Thursday, 16 August 2018

33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre

You are warmly invited to attend the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre on Tuesday 21st August which is to be held in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1) on the ground floor of the Dalhousie Building on University of Dundee’s main campus.  Staff and committee members will be welcoming attendees from 5.15pm with a group photo planned before the talk at 5.30pm.

This year we are very fortunate to have Dr. Husam AlWaer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, joining us to talk about his research on the urbanism of refugee camps.  Often considered as temporary places built in response to a crisis, the truth is that these camps exist for years, and Dr. AlWaer will show that when refugees can make changes to their space, they can make changes to their lives.

The AGM is built around the idea that everyone has a story, and along with Dr. AlWaer, One World Centre will celebrate the differences that can be made by sharing stories; stories that we hear and stories we are a part of.  With this in mind, we will hold a collection on behalf of Lend With Care - www.lendwithcare.org - which provides access to sustainable funds and allows recipients to change their own story.

From 6.30pm there will be refreshments and information about One World World Centre, including Annual Reports.  Membership forms and Nomination forms for the Management Committee will be available throughout the evening.

Spaces are limited so please click here to book your place now.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - All Under One Banner

From the City Council :

Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating the All Under One Banner parade travelling through Dundee.  The Order is expected to be in force for one day on 18 August 2018.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order will be to prohibit temporarily all vehicular from 1230 hours in (1) Arbroath Road from Dalkeith Road to Albert Street, (2) Princes Street from Arbroath Road to King Street, (3) King Street from Princes Street to Cowgate, (4) Cowgate from King Street to Murraygate, (5) Panmure Street from Murraygate to Meadowside, (6) Meadowside from Panmure Street to Reform Street, (7) Reform Street from Meadowside to High Street, (8) High Street from Reform Street to Nethergate, (9) Nethergate from High Street to Perth Road, (10) Perth Road from Nethergate to Roseangle, (11) Roseangle from Perth Road to Riverside Approach, (12) Riverside Approach from Roseangle to Riverside Drive, (13) North Marketgait from Ladywell Roundabout to King Street and (14) East Marketgait from Seagate Roundabout to Seagate.

Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS.   If you have any queries please call 433275.

Xplore Dundee has given me the following bus diversion information for the afternoon of Saturday 18th August, insofar as it affects services travelling through parts of the West End :




Tuesday, 14 August 2018

West End Ward Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the school holidays over today, my West End Ward surgeries start again later this week – on Thursday :

These are : 

• Mitchell Street Centre - Mitchell Street (The Base) - Mondays – 4.20pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

• Harris Academy (Reception Area) - Mondays – 4.50 pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

• Blackness Primary School (Staff Room) - Thursdays - 6.15 pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

All West End Ward residents welcome and no appointment necessary!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights for 3 weeks and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage for 2 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach open until this phase is complete.

All Under One Banner Parade – rolling road closure on Saturday 18 August affecting the following streets:  Arbroath Road, Princes Street, King Street, Cowgate, Panmure Street, Meadowside, Reform Street, High Street, Nethergate, Perth Road, Roseangle, Riverside Approach, North Marketgait and East Marketgait.

West Marketgait (Nethergate to West Port) – northbound nearside lane closure on Sunday 19 August for Scottish Water manhole repairs.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Hogmanay Celebrations Grant Scheme

From the City Council :

Dundee City Council has allocated money from its Common Good Fund to continue its grant scheme to support groups that wish to organise community events to celebrate Hogmanay.

Applications are invited from Dundee based community groups and cultural organisations which are planning to organise non-commercial celebrations to mark Hogmanay. The celebrations do not have to be on Hogmanay itself, but can take place between Saturday, 29th December 2018 and Thursday, 3rd January 2019.

This year, we are particularly looking for applications that :

- Involve a wide range of the local community
- Give a sense that it is Hogmanay that is being celebrated
- Have the potential to develop community spirit and additional joint activities going forward into 2019

The application form can be found at www.tinyurl.com/hogmanay-dundee or requested via email to Paul Davies paul.davies@dundeecity.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th September, and the decision making group will then meet in October.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Volunteer opportunity with the MS Therapy Centre in Peddie Street

M S Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd
Unit 12b Peddie Street
Dundee DD1 5LB
TELEPHONE: 01382 566283
e-mail - info@taysidemstherapy.co.uk


Social Support/Chamber Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to undertake a satisfying and rewarding role as part of our team of volunteers, working in our friendly therapy centre while providing an extremely useful and appreciated service to the community. 

We are looking for volunteers who are available for a couple of hours on Saturday, either morning or afternoon.

We ask that you are physically fit, friendly and caring to offer our members, who are attending for Oxygen Therapy, social support by welcoming them on arrival, by preparing and serving refreshments, chatting and generally providing a secure, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. 

We would also like you to provide support to our chamber operator.  Full training will be provided.

If you are interested and would like more information, please get in touch (tel 01382 566283) or drop an email to sheila@taysidemstherapy.co.uk


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Public Art Uploadathon

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

We need your help to record Dundee’s amazing collection of public art!

Over the summer we’ve been working with volunteers to map and photograph artworks across Dundee, and we now have over 400 on our list! Now we need your help to upload images and information onto Historic Environment Scotland's Urban Detectives website. 

We’re holding a special uploadathon (is that a word? It is now!) in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee on Saturday 11th August 10am-1pm. 

The event will take place in IT suite 1G01 so everyone will have access to a PC to add data and pictures to the site. 

You can either bring your own images of public art in Dundee or use the ones our volunteers have already taken. 

Don't worry if you've never used Urban Detectives before - it's very simple and we can take you through the process. 

The event runs over 3 hours but please come for as much or as little of that time as you like. 

Refreshments will be provided to keep us all going!

Please book a place here.     Please also note - if you have not already done so, you will need to register as an Urban Detective BEFORE the event here.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Friends of Wighton event today

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre
Today - Wednesday 8th August - 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

For the third of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Kirsty Law.

Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.   The mainstay of her musical education came from learning Scots ballads and folk songs from tradition bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Cathal McConnell and Margaret Bennett.

Today she draws on this experience in her own composition, often writing in a ‘patchwork’ style, layering and combining original and traditional melodies, poems and text - and incorporating contemporary sounds alongside her rich Scots vocal. Her song ‘Hymn For A Shepherd’ has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament and she has released two albums and one EP.

Working with artists of different mediums has come to be the lifeblood of her work - performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers. 
   
Admission free, but our shiny pink piggybank welcomes donations!

Monday, 6 August 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights for 4 weeks and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage for 2 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach open until this phase is complete.

Glamis Drive (Hazel Drive to Hillside Road) – closed on Monday 6 August for Scottish Water manhole repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

All Under One Banner Parade – rolling road closure on Saturday 18 August affecting the following streets:  Arbroath Road, Princes Street, King Street, Cowgate, Panmure Street, Meadowside, Reform Street, High Street, Nethergate, Perth Road, Roseangle, Riverside Approach, North Marketgait and East Marketgait.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday Band Concert at Magdalen Green #dundeewestend

The last Sunday Bandstand Concert of the 2018 season on the Magdalen Green Bandstand takes place today - Sunday 5th August - at 2pm.

The Forfar Instrumental Band will be playing - all welcome - don't miss it!

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Glamis Drive #dundeewestend

From the City Council :

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Glamis Drive (from Hazel Drive to Hillside Road), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 6 August 2018 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Hazel Drive / Glamis Terrace / Glamis Road.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Friday, 3 August 2018

Getting things done - Hawkhill by-pass #dundeewestend

Residents have expressed concern to me about how overgrown the north side of the Hawkhill by-pass is - see below :
This is unsightly and detracts from the adjacent nicely maintained planted/seating area at the Bellfield Street/Hawkhill junction, opposite the Whitehall Theatre.

I have asked the council's environment management in Neighbourhood Services if this can be attended to.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

West End Community Police Surgery #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgery takes place tonight - details below and all residents welcome :

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Friends of Wighton event today

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library 

For the second of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals,  the Ciar Milne Trio play at the Wighton Centre today - Wednesday 1st August - 1.15pm to 1.45pm.

These three very talented Dundee school pupils - Dundee music maestro Kenny Christie describes them as "fab"- are Ciar Milne, small/border pipes, Hannah Dineen, fiddle, and Robbie Lamond, guitar.

Hannah and Ciar have been playing together since September 2017. As well as playing in the Dundee Schools’ Spring Concerts, they played in Würzburg, Germany in May, as part the Dundee-Würzburg twinning programme. Since then, the trio has been doing gigs for Dundee City Council including the Educational Institute of Scotland’s Annual General Meeting and the World Kanzen Karate Championships President’s Dinner.

Admission is free though our shiny pink piggy-bank will be happy to receive donations!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our July Blether will be tonight - Tuesday 31st July - at 7.30pm at The Butterfly Café, 28 Commercial Street.

PERTHSHIRE FOLK TALES   :    Lindsey Gibb and C.A. Hope, authors of recently published folktales book are joining us to share some of the tales from the book and tell us about their research. 

Don't worry though there will still be time for a few of you to share your own tale be it from Perthshire or not.

Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Monday, 30 July 2018

Scotland Gas Networks work on Riverside Drive starts today #dundeewestend

As indicated in the council's weekly road report I shared yesterday, gas network work commmences  on Riverside Drive today.

Scotland Gas Networks' Stakeholder and Community Officer has advised me as follows :

"Following discussions with Dundee City Council, our project will start on Monday 30 July and last approximately six weeks. We’ve split the project into two phases to help minimise disruption.

During phase one of our work we’ll be working in Riverside Drive, near the entrance for Barnetts Mazda garage. To ensure everyone’s safety while we work, two-way temporary traffic lights will be in place around our work area. We expect this phase to be complete within three weeks.

Our work will then continue eastwards along the road. During phase two we’ll be working east of Tay Rail Bridge and three-way temporary traffic lights will be in place around our work area. Riverside Approach will also be closed to southbound traffic and a diversion route will be in place for motorists.

We’ve created a dedicated webpage for this project which can be accessed through the following link - here

We always aim to minimise disruption and we will make every effort to ensure our works are completed as soon as possible."

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 30 JULY 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 July for 5 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach closed southbound and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage will be in force for periods of the 5 weeks.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

West End Community Police Surgeries #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgeries take place next Monday - details below and all residents welcome :

Friday, 27 July 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Riverside Approach

From the City Council :

Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating gas main renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for five weeks from 30 July 2018.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily (1) all southbound vehicular traffic in Riverside Approach from its junction with Magdalen Yard Road to its junction with Riverside Drive and (2) all right turning traffic (westbound) from Barnetts Garage onto Riverside Drive.

Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.

Alternative routes will be available via (1) Magdalen Yard Road, Windsor Street, Perth Road and Riverside Drive and (2) Riverside Drive (eastbound), Tesco Roundabout and Riverside Drive (westbound).

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS - contact phone number - 433168.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Friends of Wighton update ...

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Lunchtime Recital – today! - Wednesday 25th July at 1.15am

Friends of Wighton and the Wighton Heritage Centre are celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People with a holiday trio of Lunchtime Recitals featuring some of our finest young traditional musicians.

On Wednesday 25th July, we have our now traditional summer visit from the Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail, a recital that has been known to merge into a lively session.

This year we are delighted to welcome the Gaelic Ceilidh Trailers with Sean Clark (Guitar), Rachel Campbell (Accordion), Isla Ratcliff (Fiddle and Voice), Felix Churchill-Moss (Fiddle and Mandolin) and Duncan Macleod (Voice and Piano) focussing on Scotland’s rich Gaelic repertoire.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

McGonagall's Walk to be repaired

Following concerns expressed to me by residents that McGonagall’s Walk on Riverside Drive has been damaged during recent flood prevention works, the City Council has given assurances that the walk will be repaired.

The council's City Development Director has now advised me :

“My Officers have investigated the damage to McGonagall's Walk art installation and established that there are seven cracked slabs and damage to one of the words which has removed one of the letters.

The damage to the slabs occurred during the construction of the new seawall.  This has been raised with the contractors and who have advised that they will replace the damaged slabs, including the art work.  The damage to the individual letter was not caused by the contractor and this will be replaced by the Council.”  

I am pleased the walk is to be fully repaired as it is part of the city’s heritage – the work will be completed in the coming months.

McGonagall's Walk  is embedded in the pavement for 150 metres along Riverside Drive west of the V&A at Dundee.   It is includes an inscription of McGonagall's poem, “The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay.”

Monday, 23 July 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 JULY 2018

Perth Road (at Arnhall Drive) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 23 July for one week for gas service connection.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 July for 5 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach closed southbound and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage will be in force for periods of the 5 weeks.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Magdalen Green Sunday Bandstand Concert #dundeewestend

The latest Sunday Bandstand Concert on the Magdalen Green Bandstand takes place this coming Sunday (22nd) at 2pm.

The Dundee Instrumental Band will be playing - all welcome - don't miss it!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Designed to Inspire

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Now on in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building:

Designed to Inspire 
- an exhibition of amazing design from the University of Dundee’s collections

In 1977, the Principal of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Myer Lacome, proposed a plan for a museum of design to be housed in a landmark building on Dundee’s waterfront. 41 years later his vision has finally been realised with the opening of the V and A Dundee.

With Dundee having been designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2014, an exciting new chapter has begun in the story of design education in Dundee. This exhibition celebrates the history of design teaching and research and showcases some amazing examples of design from the University of Dundee’s museum and archive collections.

The exhibition includes animation, graphic design, illustration, jewellery and metalwork, embroidery and textile design, ceramics, furniture design, comics and book design, architectural design, town planning, scientific and educational design and surgical instrument design.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 16 JULY 2018

Logie Street – closed for one week for carriageway resurfacing.

Greenmarket/South Marketgait junction – prohibition of all right turns for one week for traffic signal refurbishment works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Perth Road (at Arnhall Drive) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 23 July for one week for gas service connection.

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 July for 5 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach closed southbound and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage will be in force for periods of the 5 weeks.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Community Spirit Action Group July meeting #dundeewestend

Details of the next meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the residents' group for the 'north' of the West End Ward, covering areas like Cleghorn, Pentland, Ancrum, Tullideph and Milnbank/Forest Park :