Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jericho House Support Group

Jericho House
Yesterday, I attended the latest meeting of the Jericho House support group, a regular meeting at which a number of us discuss fundraising and other projects to support this important facility in the West End Ward, that assists those recovering from alcoholism.

Jericho's staff and service users are starring in a play that it is hoped will be performed during this year's West End Christmas Fortnight.   We were pleased to hear yesterday that rehearsals are going well.

Jericho House service users and staff are also participating in a car wash fundraiser (with thanks to Tesco who are hosting it!) later this month and have already participated in 2 alcohol awareness events with Tesco recently.

The house, in Artillery Lane, will also participate in Doors Open Days (13th and 14th September), one of a number of West End buildings taking part.

Willie Rennie MSP visits Dundee @wave102

Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, will visit Dundee later today to meet Dundee people to discuss the forthcoming referendum and Scottish Liberal Democrat plans for Home Rule for Scotland, within a federal United Kingdom.

I am speaking this morning on Wave 102 News about this - you can hear the interview by clicking 'play' below :

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Request for temporary Perth Road Post Office arrangements : an update

Further to the recent request made by myself and the City Council's Chief Executive to Post Office Limited about the possibility of temporary facility in Perth Road during the September closure period when modernisation work is being carried out at the Perth Road Post Office Branch, I spoke with the Post Office's Stakeholder Manager for Scotland last Friday about this and was advised yesterday as follows :
Thank you for your time on the phone on Friday.
I appreciate your concerns regarding Perth Road Post Office closure for refurbishment and would like to assure you that we have made every effort to keep the closure period at Perth Road to an absolute minimum considering the amount of refurbishment work to be carried out.  As discussed, there are alternative Post Office branches which can be accessed within a reasonable distance of Perth Road branch therefore in this case a temporary service would not be a possibility.  A temporary service is normally set up when there is to be a prolonged closure of a branch or if the nearest alternative branch is a considerable distance away and takes quite some time to implement.
The planned refurbishments will result in a much improved customer experience with longer opening hours and a new more modern branch. The aim of our modernisation programme is to enable the Post Office to invest in and ensure the long term sustainability of the current branch network and I am sure this investment and subsequent improvement in Perth Rd branch will be welcomed by our customers.
We do understand that there may be some elderly or less able customers who may be more inconvenienced than others while the branch is closed and we apologise for any inconvenience which may be experienced however we do notify customers in advance of the closure in order to allow them to make alternative arrangements during this period.
The Post Office Website provides information on products and services which may be helpful for customers.
I have responded as follows :
...whilst the modernisation is excellent news, it is disappointing that there will be no temporary service given the number of elderly people who will find the distance to alternative Post Offices a challenge.   
The City Council did provide a temporary library service in a nearby church hall when a similar situation affected the local library last year and its is therefore disappointing that Post Office Limited could not consider this.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Perth Road pavement at Duncan of Jordanstone

I am pictured - below - on the Perth Road pavement outside Duncan of Jordanstone.    Residents have expressed concern at the state of the pavement here - broken slabs and an obvious trip hazard.
I brought this to the attention of the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership, who responded as follows :

"The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector is to raise an order for the re-setting of the loose slabs outside the entrance to Duncan of Jordanstone College and this will be done as soon as resources are available.

A further inspection will be carried out when the inspector who usually covers this area returns from leave and any additional information following this will be forwarded on to you."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dundee Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Dundee.  

On September 13th and 14th, for one weekend only, you can explore places that are normally closed to the public and this includes a number of buildings in the West End.     

This is your chance to discover the architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces right on your doorstep.

The Dundee Doors Open Days 2014 programme is available to view here

You can also follow the Doors Open Days Dundee Facebook page to keep up to date with new venues joining the programme. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Master of Design for Services Finale #mdfs14

In the past twelve months, students from the Master of Design for Services Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee have been tackling challenges from visualising health test results to developing ways to include older people in policy decisions and designing books to enable conversations to happen about significant life changes.

They have worked with businesses, public and not for profit organisations using design tools including observation, visualisation and prototyping to find new ways of engaging service users and providers to design better ways of doing things.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Master of Design for Services Finale event at the University of Dundee's Scrymgeour Hall, at which the students showcased their work.  This was a very interesting and inspiring event and a great advertisement for Duncan of Jordanstone.    The photo (below) shows Professor Mike Press, Programme Director, Design & Craft, at Duncan of Jordanstone, opening the event :

Friday, August 15, 2014

Update from Network Rail

I was in touch with Network Rail today following concerns about youths getting onto the rail track yesterday near the rail bridge, just before 6pm.   This resulted in trains being halted and I asked Network Rail to thoroughly investigate any possible insecurity in the boundary fencing at the rail track in the area.

My office was updated late this afternoon as follows :

"The British Transport Police and Network Rail's Track Services have been aware of this incident since yesterday and have been patrolling the area and searching for a hole in the fence since then.     They eventually found a hole in the fence at the Scottish Water compound and the Network Rail maintenance team were due there at 4.30pm today to repair the fence.  Network Rail advised that it was two youths that had got in."

I am grateful to both Network Rail and British Transport Police for their prompt and efficient attention to this.

Free to use cash machines - an update

As residents are aware, I have campaigned over a long period for more free to use cash machines and to have fewer - and hopefully in the future - no ATMs that charge local people for the pleasure of obtaining their own money.

A couple of years ago, I was pleased that the Co-operative Group agreed to my request to covert the ATM at their store at the junction of Polepark Road/Edward Street/Brook Street to a free to use machine.

Constituents have complained to me that the ATM at Dundee's bus station in Seagate charges for cash withdrawals so I asked the bus station operators, Stagecoach Strathtay, if the company will review this when the contract with the machine suppliers is due for renewal.    

Stagecoach Strathtay's Operations Manager has responded as follows :

"I have contacted the Company that currently supply this machine and they have confirmed they are under contract until 2016.

Your concerns will be considered when we renew or change at this time."

Living Room for the City @VADundee #LivingRoom

Yesterday evening, I was pleased to attend a preview at the University of Abertay of Living Room for the City, the exhibition of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee's first community engagement programme.

The exhibition features the work of photographer Ross Fraser McLean with communities across the city, along with images contributed by the public, and lighting created at the Living Room Drop In and Design community workshops.

It is really well worth a visit - open from 16th to 29th August 2014 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm / Sat–Sun 12–4pm) at the Hannah Maclure Centre in the Abertay Student Centre, 1-3 Bell Street.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Friends of Balgay Litter Pick

Friends of Balgay will hold its litter pick this year will be held on Saturday 23rd August from 1.30pm (meet at Mills Observatory). 

If you wish to volunteer for this, please contact so that the Friends have an idea of numbers for obtaining litter picking equipment from the City Council.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Celebrations in Dundee's Jute Mills

Currently running at Verdant Works, this exhibition is an exciting chance to view a selection of fascinating objects from Dundee Heritage Trust's collection, which aims to show how the jute mills of Dundee were frequently centres of celebration. 

Far from being simply places of work, this exhibition will reveal how the mills had tightly-knit communities, which were keen to celebrate the qualities and achievements of their co-workers and also to recognise important events such as weddings, coronations and anniversaries. 

This is also a unique opportunity to see some previously unseen items which have only recently been acquired by the Verdant Works.   Mills featured in the exhibition include Pitalpin Mill, Camperdown Works and Dudhope Works. 

You can read more about this free exhibition here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Area around Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout : An Update

Back in February, I advised that several residents had contacted me about how difficult they find it to get across the road in the area around the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout.  

Thereafter, the council agreed to my request for improvements, and, after a site visit to ascertain the viability of providing a central refuge island and drop kerbs, it was agreed these should be provided.

I am now pleased to report that the work to provide this has now commenced – see below:

Riverside pitches - work well underway

As residents are aware, I have long campaigned to get a permanent and full resolution to the stones problem on the Riverside pitches on the south side of Riverside Drive, following a number of injuries to footballers in the past.

In June, the City Council's Environment Committee agreed to the necessary works.    I recently visited the site to inspect the works now well-underway - see photo below:

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Enquiry Centre at the University of Dundee

Earlier today, University of Dundee Rector Brian Cox officially opened a new advice centre for students on campus - see right.    

Situated at DUSA, adjacent to Campus Green and the Union shop at the foot of Balfour Street, the new Enquiry Centre will henceforth be home to the university’s Student Services team and relocated to the new premises at DUSA from today.

The University has updated me as follows :

"The prominent facility at the heart of campus will act as a first-stop drop-in centre for students requiring assistance but unsure where, what or who to ask for help.   The team can help with all types of enquiries including travel, accommodation, finances, study support, health and careers advice. If they are unable to help they will put the student in touch with the appropriate service.

Enquiry Centre Manager Margaret Wyllie said, “We are delighted to be making this move to premises fitted out precisely for our purposes and excited to be able to improve the service we offer students.

“Having such a prominent presence at the heart of the University means all students will know where to find help if they need it.    The new Centre will also mean we can enhance the range of activities on offer and, with the assistance of Student Services colleagues, we will arrange workshops, events and activities aimed at helping students develop the personal skills required throughout their academic career and after they graduate.”

The Enquiry Centre will also maintain a regular presence at the Ninewells and Fife campuses and make information leaflets available at strategic points throughout the entire University estate.    If required, Citizen Advice Bureau appointments can also be arranged on main campus each Tuesday afternoon during the academic year."

West End Christmas Fortnight 2014 - an update @WEndChristmas

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of chairing the second West End Christmas Fortnight 2014 meeting of the year at Blackness Library.

This year's Christmas Fortnight will run from Saturday 22nd November to Saturday 6th December and there's a number of new initiatives that will be taking place this year, including "Shoppers' Saturday" on launch day, 22nd November, which will also feature a number of other launch events, including children's activities.    The Dundee West Church Guild Christmas Fayre will also take place on launch Saturday.

The West End Christmas Concert, lights switch on and fireworks display will take place on the evening of Wednesday 26th November and Blackness Primary School's Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 29th November.

There will be a number of other activities - one being a new initiative - a social evening for West End friends', community and residents' groups - and some for local children including a P6 Football Competition on the closing Saturday, 6th December.    Also on the closing Saturday, the Pennycook and Sindersins Courts' Christmas Coffee Morning will take place.

We'd greatly welcome the participation of new people - local residents and local businesses - in the committee that helps plan the Christmas Fortnight so either call me on 459378 or e-mail if you wish to participate - many thanks!

Logie Lock-ups Survey

In June, I chaired a meeting of Logie residents at which, amongst other matters, we discussed the deteriorated state of the lock-ups in Glenagnes Street.   

At the meeting, Housing Department representatives committed to producing a residents' survey about the lock ups to gauge possible new demand for them and get residents' views on the best way forward with the lock-ups' future.

I delivered the survey to Logie residents (and nearby residents of Scott Street and the part of Blackness Road adjacent to Logie) at the weekend.   

It is hoped that residents will take part in the survey - you can return it either via a Freepost return address or on-line on the council's website.   You can download the survey form here;  returns from residents outwith the immediate delivery area will also be welcome.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Landship" - temporary public art on Magdalen Green

There will be a temporary public art installation in place from today until 24th August on Magdalen Green – see photos below.

It is by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design student Laura Donkers as part of the Masters Degree show.    

Entitled ‘Landship’, the work is a large blue ring, about 5m in diameter with text running around the ring.
Approximate position of 'Landship'
'Landship' on the Green (original photograph by Liz Broumley)

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Request for temporary Perth Road Post Office arrangements

Further to the good news of the extensive refurbishment and modernisation of Perth Road Post Office, both the Dundee City Council Chief Executive David Dorward and I have written to Post Office limited to request they consider a temporary facility during the September closure period when work is being carried out.

There are many elderly and infirm residents nearby including folk from four sheltered housing complexes for whom a visit to Blackness Road or Meadowside – the alternative Post Offices cited by Post Office Limited - would be a real challenge.   

During the Blackness Library refurbishment last year, the City Council had a temporary arrangement at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church.   There are actually several possible sites for a limited temporary Post Office service and I would like Post Office Limited to consider this for the closure period of 8th to 19th September.

Mr Dorward’s letter to Post Office Limited indicates :

‘The Council welcomes your plans to modernise and extend the opening hours of the post office  branch at Perth Road.

However, one of our elected members has suggested that it would be good if you could consider providing a temporary limited facility in the area while the branch is closed for refurbishment. 

There are many elderly and infirm residents nearby, including the residents of 4 sheltered housing complexes, for whom a visit to the Blackness Road or Meadowside branches would be a real challenge.  There would have been a closer alternative, but the branch at Nethergate was closed in the last round of post office closures.’

I am to be discussing the request further with Post Office Limited's Senior Stakeholder Manager  for the area next week.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Blackness Road pavement near Abbotsford Street

A number of sheltered tenants in the Abbotsford Street area have complained to me about the poor state of the pavement on the south side of Blackness Road near the bus stop at the Abbotsford Street junction - see right.

I brought this to the attention of the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership who advised :

"... there is a small section of footway to the East of the Bus Stop where the footway surface is worn but serviceable and as such there is no proposals for resurfacing works at the location in the near future."

I have responded saying :   "I have had numerous complaints about the section of footway to the east of the Bus Stop where the footway surface is worn – can I ask that it is considered for a future resurfacing programme?"

Thursday, August 07, 2014

LibDem campaigning in Leven!

Along with my Dundee local party Convener Craig Duncan, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP and Tim Brett and his North East Fife LibDem team, I had a very enjoyable evening campaigning in a lovely, sunny Leven - a couple of photos below :
With Tim, Willie and Team in Leven
Willie, Craig and me - campaigning for a stronger Scotland after Scotland rejects independence

Network Rail donation to Dundee Museum of Transport @DMofT

This morning, I was delighted to take part in a presentation by Network Rail to Dundee Museum of Transport of a historic rail station sign that originally sat (from the 1950s) on the rail platform of Tay Bridge Station and latterly on the south wall of the station on Riverside Drive.

It is another great addition to the museum and many thanks go to Network Rail for donating it.
Today's presentation
Previous site of the sign on the side of the station

Final Summer Sunday Bandstand Concert of 2014 - Magdalen Green

This Sunday’s band concert on Magdalen Green is the final one of the 2014 summer season features the Tullis Russell Intermediate Band.   

It starts at 2pm on Sunday 10th August at the bandstand.

Further details available here.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

City Road Allotments Open Day

The City Road Allotments Open Day takes place this coming Sunday, 10th August, between 11am and 3pm :

Admission Free
Wide selection of produce, preserves and plants
Refreshments and home-baking in the café

Free on the street car parking
Toilets on site

Join in the fun everyone welcome

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Independence Debate

No ... not that one!     Earlier today, Cllr Jimmy Black, arguing the case for "Yes" in the referendum campaign and I - arguing the "No" case - participated in a debate at Sinderins Court for the residents of both Pennycook Court and Sinderins Court.

Chaired by Tina Bell of Home Scotland, I think all agreed it was a good natured, polite and positive discussion and a thoroughly wothwhile event.

Later on, along with my Dundee LibDem local party Convener Craig Duncan, I was campaigning for our good friend Cllr Tim Brett, in Newport on Tay.    

Tim has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in North East Fife, replacing Sir Menzies Campbell, who has been the constituency's highly respected MP for the past 27 years.   

We had a great response on the doorsteps, reflecting Tim's hard work in the area.    Here's a photograph of some of the team from tonight:

Riverside Drive - update

Further to my update in April about the proposals for the roadway, pavements and environmental improvements in Riverside Drive, the City Council has now advised as follows :

Riverside Drive (Tesco Roundabout to Barnetts) – Carriageway Resurface and Lane Re-arrangement 

I wish to notify you that work is programmed to commence at the above location on Monday 11 August  2014, and will last for approximately 8 weeks.  

The main contractor for the works is Tayside Contracts.

The Works will be carried out during the first 5 weeks with lane closures but maintaining two-way traffic.    From the 14 September there will be 2 weeks of night closures with the carriageway being available for two-way traffic through the day. This will be followed by a further week of lane closures with two-way traffic being maintained.

The night time road closures are being implemented in the interest of public safety for the 2 weeks from the 14 September. Through traffic will be diverted via Perth Road, Hawkhill, West Marketgait and Riverside Drive, and reverse, for these 2 weeks. 

Please accept my apologies for any disruption these works may cause. I am sure that you will understand that major road maintenance work is unavoidable and necessitates a degree of inconvenience to road users.

Please note that pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained throughout the works.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Great War memorial shrine time capsule ceremony

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the Great War memorial shrine time capsule ceremony at the City Chambers.

This hugely well-attended event marked the opening of the time capsule which contained the records and services of Dundee postal workers during the First World War.

The time capsule, designed to commemorate the 240 Dundee postal workers who served in the Great War - and in particular the 36 who did not return.   

The inscription on the shrine is : "To be opened on 4th August 2014 by the Postmaster in the presence of the then Lord Provost" and, so, fittingly, on the centenary of the day Great Britain entered the First World War, the capsule was so opened.

Here are a couple of photographs from today's moving event :

Bus changes later this month ...

With thanks to Suzy Scott, who produces the website, details of the August 2014 bus changes can be accessed here.    

The significant changes affecting the West End include Stagecoach Service 96 no longer operating along to Ninewells Hospital (service now 42A/42B Dundee City Centre – St Andrews only) and the opening of the new Bus Interchange at Lochee Bank Street, affecting services such as the 28/29 that run through parts of the West End Ward.

PDFs of timetables for services relevant to the West End are available as follows :

Services 5 and X5 - download timetable here:

Some changes to improve reliability, including;

Monday to Friday 06.50 X5, 07.03 5 & 07.25 X5 Barnhill – Ninewells Hospital are extended to the Technology Park.

Monday to Friday 17.08 Service X5 Ninewells – Barnhill will now be a Service 5 via Broughty Ferry Road and Greendykes Road , instead of an X5.       

Changes take effect from Sunday 17th August 2014 although those caused by opening of the interchange at Lochee may be a little later depending on the interchange completion and opening.    Note that school services for St John's High School - 9S and 10S - are not changing at this time.

Services 9-12 Outer Circle - download timetable here.

Service 28 - download timetable here:

Service rerouted via Lochee High Street (lower), Bank Street – New Bus Interchange, Lochee By Pass, picking up current route from Harefield Roundabout.    Buses via this route in reverse towards Douglas.   Some changes to times as a result.

Service 29 - download timetable here:

No change to routes towards Asda West.     On journeys towards Douglas, buses will follow existing route along South Road, then Lochee Bank Street – New Bus Interchange, Lochee High Street (lower) and onto Douglas.    Some changes to times as a result.

Service 203 - download timetable here:

This service includes Scott Street, Perth Road etc.   There is a revised route in Lochee via Lochee By-Pass, Bank Street (New Interchange) and the lower part of Lochee High Street. (Southbound – via reverse northbound). Some minor timetable changes as a consequence.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friendly Bus sheltered shopping service timetables

Over the past few weeks, I have chaired a number of meetings across the West End at various sheltered housing complexes.

Quite a few residents make use of the Friendly Bus shopping service, but some residents were not aware of the service, so I have since arranged for copies of the timetable to be handed into the sheltered lounges concerned.

I still have some copies - so if any resident would like a copy, just call me on 459378.   Alternatively the timetable can be downloaded here.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Welcome news for Perth Road Post Office

I have welcomed news of a substantial refurbishment by Post Office Limited of the Perth Road Post Office that will result in a new, ultra modern design and further welcomed news that the refurbished Post Office in Perth Road will open on Saturday afternoons in future, in addition to its current opening days and times.

I am very pleased at the investment in Perth Road Post Office which confirms its great performance and service to the community.    The additional opening hours on Saturday are also a welcome improvement, particularly for working families who can struggle to get to the Post Office on weekdays.    

Given the recent unfortunate closure of the Perth Road Royal Bank of Scotland Branch, the Post Office is now available for RBS personal customers for many banking transactions in addition to post office transactions, so improving the Post Office Branch is a very positive move.

The Perth Road Post Office will be closed for refurbishment from 8th September at noon, with the newly refurbished Post Office reopening at 1pm on Friday 19th September.    During the refurbishment, the Blackness Road Post Office will be open for Perth Road customers, as will the main Dundee Post Office in Meadowside.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Great War Dundee and BBC World War One at Home partnership event

Earlier today, I had the pleasure of attending the Great War Dundee and BBC World War One at Home partnership event, taking place at the City Square, Marryat and Caird Halls and what an excellent, informative and interesting event it is.

There is still the opportunity to visit tomorrow, Saturday 2nd August, from 10am to 5pm.

The Great War Dundee Commemorative Project 2014-2018 deserves congratulations for its exceptional efforts to ensure the Great War is properly commemorated in the city,that local people get involved and that knowledge of Dundee's part in the Great War is increased.

Here's a couple of photographs from the event today:

Good news ahead for superfast broadband coverage for part of the West End

I have welcomed news that superfast fibre broadband coverage should finally reach the most westerly part of the West End Ward which is served – for both telephone and broadband - by the Invergowrie Exchange, which also serves Invergowrie itself and parts of the Carse of Gowrie.

Last year, constituents in the areas around Clovis Duveau Drive, Millbay Gardens, Millbay Terrace and Clayhills Grove contacted me to complain that this exchange was not yet providing superfast fibre broadband and I therefore contacted the government’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband rollout team about this.    

I was advised that the Invergowrie area was eligible for a state aid intervention as part of the superfast broadband programme.  However, at that time no announcement had been made regarding what areas would benefit and when.

I recently asked for an update from Digital Scotland as to when the Invergowrie exchange would be upgraded to superfast fibre broadband and have been advised by their Senior Stakeholder Manager :

“Work is still on-going from the Invergowrie exchange, but I would expect fibre deployment to be available by October 2014.”

I am pleased to learn that this part of the West End will enjoy superfast fibre broadband from later this year as many constituents in the area report variable broadband quality at times and the superfast version will be hugely better.

I am on Wave 102 News about this update this morning and you can listen to this by clicking 'play' below:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Band Concert this Sunday at Magdalen Green

This Sunday's band concert on Magdalen Green features the Arbroath Instrumental Band.

It starts at 2pm at the bandstand - Sunday 3rd August.

Further details available here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Getting things done - Logie Gardens

Residents in Logie Gardens have complained to me about the state of part of the ground on the street's south side adjacent to Pine Court's car park.

As you can see below, its overgrown and unsightly, but there was some doubt as to ownership.    The non-Home Scotland housing close by to the west was built by Glenagnes Developments Limited, the adjacent roadway is adopted by the City Council and the remainder of the area is owned by Home Scotland.
The City Council kindly ascertained for me that the parcel of overgrown ground was sold to the former Cleghorn Housing Association in 1991.   

Cleghorn is now part of the Home Scotland group and the Customer Services Manager at Home Scotland has now advised me that, over the next few weeks, the housing association will have the area tidied and added thereafter maintained on an on-going basis.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blackness Court meeting

This morning, I had a very useful and productive meeting with the tenants of Blackness Court at which we discussed a number of local issues including the following :
Need to have overgrown foliage near Blackness Court trimmed as it is obstructing the handrail.   I have taken this up with Home Scotland.
Dumped items and litter round the communal bins in Rosefield Place.   I have reported this to the City Council's Environment Department.

Getting things done - Glamis Road

I recently highlighted the need to repaint the bus stop road markings in Glamis Road, following the recent road resurfacing. 

Additionally, on behalf of residents, I raised the need for resurfacing at the Glamis Road/Blackness Road roundabout.

The City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership has now updated me as follows:

"Resurfacing works at the roundabout at Glamis Road/Blackness Road are programmed for the first week in November 2014.  Regarding the road markings on the surface dressing side safety lines have been reapplied and remaining markings will be applied (this) week."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee





7.00PM - 9.00PM



Looking forward to August we hope to have a Canadian Storyteller as our guest.    More information about the group can be accessed here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Friends of Balgay Summer Meeting

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the Friends of Balgay Summer Meeting at Mills Observatory.

There was an informative and really interesting talk by guest speaker Carly Cooper, Curator of Social History at the McManus Galleries, on the life and work of Mary Slessor.

It was also fitting that, at yesterday's meeting, there was a presentation to Gillian, daughter of Dr Hilda Spear, the Friends' Chair for many years.   Hilda sadly passed away earlier this year and the Friends yesterday paid tribute to Gillian's hard work over many years providing the refreshments at so many Friends' meetings.

Action on Hearing Loss - Blackness Library drop-in sessions

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Donoghue who, on behalf of Action on Hearing Loss, is providing a drop-in session at Blackness Library once a month on Saturdays from 10am to 11.30am, one of a number of drop-in facilities across the city, aimed at assisting people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This free service gives advice on caring for and getting used to hearing aids, fits new batteries and tubing and gives information on both services and equipment available.

It is a great service and Michelle provides a friendly, professional and free service.   The drop-in sessions at Blackness Library for the remainder of 2014 are on 30th August, 27th September, 25th October, 29th November and 20th December.

Action on Hearing Loss is also looking for volunteers - no experience necessary and full training will be given.    

You can find out more about the drop-in service and volunteering opportunities by contacting Michelle at Tayside Deaf Hub on 201073.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Eadweard Muybridge and Animal Locomotion

Eadweard Muybridge

Regrettably we are having to cancel the Muybridge and Animal Locomotion event planned for this evening, due to circumstances outwith our control. However the Zoology Museum will still be open to the public 6-7pm tonight as part of the city-wide cultural celebrations for the Commonwealth Games. *

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

On Tuesday 29th July the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum is taking part in a city-wide evening of cultural events to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. 

Join us at 6pm for an evening exploring animal locomotion and the extraordinary work of Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge. 

Curator Matthew Jarron will describe Muybridge’s ground-breaking work, which became a key precursor of cinema, and will discuss Muybridge’s visit to Dundee in 1890 to give one of the Armitstead Lectures. 

Dr David Booth of the College of Life Sciences will then describe the evolution of animal locomotion. 

The event is free and there is no need to book. Please enter by the front door of the Carnelley Building. For security reasons latecomers will not be admitted.