Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Monday, 14 June 2021
Sunday, 13 June 2021
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Friday, 11 June 2021
As recently reported in the Courier and Evening Telegraph, a number of residents have asked me when the Blether Bus service that was suspended at the start of the COVID-19 health emergency can return. It has take longer to bring back as it uses small mini-buses and that's a challenge with social distancing still in place.
Thursday, 10 June 2021
Residents have highlighted to me that the area around the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster memorial on Riverside Drive is badly in need of weeding.
I therefore asked environment management in the City Council to carry this out and it was promptly tidied up although I have asked for it to be completed so it is neater and the surrounding area given a tidy too.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Monday, 7 June 2021
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 7 JUNE 2021
Step Row – closed for its entire length for street lighting column replacement from Monday 7 June for 5 days.
City Fibre H3G Project – rolling road closures commencing on Tuesday 15 June for 7 weeks. Rankine Street (full length) – closed from Tuesday 15 June for 10 days: Horsewater Wynd closed southbound from Monday 28 June for 4 days: West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – closed northbound from Monday 28 June for 2 days: Lochee Road (Cleghorn Street to Tullideph Road) closed from Tuesday 29 June for 4 days: West Marketgait (South Ward Road to Argyllgait) – closed southbound from Wednesday 30 June for 2 days. Closures of Lochee Road (Dudhope Terrace to Black Street), Polepark Road, Cleghorn Street, Brewery Lane, Session Street, Brown Street, Argyllgait and South Ward Road to follow in July.
Sunday, 6 June 2021
Saturday, 5 June 2021
A number of residents have said it would be a great boon for Lochee Park to have a multi-use games area (MUGA). These are now provided in various locations in the city and would be of real benefit in Lochee Park.
Friday, 4 June 2021
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Numerous residents have contacted me this week about the overflowing bottle bank in Ashbank Road.
I therefore asked environment management to have it emptied and the surrounding area tidied ASAP.
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Just a reminder that the Roseangle Kitchen Cafe thrift shop is still open weekdays from 10.30am to 3.15pm until this Friday, 4th June.
Monday, 31 May 2021
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Saturday, 29 May 2021
Friday, 28 May 2021
Following residents' concerns about road safety and the speed of a minority of vehicles in Milnbank Road at the corner of Easson's Angle , I raised this with the City Council's roads team.
The Senior Engineer – Traffic & Road Safety has now advised as follows :
"A speed survey was undertaken in the summer of 2015 on Milnbank Road just west of Easson's Angle. The average speed was recorded as 24mph with the majority of drivers travelling at or below the speed limit.
As this survey was over five years ago, I will arrange for another one to be undertaken. Please be aware that because of the two national lockdowns there is a significant backlog of surveys and with limited staff and resources I cannot give you a date for when this survey will be undertaken.
Any records of speeding will be forwarded onto Police Scotland, who are responsible for enforcing the speed limits, to allow them to provide targeted enforcement as required.
There have been no recorded injury accidents at this location over the last five years, 2016 to 2020. However, I will arrange for a site survey to be undertaken to determine if any appropriate measures can be introduced."
Thursday, 27 May 2021
The Friends of Dundee City Archives are doing an online talk via Zoom about the history of the Logie housing scheme on Thursday 3rd June at 1pm.
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
I have recently had numerous concerns from residents about the state of the bins in Park Place, near to the junction with the West Port.
These are not all council bins for residents' use but there are also commercial bins there for business use.
The City Council's Enforcement Officer in Community Safety and Protection has been very proactive and helpful in response to my raising this and her latest update is as follows :
"Having visited the location over the past few weeks to monitor the situation, I would advise that domestic waste was being left at the trade bins. In line with restrictions at this time, these businesses were closed and waste uplifts suspended.
I requested operations attend to remove the excess waste and clear the litter/debris from the over-full bins.
I also spoke to the businesses about securing their bins to prevent this happening again.
Following contact from one of the businesses, I contacted NWH who have removed a bin that was still on a suspended contract due to the business not trading and when I visited (most recently) the bins were orderly and there was no excess waste.
I will continue to monitor the area and take appropriate action."
Tuesday, 25 May 2021
Monday, 24 May 2021
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Similarly to recent flooding at the bottom of Roseangle due to a blocked gully, a similar situation has recently existed on the Perth Road on its north side near to the bottom of Seymour Street. See photo below.
I therefore asked the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership to take appropriate action with a gully machine to resolve the issue here too.
I have since received the following helpful feedback :
"An order has been raised for the gully machine to attend."
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Friday, 21 May 2021
Blether Tay-Gither is the Dundee Storytelling Group.
There's no shortage of tales about what goes on in the gardens of Scotland. It is often the dwelling place for all sorts of odd creatures, as well as the setting for moments of romance, deception, and intrigue; and sometimes all those wrapped up together.
Join us at Blether this May to share a tale or just have a listen. We are a welcome and forgiving bunch so please feel at ease to share a tale.
Topic: Blether Tay-Gither Monthly Storytelling Club
Time: May 25, 2021 07:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Thursday, 20 May 2021
I have recently received residents' concerns about the need for repairs to the roads surface in Clayhills Drive - see photos below.
I therefore raised this with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership, requesting repairs and have been promised that an Order for pothole repairs to be carried out has now been raised.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
There has recently been significant flooding at the south end of Roseangle - see photo below.
I was therefore in touch with the Roads Maintenance Partnership to get this rather recurring issue resolved and was promised that a gully machine would be used to ensure the gullys are cleared and run free.
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
In recent weeks, I have had repeated concerns from residents about the full bins and extent of litter on Riverside Drive, particularly the stretch from the Bridgeview Station restaurant in the west to the V&A in the east.
Monday, 17 May 2021
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Sheila Asante, Project Manager for Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums at Museums Galleries Scotland
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Residents have highlighted to me recently that the road markings from the top of Blackness Avenue, from the junction with Blackness Road, south to just around the bend in the road by Hillcrest Road, are very worn.
Friday, 14 May 2021
Residents have highlighted with me the fact that the railings at the walkway and steps over the rail line at Riverside Drive, just south of Newhall Gardens/the Botanic Garden, are badly in need of repainting.
Thursday, 13 May 2021
During the significant snowfall in early February, as part of the snow clearance effort on West Park Road, a JCB was used to remove much of the build up of snow.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Dundee City Council currently has on loan a demonstration model of a new pothole repair system “JCB Road Mender” and yesterday, along with some council colleagues I attended a demo of the system in action, repairing potholes in Newhall Gardens.
I was very impressed with both the speed and quality of repair – the quality can be seen in the second photo below.
There’s obviously a significant cost in purchasing new plant like this but the quality of repair is very good indeed and certainly worthy of consideration within the council’s capital programme.
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Residents may recall that recently I advised that a local resident recently reported as follows to me :
We were unable to access the play park as no designated access path.
Monday, 10 May 2021
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10 MAY 2021
BT Cable Renewal Programme – rolling off peak temporary traffic lights at various location from Monday 26 April for 2 weeks – streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive (at Yarrow Terrace); Glamis Road (at Elmwood Road); Blackness Road (at Seymour Street) and Perth Road (at Pennycook Lane).
Ninewells Avenue (Perth Road to Ninewells Drive) – closed northbound from Monday 10 May for 5 days for new cycle lane and surfacing work.
Forthcoming Road Works
Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Hazel Drive) – closed on Wednesday 26 May for Scottish Water work.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Saturday, 8 May 2021
The Dundee Green Health Week 2021 managed by Green Health Partnership Dundee runs from today until 16th May and details can be found here.
There will be over 50 activities all designed to improve people's mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Green Health Week coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week.
Friday, 7 May 2021
Residents will be aware that the creation of the new bus lane at the West Port roundabout from West Marketgait into Hawkhill has resulted in a new road layout at the Brown Street junction (and no right turn into Brown Street from the West Marketgait direction).
As has been pointed out to me :
This is a very valid point and I raised it with the City Council.
The Transportation Officer (Road Safety) in the Traffic & Road Safety Team has now helpfully updated me as follows :
"I have ordered a slow marking to be installed on the slip road, and a new road layout ahead temporary sign.
These shall be installed as soon as Tayside Contracts can get them programmed.
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Willie Rennie and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have run a positive campaign in the Scottish Parliamentary election, putting recovery first.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
I have over a period of time received concerns from residents about the poor performing floodlights in the Miller's Wynd car park that have not been functioning properly.
He has recommended an alternative lighting solution (new column, new floodlights, new location) which he thinks would be more effective in bringing the car park lighting up to the expected standard and allow for future maintenance.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Monday, 3 May 2021
Riverside Drive/Riverside Approach - give/take traffic control for one week for sign replacement works.
BT Cable Renewal Programme – rolling off peak temporary traffic lights at various location from Monday 26 April for 3 weeks – streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive (at Yarrow Terrace); Glamis Road (at Elmwood Road); Blackness Road (at Seymour Street) and Perth Road (at Pennycook Lane).
Perth Road (Hyndford Street to Windsor Street) – closed on Wednesday 5 May for Scottish Water work.