Sunday, May 29, 2016

Harris Academy FPs' Lunch

The next Harris Academy Former Pupils’ Association Lunch is on Monday 6th June 2016 at 12 noon for 12.30pm.

It will be held in Invercarse Hotel on Perth Road and the cost per person, payable on arrival, will be £16.00.

More information is available from the FPs’ Treasurer Freida Soutar – 562788 and treasurer@harrisfps.co.uk and bookings should be advised by 5 pm on Thursday 2nd June 2016.

You can read more about the Harris Academy Former Pupils’ Association here.

Volunteering and events - June 2016


Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 30 MAY 2016

Fleuchar Street (Eassons Angle to Blyth Street), Blinshall Street (Lochee Road to Douglas Street) and Scott Street (City Road to Glenagnes Road) – closed for 2 weeks for SSE cable renewal works.

Guthrie Street – off-peak traffic control for 2 weeks for footway works.

Forthcoming Closures

Thomson Street (Magdalen Yard Road for approximately 100m north) – closed from Monday 13 June for 5 days for Scottish Water service connection works.

Seabraes Lane (from No 11 for a distance of 30m westwards) – closed from Monday 20 June for 5 days for gas service connection works.

You can read the weekly road report for the whole of Dundee here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pupil safety outside Dundee schools

Yesterday, I took part in the latest meeting of the City Council's working group tackling school parking and pupil safety outside schools across the city.

At my request, an item on the agenda was about ensuring good practice regarding parking near schools and we had a lengthy discussion about this, including ways of promoting good practice.   Included in the discussion was proposed arrangements at Harris Academy once the whole school moves to back to Perth Road in August (senior pupils only are now starting at the new building in advance of the end of the current term)

We also had a discussion about School Crossing Patrollers across the city.   The recent attempts to recruit more SCPs has been really successful with all but 2 of the 85 posts now permanently filled – the best position the city has been in in terms of SCP provision in a very long time.   

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Launch of Dundee Design Festival @DesignDundee

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Dundee Design Festival which took place at West Ward Works at Guthrie Street.

It was a fantastic launch to showcase art and design in the city and was extremely well attended as the first of the photos below shows.

The Festival runs until Saturday and you can read more details here.    I would certainly urge attending - it is well worth a visit!



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tait's Lane - road condition and road safety

Residents in Tait's Lane have recently raised with me concerns about the state of the road surface in Tait's Lane.    I raised this with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership who advised :

"An inspection has been carried out and an order raised to repair a number of defects on the narrow section of Tait's Lane with a timescale for repair of one to two weeks."

I have also raised residents' concerns about a minority of drivers ignoring the "Local Access Only" signage and using this very narrow street as a short cut, including some HGVs, which is inappropriate and a concern to residents.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Perth Road - further road improvements planned

With the current road resurfacing works on Perth Road taking place between Sinderins and West Park Road, a number of constituents have asked me when other parts of Perth Road (much of which is in poor condition) will be resurfaced.

The council's Roads Maintenance Partnership has updated me as follows :

"Works were originally programmed for 20 June 2016 commencement to resurface the carriageway in the Nethergate between Marketgait and South Tay Street.   However we have delayed these works until Scottish Water have confirmed completion of their works, and allowing time for any initial settlement of their reinstatements, we therefore propose February/March 2017 as a likely date for our works.

Regarding Queen's Hotel to Sinderins, I can advise the following based on continuation of current funding levels and annual programme review :

South Tay Street to Roseangle - resurfacing works completed in 2013/14, 4800sqm approx.

Roseangle to Blackness Avenue - resurfacing re-programmed and now proposed for 2017/18.

West Park Road  to Botanics Garden - patch and surface dressing proposed for 2017/18.

Botanics Garden to Ninewells Avenue- patch and surface dressing proposed for 2019/20."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dundee Design Festival #DundeeDesignFest

Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design is hosting the first Dundee Design Festival from the 25th – 28th May 2016.

The theme for the first Dundee Design Festival is “Place. Work. Folk. Design.” through which we explore the potential of design to connect the city’s communities and improve our everyday lives.

A major exhibition is at the centre of the festival, open from 10am – 5pm Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th May and taking place across an entire floor of DC Thomson’s former print works, West Ward. This exhibition weaves together some of the great design stories currently emerging from the city, including new innovations in textiles, games design and design for health and wellbeing.

A programme of workshop, talks and events augments the exhibition creating a packed festival programme of more than 30 talks, workshops and performances designed to delight and enthral a wide range of audiences.

Programme highlights include the one-day forums, Design Revolution, Innovative Cities & Business and Mass Assembly.

Workshops include weaving, jewellery, screen printing, creating comics, wearable art and gaming.

UNESCO City of Design Dundee are delighted to welcome local, national and international speakers to the extensive talk programme that accompanies the exhibition.

Full programme details and tickets can be found here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Temporary Traffic Order - Perth Road Area

Further to my update in March indicating major Scottish Water infrastructure works in the West End (the major effect of which will not be until July when there will be one-way traffic in the area of the Perth Road shopping area for up to eight weeks, followed by works on City Road), please now see the Temporary Traffic Order from Dundee City Council below.   

The work programme covered in the Order starts this week.    As the work progresses, please note that the dates assigned to each street are only indicative and could be subject to change dependent upon progress.     The eastbound closure of Perth Road will remain constant however commencing on 4th July :

Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating Scottish Water mains renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for twenty two weeks from 23 May 2016.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in the following streets:

1)     Brown Street between Guthrie Street and Hawkhill
2)     Session Street between Guthrie Street and Hawkhill
3)     Old Hawkhill westbound between West Port and Hunter Street
4)     West Port westbound between South Tay Street and Old Hawkhill
5)     South Tay Street northbound between Nethergate and West Port 
6)     Temple Lane for its entire length.
7)     Shepherds Loan for its entire length.
8)     Perth Road eastbound between Hawkhill and Nethergate.
9)     Pennycook Lane for its entire length.
10)  Patons Lane for its entire length.
11)  St Peter Street for its entire length.
12)  West Wynd for its entire length.
13)  Seafield Lane for its entire length.
14)  Seafield Road between Perth Road and Seafield Road (north/south section).
15)  Mid Wynd for its entire length.
16)  Millers Wynd for its entire length.
17)  Nethergate (i) east bound between Perth Road and West Marketgait and (ii) east bound between West Marketgait and Union Street.
18)  Rankines Court for its entire length.

The closures are planned to run in the advertised order but this may be subject to change and more than one road may be closed at any one time.  The one-way Orders relating to Shepherds Loan and Patons Lane are to be rescinded for the duration of the works.

Alternative routes will be available via (1) Guthrie Street/Horsewater Wynd/Hawkhill, (2) Guthrie Street/Horsewater Wynd/Hawkhill, (3) Nethergate/West Marketgait/West Port Roundbaout/Hawkhill/Hunter Street, (4) Nethergate/West Marketgait/West Port Roundabout/Hawkhill/Hunter Street/Old Hawkhill, (5) Nethergate/West Marketgait/West Port Roundabout/Hawkhill/Hunter Street/Old Hawkhill/West Port, (6) no diversion route available, (7) Magdalen Yard Road/Roseangle/Perth Road, (8) Hawkhill/Hunter Street/Old Hawkhill/West Port/South Tay Street/Nethergate, (9) no diversion route available, (10) Perth Road/Windsor Street/Magdalen Yard Road, (11) Perth Road/Ryehill Lane, (12) no diversion route available, (13) Thomson Street/Perth Road, (14) Perth Road/Roseangle/Bellefield Avenue/Seafield Road, (15) no diversion route available, (16) no diversion route available, (17) (i) Perth Road/Hawkhill/West Port Roundabout/West Marketgait (ii) South Marketgait/Yeaman Shore/Union Street and (18) no diversion route available.

If you have any queries, please contact the City Council's Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS - phone 433082.

Artist's Talk: Macoto Murayama

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

Macoto Murayama is a Japanese artist who cultivates ‘inorganic flora’. His extraordinary images are created after minutely dissecting real flowers and studying them under a microscope. His drawings are then modelled in 3D imaging software then rendered into 2D compositions on Photoshop before being printed in large scale.

To accompany the current exhibition of Macoto’s work in the Lamb Gallery, we are delighted that the artist will be coming to Dundee to give a talk about his work on Tuesday 24th May at 6pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building. The talk will be followed by a reception in the gallery.   Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.

This event has been supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

You can read further information about the exhibition here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

WEST END REPORT FOR SUNDAY 22 MAY 2016

Nethergate/West Marketgait – temporary traffic lights and lane restrictions on Sunday 22 May for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 MAY 2016

Fleuchar Street (Eassons Angle to Blyth Street), Blinshall Street (Lochee Road to Douglas Street) and Scott Street (City Road to Glenagnes Road) – closed for 2 weeks for SSE cable renewal works.

Perth Road at Sinderins junction – closed for one week for carriageway resurfacing.

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound nearside lane closure for 2 weeks for water main renewal.

Riverside Drive/Riverside Esplanade – overnight (9.00pm – 6.00am) lane closures from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 May for BT cabling works.

Guthrie Street (at Daniel Street) – temporary traffic lights until Monday 23 May for Hydro Electric fault.

You can read the weekly road report for the whole of Dundee here.

Bus Service 203 - diversion from next Monday

I previously advised of the changes to bus routes for Xplore Dundee services whilst the current roadworks on part of Perth Road are taking place.    

From Monday (23rd), the Sinderins junction itself will be resurfaced (this will take up to a week).    This will require a diversion for bus service 203 and Xplore Dundee advise it will follow the diversion below:

Normal route to Perth Road, then left into Roseangle, following on to Magdalen Yard Road, right into Windsor Street, Perth Road, Hyndford Street, Blackness Avenue and then Seymour Street.

The route will be followed in reverse when heading towards the City Centre.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dundee Safe Place Initiative Launch

Yesterday, I was pleased to attend the Dundee Safe Place Initiative Launch that took place at the Steeple Church.  

Advocating Together (Dundee), the local, independent advocacy, capacity building organisation based in the West End, secured funding from the Rank Foundation to develop the initiative.

The Safe Place Initiative aims to help disabled, vulnerable, and older people in the city centre to feel confident, safe, and free from the fear of abuse, intimidation and harassment.

Presentation from the Safe Place Initiative Launch
If someone feels they are being bullied, abused or harassed while they are out they will have Safe People they can approach and/or Safe Places and Specialised Safe Places within the city centre to go to.

It is a really great initiative and interested businesses, organisations and people can contact Advocating Together to find out more about what they could offer vulnerable people in Dundee.

Later yesterday, I attended the Anti-Social Behaviour Strategic Development Group meeting, had my weekly ward surgery at Blackness Primary School and attended the quarterly meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting at Blackness Library.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden - Plant Sale

The Friends' plant sale is being held in the Botanic Garden on Saturday 21st May, to coincide with the Plant Power Day.

The plant sale will operate from 10am until approximately 2pm.    

All welcome!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Supporting the Perth Road District Shopping Centre

Earlier today, along with some fellow councillors and council officers including the Head of Planning and Economic Development and the Head of Roads and Transportation, we had a very useful discussion about ways the City Council can further support the Perth Road District Shopping Centre.

Although there have been some shop closures recently, including the disappointing loss of the TSB bank branch, there have been positive developments with a new French restaurant in the former Parrot Café and the former Spokes unit (following their move to Annfield Row) about to be occupied again.

Our discussions included holding a consultation event with businesses in the coming months, looking at infrastructure, environment and public realm improvements, supporting businesses to have a greater collective voice and promoting a Perth Road business brand.

Most importantly is consulting with businesses in Perth Road in the coming months and seeking their views and ideas.     It was a very positive discussion today and all are keen to see real action to help further promote and support the Perth Road shopping area.

Friends of Wighton - latest update

With thanks to Sheena Wellington, here's the latest update from Friends of Wighton :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library

Cappuccino Concert

Saturday, 21st May - 11am (doors open 10.30am, refreshments available for a small donation);  tickets - £5

Helen Forbes, whistle, and Lou Lewis, guitar

Helen Forbes is one of Scotland’s finest whistle players, much in demand as player and teacher.  She will present reels, jigs, slow airs and a surprise or two, sensitively accompanied by ace rock guitarist Lou Lewis.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Balgay Stakeholders' Walkabout

Earlier this evening, I attended a walkabout round Greater Balgay by the Balgay Stakeholders' Group, which brings together local councillors, council parks/Neighbourhood Services staff and representatives from the Friends of Balgay - to look at issues related to Balgay Park and its surrounds.

We had a very useful walk round Greater Balgay, and discussed proposals for improvements in the forthcoming year or so which include :

Improved directional and road safety/vehicle speed limit signage
Removal of the unused bowling green at Lochee Park to incorporate it into the main park (but maintaining the remaining bowling green)
A welcome new overspill car park in Lochee Park and the lining of the main car park into bays
Repair of the Serpentine steps in Balgay
Significant upgrade and improvement to the Victoria Park tennis courts, hopefully taking place this summer
Upgrade to the playpark in Victoria Park 
Ask Community Payback to repaint the railings at the bandstand – see right
Look at ways of improving areas like some of the hedgerows
Some alteration to the Rose Garden to maintain its lovely appearance but improve its grass cutting regime
Some solar lighting on paths
Upgrading of Balgay Cemetery paths

These are very positive developments and I will continue to keep residents advised of progress.

Assurances given following "pointless" road closures

Further to my previous article from Sunday regarding my astonishment that, after five weeks of roads disruption to facilitate the replacement of high-voltage underground electricity cabling by Scottish & Southern Energy, the company had abandoned the work, yesterday I obtained assurances from Scottish & Southern Energy that there can be no repeat of this debacle.

Scottish & Southern Energy’s Base Capex Manager has advised me that :

“   …  the works have been postponed due to the failure of the 132kV cable during the final testing regime in the manufacturer’s factory. This cable is specially constructed so it can be installed through the existing steel pipework that SSE have connected between Dudhope and Glenagnes substations. The cable was tested at all stages of its construction and the failure only became apparent when all the individual components were assembled and tested.  The manufacturer is a leading exponent of the manufacture and jointing of this type of cable and subsequently we had no concerns when the order was placed upon them, as SSE were content with their quality standards that meets the international recognised norm. 

With regards the early testing of the final cable, the manufacturer works on the same basis as all cable manufacturers and use the JIT (Just In Time) process, as the subsequent testing and storage of large quantities of cable in usually not a viable option at the manufacturer factory as space is a premium.  The manufacture of second batch of cable will be fully tested 2 months ahead of the revised installation. This is very unusual and has been agreed due to this failure of the first batch of cable which is now in the process of being scrapped.

As the reinstatement of the roads were originally planned for September, BBUSL are  now in the process of writing specifications and  placing orders so that the road and any paths will be fully reinstated with no deterioration to the surface as pre April 2016. This will be monitored on completion, as the original scope prescribed.”

This project has had a real impact on traffic over the past five weeks – for example, increased tailbacks on Lochee Road, the complete closure of Blinshall Street and Fleuchar Street and lane restrictions in Glenagnes Road and Scott Street.   To say it’s a disappointment to learn its all been for nothing and that Scottish & Southern Energy will be coming back to repeat it all again next year is something of an understatement.

I am at least relieved that Scottish & Southern Energy has given a promise to restore the roads back to the condition they were in prior to the work and that the second batch of cable will be pre-tested before the works go ahead for the second attempt in 2017.    However, its all proved to be a costly exercise this time around in terms of both the financial cost to Scottish & Southern Energy and inconvenience to local residents.    Lessons obviously must be learned from this.

Dig for butterflies


University of Dundee Botanic Garden Fun Run

In association with the Institute of Sport and Exercise at the University of Dundee, the Botanic Garden will be hosting the annual Fun Run on Wednesday 18th May at 7pm. 

Staged within the scenic setting of the Botanic Garden, the Fun Run is suitable for all the family and levels of ability; whether you are raising money for a worthwhile cause, remembering a loved one or simply keeping active. Entry fee is £5 and registration closes at 6.45pm on Wednesday 18th May. 

There will be prizes up for grabs from Lowes of Dundee.    Please call 381190 for more information.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Friends of Magdalen Green AGM this Thursday


Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 16 MAY 2016

Fleuchar Street (Eassons Angle to Blyth Street), Blinshall Street (Lochee Road to Douglas Street) and Scott Street (City Road to Glenagnes Road) – closed for 3 weeks for SSE cable renewal works.

Thomson Street (Magdalen Yard Road for 100m north) – closed until Monday 16 May for service connections.

Perth Road (West Park Road to Blackness Avenue) – closed for 2 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Riverside Drive – traffic control for one week for carriageway patching works.

You can read the weekly road report for the whole of Dundee here.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Concern at over a month of road disruption "all for nothing"

Back in February, I advised constituents of the Scottish & Southern Energy project for replacement of high-voltage underground electricity cabling affecting parts of the West End Ward.   Details of the Temporary Traffic Order for the work that started at the beginning of April can be read here.

I have just received a letter from Scottish & Southern Energy as follows :
I have expressed my astonishment that, after five weeks of roads disruption, the company has abandoned the work as the new underground cabling failed a final quality test.

Whilst I appreciate that the company will not implement a cabling system that failed a safety test, questions have to be asked as to why this testing has taken place some five weeks into roads disruption on Lochee Road, Fleuchar Street, Scott Street, Blinshall Street, Glenagnes Road and other roads inbetween.    Why was testing of the new cabling not undertaken before the roads were dug up?     I have written to Scottish and Southern Energy seeking an explanation.

This project by Scottish & Southern Energy has had an impact on traffic over the past five weeks – for example, increased tailback on Lochee Road, the complete closure of Blinshall Street and Fleuchar Street and lane restrictions in Glenagnes Road and Scott Street.   To say it’s a disappointment to learn its all been for nothing and that Scottish & Southern Energy will be coming back to repeat it all again next year is something of an understatement.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sycamore Place - external cyclical maintenance

Sycamore Place
A number of the tenants in Sycamore Place has asked when their front doors will be repainted as part of the council's external cyclical maintenance programme.

The City Council has updated me as follows :

"I can confirm that doors are painted as part of the ECM Programme and that the next ECM is planned for Logie for 2016/17 financial year."

Friday, May 13, 2016

Celebrating activities in our neighbourhoods ...

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of attending a great drop-in event by the Dundee Celebrate Age Network to celebrate many of the activities for older people that take place across the city.    The event took place at the Central Baptist Church in Ward Road.

The guest speaker was Iain Flett, the City Archivist who did a presentation on "Glimpses of Old Dundee from the Archives" and there were many other presentations including Marjory Moore talking about the activities of the West End Curling Club.

The event was really well attended and lunch included a taste of Dundee's meals on wheels lunches - I had chicken fricassee and it was absolutely delicious!    The meals on wheels are provided by Tay Cuisine - the Tayside Contracts catering unit.

Here's a photo of Helen Reeves delivering her talk on 'ageing well with poetry' :

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Festival of Museums events at the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

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

Two family events for Festival of Museums 2016 :

Saturday 14th May, 2pm-4.30pm

Fossils and Ferns: The Hunt is On!

Get your magnifying glasses at the ready and dust off those detective hats because some sneaky fossils and ferns have found their way into our displays in the museum and we need your help to find them all!    So round up your friends and family and head over to the museum to take part in our quiz and fossil hunt festivities.   Whilst exploring the museum you’ll also learn some amazing things about dinosaurs and the environment they lived in.    It’ll be a roaring good time so come and join us!

Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. 

Sunday 15th May, various times

Getting Crafty with Fossils and Ferns

Get your creative juices flowing with the University Museum Collections’ rarely seen fossils and ferns on show in the Zoology Museum!   Be inspired by everything on display to design your very own jute bag to take away using a variety of colours and materials. We have paints, badges, stencils and stamps - fun for the whole family!

This is a free event, but booking is essential.   There are three sessions available at 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm and tickets are available here.  

All children must be accompanied by an adult.    If you are assisting another person but not planning on designing a bag yourself, you need only to book for the person using the materials but please contact us to let us know.

Please enter through the main door of the Carnelley Building off Park Place. Admission to all events is free.

Festival of Museums (#FoM2016) is an annual 3-day treat of extraordinary, exciting and surprising events day and night in museums and galleries throughout Scotland. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Busy Tuesday ...

This morning, I was very pleased to attend and do the welcome and introductions at Jericho House's Open Day for partner organisations working in the alcohol and drug fields.

It was an impressive showcase for the vital work that Jericho House undertakes and to listen to the personal journeys the service users told.    I have served on the Jericho House Support Group that assists the work of the house.

You can read more about Jericho House in Dundee here.

I also attended the official opening of C Gate, the new home for the Dundee Carers' Centre (spookily enough, situated in the Seagate!)

There was a great turnout to the opening - the photo below is of Fraser Patrick, Chair of the Carers' Centre's Board, addressing the audience.
This evening, I attended the May meeting of West End Community Council where there were very positive discussions on a number of local issues including supporting our local shops and parking issues locally.

West End Community Council meeting tonight


I have now published my May 2016 Update to the Community Council and you can download this here.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 09 MAY 2016


Fleuchar Street (Eassons Angle to Blyth Street), Blinshall Street (Lochee Road to Douglas Street) and Scott Street (City Road to Glenagnes Road) – closed for 15 weeks for SSE cable renewal works.

Thomson Street (Magdalen Yard Road for 100m north) – closed for one week for service connections.

Perth Road (West Park Road to Blackness Avenue) – closed from Monday 9 May for 3 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

You can read the weekly road report for the whole of Dundee here.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

West End roads and pavements improvements - 2016/17

The City Council's City Development Department has advised of its programme for roads and pavements upgrades for this new financial year - 2016/17.    In the West End Ward, these are as follows :

Adopted pavement improvements :

Perth Road – north footway – Duncan of Jordanstone to Springfield
Perth Road – north footway – Speedwell Bar to Sinderins junction
Smellies Lane
Guthrie Street - Pizza Hut to Horsewater Wynd
Ashbank Road (where part of the east footway is sunken and needs reinstatement)

Unadopted pavements :

Magdalen Yard Road – south side (new 2 metre wide footpath round north edge of Magdalen Green)
West Park Road – west side - Roxburgh Terrace to Norwood Terrace

Roads improvements:

Riverside Drive - Rail Station to Tesco Goods Entrance - Eastbound 
Nethergate - Marketgait to South Tay Street 
Perth Road – west of Blackness Library to West Park Road (start – Monday 9th May) 
Riverside Drive - Riverside Inn to Riverside Approach 


Non-Adopted Asset Programme :

Balgay Cemetery Various Internal Roads - overlay
Balgay Road - Both Footways reconstruction
Logie Avenue Footway and Access at Lock ups resurface

A map of the proposals for the West End is below :

I am pleased at further progress on the unadopted pavements programme that will include the north edge of Magdalen Green again having a proper footpath (as it did historically).

It is particularly good to see roads and pavements being included where I have campaigned for improvements on behalf of residents - the two stretches of Perth Road's pavements east of Sinderins (on the north side) being two examples.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Redefining potholes!

One of our neighbouring authorities, Perth and Kinross Council, has changed its definition of a pothole. 

Previously a repair team would be sent out if a fault in the road had a depth of at least 40mm, or 1.5 inches. 

But now, it will not be fixed unless they are 60mm - 2.36 inches - or more. 

Perth and Kinross Council expects the new criteria to save £120,000 a year.

As constituents have queried with me our council's policy, I asked Dundee City Council's Director of City Development and he has responded as follows :
Dundee does have criteria for when a defect (including a pothole) is identified for repair and is referred to below.   This is the standard that the majority of Scottish Authorities currently follow. 
“A surfacing defect will become actionable when it is greater than 150mm in diameter, the leading edge of a raised or depressed vertical face is proud of the immediately adjacent surfacing by 20mm on footways and 40mm on carriageways.”

Thursday, May 05, 2016

203, 204 and 204a bus service diversions during Perth Road roadworks

Earlier today, I advised of the changes to bus routes for Xplore Dundee services when the roadworks on part of Perth Road start next Monday.     However, the poster did not include details of the services tendered by the City Council (the 203, 204 and 204a).     Xplore Dundee now advises the following with the 204/204a services :

Service 204 (to the City Centre)
Normal route to Corso Street, then left into Blackness Avenue, Sinderins junction, left into Perth Road and then normal route from Nethergate.

Service 204a (to the City Centre)
Normal route to Newhall Gardens and Perth Road, then left into Glamis Road, right into Blackness Road, right into Blackness Avenue Sinderins junction, left into Perth Road and then normal route from Nethergate. 

Service 204 (from the City Centre)
Normal route to Nethergate, then carry on to Perth Road, Sinderins junction, right into Blackness Avenue and then normal route from Corso Street.

Service 204a (from the City Centre)
Normal route to Nethergate, then carry on to Perth Road, Sinderins junction, right into Blackness Avenue, left into Blackness Road, left into Glamis Road, and then normal route from Perth Road. 

Phase 2 (the Sinderins junction closure – third week only – not until 23rd May) will affect service 203 - but Dundee City Council is still considering which option to go with, once a route viability test has been carried out on some of the streets in the Blackness/West End area.

Perth Road - temporary bus diversions from Monday

Further to my recent update about the temporary closure of Perth Road between the Sinderins junction and West Park Road from Monday (9th May) for road resurfacing work, Xplore Dundee has kindly given me the following information about temporary bus diversions.    

The poster below covers Xplore Dundee services, but similar diversions apply to Stagecoach 16 and 77 services too :

Vote Coleman, Scottish Liberal Democrat, for Dundee City West today!

Willie Rennie and I are supporting Daniel Coleman for Dundee City West - for a hard-working MP for the West End and right across the constituency :

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Temporary Traffic Order : Tait's Lane

From Dundee City Council.   (This has been arranged at short notice due to roof water ingress to a block of tenements.   The work is expected to take no more than 3 hours, and will commence early Saturday morning) :

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 mobile access platform (roofing) works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Tait's Lane (from its junction with Hawkhill for a distance of approximately 20 metres in a northerly direction), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 7th May 2016 for  one  day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Hawkhill/Peddie Street/Blackness Road.

For further information contact 433168.

Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Community Spirit Action Group AGM

Earlier this evening, I attended the Annual General Meeting of Community Spirit Action Group - the community group for the "north" part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.

Tribute was paid to Len Jamieson, the group’s long-standing secretary, who sadly passed away last week.    Len will be sadly missed, having been the group’s hard-working secretary since the group originally formed back in 2008.

At tonight’s meeting, there was an interesting presentation on the consultation about introducing 20mph speed limits where residents want this.    You can still take part in the consultation – more information about this is available here.   There was also a useful update from community safety wardens.   I updated the group about a number of local matters including street lighting and bus services.

A new committee was elected with George Chalmers re-elected as Chair and Ewan Stirling (a former Chair of the group) as the new Secretary.