Monday, 18 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Event at the Botanic Garden today #dundeewestend

The next Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden talk is today in the garden's Education Centre at 2pm.

The speaker will be Sally McConville, Environmental Assistant at Dundee City Council. 

Sally will talk about Bonnie Dundee and Beautiful Scotland. 

Bonnie Dundee works in partnership with Dundee City Council to support Dundee’s entry into the Large City category of the Beautiful Scotland campaign. 

Volunteers are involved in a wide range of projects, from litter picks and tree planting to tending community gardens and the colourful planters you see around the city streets.

Hope to see you there - bring a friend!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Saturday - various streets

From the City Council :

THE ROADS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1984 - SECTION 62

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the Dundee Trades Union Council Anti-Cuts Protest Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:

1 Blackness Road (Urquhart Street to Hawkhill)
2 Hawkhill (Blackness Road to West Marketgait)
3 West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Nethergate)
4 Nethergate (West Marketgait to High Street)
5 High Street (Nethergate to Reform Street)
6 Reform Street (Murraygate to Meadowside)
7 Meadowside (Reform Street to Chapel Street)

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 12:00 to 13:30hrs.

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

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Friends of Riverside Nature Park AGM #dundeewestend

The Friends of Riverside Nature Park hold their AGM tomorrow night - Thursday 14th February at 7pm - at the Mitchell Street Centre - all welcome!

As well as reporting the past year activities and electing the new committee, there will be an illustrated talk about urban orchards.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Getting things done - Pleasance Court #dundeewestend

I have been in correspondence with Home Scotland about getting the graffiti painted on some ground floor windows in Pleasance Court removed.

I have received assurances from Home Scotland about this, which is reassuring as the most recent graffiti appeared before the festive season.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Northern Links update

Last Friday, the proposed Northern Links project launched early concept designs that would aim to make it easier for  residents to travel on foot and by bike more often for their local journeys on certain Dundee main streets, by improving the opportunities for and tackling barriers to active travel.

Northern Links aims to reallocate some road space in favour of cyclists and people rather than traffic, attempting to make the affected streets safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians - and for buggy, scooter and wheelchair users. 

One of the proposed streets for the project is Lochee Road and you can see the early concept designs for Lochee Road and the other streets elsewhere in the city here.
The proposals will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in April and if successful, further funding will be provided to undertake more detailed engagement and design work during 2019.

The project team is keen to get feedback from residents and community groups at this early stage and it is easy to provide your feedback here.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 9 AND SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2019

Nethergate (at South Tay Street) – temporary traffic lights from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February for Virgin Media Work.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound nearside lane closure (9.00am - 4.00pm) from Monday 11 February for one week for BT works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Litter pick today - University of Dundee and the West End #dundeewestend

Join students and staff later today to help tackle litter on campus and the surrounding area.

Free soup and a roll for participants. 

Meet outside the Student Union.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tayside MS Therapy Centre - volunteers wanted!

M S Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd
Unit 12b Peddie Street
Dundee DD1 5LB
TELEPHONE: 01382 566283

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 social volunteers who are available for a few hours on Saturday, either morning or afternoon or one weekday for a few hours (even every 2 weeks would be ideal), welcoming members, serving refreshments, and clearing and tidying of kitchen area.

Volunteer Chamber operator will assist the main operator to operate the chamber and also provide assistance to escort our members in and out of the chamber. We ask that you are physically fit, friendly and caring to offer our members, who are attending for Oxygen Therapy, social support, chatting and generally providing a secure, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. 

Full training will be provided.

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

Monday, 4 February 2019

Latest event from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington of Friends of Wighton :


Wednesday 6th February, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with SeaTangle


Tom and Kayren Hall, the husband and wife duo who make up SeaTangle, have been involved with music for over fifteen years in the East Neuk of Fife where they play regularly.

They perform a wide range of music which includes traditional Scottish songs and tunes, and a wide variety of other songs gathered along the way. 

Tom, a valued member of the Wighton Singers,  sings and plays guitar, drawing on a background which includes Sixties pop, amateur operatic shows, and also helping organise and run music sessions in the East Neuk, while Kayren plays fiddle and djembe.

Admission free, donations welcome.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2019

Fyffe Street (Benvie Road to Polepark Road) – eastbound closure from Friday 1 February for up to one week for emergency Scottish Water repair.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019

Old Hawkhill (junction of Park Place) – temporary traffic lights for one week for water connection works.

Perth Road (at Mid Wynd) - temporary traffic lights for one week for sewer repair.

Riverside Drive (at Discovery Point) – off-peak westbound nearside lane closure on Thursday 7 February for Scottish Water repairs.

Nethergate (at South Tay Street) – temporary traffic lights from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February for Virgin Media Work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound nearside lane closure (9.00am - 4.00pm) from Monday 11 February for one week for BT works.

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Getting things done - Newhall Gardens #dundeewestend

Residents recently drew to my attention the fact a street sign at the entrance to Newhall Gardens has been knocked over - see photo (right) :

I drew this to the City Council's attention and have now been advised :

"An order has now been raised for the pole to be re-erected."

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Getting things done - Greenbank Place #dundeewestend

Residents have complained to me about the state of the roadway in Greenbank Place - see photo (right) :

I took this up with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have received the following helpful feedback :

"An order has been raised for the repair of a number of potholes in Greenbank Place with a timescale for repair of approximately thirty days."


Sunday, 27 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SUNDAY 27 JANUARY 2019

West Marketgait (northbound from Hawkhill to Ward Road) – closed on Sunday 27 January for crane lifting operations.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 28 JANUARY 2019

Old Hawkhill (junction of Park Place) – temporary traffic lights for one week for water connection works.

Perth Road (at Mid Wynd) - temporary traffic lights for one week for sewer repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Drive (at Discovery Point) – off-peak westbound nearside lane closure on Thursday 7 February for Scottish Water repairs.

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our January Blether will be on Tuesday 29th January - at 7pm at The Butterfly Café, 28 Commercial Street.

The theme this month is “names”.

Join us for a relaxed evening of stories and tales. bring a story or just come to listen. 
  
Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Monday, 21 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 21 JANUARY 2019

Old Hawkhill (junction of Park Place) – temporary traffic lights for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Marketgait (northbound from Hawkhill to Ward Road) – closed on Sunday 27 January for crane lifting operations.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Dundee Pensioners' Forum - Question Time - a reminder

As I previously advised, I am participating in tomorrow’s Dundee Pensioners' Forum Question Time.   Here’s a new poster advertising the event to which all are welcome :

Friday, 18 January 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

2019 news from the University of Dundee Museum Services

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

We kick off 2019 with a new exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery highlighting some of the most exciting recent additions to our collections. Since our last Recent Acquisitions exhibition in 2017, over 1 400 items have been catalogued into the Museum Collections, a small selection of which are shown here.   Among the highlights are:

•      artworks acquired by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design from the annual Degree Shows
•      fascinating natural history specimens from Life Sciences and Anatomy
•     drawings from the Moira Macgregor Bequest, a major donation of over 500 artworks by the Dundee-born designer
•    original comics art acquired by the School of Humanities to support their innovative Comics Studies courses
•     an Apple II computer from 1978 used in the Psychology department

The exhibition is on show until 23rd March and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm;  Saturday 1pm to 5pm.

We are also pleased to announce an exciting development for the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, which will now be open to the public one Saturday a month throughout the year.    The museum will now be open 2pm to 4.30pm on the second Saturday of every month.   Admission is free – please enter by the main front door of the Carnelley Building.   More details here


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Dundee Pensioners' Forum - Question Time

I am looking forward to participating in next Monday's Dundee Pensioners' Forum Question Time :

Monday, 14 January 2019

Improvements at Riverside #dundeewestend

At the City Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee last week, we agreed improvements at Riverside as follows :

Central Reservation on Riverside Drive  :   Due to the nature of this island and with how busy this part of the road is, it is dangerous for staff to carry out cutting work on the grass here.  To enhance the approach to the city, removing the grass and replacing with hard standing will be not only tidier but takes away the risk of working on this narrow island.

Installation of bollards between the pavilion and Barnetts Motors    :    On several occasions, there have been near misses with cars (when football is on in particular) - both bumping onto the grass and coming off.   Installing bollards will not only reduce the parking here, on safety grounds, but encourage users to use the car park provided at the pavilion.    It will also keep the grass in better condition.

Car park at the pavilion   :    Due to ongoing complaints, this car park now requires more than being topped up with materials.  Proposals are to scrape up existing car park, re-level to ensure water run off and resurface with recycled Tar Planings, making the car park a safer area to use.    This will not have the appearance of fully resurfaced hardstanding but will substantially improve the look and performance of the pavilion car park for users.

As I have repeatedly raised the condition of the car park over the years with the council - see below - the improvement planned is very welcome indeed.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

Forthcoming Roadworks – West End Ward

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Latest Friends of Wighton update!

From Sheena Wellington :

Next Saturday - 19th January - at 11am (doors open at 10.30am)

Cappucino Concert  with Simon Kempston

Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, often sidestepping the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of people. 

Simon is a powerful and intense live performer, and his true passion for music and song shines through in his acclaimed shows. He has performed at scores of esteemed venues and festivals in 27 European countries and Canada, Ronnie Scott’s, Celtic Connections, Sligo Live and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival amongst many others. Simon has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as a plethora of continental music radio stations.

Simon’s first full-length album ‘Carefree Prisoner’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews and his latest album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer, is his best, most poetic, most diverse and engaging collection of songs yet. The album is entitled ‘Broken Before’, was released in late 2018, and features superb, complementing instrumentation from Robbie Greig, William Archibald and Bob Miller.

Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.

Tickets £5 with tea & coffee available for a small donation. 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Sunday in the Garden #dundeewestend

From Ninewells Community Garden :

A week on Sunday - 20th January 2019 - from 10am to 12 noon.

Beat the January blues and pop down to the garden!  

Some seasonal gardening tasks will be on offer, or just sit back and watch the birds from the comfort of the Leaf Room.  

We welcome new volunteers and no experience is necessary.

More information about the garden is available here.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Harris Education and Recreation Association - enrolment

The Harris Education and Recreation Association Spring 2019 classes enrolment takes place on Wednesday 16th January - 6pm to 7.30pm - at Harris Academy.    

Further details are below :

Monday, 7 January 2019

Recycle your Christmas Tree!

From the City Council : 


♻️🎄If you have a real Christmas Tree remember to recycle it! ♻️🎄

You can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre or the council can collect it for you. 

To arrange for the council to pick up your tree or to find your nearest Recycling Centre click here.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the Christmas school holidays now over, it is back to West End Ward surgeries this coming week.   My Mitchell Street Centre and Harris Academy surgeries take place tomorrow.

My full surgery details are below – although I can also be contacted via esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk or phone me at home on 459378 anytime :


Friday, 4 January 2019

Latest news from Friends of Wighton!

Come along to the Wighton Centre in the Central Library on Saturday morning to celebrate with Shamblestone as they reveal their first ever EP.

Doors open from 10.30am so wander in early for a cup of tea or coffee. Tickets £5 (on the door) – it will be a thoroughly enjoyable event and all welcome!