Tuesday, August 20, 2013

City Council committee meetings

After my two Monday weekly ward surgeries at the Mitchell Street Centre and the West Park Centre yesterday afternoon, I then attended Dundee City Council committee meetings at which:

Education Committee :    I asked a question about the financial close of the Harris Academy rebuilding project.   One of the teacher representatives on the committee raised a number of concerns about the decant building in Lawton Road and the Director of Education gave a commitment to thoroughly investigate these.   I have since written to the Director in that regard.

Environment Committee :    It was pleasing to note the committee's unanimous approval of a £10 000 contribution towards the playpark campaign.   As Secretary of Friends of Magdalen Green, I was required to declare a non-financial interest and not take part in the discussion.

City Development Committee :   I welcomed the site planning brief consultation outcome relative to Queen Victoria Works and Regent Works that lie to the north of Brook Street but also asked about progress relative to other West End Ward derelict buildings and the council's actions to have them brought back into productive use.   I also asked about the coastal flood study proposals relative to the Riverside area.

Policy and Resources Committee :   I was pleased that the City Council unanimously agreed to change the recycling arrangements at both Riverside and Baldovie to henceforth allow all types of recycling at both sites and asked the Director of Environment how quickly this could take place.    He gave me an assurance that this would hopefully take place within the next fortnight once transportation arrangements were in hand.