Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pennycook Lane photocall!

As I have previously indicated, the sheltered tenants of Sinderins Court and Pennycook Court have, over past months, been working to improve a seating area in Pennycook Lane that had fallen into disrepair and was very unsightly.    

Their efforts came to fruition yesterday with the unveiling of the new seating area, complete with planters and an array of flowers, greatly brightening up the area and turning an eyesore into a pleasant area to sit at and admire the flowers.

The project would not have succeeded had it not been for the generosity of local charities, the Scottish Community Foundation, Al Maktoum Community Services and Sustain Dundee, and local businessman Jonathan Stewart - with the work to restore the seating carried out by the Dighty Group and the sourcing the purchase of planters by the City Council’s Environment Department.     The pupils of Blackness Primary School will henceforth be looking after the plants – they already have their own community garden over the road in the school grounds.

What was a drab-looking area has been transformed by the efforts of the sheltered tenants and they deserve great praise for turning the idea of improving Pennycook Lane’s old drab seating area into a really nice place to sit.    The old seating was originally constructed under an employment scheme in the 1980s and had long fallen into disrepair with the seats rotten and the area overgrown and graffitied.

Thanks to the efforts of the sheltered tenants, the area is now a real asset and our thanks also go to the local charities and business who gave the funding to make this possible, the Dighty Group and the council’s Environment Department for their help and Blackness Primary School who will be looking after the plants in the future.

Here's some photographs from yesterday's event :
All of us at the unveiling of the new seating and planters area yesterday

I had the pleasure of presenting the prizes to Blackness Primary School pupils who won the Residents' Association competition

Rev Erik Cramb of Al Maktoum Community Services and Marion Adams, Chair of the Residents' Association
I was on Wave 102 news yesterday speaking about this enjoyable event - click 'play' below to listen: