Sunday, January 21, 2018

Flooding work at Riverside - an update #dundeewestend

Residents contacted me recently following reports that the completion of the work to improve the flood defences on Riverside Drive was possibly going to be delayed by passing trains causing vibration that was stopping the cement from setting properly.

To get clarification of the extent of the issue, I contacted the City Engineer who has made clear to me that this is "a minor localised construction issue" and adds :

"At this particular location the traffic is currently running on the temporary lane and there is slight dip in the road and when traffic travels over this, some vibration can be felt through the carriageway.    Slow-setting traditional lime mortars are being used to construct the wall and the vibration was causing some minor localised issues with the mortar.     No additional shoring or special engineering measures were required to overcome this, merely ensuring the mortar had sufficiently cured prior to adding subsequent courses of stone.

Overall, this section of work is slightly behind programme but nothing to do with this, mainly due to the Contractors resources, outputs and adverse weather.     Just to reiterate this was a minor issue that has nothing to do with trains travelling above.    For information, it is anticipated that the traffic management will be removed from Riverside Drive by the end of January 2018."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Getting things done - West Marketgait #dundeewestend

I recently received complaints from residents about the slippy state of the pavement in West Marketgait near the junction with Hawkhill - see photo - caused by leaves.

I have reported this to the council's Neighbourhood Services seeking these being cleaned up - along with similar complaints in other streets such as Roseangle.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friends of Wighton event

From Sheena Wellington :

Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library.    Tomorrow - Saturday 20th January, 11am (doors open 10.30am) - Admission £5, tea/coffee available for small donation

Cappuccino Concert with Simon Kempston, singer songwriter and guitarist

Simon Kempston is an Edinburgh based award-winning singer-songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composing and performing original and contemporary acoustic music.    Though he is a Dundee lad, Simon’s busy schedule rarely allows time for him to perform in his native city so we are especially thrilled to welcome him to the Wighton!

Simon’s original, distinctive guitar playing is founded upon a complex, finger-picking style which technically reveals his classical training yet is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon’s rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

Simon has performed at many of the major venues, folk/blues clubs and festivals in Scotland, the UK and regularly tours the length & breadth of Europe. He has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as other local and specialist music radio stations.   

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Getting things done - Logie Avenue #dundeewestend

I recently received complaints from residents that a drain is flooding near to the lock-ups at the east end of Logie Avenue.

I took up this concern with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have received the following feedback :

"The gully was cleaned and pipework jetted as far as possible on Thursday of last week.

The pipe is partly blocked due to roots which is causing the problem,  which we plan to tackle this week with the root cutter."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Soup and home baking lunch #dundeewestend

A reminder about this Saturday's soup and home baking lunch, in aid of the Blackness Primary School playground fundraising project :

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Harris Education & Recreation Association - new classes enrolment

The Harris Education & Recreation Association new evening classes enrolment takes place tomorrow night (Wednesday 17th) at the school from 6pm to 7.30pm.

There's nine great evening classes to choose from.    

You can read details of all the classes here.

Its great to see Harris Education & Recreation Association running another excellent set of evening classes and I hope these are well-supported.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



A85 Riverside Drive – prohibition of right turn from westbound lane of Riverside Drive into Riverside approach and prohibition of right turn from Riverside Approach in to Riverside Drive for one week for works to the sea wall.  Prohibitions will only be in place when required.

City Road (at Tullideph Road) – lane restrictions on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Thursday 25 January for smart meter antenna works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Nethergate (at Queens Hotel) – closed on Sunday 28 January for crane lifting works.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

Perth Road at Seafield Road :

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

Airlie Terrace - now DUSA (from the University of Dundee Archives) :

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

Hawkhill/Kincardine Street area   :    The photograph appears to be taken from the Trades College in Balfour Street and is looking towards Balgay Hill.    At the bottom of and in the middle of the picture appears to be the junction of Kincardine Street with Hawkhill (Photo - Dundee City Archives) :

Monday, January 08, 2018

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Friday, January 05, 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

Brook Street (Dundee City Archives) :

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

View of Hawkhill Place at the junction of Perth Road prior to the building of the art college extension  :

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

West End history #dundeewestend

To usher in 2018, I'm posting some of the most requested photos of the West End, starting with 242 Perth Road (from Dundee City Archives) :

Monday, January 01, 2018