment.
  2. What flexibility is there around the requirement that no resident should be more than 50m from their bin hub?
  3. Bins in groups of six are visually quite impactful. What scope is there to offer communal bin hubs made up of fewer numbers of individual bins?
  4. What are the arrangements for food waste collection between main door flats and communal flats?
  5. Could the bin hubs be placed on street corners rather than outside of people’s doors?

 

 

AOCB

None

 

Date of next meeting

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024