The Gray Room, Nelson Hall, 5 Spittalfield Crescent, Edinburgh
MINUTES of the meeting held on Monday 12 September 2016, 7pm
Present TP (chairing), DC. RH, DW, DB, TLL, NO, and apologies for
absence from CP (Dumbiedykes residents association, who was will be represented by their
chair David Mcrae, abbreviated below to DMc), PMcD, JC. 2 members of the
public were present, but they had no issues to raise.
Graeme Nisbet sent his South East
Area Command Update, and it was agreed in a phone call with Mark McInnes that this is the only report needed. A printed copy
was available (and should maybe be put on the web site). As this report was not
available to members of the SCC, the policewoman attending the meeting read it
to us. The other police member explained the new arrangements that are now
starting, which promise to be stable this time, and should give us community policing.
DMc mentioned that no
community police patrols have yet been seen at Dumbiedykes, and asked for a
police visit to their meeting.
TP asked what was being done
in relation to the reports of shoplifting and drug dealing in our
neighbourhood, and we were told that police officers have been speaking to shop
The 20 mph limit was
discussed. SCC members have seen little evidence that it is being observed, and
checks were requested for the junction at Summerhall, and possibly Dalkeith
Road, not only at accident black spots, which are the main locations currently
Elaine Scott, from City of Edinburgh Council, presented an
informative talk about Planning Affordable Housing Supply for the City, and
will send a link to the Housing Strategy Report. Considerable numbers of social
housing homes are being built, with various funding sources, and also many
“affordable homes”. None of this is within our area, as little land is
available, and the sites that became available in recent years were taken for
student housing, after the reporter over-ruled the Planning Committee decision
to reject these applications. Cllr. Perry told us that there is now a new
policy that sites larger than a certain size (possible 1 acre) cannot be single
use, e.g. all student housing. Instead, there must be an equal mix of social,
private and (if appropriate) student housing.
The minutes of the meeting held on June 13th were
approved. There were no matters arising apart from the information that the
Student Union president (Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson) will attend future SCC
meetings when possible, or send a representative.
Councillor Perry told us that it is now acknowledged that the
reduction in the budget for emptying rubbish bins was probably too severe, and
that it is now recognised that severe problems are being experienced all over
the city. He hopes that something will be done to improve the situation.
Less damage to
the grass on the Meadows during the festival is promised, but specifics are
being made to improve the situations with respect to car parking in Dumbiedykes.
Reports from Chair, Secretary and Treasurer
reported on the efforts of community councils to help councillors understand
that the objection to the proposed changes to the system for dealing with loud
music from venues (and the new guidelines proposed by the Music is Audible
group) is rational and should be taken seriously.
A response was
submitted to the airport consultation, which asked whether certain areas should
have special consideration such that increased overflying does not happen. Our
area has a good case to be considered in this category, as Holyrood Park should
be kept as peaceful as possible.
representation of the SCC in the Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links (FoMBL)
group was briefly discussed, along with the ongoing effort to clarify how the
money obtained from holding events on the Meadows is being spent.
A request was
made for our area to be considered for one of the low emissions zones announced
by Transport minister Humza
Yousaf. However, they are planned to start in 2020, and it is not yet even
certain that they will ever happen.
committee report about the area was provided, as a draft for future discussion,
and comments are welcome. GL was thanked for leading this. She is willing to
receive comments and incorporate them into a final version. There was a
discussion about various problems in the neighbourhood, including the very
large and unsightly object (possibly a mobile phone mast) behind Carnegie
Reports from Committees and meetings attended
TP attended the
EACC. Restructuring of health services is happening, to better integrate health
and social services. Areas of the city will be defined, within which services
will be run in an integrated manner.
attended a Neighbourhood Partnership meeting.
Provision of GP Services in the Southside: An offer has been made from
a firm from the South of England to buy the surgery, which could keep it open,
but it is not yet clear whether this will indeed happen.
TP updated the SCC in the Bus shelter Issues. The Buccleuch St one
has been removed, and PMcD wrote to the Decaux company to try and make them
understand the rules about the space that must be left for pedestrians.
Tenement Stair Lighting: A statement has been put on the web site.
Public Question time: there were no questions.
Any Other Business: none.
Date of next meeting: October 10th. Please note that
this will be in the King’s Hall