Fraser has been LibDem Councillor for the West End on Dundee City Council since 2001 and has topped the poll in all of the 4 council elections he has contested. Fraser has served as the Council’s Education Convener, Finance Convener and Planning & Transport Convener. This blog has been the Top Councillor blog and a Top Ten blog in the LibDem & Scottish categories of the Total Politics Blogs Poll Awards.
campaigned for improved recycling facilities across the West Endand, in particular, for the tenemental
properties that have no household recycling facilities at present. The
council provides neighbourhood facilities (paper and glass only) but really
does need to increase household facilities if it is going to achieve the step
change in recycling that will be necessary to achieve Scottish Government
targets into the future.
For this reason I have welcomed
research that Zero Waste Scotland is undertaking research, mainly in the West
End Ward - and partly in neighbouring Coldside - to further promote
recycling and waste prevention. I reproduce some of the detail to households (below) along with a map showing the streets in the West End that are covered by this initiative:
"Why conduct research amongst tenement
Scotlandhas a significantly large number of tenement buildings, many of
which were built in traditional styles many years ago that offer unique
challenges for waste collection and recycling service provision. Zero Waste
Scotland andDundee City Councilare currently conducting a review of the way in which waste and
recycling services are provided to tenement dwellers and are seeking to engage
with residents to design improvements that will enable more people to recycle
more items more often and reduce waste going to landfill.
Where is the research taking place?
This research is being conducted in the
four major cities in Scotland with significant numbers of tenement properties
(Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee) where it is felt that recycling
capacity and reductions in waste that is simply dumped without recovery could
be improved by residents and the local authorities working together to enhance
the services available. In total two thousand tenement residents will take part
in this research and contribute their views to the project’s outcomes and
delivery. What does the research involve?
The door step survey:During
November and early December 2012, you may be approached by one of our
researchers to take part in a confidential short interview (around 10-15
minutes) that will be designed to capture your thoughts and views on waste
collections, recycling services and improvements that could be made to the
service. The survey will also cover the barriers that you believe prevent
tenement residents from recycling more and reducing waste that is not able to
be recovered. We very much hope that you will take part in this research.
Exodus Market Research will carry out the survey and all researchers will carry
photographic ID. This research agency is a full member of the Market Research
Society and will ensure that all your answers are treated in the strictest
confidence and your individual responses will not be reported to the local
authority or Zero Waste Scotland.
Further consultation:Following the reporting of the results of the survey the project
team may develop a further consultation process to explore the issues raised by
tenement residents and consider the ideas and service changes that Zero Waste
Scotland and the local council may plan to introduce to improve the service.
You may be asked to register during the survey process in order to participate
in any further consultation but this is in no way binding and is completely
confidential. The second stage consultation would take place in the New Year
but this will be dependent on what the residents tell us in the survey and no
decision has been taken at this stage to commit to this. I can’t commit to a door-step survey
but would like to take part. How can I give my views?
Although we would prefer households to participate via our face-to-face interviews, we recognise that this may not be possible for individuals with other commitments when our researchers visit. Please ring our telephone support Freephone number, 0800 0778427 to arrange to participate via a telephone interview or to get information on how you can take part on-line via our internet version of the survey."