Thursday, 13 December 2018

Distracted by Christmas

Tomorrow - Friday 14th December - and on Saturday :

Distracted by Christmas - at Platform Arts, Riverside Drive.

An original comedy with the highs and lows of Christmas – the lists, the shopping, the baking, the cooking, the decorating, the expectations … the distractions that can overwhelm and overtake the real meaning of Christmas.  

Come prepared to laugh!

It starts at 8pm and is free of charge but reservations recommended by emailing info@newscottish.org


Monday, 10 December 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10 DECEMBER 2018

Perth Road (at Riverside Place) – off-peak temporary traffic lights for up to one week for drainage works.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Getting things done - Blackness Library #dundeewestend

I recently contacted Leisure and Culture Dundee about the state of the railings at Blackness Library, following residents saying that these badly need repainted.

I suggested that Community Payback could be approached to undertake this and am pleased to have now been advised that this has been agreed.

The railings will be programmed in to be completed in the spring.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dundee Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have organised a talk on Historic gardens of Scotland - by Sue Hewer, Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage.  

Taking place in the Education Centre (pictured) in the Garden tomorrow - Sunday 9th December - at 2pm.

The talk will discuss why and how the design of gardens and landscapes changes over time and what an understanding of those changes can contribute to our knowledge of social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological history.

All welcome!

Friday, 7 December 2018

Carols tonight! #dundeewestend

Tonight - Friday 7th December - at 7.30pm at Platform, Riverside Drive :

The Wighton Singers will present carols from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales - some familiar, some not, but all worth hearing!  

Admission is free (donations welcome) and places can be reserved by emailing info@newscottish.org

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgery takes place tonight at the Harris Academy community facility - details below and all residents welcome :


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2018

Perth Road (at Riverside Place) – off-peak temporary traffic lights for one week for drainage works.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Botanic Garden 2019 calendar

The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have a 2019 calendar now available.

You can purchase this (£10) from the garden's reception or by clicking here :

Friday, 30 November 2018

Another great West End Christmas event tonight! #dundeewestend

The Christmas Lights Switch On in West Port is later today!    Don’t miss it!

Events take place in West Port in front of the Globe :

4.20 – 4 30      Fiddlers
4.30 – 4.40     Trombone Trio
4.40 – 4.55     Children’s Christmas Choir
4.55 – 5.00     Piper
5.00               West Port Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
5.00 – 5.10     Piper

There will be hot spiced apple juice being served to adults and hot chocolate being served to the children.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Don't miss tonight's West End Christmas events! #dundeewestend

A highlight of West End Christmas Fortnight will tonight!

This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place that evening at Dundee West Church at 6.15pm.     There will be musical contributions from all local primary and secondary schools.    The concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    

We are delighted that “The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils – it will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

At 7pm, Better Taygether singers will perform by the tree and thereafter at 7.20pm the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Santa.

There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.   Don't miss it!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End Police Surgeries take place at Blackness Library and the Mitchell Street Centre today - details below :

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2018

Bellfield Street (southbound from Blackness Road to Hawkhill) – closed from Monday 26 November for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

West End Christmas Fortnight starts today! #dundeewestend

Today sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight, which will be launched with a children’s crafts event followed by fortnight of many activities across the West End.

You can read more about the many super events taking place over the next two weeks - full details are in the West End Christmas Fortnight brochure - you can download it here.


Friday, 23 November 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Bellfield Street

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 service connections for a new housing development.  The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 26 November 2018.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit all southbound vehicular traffic in Bellfield Street from its junction with Blackness Road to its junction with Hawkhill.

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

Alternative routes will be available via (1) Blackness Road and Hawkhill By Pass for buses and taxis and (2) Blackness Road, Urquhart Street, Brook Street, Guthrie Street, Horsewater Wynd and Hawkhill for all other vehicles.

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 and if you have any queries please call 433168.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Friends of Wighton - Cappuccino Concert

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library

On Saturday 24th November at 11am (doors open 10.30am) the Cappuccino Concert will showcase fiddler Kevin Findlay’s book and CD “The Lochee Sessions.”

Kevin Findlay has been a member of Boogalusa since 1992 and has recorded 3 albums with the band. Notable gigs include the Festival Europe d’Art in Niort, France, Shetland Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival,Glasgow Celtic Connections and Aberdeen Jazz Festival.   He has appeared on The Big Breakfast, Pebble Mill at One and Aig Asaig Gaelic TV show; as well as live performances on Radio 1 and Radio Scotland.

He is a founder member of the Mad Parrot Ceilidh Band, formed in 2002, and has performed at ceilidhs and festivals in many locations, including Oman in the Persian Gulf.

In 2006, he became Musical Director of Tayside Young Fiddlers.   He has overseen the transformation of TYF into a group which performs material at the cutting edge of the vibrant Scottish musical tradition. He arranged and conducted their CD album Rockin’ the Baby in 2014.

Joining Kevin for the event will be two Mad Parrot colleagues, Lindsey Duncan on guitar and Wighton’s own Helen Forbes, on whistle.

Admission to a Cappuccino Concert is £5.    Tea/coffee and biscuits are available for a small donation. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Luna Place - proposed Stopping Up Order

From the City Council :

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL (LUNA PLACE, DUNDEE) (STOPPING-UP) ORDER 2018

Dundee City Council hereby give Notice that they have confirmed an Order under Sections 207 and 208 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, authorising the stopping-up of lengths of roads, footpaths and footways situated at Luna Place, Dundee.

A copy of the Order and relevant plan specifying the lengths of roads, footpaths and footways to be stopped up may be inspected at the office of the Head of Democratic and Legal Services, Dundee City Council, 20 City Square, Dundee, by any person free of charge between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday inclusive during a period of 28 days from 16/11/18.  A copy of the plan can also be viewed by searching for "Traffic Regulation Orders“ in the Roads and Travel section of our website.

Any persons wishing to question the validity of the Order or of any provisions contained therein on the grounds that the Order is not within the powers conferred by the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997, or on the grounds that the applicant interests have been substantially prejudiced by a failure to comply with any requirement of the said Act or of the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 or of any rules or regulations made under these Acts, may within six weeks from 16/11/18 make application to the Court of Session for this purpose.

HEAD OF DEMOCRATIC AND LEGAL SERVICES

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A fabulous West End Christmas Fortnight launches soon! #dundeewestend

Saturday 24th November sees the start of the West End Christmas Fortnight, which will be launched with a children’s crafts event followed by fortnight of many activities across the West End.

A highlight of the fortnight will be the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza, taking place on Wednesday 28th November.    This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place that evening at Dundee West Church at 6.15pm.     There will be musical contributions from all local primary and secondary schools.    The concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    

We are delighted that “The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils – it will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

At 7pm, Better Taygether singers will perform by the tree and thereafter at 7.20pm the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Santa.

There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.

West End Christmas Fortnight is packed with events and we hope that, as in the past 18 years, the local community will take part.      We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for their support of the Christmas Fortnight, without which the events would not be possible.

Other main West End Christmas Fortnight events include :

Saturday 24th November   :   Christmas Fortnight starts with the West End Christmas Fortnight’s lovely children's craft event led by the wonderful Lisa Earl of Create … Kids Create Craft Workshops.    Taking place at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall, this event is most suited to young school aged children.

Monday 26th November and Monday 3rd December :  Children’s craft activity at Blackness Library.

Friday 30th November  –  The Christmas Lights Switch on in West Port at 5pm – includes a choir at 4.30pm, piper at 4.50pm, apple spiced Christmas drinks and hot chocolate for the children.   

Saturday 1st December  –  Free Christmas card making at Gallery 48, West Port.
   
Saturday 1st December – Soup and pudding community lunch in Dundee West Church, 132 Perth Road.   

Friday 7th December – Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden’s children’s activities and a “Walk in the Dark”  

Saturday 8th December – Free Christmas decoration making workshop at Gallery 48, West Port.

Over Christmas Fortnight – Window Spotting Competition for children – prizes include a family membership of the Botanic Garden.

You can download the full West End Christmas Fortnight brochure here.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Dundee Money Action - Open Day

From Dundee Money Action :

You're invited to join us for our second open day on Thursday 22nd November to hear more about the work of Dundee Money Action and how we are able to support your client base. 

This event will take a similar format to our previous event held at the end of August, which was very well received by those who attended, with very positive feedback about the content and information provided about our service.

We are running four identical sessions over the course of the day - one hour sessions starting at 9.30am, 11am, 2pm, 3.30pm, which is designed to fit in around diary commitments within a working day. This event will be held at The Friary, Tullideph Road.

You will hear some case studies, find out more about the work of the project, the benefits to your client group, and how you can connect your clients to our workers. 

This event is for anyone working directly with a client group in Dundee - eg support workers / NHS staff / front line workers / charity drop-in workers. We would welcome multiple attendees from the same organisation or team.

Dundee Money Action is an innovative partnership project working across Dundee, delivering ongoing support for Dundee citizens to enable them to be more in charge of their money:

dealing with debts;
building money management skills;
looking at home energy use;
assisting with benefits;
and connecting people to support and interest groups amongst other activities.

Please book your free ticket here.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 17 AND SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2018

Park Place (Old Hawkhill to Smalls Lane) – closed on Saturday 17 November for crane lifting works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Bellfield Street (southbound from Blackness Road to Hawkhill) – closed from Monday 26 November for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Park Place

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 crane lifting works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Park Place (between Old Hawkhill and Smalls Lane), Dundee

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 17th November 2018 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes are available via Old Hawkhill / Smalls Lane.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Cappuccino Concert at the Wighton Heritage Centre

From Sheena Wellington :

Saturday 17th November at 11am (doors open 10.30am) at the Wighton Heritage Centre in the Central Library brings us the wonderful songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alan Reid.  
  
Founder member and mainstay of the internationally renowned Battlefield Band for more than 40 years, Alan was the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band. The depth of his melodic playing and punctuated rhythms have so defined Celtic music that his influence can be heard in many of today's younger generation of Celtic musicians.

Alan is also a prolific and fluid songwriter, his compositions full of imagery and stories of common folk and historical figures as well. As interesting and moving as the stories are, his musical compositions leave the listener with a strong, memorable and very singable melody.

Alan has a busy touring schedule, with stints in the USA, Germany and Australia in the past few months, so we are highly delighted that we can welcome him again. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Building Bridges Symposium - Al-Maktoum College


Register your free place online at almcollege.org.uk or search Al-Maktoum College Symposium 2018 on Eventbrite.

For more information, please email events@almcollege.org.uk


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Young change makers #Dundee


West End Community Council meeting tonight - all welcome! #dundeewestend

AGENDA FOR WEST END COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2018  AT  7.00PM
LOGIE  AND ST JOHN`S (CROSS)  PARISH  CHURCH  HALL
(ENTER FROM  SHAFTESBURY  TERRACE  -  OFF  BLACKNESS  AVENUE)

1. WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES
2. MINUTE OF MEETING 9TH OCTOBER 2018 AND  MATTERS  ARISING
3. CORRESPONDENCE
4. POLICE SCOTLAND UPDATE
5. WASTE MANAGEMENT – PAUL RAEPER
6. PERTH ROAD UPDATE
7. PLANNING  UPDATE – McClaren Group/Peterson Hall
8. WECC HIT LIST
9. OTHER MEETINGS ATTENDED ON BEHALF OF WECC
10. AOCB – MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INPUT
11. DATE  OF  NEXT  MEETING – Tuesday 11th DECEMBER 2018


Light refreshments will be provided

Monday, 12 November 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2018

Park Place (Old Hawkhill to Smalls Lane) – closed on Saturday 17 November for crane lifting works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Bellfield Street (southbound from Blackness Road to Hawkhill) – closed from Monday 26 November for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Centenary of Poland’s Day of Independence Parade

From the City Council :

THE ROADS TRAFFIC REGULATION  ACT 1984 - SECTION 14 (1b)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the Centenary of Poland’s Day of Independence Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:

1 Wilkie’s Lane
2 Blackness Road
3 Glenagnes Road

This notice comes into effect on Sunday 11th November 2018 from 13:25 to 13:45 hours.

Closures will be enforced by Police Scotland officers.

No diversion routes will be available.

For further information contact 433275.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

#LestWeForget #Remembrance


Friday, 9 November 2018

Getting things done - flooding issue update #dundeewestend

Many residents have recently reported to me extensive flooding frequently around the bus stop on Perth Road opposite Riverside Place.   I highlighted this with an initial response from the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership at the end of last month.

I have now had a more substantive response from the Roads Maintenance Partnership's engineer who has been investigating the matter - this reads as follows :

"I have been on site ... with a colleague from Tayside Contracts and we are proposing to dig up and investigate the slow running gully at the bus stop. 

We are also planning on installing slot drains, upsizing a nearby gully and will also carry out a minor surfacing repair to the carriageway. 

This all combined should alleviate the flooding at this location. 

Unfortunately due to the issue being located at Perth Road this is classed as traffic sensitive so we have to wait until the 3rd December before we can start the works. 

In the meantime I will arrange for the gullies here to be cleaned and will continue to monitor the area until the works have been completed."

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Getting things done - Seymour Street #dundeewestend

Residents recently complained to me about potholes on the road surface of Seymour Street towards its north end.

I raised this with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised as follows :

"A pothole repair order was raised ... with a timescale for repair of approximately thirty days."

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Latest Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Lunchtime Recital with Dolly O’Rourke and Friends today - Wednesday 7th November 

Dolly is a fine singer, well known in Dundee as she was head teacher at Ancrum Road Primary School until her retirement. 

She and her friends are stalwarts of several musical sessions across the area so with Dolly and Mike on vocals and guitar, Lorna and (the other Mike) on accordion, fiddle and Lesley’s unaccompanied singing we are promised a lively and friendly mixture of melody and song. 
   
The Lunchtime Recital runs from 1.15pm -1.45pm and admission is free though our shiny pink piggy-bank will be happy to receive donations!

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

WEST END WARD - SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2018

Nethergate (at Park Place) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 4 November for Scottish Water mains repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Bellfield Street (southbound from Blackness Road to Hawkhill) – closed from Monday 26 November for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Home-Start Dundee’s Annual Fundraiser


We are delighted to announce that Gleadhraich will be performing a fundraising gig with all proceeds coming to Home-Start Dundee.  

Gleadhraich are a celtic rock band formed in Carnoustie in 2010 while students at school. The band is made up of Craig Weir (Bagpipes/ Vocals), Ross White (Guitar/ Vocals), Paul Weir (Percussion) and Graeme Ritchie (Bass Guitar) with a live addition of a backing band which includes saxophone, trombone, accordion, keyboard and fiddle. The band was made Angus’ Cultural Ambassadors for 2013/14.  

At a Dundee performance in 2016 Gleadhraich welcomed Britain’s Got Talent winner, Jai McDowall and Bay City Roller’s onstage to play with the band as special guests.  The band has performed at a variety of events across the UK from headline shows to festival performances including at Scotland’s prestigious Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. This has led to the band sharing stages with acts such as Skerryvore, Donnie Munro, Twin Atlantic, AC/DC, The Fratellis and Peatbog Faeries. Gleadhraich made their German debut with a successful mini tour in September 2015 and featured in France in January 2016. 

Gleadhraich made their US debut at New York Tartan Week in 2017 with further performances scheduled in Germany and Switzerland. The band has featured on many national media platforms such as BBC, STV, S4C, NME, Magic FM and many more.  For more information about the band check out their website here.

We would be delighted if as many of you as possible could join us and raise money for Home-Start.  Tickets are priced at £10 and are available by telephoning 202040 or email admin@homestart-dundee.org.uk


Friday, 2 November 2018

Event at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend

This Sunday - 4th November - the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden have an event at the garden.

Christopher Dingwall, Landscape Historian and Heritage Consultant will talk about “James Thomson and the Garden City Movement in Dundee”. 

Thomson was a visionary City Architect around the turn of the 20th century, whose legacy is still evident today, though many of his ideas were halted by the First World War.

All welcome – the event takes place at the garden’s Education Centre at 2pm.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgery takes place tomorrow at the Harris Academy community facility - details below and all residents welcome :

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Getting things done - Perth Road #dundeewestend

Many residents have contacted me recently about on-going flooding of Perth Road opposite the junction with Riverside Place.

I contacted both Scottish Water and the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership about this recurring issue and both promptly responded.

The council's Roads Maintenance Partnership has advised as follows :

"An investigation is to be carried out in the forthcoming weeks.  However the gully machine has been attending when required following heavy rain.   

"It will be checked again this week."