Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - Benvie Road

From the City Council :

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT pole removal works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Benvie Road (between numbers 27a and 29a), Dundee

This notice comes into effect on Thursday 20 September 2018 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

No alternative routes are available

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Monday, 17 September 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD

Forthcoming Roadworks

Old Hawkhill (at Park Place) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 24 September for up to 3 weeks for new water main installation works.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ninewells Community Garden AGM #dundeewestend

From Ninewells Community Garden :

This year's AGM will take place on Thursday 20th September in the Leaf Room.

We will meet for a cup of tea  at 5pm and start the AGM at 5.30pm.

The formal business should not take any longer than 1 hour, after which there will be time to catch up with garden friends, have a look around the garden and perhaps pick up some fresh produce or flowers.

Please do attend if you can - we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  If you are able to bring some food to share, that would be lovely.

                                                                 AGENDA
1. APOLOGIES
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST AGM
3. CHAIR’S  REPORT
4. TREASURER’S  REPORT
5. TRUSTEES
6. AOCB

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Getting things done - Hillside Place #dundeewestend

Residents have complained to me about the poor, worn road condition in Hillside Place and I raised this with the Roads Maintenance Partnership.

This is the response I have received :

"The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has advised that there are currently no actionable defects in Hillside Place.   However he has raised an order for thermal patching to be carried out when resources are available. There are currently a high number of locations awaiting thermal patching so there is no specific timescale at present."

I will continue to pursue this as thermal patching would significantly improve the state of the cul de sac.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Getting things done - Hawkhill by-pass - an update #dundeewestend

Last month, I highlighted residents' concerns about the overgrown state of the north side of Hawkhill - a very prominent site.

I am pleased to report that, following my raising this with environment officers in the City Council's Neighbourhood Services, this has been attended to as the "before" and "after" photos below indicate :


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

West End Community Council meeting #dundeewestend

West End Community Council meets at 7pm tonight at the Logie & St John's (Cross) Church Hall in Shaftesbury Terrace - all welcome!

The agenda is as follows :

WEST END  COMMUNITY  COUNCIL  MEETING
TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER  2018  AT  7.00PM
LOGIE  AND ST JOHN`S (CROSS)  PARISH  CHURCH  HALL
(ENTER FROM  SHAFTESBURY  TERRACE  -  OFF  BLACKNESS  AVENUE)

1.    WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES
2.    MINUTE OF MEETING 12TH JUNE AND  MATTERS  ARISING
3.    CORRESPONDENCE
4.    POLICE SCOTLAND UPDATE
5.    DUNDEE CULTURAL TRAIL – Russell Pepper
6.    INDEPENDENCE MARCH – AUGUST 2018
7.    PERTH ROAD UPDATE
8.    PLANNING  UPDATE
9.    WECC HIT LIST
10.  OTHER MEETINGS ATTENDED ON BEHALF OF WECC
11.  AOCB – MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INPUT
12.  DATE  OF  NEXT  MEETING – TUESDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2018

Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Brook Street – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Thursday 13 September for surfacing works.

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Tuesday 11 September for street lighting column repair.

West Marketgait (at Police Station) – off-peak nearside lane closure on Tuesday 11 September for street lighting column repair.

V&A Opening information :

V&A Opening and Music Event – roads closed from Friday 14 September for 3 days as follows.  South Commercial Street:  Friday 14 September (10.00am) to Saturday 15 September (10.00pm); Riverside Esplanade:  Friday 14 September (10.00am) to Saturday 15 September (10.00pm); Shore Terrace and Thomson Avenue:  Friday 14 September (2.00pm) to Sunday 16 September (6.00am); Dock Street (Whitehall Crescent to Commercial Street) and Whitehall Crescent (Crichton Street to Dock Street):  Friday 14 September (3.00pm) to Saturday 15 September (7.00pm); Union Street (South Marketgait to Yeaman Shore):  Friday 14 September (3.00pm) to Saturday 15 September (7.00pm).  Riverside Esplanade nearside lane closure on Sunday 16 September.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Designed to Inspire - Comics Art Tour - today!

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

Our current exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, Designed to Inspire, showcases some of the University’s amazing design collections and highlights some key areas of Dundee’s design talent. One of these areas is comics, and over the past ten years we have been building up a unique collection of original comics art to support the growing amount of teaching and research in this field.

Today - Friday 7th September at 11am - you are invited to join comics creator and PhD student Zu Dominiak for an informal guided tour of the selection of comics art included in the Designed to Inspire exhibition as well as the new permanent display of comics art which she has curated next door in the Baxter Suite.

Admission is free and there is no need to book – we hope you will be able to join us. Please meet in the Lamb Gallery.


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

West End Community Police Surgery #dundeewestend

The next West End community police surgery takes place tomorrow night - details below and all residents welcome :

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

September at the Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

One of the Friends of Wighton’s most important relationships is with Live Music Now and we are delighted to be welcoming two of their fine young musicians for the Lunchtime Recital on Wednesday 5th September.

Graham Rorie, fiddle & mandolin, and Aidan Moodie, vocal and guitar, are two of the most promising young musicians to recently emerge from Orkney's rich heritage of traditional music.

With a presence that's both familiar and forward-thinking, Graham and Aidan's playful arrangements are brought to life by a musical relationship almost a decade in the making.    The pair perform traditional tunes (both from "up home" in Orkney and further afield), self-penned numbers, and contemporary folk songs through an intimate combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and voice. 

In 2015, the boys won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, also reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award the following year. Following this, they went on to form the four-piece folk band Gnoss - recently nominated for an MG Alba "Up And Coming" award at the 2017 Trad Awards.

"Aidan and Graham are superb musicians, not only that, they combine as a superb duo." Folk Radio UK

The recital starts at 1.15pm - admission is free.   Donations for the excellent work of Live Music Now welcome.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights and Riverside Approach closed southbound for one week for gas main renewal.

Clayhills Drive – temporary traffic lights until Tuesday 4 September for one week for Scottish Water mains repair.

West Park Road (Perth Road to St Johnswood Terrace) – closed northbound on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September for BT duct installation.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Friends of Balgay AGM and autumn meeting #dundeewestend

The Friends of Balgay AGM and autumn meeting will take place on Saturday 8th September at 2pm at the Mills Observatory.

In addition to the AGM, there will be an illustrated talk by staff from the Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre - all welcome!

Replacement steps at Pentland #dundeewestend

I recently sought an update on behalf of Pentland residents about when the second set of new steps would be completed as was advised last week as follows :

"Our contractor on this project, Tayside Contracts, are advising that are awaiting on delivery of the anti slip material they need to finish off the steps. Without this, the steps could cause a slip hazard to members of the public. We would also not be prepared to open the steps for use until they are fully completed according to the design specification. 

The material should be delivered next week and as soon as they receive it, they will assign a member of staff to finish the job. Once completed, an inspection will be carried out and assuming everything is satisfactory, the fencing will be removed.

You may be interested to know that we are currently working on trying to start the next phase of the steps this financial year. This phase will concentrate on replacing the steps between Pentland Avenue and Pentland Crescent. The same standard of specification will be applied to this phase as was used on the steps between Pentland Crescent and Colinton Place."

I am pleased to say the steps were completed and opened last Friday.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Getting things done - Lime Street #dundeewestend

Following residents' complaints about a missing Lime Street street sign at the junction with Glenagnes Street, I took this up with City Council and have now received the following positive response :

"A replacement sign for Lime Street will be included in the next street name plate order."

Friday, 31 August 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - West Park Road

From the City Council :

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT duct installation works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in West Park Road (northbound between Perth Road and St Johnswood Terrace), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 3 September 2018 for 2 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road / Glamis Road / Blackness Road.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Getting things done - Dunmore Gardens #dundeewestend

Having had complaints from residents about the state of the road surface in Dunmore Gardens, I raised these concerns with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now received the following positive response :

"An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for pothole repairs in Dunmore Gardens with a timescale for completion of approximately thirty days."

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our August Blether will be tonight - Tuesday 28th August - at 7pm at The Butterfly Café, 28 Commercial Street.

The Theme this month is CARING FOR THE EARTH.

We will be joined by Anita Peggie, an apprentice storyteller from Fife  who will be sharing some tales with us but there will be plenty opportunity for others to share their own tales.
  
Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Monday, 27 August 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 27 AUGUST 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights and Riverside Approach closed southbound for 2 weeks for gas main renewal.

Clayhills Drive – temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 29 August for one week for Scottish Water mains repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Park Road (Perth Road to St Johnswood Terrace) – closed northbound on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September for BT duct installation.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Police Community Surgeries in the West End #dundeewestend

The next West End Police Surgeries take place tomorrow - details below - all welcome!

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Getting things done - Roseangle #dundeewestend

I recently raised, with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership, concerns on behalf of residents about the state of part of the north side of Roseangle.

I have now received the following positive response :

"An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for a pothole to be carried out with a timescale for completion of approximately thirty days."

Friday, 24 August 2018

Dundee Money Action - Open Day

You're invited to join us on the 28th August to hear about the work of Dundee Money Action!

This event is for anyone working directly with a client group in Dundee such as support workers, community NHS staff, front line workers or charity drop-in workers. 

Dundee Money Action is an innovative partnership project working across Dundee, delivering ongoing support for Dundee citizens to enable them to be more in charge of their money :

dealing with debts
building money management skills
looking at home energy use
assisting with benefits
and connecting people to support and interest groups amongst other activities

Please book to come and meet the project team at The Friary, Tullideph Road on Tuesday 28th August - hear some case studies, find out more about the work of the project, the benefits to your client group, and how you can be involved and connect your clients to our workers.

The same event will run 5 times over the course of the day - 1hr sessions starting at 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, so you will be able to book a session to fit around your diary commitments. 

Please book your free ticket using Eventbrite here.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Harris Education and Recreation Association - HERA new classes #dundeewestend

Here's the details of the upcoming evening classes from HERA - together with information about enrolment night - click on the images below to enlarge and also more details are available here :



Tuesday, 21 August 2018

50 Shades of Tay – A Flash Fiction Celebration

Dundee Writing Group, the Nethergate Writers, has published a new volume of flash fiction. 

50 Shades of Tay comprises fifty 50-word pieces of prose and poetry that celebrate people and places along the Tay. 

There’s something for everyone in this pocket-sized book.   From memories of the Fifie, to sledging on the Law; reflections on the river to the wonders of karaoke at Dundee’s Club Bar.

Nethergate Writers collaborated with local design studio, Pulse North, to create images to accompany some of the pieces and a striking cover design that takes its visual cues from the river.

The book will be launched at Waterstones Dundee at 6pm this Thursday - 23rd August - and the Nethergate Writers invite readers old and new to join them in celebrating their favourite Shades of Tay.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 18 AND SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2018

All Under One Banner Parade – rolling road closure on Saturday 18 August affecting the following streets:  Arbroath Road, Princes Street, King Street, Cowgate, Panmure Street, Meadowside, Reform Street, High Street, Nethergate, Perth Road, Roseangle, Riverside Approach, North Marketgait and East Marketgait.

West Marketgait (Nethergate to Westport) – northbound nearside lane closure on Sunday 19 August for Scottish Water manhole repairs.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20 AUGUST 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights and Riverside Approach closed southbound for 3 weeks for gas main renewal.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Park Road (Perth Road to St Johnswood Terrace) – closed northbound on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September for BT duct installation.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Getting things done - Lime Street/Glenagnes Street #dundeewestend

Last week I had a site visit with some Logie area residents about a number of local issues.

One of these was the damaged state of the roadway at the junction of Lime Street/Glenagnes Street - see below :


I raised this with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now received the following positive response :

"The inspection has been out to visit the location and has raised CAT 3 orders to have the potholes filled."

Thursday, 16 August 2018

33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre

You are warmly invited to attend the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre on Tuesday 21st August which is to be held in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1) on the ground floor of the Dalhousie Building on University of Dundee’s main campus.  Staff and committee members will be welcoming attendees from 5.15pm with a group photo planned before the talk at 5.30pm.

This year we are very fortunate to have Dr. Husam AlWaer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, joining us to talk about his research on the urbanism of refugee camps.  Often considered as temporary places built in response to a crisis, the truth is that these camps exist for years, and Dr. AlWaer will show that when refugees can make changes to their space, they can make changes to their lives.

The AGM is built around the idea that everyone has a story, and along with Dr. AlWaer, One World Centre will celebrate the differences that can be made by sharing stories; stories that we hear and stories we are a part of.  With this in mind, we will hold a collection on behalf of Lend With Care - www.lendwithcare.org - which provides access to sustainable funds and allows recipients to change their own story.

From 6.30pm there will be refreshments and information about One World World Centre, including Annual Reports.  Membership forms and Nomination forms for the Management Committee will be available throughout the evening.

Spaces are limited so please click here to book your place now.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Temporary Traffic Order - All Under One Banner

From the City Council :

Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating the All Under One Banner parade travelling through Dundee.  The Order is expected to be in force for one day on 18 August 2018.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order will be to prohibit temporarily all vehicular from 1230 hours in (1) Arbroath Road from Dalkeith Road to Albert Street, (2) Princes Street from Arbroath Road to King Street, (3) King Street from Princes Street to Cowgate, (4) Cowgate from King Street to Murraygate, (5) Panmure Street from Murraygate to Meadowside, (6) Meadowside from Panmure Street to Reform Street, (7) Reform Street from Meadowside to High Street, (8) High Street from Reform Street to Nethergate, (9) Nethergate from High Street to Perth Road, (10) Perth Road from Nethergate to Roseangle, (11) Roseangle from Perth Road to Riverside Approach, (12) Riverside Approach from Roseangle to Riverside Drive, (13) North Marketgait from Ladywell Roundabout to King Street and (14) East Marketgait from Seagate Roundabout to Seagate.

Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS.   If you have any queries please call 433275.

Xplore Dundee has given me the following bus diversion information for the afternoon of Saturday 18th August, insofar as it affects services travelling through parts of the West End :




Tuesday, 14 August 2018

West End Ward Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the school holidays over today, my West End Ward surgeries start again later this week – on Thursday :

These are : 

• Mitchell Street Centre - Mitchell Street (The Base) - Mondays – 4.20pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

• Harris Academy (Reception Area) - Mondays – 4.50 pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

• Blackness Primary School (Staff Room) - Thursdays - 6.15 pm (prompt) (except school holidays)

All West End Ward residents welcome and no appointment necessary!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Approach) – temporary traffic lights for 3 weeks and prohibition of right turn from Barnetts Garage for 2 weeks for gas main renewal.  Riverside Approach open until this phase is complete.

All Under One Banner Parade – rolling road closure on Saturday 18 August affecting the following streets:  Arbroath Road, Princes Street, King Street, Cowgate, Panmure Street, Meadowside, Reform Street, High Street, Nethergate, Perth Road, Roseangle, Riverside Approach, North Marketgait and East Marketgait.

West Marketgait (Nethergate to West Port) – northbound nearside lane closure on Sunday 19 August for Scottish Water manhole repairs.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Hogmanay Celebrations Grant Scheme

From the City Council :

Dundee City Council has allocated money from its Common Good Fund to continue its grant scheme to support groups that wish to organise community events to celebrate Hogmanay.

Applications are invited from Dundee based community groups and cultural organisations which are planning to organise non-commercial celebrations to mark Hogmanay. The celebrations do not have to be on Hogmanay itself, but can take place between Saturday, 29th December 2018 and Thursday, 3rd January 2019.

This year, we are particularly looking for applications that :

- Involve a wide range of the local community
- Give a sense that it is Hogmanay that is being celebrated
- Have the potential to develop community spirit and additional joint activities going forward into 2019

The application form can be found at www.tinyurl.com/hogmanay-dundee or requested via email to Paul Davies paul.davies@dundeecity.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th September, and the decision making group will then meet in October.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Volunteer opportunity with the MS Therapy Centre in Peddie Street

M S Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd
Unit 12b Peddie Street
Dundee DD1 5LB
TELEPHONE: 01382 566283
e-mail - info@taysidemstherapy.co.uk


Social Support/Chamber Volunteers Wanted

This is an opportunity to undertake a satisfying and rewarding role as part of our team of volunteers, working in our friendly therapy centre while providing an extremely useful and appreciated service to the community. 

We are looking for volunteers who are available for a couple of hours on Saturday, either morning or afternoon.

We ask that you are physically fit, friendly and caring to offer our members, who are attending for Oxygen Therapy, social support by welcoming them on arrival, by preparing and serving refreshments, chatting and generally providing a secure, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. 

We would also like you to provide support to our chamber operator.  Full training will be provided.

If you are interested and would like more information, please get in touch (tel 01382 566283) or drop an email to sheila@taysidemstherapy.co.uk


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Public Art Uploadathon

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

We need your help to record Dundee’s amazing collection of public art!

Over the summer we’ve been working with volunteers to map and photograph artworks across Dundee, and we now have over 400 on our list! Now we need your help to upload images and information onto Historic Environment Scotland's Urban Detectives website. 

We’re holding a special uploadathon (is that a word? It is now!) in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee on Saturday 11th August 10am-1pm. 

The event will take place in IT suite 1G01 so everyone will have access to a PC to add data and pictures to the site. 

You can either bring your own images of public art in Dundee or use the ones our volunteers have already taken. 

Don't worry if you've never used Urban Detectives before - it's very simple and we can take you through the process. 

The event runs over 3 hours but please come for as much or as little of that time as you like. 

Refreshments will be provided to keep us all going!

Please book a place here.     Please also note - if you have not already done so, you will need to register as an Urban Detective BEFORE the event here.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Friends of Wighton event today

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre
Today - Wednesday 8th August - 1.15pm – 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with Kirsty Law

For the third of our Year of Young People Lunchtime Recitals we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Kirsty Law.

Kirsty Law is an innovative young vocalist and song-maker based in Edinburgh.   The mainstay of her musical education came from learning Scots ballads and folk songs from tradition bearers such as Sheila Stewart, Cathal McConnell and Margaret Bennett.

Today she draws on this experience in her own composition, often writing in a ‘patchwork’ style, layering and combining original and traditional melodies, poems and text - and incorporating contemporary sounds alongside her rich Scots vocal. Her song ‘Hymn For A Shepherd’ has been mentioned in the Scottish Parliament and she has released two albums and one EP.

Working with artists of different mediums has come to be the lifeblood of her work - performing alongside poets, storytellers and sound artists as well as responding to the work of contemporary visual artists and filmmakers. 
   
Admission free, but our shiny pink piggybank welcomes donations!