Friday, 15 January 2021

Dundee Libraries - an update

Dundee Libraries has a new Pressreader service which is an excellent service.

Library users can now access the latest local, national and international newspapers from home.

Find out more here.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Getting things done - Balgay Hill #dundeewestend

In the past few months, many residents have expressed concern to me about unofficial bike trails that have been created on Balgay Hill.

Leaving aside their unauthorised nature and damage to the hill, the other concern is the health and safety of mountain bikers using these.

I have raised this with the council's environment team who are tackling the issue and have recently placed some sensible signage about these and suggesting better and safer places where mountain bike skills can be practiced.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Improvements to the Green Circular route in the West End #dundeewestend

I am pleased to advise that the City Council has confirmed to me that it is looking at improvements to where the Green Circular route crosses the Perth Road.     

Currently at this location cyclists and pedestrians use the existing carriageway junction cross as there is no footpath provision at this point.    The proposed works will include a new footpath creating a safer crossing as the images indicate :

There are also a couple of locations along Riverside Avenue where vegetation will be cutback to effectively widen the useable footpath/cycleway.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Business support in Dundee – an update

The Boxing Day shift from tier three to four, along with the move to lockdown last week, has changed the business situation and the need for support has never been greater. In particular, non-essential retail businesses and business premises delivering close contact services may now be eligible for support at level four.

A one-stop information guide for business with advice from Dundee City Council, support organisations, Scottish Government and other agencies can be found here

If you are already in receipt of grants from these funds you do not need to re-apply. The City Council will automatically alter grant payments to reflect the change of level. But if you have not previously applied, or applied but did not meet the criteria for level three support, and are now eligible under level four, you should make an application as soon as possible, so do please go to the link above.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Christmas Tree Recycling

Do you have a 'real' Christmas tree that you would like to be recycled? 

You can request an uplift from your property and further details are available here.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Get Out Get Active Tayside programme

Get Out Get Active Tayside's Online Activity Programme starts back tomorrow - 11th January.

Whether you have taken part in an activity before, coming along for the very first time or know someone who would really benefit from a friendly, supportive community during this challenging time we want everyone of all levels and abilities to get involved.
The Online Activity Programme is free and offers activities 5 days a week.

You can sign up here.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Hawkhill – traffic control for up to 2 weeks for street lighting column removals.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Friends of Wighton Saturday classes online!

From Sheena Wellington :

Saturday morning playing is back! 

We've all been missing our Saturday morning fix of tunes and, with no sign of classes being able to start in-person again any time soon, classes are moving online. 

Obviously, the format will be slightly different, but hopefully still enjoyable. 

A mixed instrument class will run 11am - 12 noon on Saturday mornings using Zoom, starting this Saturday.    Here is the Zoom link:

MoragAnne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday morning class

Time: Jan 9, 2021 11:00 AM London 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 1783 7909

To begin with I'll be taking the classes, with the hope of introducing guest leaders on a regular basis.    I'll be teaching a couple of slow tunes (for those who like time to think as they play, or for those who want to try out learning by ear) and then a faster tune.    Music will be shared to the screen (she says confidently!) on the day.

If participants want to contribute financially they can donate to my paypal account here.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Harris Education and Recreation Association update

From Harris Education and Recreation Association :

“Why not make some time for yourself this January and fill the long days with one of our evening classes -all done from the comfort of your living room. We have various topics including Pilates, Crochet, songwriting, Climate Change, Spanish and American History.  

You can enrol online from 13th January, and classes start at the end of the month.”

Online registration from the 13th will take place here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency

Latest update from Bailie Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) during the COVID-19 health emergency :

As residents will be aware, stay at home advice has become law, just as it was in the lockdown last year. This means it will only be permissible to leave home for an essential purpose. This will include caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise, maintaining a shared parenting arrangement and being part of an extended household. Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited.

A maximum of two people from up to two households will be able to meet outdoors. Children aged 11 and under will not be counted in that limit, and they will also be able to play outdoors in larger groups, including in organized gatherings. However, for everyone else – including 12 to 17 year olds - outdoor exercise should only take place in a way which is consistent with the 2 people from 2 households rule.

Anyone who is able to work from home, must do so. It will only be a reasonable excuse to leave your home to go to work, if that work cannot be done from home. 

You cannot leave your home except for an essential purpose. When you do go out, stay as close to home as possible and stay away from crowded places. And it remains the case that no-one is allowed to travel into or out of Scotland or between council areas in Scotland unless it is for an essential purpose.


You can access local information on the spread of the virus in your area by selecting Dundee City then choose from the menu in local neighbourhoods.

Places of worship will close until 1st February for all purposes except broadcasting a service, or conducting a funeral or wedding. While up to 20 people will still be able to attend funeral services, wakes will not be possible during January … and a maximum of 5 people will be able to attend wedding and civil partnership services. This is different advice from England so we contacted the Scottish Government to ask if this would change to bring it in line across the UK. The Scottish Government said it had considered is extensively before the decision so would be unlikely to change.

The school closure period will be extended until the end of January with most school pupils learning remotely – rather than in school. This will be reviewed on 18th January. The change will apply to all pupils - except vulnerable children, and children of key workers. And it includes nursery schools, as well as primary and secondary schools. The fortnightly review will not simply be a choice between opening and closing schools – but may see a gradual or staggered return with nurseries and primary schools returning earlier than secondary schools.


Updated guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people during lockdown.

The Government already had plans in place for the staggered return of universities and colleges. There is likely to be more information on this soon.

In total, over the period to the end of January - including the more than 100,000 already administered – the government expect to have access to just over 900,000 doses of vaccine. These will be split roughly equally between the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines.

Current expectation, based on assumptions about supply and the new advice on doses being administered up to 12 weeks apart, rather than 3, is that by early May everyone over 50, and people under 50 with specific underlying conditions, will have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. That is everyone who is on the JCVI priority list, and comprises more than 2.5 million people.

Once everyone on the priority list has been vaccinated, the Scottish Government will start vaccinating the rest of the population, and will do this in parallel with completing second doses for those on the priority list.

Information on the vaccination programme including on the dose interval increase:

This is the vaccination priority list:

This is the vaccine update statistics:

Over 80s are starting to receive the covid vaccine.

We received many complaints this week about slippy pavements and roads due to ice. We have raised every concern with the Roads Maintenance Partnership and are here to assist residents at all times. We thought you would find it helpful to have the Dundee City Council guidance on this.

The number of non-essential services which remain open will be further restricted. Premises which will need to close as a result of these changes will include, for example ski centres, showrooms of larger retailers, and clinics offering cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Construction and manufacturing remain open.

The current 1 metre exemption for workplace canteens will end – so canteens will have to ensure that employees sit 2 metres or more apart, rather than 1 metre.

Businesses required to close by law are currently able to claim up to £3,000 every four weeks through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. use the link below to apply.

We estimate that the applications for the following additional funds will start to open next week sometime. 

• £19.2 million to provide one-off grants for hospitality businesses
• £50.8 million for businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 that have not received support from the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund or Hotel Support Programme and some additional support to smaller businesses impacted by restrictions
• £11.8 million for international inbound, coach tourism and domestic tour operators
• £7 million for self-catering
• £5 million for visitor attractions
• £2.5 million for outdoor tourism
• £2.3 million for hostels
• £2 million for ski centres
• £1.5 million for travelling show people ineligible for other support
• £1.2 million for Destination Management Organisations
• £1 million for B&Bs and guest houses excluded from the latest Non Domestic Rates scheme 

If you were shielding and you cannot work from home, the clear advice now is that you should not go into work at all. The Chief Medical Officer is writing to everyone who falls into this category, and his letter will count as a Fit Note for those who need it. If you were shielding and not in employment, then you should follow CMO guidance and stay home where possible.

Guidance on adult care home lateral flow testing.

If you have symptoms of the virus check out this link. 


Scottish Government Updates:

Dundee City Council updates:

NHS Tayside website: 

Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.

Health Protection Scotland Guidance - 

Federation of Small Businesses: 

Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.

Ready Scotland Information - 

Tayside Cares - 

This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.


WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Discovery Days 2020

The University of Dundee’s Discovery Days will take place from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th January.

You can join online to listen to the newest professors and award-winning teachers and students, as they share the ideas that inspire them. 

Everyone is welcome and for more information and free tickets click here.

Monday, 4 January 2021

New Year update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

“The Friends of Wighton invite you to an online illustrated talk on the Montgomerie Collection to be given by Dr Margaret Bennett this Wednesday - 6th January.   

After organising a successful event online for Scottish Book Week we have decided that it is worth trying to put some concerts online too. We plan to hold the concerts on the first Wednesday of the month at 1.15pm. 

The first will be on Wednesday 6th January when the  guest will be Dr Margaret Bennet with an illustrated talk on the renowned Montgomerie collection, the children’s songs recorded in Dundee’s Hilltown in 1952.    

The talk starts at 1.15pm but you can log-in at any time from 1.05pm.”

Join Zoom Meeting here.

Meeting ID: 816 9660 4953 

Passcode: 157803

You can read more about the Montgomerie Collection in this interesting Evening Telegraph article here.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

EU Citizens Support Service

The deadline for the applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, June 2021, is slowly creeping closer. 

Estimates suggest there are still thousands of EU citizens and their families living in Scotland who have not yet applied to the scheme. 

The Citizens Advice service across Scotland wants to help EU citizens preserve their rights in the UK by making a claim.

Citizens Advice Scotland is running a dedicated EU Citizen Support helpline to assist with the application process for settled or pre-settled status - 0800 916 9847 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

At Dundee CAB, it is also offering telephone appointments and, in emergency situations, face to face appointments. It can be contacted by calling 01382 214633 or emailing

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Royal Voluntary Service Update

The Royal Voluntary Service in Dundee is pleased to continue to provide a lifeline to our vulnerable, older people (over 50) and or their carers. 

The support we have been providing (during the COVID-19 health emergency) and will continue to provide includes companionship (telephone befriending) calls and welfare checks (Safe & Well phone calls), help packs of essential food and toiletries– providing vital food for those struggling to pay for daily necessities. Read more about existing services here

For further information on any of the services mentioned please contact: Michelle Manzie, Service Manager or 07834 753386.

For referrals for services or enquiries about volunteering for Royal Voluntary Service, Dundee City, please contact either Irene Wallace, Service Coordinator 07917 183548 Thursday or Friday - or email at

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year! #dundeewestend

After such a challenging year, here's hoping for a much better 2021 ... best wishes to all residents in the West End for the New Year!

Thursday, 31 December 2020

A guid Hogmanay!

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

Words adapted from a traditional song by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Botanic Garden update #dundeewestend

Following the announcement on COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions, the University of Dundee Botanic Garden has advised that it will remain open for all local Dundee residents to visit, apart from the following dates:

Hogmanay - 31st December 2020

New Year’s Day - 1st January 2021

Staff, Friends and Students who are residing in Dundee can enter by showing their respective cards.

All non-members must pre-purchase a ticket via the Viator or Trip Advisor here.

The café is not open and this will be reviewed on 15th January as we learn more about the lifting or otherwise of Tier 4 restrictions.

With your continued support, the garden remains a safe site to exercise for those who live in Dundee. In planning your visit, patrons are asked to comply with the latest guidance on travel and social distancing at this critical time.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee

From Blether Tay-Gither, Dundee’s story telling club : 

We hope you can join us for our December blether tonight on Zoom – 7pm to 9pm :

The theme is ghosts. 

It's that time of year when it's a bit colder outside and we are huddled up in the warmth. More huddled up that usual this year with our enforced prolonged hibernation. Some festive events are still happening and we at least have the chance to meet in a cyber way to share stories. These long dark nights evoke the haunted and eerie things that dwell in the shadows. Even a very well-known Christmas tale tells of these creatures that may come unbidden to reveal the troubled ways of our lives. We are talking about ghosts. 

Tonight’s Zoom event is an opportunity to share and listen to stories around the theme of ghost stories. There is plenty of them out there so have a look and see what you can find and bring one to share - but if you would just prefer to listen that is ok too! 

Event link:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 9759 6631

Monday, 28 December 2020

Helping to Spread the Festive Cheer!

Loneliness and isolation has been magnified for all of us this year and particularly at Christmas.

Meal Makers’ volunteer cooks have been going the extra mile to do something special for an older neighbour. 

Meal Makers is a subsidiary of the award winning Scottish Charity Food Train. It is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who love cooking, and who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food, with an older neighbour who would really appreciate a freshly prepared meal and a friendly chat. 

By turning an everyday activity into a volunteering opportunity, Meal Makers strengthens connections within communities and provides a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them. 

Meal Makers is looking for volunteers in our area – postcodes DD1 and DD2 – you can find out more and sign up at

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Dundee in Level 4

As of yesterday, Dundee entered Coronavirus Protection Level 4. 

The City Council has a useful summary of the guidance which you can read here.

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Happy Boxing Day!

(with thanks to Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action for the image and photographs!)

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Important energy information over the festive period

With thanks to Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Getting things done - Magdalen Green #dundeewestend

Many thanks to the residents who contacted me about the directional pole apparently falling over on Magdalen Green.

I have asked the City Council to rectify this.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Help or advice over the Christmas period

The opening hours for welfare advice and other support services over the Christmas period can be downloaded here.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Hawkhill – lane closures until mid-week for street lighting column installation works.

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Another bus services update | Christmas Holidays 2020

Further to my update yesterday on Xplore Dundee Christmas bus services, you can read details of Stagecoach festive season bus services here.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Bus services update | Christmas Holidays 2020

Xplore Dundee has published a summary of bus service levels and public holiday timetables.

This is now available here to help plan bus journeys this Christmas.

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Pen Friends Project!

From Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action :

"We are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Companionship Society at the University of Dundee and are overwhelmed by the number of students keen to be pen friends with older people.  They have their pens and notepads poised but we need pen friends for them to write to.   Can you help?  

Why not make it our New Year's resolution to sign up to something completely different and make friends with someone you wouldn't normally be in contact with.  

Do you know someone who might like to do this?  Why not sign up yourself or refer a friend.  You will be matched up with people bases on your hobbies and favourite pastimes.  

We will provide you with paper and stamps and you can reply at your own leisure.  

Get in touch on with Clare on 07983 707168 or Jordan on 07983 706626 if you would like to find out more."

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Ancrum Road Primary pupils connect across the miles this Christmas!

With thanks to Mary McGowne, a great update about Ancrum Road Primary School pupils!

The Overgate Centre is keeping the Christmas spirit alive this year with a heartwarming initiative to connect local children with new friends in twin city Alexandria in the USA.

Overgate Air Mail has seen 76 pupils aged between six and twelve years old from Ancrum Road Primary School in Dundee write a letter of festive cheer to new pen pals at Charles Barrett Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. The campaign is part of Overgate’s DUNDEE’S 7 CITIES initiative which aims to strengthen ties between Dundee and its twin cities across the world. 

The pupils from Ancrum Road Primary, guided by teacher Kayleigh Anderson, have been busy writing their letters and documenting their experiences of the last twelve months to share with their new American pen pals, along with how each plan to celebrate Christmas this year.

The recurring themes throughout many of the letters demonstrate that no matter if in Scotland or the USA, children share the same dreams for Christmas (mainly presents from Santa!) and have been faced with similar challenges throughout lockdown (annoying siblings, the Scottish cold weather and remembering to socially distance) but remain optimistic for a brighter 2021. 

The letters have been collected by Overgate’s Christmas elves who, by the magic of Overgate Air Mail, are ensuring safe delivery to Charles Barret School in Alexandria. Once the pupils in Alexandria return their own letters to their new Dundee pen pals, a display of the letters that is sure to bring much festive cheer will be created in Overgate for all to enjoy. To complete the campaign, three local winners from Ancrum Road Primary will be selected at random to each win a £30 Overgate gift card.

Picture 1 (two boys standing in red)
Jack Campbell, Joshua Lee, Ailey Mathieson, Gracie Gollan and Chloe Doig.
Picture 2
Hannah McInnes, Lucas Sword, Millie Garrick-Orr, Emily Mitchell and Halle McKenzie.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Getting things done - Osborne Place and Magdalen Yard Road #dundeewestend

I have had numerous complaints about the extent of mushy, wet leaves around Magdalen Yard Road and Osborne Place and some blocked road drains.

I had reported this to both the environment team in relation to the leaves and the Roads Maintenance Partnership in relation to the drains - and have also raised similar issues at other locations :

Monday, 14 December 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Hawkhill – lane closures for one week for street lighting column installation works.

Riverside Drive (Tay Rail Bridge to Tesco roundabout) – eastbound nearside lane closure until mid week for new water connections.

Lower Pleasance (at Lochee Road) – closed overnight (9.00pm – 6.00am) from Monday 14 December for 3 nights for BT works. 

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – overnight temporary traffic lights (9.00pm – 6.00am) from Monday 14 December for 3 nights for BT work.

Thomson Street (Perth Road to Seafield Lane) – closed from Monday 14 December for 5 days for BT work.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency

Further update - for Sunday 13th December from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :


Businesses across Scotland will benefit from a new £185 million package of support including: 

• Tourism including self-catering - £60 million

• Hospitality - £30 million 

• Wedding venues and supply chain including photographers - £15 million

• Mobile close contact services, such as hairdressers - £15 million

• Taxi Drivers - £19 million

• Travel agents - £5 million

• Coach companies and tour operators - £6 million

• Visitor attractions - £1.5 million

More detail on the package will be announced soon and businesses can expect to apply for all the new grant schemes in January.


Anyone required to self-isolate, due to contact with someone who has had a positive test for coronavirus or as a result of quarantine rules on arrival from overseas will need to do so for 10 days following updated clinical advice.

Currently the self-isolation period for international travellers and for contacts of positive cases in Scotland is 14 days but this will change from Monday 14th December. 


Travellers arriving in Scotland from the Canary Islands must self-isolate. However, travellers arriving from Botswana and Saudi Arabia will not have to self isolate.


Travel to and from Jersey is banned but the ban on travel to the Republic of Ireland has been lifted. Infection rates in Donegal remain high so people should not travel there. Travel restrictions remain in place between Scotland and England, Northern Ireland and Wales except for essential reasons.


Higher and Advanced Higher exams will not go ahead and will be replaced with awards based on teacher judgement of evidence of pupils’ attainment. The assessment model will be based on the approach already agreed for National 5 awards.

A higher proportion of pupils from more deprived areas having to spend time out of school because of the pandemic. Holding exams would run the risk of translating the unequal impact of COVID into unfair results for our poorest pupils, leading to their futures being blighted through no fault of their own.


Universities will stagger the return of undergraduate students to campuses over at least six weeks. When students return, they will be offered lateral flow testing. All students are being asked to restrict their social interaction for a fortnight before they return to university and for the same period after they get there. 

College students – who largely do not move away from home to go to education – should return as planned. 


Visiting arrangements for hospitals and care homes will remain in place over the Christmas and New Year period. However, the special Christmas relaxation for the general public will not apply.

Christmas and New Year guidance has also been published for the adult care home sector, recommending that indoor visiting should continue to be supported where it is safe to do so, as well as setting out specific safeguards that care homes can put in place to safely support festive activities.


A £10 million fund which offers interest-free loans to tenants who are struggling with rent arrears has opened.


Qualifying day nurseries will continue to benefit from 100% relief on non-domestic rates until at least June 2023.


Existing hosts of short-term lets will now have until April 2023 to apply for a licence. There is considerable concern in the sector about the implementation of these measures when it is facing considerable economic challenge.


A £55 million emergency sports funding package to tackle lost ticket revenue includes :

• Scottish Football - £20 million
• Scottish Rugby - £15 million plus £5 million loan 
• Basketball - £300,000
• Netball - £100,000
• Motorsport - £400,000
• Ice Hockey - £200,000 
• Ice rinks - £2 million 
• Horseracing - £2 million


Scottish Government Updates:

Dundee City Council updates:

NHS Tayside website:

Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.

Health Protection Scotland Guidance -

Federation of Small Businesses:

Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.

Ready Scotland Information -

Tayside Cares -


This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.


WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson

Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Western Cemetery Memorial Garden #dundeewestend

It is great to see progress with the planting of the new memorial garden at the Western Cemetery, with the first phase now completed :

Friday, 11 December 2020

Getting things done - Ancrum Road and Lochee Road #dundeewestend

A number of residents recently contacted me about blocked road drains in parts of Ancrum Road and Lochee Road.    As one resident advised :

"I was driving up Lochee Road and Ancrum Road earlier this afternoon and the road gullies were all choked and the roads and footpaths were all severely flooded."

I raised this with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have received the following helpful reply :

"The roads inspector has raised an order for five gullies to be cleared as soon as resources are available."