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Order of Business

Including any notices of motion and any other items of business submitted as urgent for consideration at the meeting.

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Declaration of Interests

Members should declare any financial and non-financial interests they have in the items of business for consideration, identifying the relevant agenda item and the nature of their interest.

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Minute of 9 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Minute of the Policy and Sustainability Committee of 9 July 2020 – submitted for approval as a correct record

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Policy and Sustainability Committee - Work Programme pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Policy and Sustainability Committee – Work Programme

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Policy and Sustainability Committee - Rolling Actions Log pdf icon PDF 482 KB

Policy and Sustainability Committee - Rolling Actions Log

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Adaptation and Renewal Programme Update pdf icon PDF 718 KB

Adaptation and Renewal Report – Report by the Chief Executive

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Engagement Through Adaptation and Renewal pdf icon PDF 665 KB

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Council Response to Edinburgh Climate Commission and Sustainability Programme Update pdf icon PDF 185 KB

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Risk Management: Managing Risk Through Covid-19 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

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Schools Re-Opening Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Revenue Budget 2020/21 Update pdf icon PDF 462 KB

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Response to Motion on Black Lives Matter pdf icon PDF 640 KB

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Trams to Newhaven: Developed Design and Commencement of Statutory Procedures for Traffic Regulation Orders pdf icon PDF 3 MB

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Regeneration Capital Grant Fund - Update on Pipeline Projects pdf icon PDF 133 KB

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Supporting Local Businesses in Edinburgh

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Spaces for People - Additional Contract Waiver for Material Orders and Contract Services pdf icon PDF 166 KB

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Public Realm CCTV Update pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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Broomhouse Workspace - Edinburgh Northwest Foodbank - Lease Restructure pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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Award of Housing Consultancy Framework Agreement pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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Motion by the Lord Provost - 20mph Limit Enforcement

Motion by the Lord Provost – 20mph Limit Enforcement


“Committee notes:


That the citywide introduction of lower speed limits including 20mph has been generally well accepted and resulted in safer roads


That during the Coronavirus lockdown there has been a significant and welcome reduction in traffic volumes across the city.


That during this period the quieter City roads have encouraged some drivers to exceed these speed limits.


The Council have introduced and are continuing to introduce measures to improve space for safe physical distancing and pedestrian and cycling safety through the Spaces for People initiative.


There have recently been notable road traffic collisions where excess speed may have been a contributing factor.


Requests that the Council Leader should write to the Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland, requesting that they increase the enforcement of speed limits, specifically the 20mph limit, across the City”.



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Motion By Councillor Macinnes - Spaces for People Initiative

Motion by Councillor Macinnes – Spaces for People Initiative



Welcomes the continued work to deliver the Spaces for People initiative designed to deliver better conditions for safe social distancing as Edinburgh moves towards recovery from the international pandemic, including economic recovery


Recognises that there is growing concern among some business owners, particularly in our local high streets across the capital, that removal of car parking spaces will have a detrimental impact on the number of customers accessing their businesses.


Acknowledges that there is a growing body of evidence, from UK and international examples, that implementation of such schemes often meet with great concern but that in practice can lead to better trading conditions for many businesses.


Requests a report, within two cycles, which describes that evidence and indicates its relevance to both the Spaces for People initiative and existing transport policy in the city”.


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Motion by Councillor Watt - Public Works Loan Board Interest

Motion by Councillor Watt – Public Works Loan Board Interest


“Committee –


Notes that the Bank of England has purchased £745 billion of government bonds since 2009, effectively giving the UK government interest free finance and that the Bank of England has recently issued Treasury Bonds with negative yields (negative rates of interest);

Further notes that the UK Government could pass on to Councils, some of the benefits of these zero interest rates, by waiving the interest on existing loans from the PWLB (Public Works Loan Board) which Councils have used for essential infrastructure investment. For Edinburgh, this would represent a saving of £32 million each year to the general fund, which could be used to protect services and jobs during these unprecedented times; additionally, there could be a £15 million per year saving to the HRA account, allowing increased investment in Council housing stock which would create jobs and other benefits for the economy and for Edinburgh’s citizens.


Committee therefore asks that:

1.      The Council Leader writes to COSLA, emphasising the potential savings for Edinburgh Council from the interest on PWLB loans being waived for at least two years and asks COSLA to pursue a two year waiver with the UK Government;

2.      The Council leader writes to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to raise this proposal; and that

3.      The Chief Financial Officer writes to the Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury, requesting that interest on existing PWLB loans be waived for at least two years.



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