Agenda

Venue: Main Council Chamber - City Chambers

Contact: Email: gavin.king@edinburgh.gov.uk  0131 529 4239

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Items
No. Item

1. Order of business

1.1

Order of Business

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

2. Declaration of interests

2.1

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.

3. Deputations

3.1

Deputations

If any

4. Minutes

4.1

Minutes pdf icon PDF 464 KB

The City of Edinburgh Council of 22 August 2019 – submitted for approval as a correct record

5. Questions

5.1

By Councillor Webber - Taxi Usage pdf icon PDF 11 KB

By Councillor Webber - Taxi Usage for answer by the Convener of the Finance and Resources Committee (this was continued from the meeting on 2 May 2019 to allow the information to be compiled)

5.2

By Councillor Neil Ross - Public Toilets pdf icon PDF 13 KB

By Councillor Neil Ross - Public Toilets – for answer by the Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee

5.3

By Councillor Mowat - Tour Buses Operated by Lothian Buses pdf icon PDF 10 KB

By Councillor Mowat - Tour Buses Operated by Lothian Buses – for answer by the Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee

5.4

By Councillor Johnston - Edinburgh Trams pdf icon PDF 10 KB

By Councillor Johnston - Edinburgh Trams – for answer by the Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee

5.5

By Councillor Mitchell - Fees and Charges – Taxis and Private Hire Cars pdf icon PDF 12 KB

By Councillor Mitchell - Fees and Charges – Taxis and Private Hire Cars – for answer by the Convener of the Regulatory Committee

5.6

By Councillor Booth - Placements in Temporary Accommodation pdf icon PDF 10 KB

By Councillor Booth - Placements in Temporary Accommodation – for answer by the Convener of the Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee

5.7

By Councillor Burgess - Authorised Absence for Global Climate Strike pdf icon PDF 10 KB

By Councillor Burgess - Authorised Absence for Global Climate Strike – for answer by the Convener of the Education, Children and Families Committee

5.8

By Councillor Main - Edinburgh Schools - Heating, Lighting and Recycling pdf icon PDF 54 KB

By Councillor Main - Edinburgh Schools - Heating, Lighting and Recycling – for answer by the Convener of the Education, Children and Families Committee

6. Leader's Report

6.1

Leader's Report pdf icon PDF 195 KB

Leader’s report

7. Appointments

7.1

Appointments to Outside Organisations etc pdf icon PDF 83 KB

8. Reports

8.1

Appointment to the Board of Transport for Edinburgh pdf icon PDF 89 KB

8.2

Amendments to Shareholder Agreement and Articles of Association: Transport for Edinburgh Ltd and Edinburgh Trams Ltd pdf icon PDF 96 KB

8.3

Edinburgh City Centre Transformation

Edinburgh City Centre Transformation – Finalised Strategy– referral from the Transport and Environment Committee

9. Motions

9.1

By Councillor Whyte - Blue Badge Schemes

By Councillor Whyte - Blue Badge Scheme

“Council:

1)         Welcomes the decision by the UK Government’s Department of Transport on 30th August 2019 to extend the eligibility criteria for Blue Badges to those people who have non-visible conditions, such as autism, dementia, Parkinson’s and arthritis.

2)         Instructs the Director of Place report back to the Policy and Sustainability Committee within one cycle detailing how the Council will implement these changes locally within the Blue Badge Scheme and how it can assist in publicising these positive changes to those who are now eligible.”

9.2

By Councillor Rae - Greening the Fringe

By Councillor Rae - Greening the Fringe

“Committee:

Notes:

That though the city’s festivals have been focussing on reducing the environmental damage they cause several specific environmental issues remain including the use of single-use plastics, using gas fuel at pop-up venues, increased vehicle use and a lack of recycling facilities in public spaces.

That some venues are unaware that it is entirely legal and safe for them to refill a customer’s personal, reusable pint glass or equivalent as long as taps do not touch the glass.

Therefore:

Calls on the convener of the Culture and Communities Committee to write to the relevant Scottish Government ministers to encourage the introduction of a charge on single-use plastic cups similar to the plastic bag charge.

Will produce a good practice guide for licensed premises explaining how they can incorporate personal reusable cups/glasses and deposit schemes into their operation.

Calls for officers to investigate the possibility of hardwired power in public spaces to allow pop-up venues to use reusable electric energy instead of having to opt for gas power and report back to the Culture and Communities Committee within three cycles.

Asks waste services to reconsider the level of recycling provision in public spaces, during festival season in particular.

Calls for a report on how the council can encourage car sharing schemes during the primary festival season in August to return to the Transport and Environment Committee within three cycles.”

9.3

By Councillor Doggart - Scottish Hockey

By Councillor Doggart - Scottish Hockey

“Council:

1)         Congratulates Scottish Hockey on the achievements of its teams over the summer from Under 15 to Over 55;

2)         Recognises the dedication and unseen hard work of players, coaches, umpires and other support staff that lies behind the successful achievements;

3)         Applauds, in particular, the contribution of those selected for national teams who have learned, or ply, their hockey skills in Edinburgh;

4)         Accepts responsibility for not doing as much for hockey in the City as could be done, due to the lack of pitches that meet the highest standards for top level hockey;

5)         Recognises the contribution of Edinburgh University and Fettes College in providing such pitches and offering their use to clubs around the city.”

9.4

By Councillor Doggart - Sports Pitches

By Councillor Doggart – Sports Pitches

“Council:

1)         Recognises the benefit of organised physical activity provided by sports clubs for adults and children;

2)         Appreciates the health of the city is improved by the operation of the clubs;

3)         Values the many hours of unpaid effort by coaches, parents and players;

4)         Understands it has a responsibility to the clubs and participating residents to provide the paid for facilities in as good a condition as possible;

5)         Accepts responsibility for marking pitches to ensure fixtures can be completed; removing all grass cuttings from, and adjacent to, sports pitches and cutting grass to an appropriate length to enable fixtures and training to proceed;

6)         Instructs officers to provide a report to the Culture and Communities Committeewithin one cycle setting out the following:

a)         the extent to which pitches have not met playing standards in the winter sport seasons up to the date of the report;

b)         establishing an action plan to prevent future standards falling below those required by the playing clubs; and

c)         a feasibility study into providing a “trusted key-holder” system for clubs.”

9.5

By Councillor Miller - Parking in the City Chambers Quadrangle

By Councillor Miller - Parking in the City Chambers Quadrangle

“Council:

1)         Notes that drivers routinely use the quadrangle of City Chambers to park vehicles for prolonged periods of time

2)         Agrees that vehicle usage of the quadrangle should be restricted and that, as of a date not later than 1 November 2019, motorised vehicles will no longer be permitted to park in the quadrangle.”

9.6

By Councillor Main - Council Welfare Accreditation

By Councillor Main - Council Welfare Accreditation

“Council notes that:

1)         Council officers have estimated that there is roughly £82 million of UK welfare benefits that are unclaimed by Edinburgh residents in one year.

2)         The Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers 2009 provides a framework for accreditation at three levels: signposting, case work and representation.

3)         Edinburgh Council is not accredited under the national scheme, and there is therefore no assurance that best practice is in place across Council departments offering advice to citizens.

Therefore Council agrees to receive a report to Policy and Sustainability Committee within 2 cycles laying out the current status, and options and timetable for receiving full accreditation for the Council under the Scottish Standards.”

9.7

By Councillor Mary Campbell - National Adoption Week

By Councillor Mary Campbell - National Adoption Week

“Council notes that National Adoption Week 2019 will take place from the 14th to 20th October. This annual campaign aims to find adoptive homes for those children who need them.

The focus for 2019 will be on the adopter, and the campaign plans to use real life stories to highlight the qualities and attributes that make a great adopter and the joys and challenges they face.

Council agrees to mark National Adoption Week through promotion of the Edinburgh fostering and adoption service on social media channels and asks the Lord Provost to consider marking the week in an appropriate fashion.”

9.8

By Councillor Cameron - Boroughmuir Rugby Club Centenary

By Councillor Cameron - Boroughmuir Rugby Club Centenary

Boroughmuir Rugby Club was established 100 years ago, playing their first match in the autumn of 1919. 

Boroughmuir’s first XV have been Scottish League Champions three times; and have won the Scottish Cup four times.

The club has become a thriving sports club within the community, with thousands of adults and children pursuing sports activities at Meggetland.  Neighbours and visitors are also welcome into the clubhouse seven days a week. 

Boroughmuir Rugby Club teams have played on City of Edinburgh Council owned facilities throughout the club’s existence.

To mark the centenary of Boroughmuir Rugby Club, its achievements and the contribution to promoting the health and wellbeing of adults and children, Council agrees to the hosting of a Civic Reception to take place before the end of 2019.”