Thursday, 9 April 2020

Update from our friends at Feeling Strong

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are radically pivoting the work we do, providing community relief through 'Food & Care Packages', as well as moving our peer support service to a 'Video/Text Chat' model. We've also put together a one stop-shop site for COVID guidance, information, activities and local updates. We think we could make a really big difference in the community, so please share the below to support some of the most vulnerable people in Dundee.
Feeling Strong are delivering 'Food & Care Packages' to those who are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19. These packages will provide vital products such as food, drinks and sanitary products that people who are self-isolating may not be able to get themselves, and the allocation of the packages will be conducted on a needs assessed basis. As an exception to Feeling Strong's normal services, the food packages are available to all ages. At a time like this we need to come together as a community and help those in need!
If you are in need of any of these items please fill out this form:
Feeling Strong's Text Chat or Video Chat Service is a chance for young people (8-26) who live, work or study in Dundee to:
• Receive Peer Support from members of our team
• Talk about the difficulties of isolation, and ask for a food/care package to be delivered to you
• Talk about your mental health, recovery and self-care
• Learn about our services and what other mental health activities are going on in Dundee
• Meet other people who have lived experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges
We're open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1500-1800. Once you book an appointment we will send you a link to you with the details of how to join the video chat, which you can do here:
Please Note: Young people aged 12 or under need to be accompanied by an adult. Feeling Strong is not an advice service, counselling, listening or therapy - we offer peer support.
We've just launched a new website providing COVID-19 support! Check it out to access ðŸ‘‡
💜 Our latest services

💜 Latest NHS & local news
💜 Links & advice to help maintain mental health
💜 Suggestions of isolation activities

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Online Museum Resources

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

Our museums and galleries may now be closed due to the current emergency but we’re still working hard to ensure online access to our amazing collections and activities. 

Hopefully many of you have been following our social media posts on Facebook at UoDMuseums and on Twitter @UoD_Museums. We’ve now set up a webpage to bring together our various digital resources here.

Here’s a taster of what’s currently on offer:

Short films by the curator exploring some of the highlights of our collections
Our popular colouring sheets from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum now available as pdfs for your to print and use at home
Hi-res images for you to use as virtual backgrounds for your online meetings
A curated selection of some of the best DJCAD animation films
And as we’re currently unable to process orders from our online shop, we’ve made a selection of our publications available online absolutely free  

The site also provides links to existing digital content such as our online museum database, our 3D scans of zoology specimens and a virtual tour of the Zoology Museum. And we’ll be adding more content in the coming weeks so keep checking back!

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Virtual Spring Flower Show!

Following the cancellation of the Dundee Daffodil Group’s Spring Flower Show and to maintain contact amongst members and provide a little competition and fun, the group has decided to try and run a virtual flower show.  

The show is open to all, free of charge and there will be no prize money or trophies awarded. 

The competition will have limited classes and will be judged by Hazel Elder with first, second and third places being awarded.

Rules and Guidance

1. The competition is free of charge and open to all.
2. The exhibitor must have grown all entries.
3. Exhibitors can only enter one exhibit per class.
4. All cultivars to be named where possible.
5. The exhibits must be staged and photographed on Friday 10th April.
6. Exhibits can be staged in any vases /jam jars etc that the exhibitor has available, vases are not provided.
7. Staging time/time for the submission of photographs is between 9am and 10pm on Friday 10th April 2020.
8. All photographs to be emailed to  by 10pm on Friday 10th of April. Photographs should be close ups and as clear as possible to assist judging.
9. The email should contain the attached photographs indicating the class entered, along with the entrant’s name and town of residence. Exhibitor numbers will be allocated to the photographs prior to judging.
10. The competition will be judged on Saturday and the entry photographs and results posted on Facebook as soon as possible after judging has been completed.
11. Dundee Daffodil Group-Spring Show, Facebook page has been created, all photographs will be displayed on this open page, highlighting the first, second and third places. Names (initial and surname) and town of residence only will be displayed for the placed entries. 

Monday, 6 April 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Nablus Avenue (at the rising bollard) – closed overnight (7.00pm – 6.00am) on Wednesday 8 April for Scottish Water manhole repair works.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

Further update - for Sunday 5th April 2020 from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)

Sadly, the last few days have seen yet more cases of Coronavirus in Scotland and more deaths across the country.    That makes it all the more important that we all continue to :

• stay at home

• only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons

• stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people

• wash our hands regularly                                                              

• wash our hands as soon as we get home

Doing this will help slow the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.


A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources at the ChatterPack blog has published a fantastic list of free online resources to help tackle boredom. Amongst many other things, this includes virtual tours, games, arts and culture, literature, online learning and music. Find out more at

Pay using contactless if you can

The World Health Organisation advice is to pay in shops using a contactless card whenever possible to reduce the amount of cash people handle. Helpfully, on 1st April, the limit for contactless payments in the UK increased from £30 to £45. It will though take some time for this to roll out to all retailers. If you do handle banknotes, WHO advice is to wash your hands immediately afterwards.

Watch out for fake news

Fake news or misinformation about Coronavirus is flooding the internet. For the latest accurate information check NHS Inform at

You can also check whether "news" shared online is true by checking whether major news providers such as the BBC, STV, ITV or Sky are reporting it.     There’s an explanatory video from the BBC at

Revised bus and rail timetables

The lockdown has meant big changes to bus and rail timetable. The links below take you to the latest information from the bus and rail companies:

Personal finance support 

The Financial Conduct Authority has proposed a range of targeted temporary measures designed as a stopgap to quickly support users of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact because of the coronavirus.  After a short consultation it is intended the measures would start by 9th April 2020.  The measures are: 

•            A temporary payment freeze on loans and credit cards where consumers face difficulties with their finances as a result of coronavirus, for up to three months.

•            Ensure that for customers who have been hit financially by the coronavirus and already have an arranged overdraft on their main personal current account, up to £500 will be charged at zero interest for up to three months.

•            Overdraft customers will be no worse off on price when compared to the prices they were charged before the recent overdraft changes came into force.

•            Ensure consumers using any of these temporary measures should not have their credit rating affected because of this.

Business Gateway - Dundee 

Business Gateway has produced a list of support that is available to businesses can be downloaded as a PDF from the link at     It includes information on all business funding and grants made available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is being updated daily so please check back for further updates. 

Business Gateway Dundee contact details can be found at 

Support and advice

This is 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)

Facebook updates :

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Getting things done - Speed Street #dundeewestend

I recently received complaints from residents about potholes in Speed Street.

I reported these to the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership who advised :

"An order has been raised to repair two potholes in Speed Street."

The work here was undertaken immediately before the current COVID-19 health emergency which has meant non-essential works are being delayed.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Getting things done - Blackness Library #dundeewestend

Residents will be aware that I have previously asked for the railings of Blackness Library to be repainted - this is badly needing done.

In principle, it was agreed the Community Payback Team would do this, and I recently asked for an update on timescale.

I have now received this helpful response from the Project Manager :

"Due to reduced staffing in my team, client numbers and the amount of work we have on our list (most of which are projects requiring several months' work) we were unable to carry out any work to the railings.  We are now in a better position to commence the work. 

We're looking at April until work can begin due to the weather but it is on my schedule for then. We'll also be meeting on site to discuss the work."

This response was received immediately prior to the COVID-19 health emergency and, clearly, the April timescale is now not possible.   However, it is good to know the work will be carried out in due course.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Road surface - Seafield Road #dundeewestend

As residents know, I have long campaigned to have the poor conditioned road surface of Seafield Road improved.

I am therefore pleased to have been advised by the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership, in reply to my lastest e-mail regarding this, as follows :

"Seafield Road has been identified for inclusion in future carriageway resurfacing schemes, provisionally 2020-2021 subject to budget availability."

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Temporary traffic order - Nablus Avenue

From the City Council :


THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Nablus Avenue (at the rising bollard), Dundee

This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm until Thursday 9th April 2020 at 6am.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

No alternative routes are available.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Road/pavement works - Benvie Road - suspended #dundeewestend

I have had enquiries from residents about signage that appeared on Benvie Road last week - near the junction with Benvie Gardens - that indicated forthcoming road/pavement works.

I have spoken with council roads engineers and this work was to have been undertaken by SSE contractors to instal a new electricity supply.

However, non-essential/non-urgent work of this kind is now suspended during the COVID-19 health emergency, so the work is not now going ahead and will be undertaken at a later date.

The signage has now been removed.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Suspend West End car parking charges! #dundeewestend

I have been contacted by numerous residents in the West End who use the seven cars parks that recently had car park charges imposed for the first time - charges I have strongly opposed.

The residents have pointed out that, as the advice is to work from home where possible during the COVID-19 health emergency, it seems perverse to charge people to park near their homes when the council has suspended car parking charges in several car parks in the city centre.    

The city centre decision is very helpful - to assist key workers - but I am adament that the suspension of parking charges must also apply to people working from home as they are following the advice to do so.

If Angus Council can do this for its car parks, so can Dundee City Council for the seven West End car parks.

I have requested that City Development at the council do this ASAP.    The Director of City Development and the leader of the council is aware of this request.

I will keep residents updated.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

New funding launched to help young people in Dundee going through bereavement

Co-op Foundation and partners Co-op Funeralcare are to deliver £50,000 of funding for youth bereavement projects in Dundee, which is very good news. 

Organisations in Dundee can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help young people support each other during bereavement.  

Grants are available through the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund. The Foundation expects to make about five grants in total and organisations have until 12 noon on Friday 3rd April to apply at  

Successful applicants from across Dundee can access funding for social action projects that equip young people with the skills they need to provide peer support. Grants could also help young people to use their experiences as a way to speak up and recommend how local services can help other bereaved young people.  

Co-op Funeralcareacross Dundee are partners in this latest round of funding. Their involvement is in direct response to findings from its ‘biggest ever survey’, which surveyed over 30,000 people to understand the nation’s experiences and attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement.  

This survey found that 16 to 29-year-olds are the age group most likely to bottle up grief*, with just under a quarter (24%) saying they ‘kept it to themselves’ when suffering a bereavement. Young people were also most likely to be left out of social arrangements because of bereavement.  

Jim Cooke, Head of Co-op Foundation said: “As the Co-op’s charity, we’re delighted to be partnering with Co-op Funeralcare to provide grants through our #iwill Fund. Losing a close friend or family member is difficult at any age, and it can be particularly tough for young people who might be dealing with other pressures at home, at school or in their social lives.   

“Helping others going through similar experiences is a great way for young people to build their confidence, skills and sense of belonging. And by recommending how others can support bereaved young people better, they can make a long-term difference for their peers.”   

David Collingwood, Director of Funerals for Co-op Funeralcare said: “At Co-op Funeralcare, we understand how experiencing a bereavement can have a major impact on the life of an individual, and this is even more pronounced when it happens at a young age. 

“Bereavement is unique to every person, and everyone chooses to deal with the loss of a loved one in different ways. It’s a long process, but the long term support of others is essential when trying to overcome the hurdles grief entails. Co-op Funeralcare has seen first-hand the importance of support groups within the community and we are honoured to be part of this crucial initiative.” 

The Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign that wants to make social action a part of life for as many 10 to 20-year-olds as possible.  

The Foundation has already invested £2m into tackling youth loneliness through youth social action. Grants available from today form part of a £3m extension that will also see young people campaign to improve community spaces and support each other during the move from primary to secondary school.   

Funding also supports Co-op’s Co-operate 2022 community plan that aims to improve communities’ spaces, skills and wellbeing. Read more about this at   

For more information on the Co-op Foundation and to apply for funding, visit   

The #iwill Fund is a £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. Co-op Foundation acts as a match funder.  

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Saturday 28 March for telecom mast maintenance.


West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm - 3.00am) southbound nearside lane closure on Monday 30 March for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Nablus Avenue (at rising bollard) – closed overnight (7.00pm – 6:00am) on Wednesday 8 April for Scottish Water manhole repair works.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Friends of Wighton update

From Sheena Wellington :

I am sure you expected this but, sadly, the current Covid-19 health emergency means all classes, recitals and concerts at Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee are cancelled until further notice. 

We have had to cancel some first rate artists and, as you will know, this is a tough time for musicians who have all seen months of gigs, their livelihood,  disappear almost overnight. 

Below are links to the websites of the artists we have had to cancel. 

Buying or downloading a CD through their webpage would help them and entertain you if you have to be in lockdown! 

They are all very good, of course,  otherwise I would not have booked them!

Take care and keep well


Sandy Brechin      -
Ian Walker Band  -
Bill Adair              -

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Getting things done - Saggar Street #dundeewestend

I recently received complaints about potholes in Saggar Street at the bottom near the junction with City Road and half way up  the Saggar Street hill.

I reported these to the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and the matter was very promptly tackled - response below :

"Bailie Macpherson

Thank you for your email. An order has already been raised for pothole repairs to be carried out and these will be done in the near future if not already done."

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Great work by our friends at Feeling Strong​!

"Feeling Strong is delivering Food and Care Packages to those who are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19. These food packages will provide vital products that people who are self-isolating may not be able to get themselves, and the allocation of the packages will be conducted on a needs assessed basis.

We desperately need donations so we can shop and get these to vulnerable people in Dundee - please spare what you can and thank you in advance for supporting your community - click here.

If you would like to order a package then you can do so here.

We've changed our Drop-in service to a Video Chat service to make sure those struggling with self-isolation, or the lack of services at this difficult time, can still get the support they need:

- Receive Peer Support from members of our team
- Talk about the difficulties of isolation, and ask for a food/care package to be delivered
- Talk about mental health, recovery and self-care
- Learn about our services and what other mental health activities are going on in Dundee

The service runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1500-1800. Visit to make an appointment, or please pass this along if you know anyone who might benefit from it.

We've decided that a one-stop shop for general COVID-19 guidance, Dundee-specific guidance and information about helpful mental health services together in one place would be a really great idea! So we did!

Please note that this is still a work in progress and will be updated as the situation progresses.

You can find the site by clicking here". 

Monday, 23 March 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Perth Road (at Riverside Place) – temporary traffic lights for one week for Scottish Water work.

Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off peak temporary traffic lights from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 March for telecom mast maintenance.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm - 3.00am) southbound nearside lane closure on Monday 30 March for Scottish Water work.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

COVID 19 emergency - Xplore Dundee bus service changes #dundeewestend

Further to the information I shared yesterday on my Facebook page about changes to Stagecoach Bus Services.   

This is the position regarding Xplore Dundee from tomorrow with links to the Xplore services in the West End.

Xplore Dundee advises :

“Due to the decision to close city schools, we are temporarily reducing service provision to public holiday levels. This will apply from Monday 23rd March.    Xplore Dundee is committed to doing its part to keep essential workers moving - those in hospitals, supermarkets and other frontline services. 

Frequencies on core services will reduce during the day, but most morning journeys will be maintained to ensure vital access to locations such as Ninewells Hospital.    Services 4 | 23 will be temporarily suspended - but we are in discussion with Dundee City Council about alternative provision in the meantime.*

We may move to further restrictions soon after this as things progress. We will keep this website and social media channels updated.”

* I have asked Dundee City Council for details of what can be provided to support the Service 4 route

Links to public holiday timetables that are for services that cover the West End :

Services 5 | 9/10 - 

Service 17 - 

Service 22 - 

Services 28/29 - 

Updates from Xplore Dundee are posted at

Suzy Scott has kindly done a great job on the site of putting together comprehensive information on all bus services during the health emergency – see 

See also below from Suzy :

Friday, 20 March 2020

Balgay Hill road safety - an update #dundeewestend

Residents will recall that I recently had a meeting with a senior member of environment management at the City Council and with two Balgay Park regular users about safety concerns about the speed of some vehicles using the road up to the observatory.

I have now received feedback on actions council management has taken thus far following this meeting :

"Cleaning and signage,
The roads have been mechanically swept and the speed limit is clear to see from road markings and vertical signage. However to compliment this I still intend to add new signage at the entrance providing awareness and educational message. 

Following discussion with Leisure and Culture Dundee (LACD),  I also confirm that we plan to work together to improve directional signage leading to the observatory.

Barrier security, 
Due to operational requirements LACD employees open the barriers when they arrive for duty which is in advance of the public opening times as they have other duties to fulfil in the observatory, unfortunately it is not practical for members of staff to open and secure/close barrier as they come in and then have to come back to re open the barrier for the public opening times. Following discussion with my colleague at LACD I am in agreement that this most practical option available and I am happy to confirm most recent opening timings once received.

Speed bumps, 
Our officers have met with City Development engineers to gain advise on the type, placement and costs for the potential installation of speed bumps and await a response.  

Blocked areas, 
Upon inspection 2 locations which should have rock armour in place and had been moved for operation work requirements, these shall be replaced to ensure the area is blocked off to vehicles.  

Speeding/driver behaviour,
Information received regarding the vehicle speeding etc was passed to our LACD colleagues and understand this has been addressed.

I hope you find this information helpful and will come back to you once I have more information relating to the speed bumps."

I have fed back some very useful feedback from park users to this response and welcome further feedback.   It is important that the safety issues are comprehensively tackled.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

A reminder - ward surgeries #dundeewestend

Just a reminder on the day my Thursday surgery at Blackness Primary School would have normally taken place, due to the COVID-19 emergency situation, surgeries are suspended.

See below - which also gives my contact details - many thanks :

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Amazon vans concern tackled #dundeewestend

I have recently had complaints about the extent of white vans parked at various locations north of the Amazon site on Riverside Avenue - for example on Perth Road near to the Invercarse Hotel.

This is not a new problem in that I had complaints last year from Riverside Drive near Vernonholme and in Newhall Gardens.   At the time, the then Amazon Delivery Station Manager resolved matters.

I took this most recent series of concerns to the new Delivery Station Manager who responded very promptly and positively as follows :

"Thanks for letting me know about the issues our neighbours are having. I have already briefed the delivery companies with regards to not leaving vans out on the street. I drove through Perth Road and some of the adjacent roads ... (around 03:00) to see the extend of vans being left- and have found 8-10 vans which look like they could belong to the one of our providers. 

I have sent an email to will brief  all delivery service companies again this morning to get these vans picked up by the hire company.

As for blocking the bus lanes and Perth Road in the morning, I can only assume that this is due to the drivers arriving early for work and not having space in the yard to park. We are working on securing perminant additional parking to ensure we have somewhere for drivers who arrive early to go. 

Again, I will brief the delivery service partners on ensuring they don’t block the road or public transport areas.

Please let me know if this continues. I will make sure we are monitoring it from our side as well.

Thanks again for raising your constituency members concerns. I’ll ensure we get this resolved."

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Getting things done - Union Place #dundeewestend

I recently had complaints from residents about potholes at the entrance to the south car park in Union Place and reported this to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership.

I have received the following postive response :

"Bailie Macpherson

Thank you for your email. Pothole repairs have been ordered by the Road Maintenance inspector."

Monday, 16 March 2020

Important Notice : Weekly ward surgeries #dundeewestend

Normally, my Monday West End Ward surgeries would be taking place later today at Harris Academy and the Mitchell Street Centre.

After much thought, I have taken the decision to suspend surgeries with effect from today, given the on-going situation concerning Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

I am very conscious that many of the residents who attend the three surgeries I run every week are elderly and at higher risk.   

It makes no sense to hold public surgeries when all residents can contact me in other ways and residents are very welcome to call me at home on Dundee 459378 or by e-mail at

I feel sure residents will agree this is a responsible decision given the present health emergency and I will review matters in the coming weeks.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Temporary Traffic Order - Smellies Lane

From Dundee City Council :


THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of road safety improvement works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Smellies Lane (at its junction with Lochee Road), Dundee

This notice comes into effect on Monday 16 March for 5 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Polepark Road / Brewery Lane.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council