Tuesday 31 December 2019

A guid Hogmanay!

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

Words adapted from a traditional song
by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Monday 30 December 2019

Recycle your Christmas tree!

♻️🎄If you have a real Christmas tree, 
please remember to recycle it! ♻️🎄

The City Council has published some helpful advice about recycling your Christmas tree.

You can read this here.

Sunday 29 December 2019

Saturday 28 December 2019

54th Annual Photographic Competition and Exhibition

Entries to the city’s 54th Annual Photographic Competition are now welcome, with a closing date of 3rd February 2020

Open to all photographers living within the boundaries of Dundee, and to all members of Dundee Photographic Society, the competition is run every year in conjunction with Dundee City Council.

Full details are available here and if you have any queries, please contact Dundee City Council, Neighbourhood Services on 434781.

Friday 27 December 2019

New Year Fun Run 2020 #dundeewestend

On Thursday 2nd January at 11am and until 1pm, there will be a 5k fun run around the paths of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden to get yourself in shape for the New Year. 

The event caters for all ages and ambitions, just walk or break the record!    Your reward, as well as a good time, will include seasonal refreshments in the education centre at the end of the run.

We recommend you register for free here to ensure catering is adequate on the day.

The event is weather dependent and up-to-the-minute guidance is available on the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden blog.

Thursday 26 December 2019

Happy Boxing Day!

Boxing Day is widely celebrated in countries that are part of the Commonwealth. 

Its origins are obscure, but they date back centuries. 

Below is an interesting short documentary about the origins of Boxing Day.


Wednesday 25 December 2019

A very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Monday 23 December 2019

Bus services - Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020

With thanks to Suzy Scott, a full guide that gives you all the information you need for all bus services during the festive season across Dundee and the surrounding area that makes up the ABC Dundee bus travel zone is now available.

You can download it here.

Sunday 22 December 2019

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service

All are welcome at the Logie & St John's (Cross) Church Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service!

Saturday 21 December 2019

Getting things done - Brook Street #dundeewestend

Earlier this year, residents in the Brook Street area and in Pleasance Court drew to my attention the problems they had ensuring the bus driver sees they are waiting at the bus stop on Brook Street's north side - opposite Brook Close - due to the lack of a bus bay and vehicles parked right across the stop.     

This also made it a challenge to get on the bus, as passengers had to get through a line of nose-to-tail parked vehicles to get to the bus.

The City Council agreed to my request to paint a bus bay here and I am pleased to say this has now been done – see 'before' and 'after' pictures below :

Friday 20 December 2019

Further flooding defence works at Riverside #dundeewestend

The council's City Development Committee agreed to further flooding defence works at Riverside.      This will cover the western section from the Bridgeview Station Restaurant to the airport;   as residents will be aware the area east of this was completed at the start of 2018.

The Team Leader in the council's infrastucture team has updated me as follows :

"The works generally consist of repointing the existing sea wall, replacing existing damaged stone copes and resurfacing the existing car parking area directly in front of the new flood-defence set-back wall.  Works also include the installation of a new footpath and drainage directly behind the wall. 

Works are currently programmed to commence on-site in February 2020 and will be completed by June 2020."

As I have long campaigned for car park improvements for the section of parking west of the main public car park, the inclusion of surfacing it is very welcome.

Details of the area of the flooding defence works is given below :

Thursday 19 December 2019

Getting things done - Perth Road #dundeewestend

A number of elderly constituents have raised with me how welcome it would be to have a bus shelter on the north side of Perth Road at the bus stop a little east of opposite the Seafield Road junction.

I raised this with the Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader at the City Council who advises :

"A quick look at the street layout indicates that without a redesign of the footway, there isn't sufficient space at this stop for a bus shelter.   

Notwithstanding, we'll add it to our list of 'shelter requests' and score it in due course to see where it ranks against other requests for bus shelters."

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Winter Planetarium Shows at Mills Observatory #dundeewestend

This Friday - 20th December – you can take a tour of the night sky in the observatory's planetarium room and learn about constellations, galaxies and the latest space news and much more.

Please note that Winter Planetarium Shows are suitable for children aged 5 and over.

£1 Adults, 50p Children with shows at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Booking essential on 435967.

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Getting things done - Forest Park Road #dundeewestend

I have had further complaints about recurring litter strewn right along the west side of Forest Park Road.

I have asked the local environment manager if the litter here can be tidied up.

As this is not the first time I have raised this problem in Forest Park Road, I have also asked that more attention is given to the state of the street here.

Monday 16 December 2019

#Dundee Drop in services over the festive season

     Christmas/New Year Opening 2019

Sunday 15 December 2019

University of Dundee Candlelit Carol Service

The University of Dundee's annual service of Carols by Candlelight will take place tonight at 5pm and will return to St Paul's Cathedral at 1 High Street.

The service takes the form of nine lessons/poems and traditional carols.    The singing will be led by the University Choirs who will also contribute a number of choral pieces.    There will be a reception with mince pies and mulled wine after the service.

University Chaplain, Rev Dr Fiona Douglas says, "The Carol Service is one of the highlight of the University year when staff and students, their families, and the local community come together to mark Christmas."

All welcome!

Saturday 14 December 2019

Community facility offer from Revival Church #dundeewestend

Many residents will know of the Revival Church situated in Taylor's Lane.

Pastor Stephen McCluskey of the church is taking forward some community initiatives such as school holidays breakfast and lunch for low-income families, in partnership with Dundee Bairns.

However, he has also mentioned that the church facilities may be available for community and charity activities during 2020 and if any local group wishes to find out more, the church can be contacted here.

Friday 13 December 2019

Getting things done - Blackness Library #dundeewestend

A resident recently suggested it might be helpful in advertising events within Blackness Library is there was a noticeboard outside advertising activities within the library.

I took this excellent idea up with the Head of Library and Information Services and she has responded positively as follows :

"We are in agreement that this is a great idea.  Budget and planning permission may be hurdles, but we will look into this and see what is achievable."

I will keep residents updated with progress.  

Thursday 12 December 2019

Support Daniel today!

Please support my friend, colleague and Dundee West resident, Daniel Coleman in today's General Election - for a hard-working and local MP - many thanks!

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Harris Education and Recreation Association - HERA new classes #dundeewestend

Here's the details of the upcoming evening classes from Harris Education and Recreation Association - together with information about enrolment night.    You can click on the images below to enlarge and can also find more details are available here :

Tuesday 10 December 2019

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 :


2. OFFICE BEARER & OTHER ROLES- Appointment (votes if required)
3. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING - 8th October 2019

Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday 9 December 2019

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Blackness Road (at Oxford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 9 December for one week for BT work.

Sunday 8 December 2019

Saturday 7 December 2019

Dundee Afternoon Lecture

Friday 6 December 2019

West Port Christmas Lights Event tonight! #dundeewestend

The West Port Christmas Lights are switched on tonight – at 5pm – all welcome – don’t miss it!

Music and fun from around 4.45pm!

Meet at the Christmas Tree in front of Molly Malone’s (previously The Globe).

Thursday 5 December 2019

Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :

Talk by Kate White, Head Gardener, Cowden Castle Japanese Garden
Sunday 8th December at 2pm - Education Centre, Botanic Garden

Created in the early 20th century, the garden was vandalised in the 1960s, but an ongoing restoration project began in 2014, overseen by a team of experts including the renowned Japanese architect and garden designer Professor Masao Fukuhara.

See more about the Japanese Garden here.

We hope you can come along and hear Kate talking about this beautiful garden - have a walk round our own Botanic Garden and a cup of something in the Coffee Shop and make an afternoon of it!

Wednesday 4 December 2019

House insulation - Logie area - an update #dundeewestend

As residents are aware, I have long campaigned for insulation improvements for the Logie area.  

Logie's properties are a hundred years old next year and, given the conservation status of the estate, cannot benefit from external wall insulation.   

I have therefore been pressing the council to progress internal insulation improvements and discussed this recently with Logie tenants at a residents' meeting I organised at the Lime Street sheltered lounge.

I recently asked the council's Director of Neighbourhood Services for an update on progress and have received the following helpful reply :

"I can confirm that we have completed two pilot installations in the Logie estate and that these have been successful in raising the Energy Efficiency levels to a rating which ensures EESSH* compliance. 

Overall, prior to this pilot, Logie has some 85 out of 120 houses which are compliant with the EESSH standard. 

It is our intention to develop a programme of IWI installation for this estate for the 2021/22 Financial year subject to available resource. This project will benefit tenants only as it is not our intention given the nature of the works involved to offer to owner occupiers.  I can confirm that it would be all (council owned) properties regardless of EESSH 1 compliance.   We are looking ahead towards complying with EESSH 2.

In the meantime we will look at houses in the estate that are not compliant with EESSH at present to establish whether there are short term measures we can carry out in the interim that ensure EESSH compliance until the IWI programme is carried out (this may be as simple as supplying Energy Efficiency Light bulbs).

In terms of other stock that has missed out on the EWI programme the Housing Asset Management Unit are currently developing options for these properties one of which is IWI to individual tenants properties . They will keep you updated on progress with these discussions and any outcomes."

* EESSH = Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing.

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Latest update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

Tomorrow - Wednesday 4th December at 1.15pm
Lunchtime Recital with The Wighton Singers
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library

The last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.  

Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club.  

Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs.

Admission free, although donations welcomed.

Monday 2 December 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Westfield Lane – closed for up to one week for building repair works.

Glamis Terrace – closed from Monday 2 December for one week for sewer connection to new house.

Blackness Road (at Oxford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 9 December for one week for BT work.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Wasps Dundee Designers + Artists Christmas Market today! #dundeewestend

Wasps Dundee Designers + Artists Christmas Market
Today - Sunday 1st December - 11am-5pm
Wasps Meadow Mill, West Henderson's Wynd

The much anticipated Wasps Dundee Christmas Designers and Artists market at Meadow Mill Studios is back and now in it’s 6th year! 

A wonderfully festive event with original art and sparkly handmade items by Meadow Mill's talented tenants and a few of Dundee’s well known creative guests to boot. 

Join and get merry with Meadow Mill tenants: a cosy glass of mulled wine in one hand and all your handmade gifts in the other! 

Saturday 30 November 2019

Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities: Bridging the Divide

Residents are invited to this Scottish Universities Insight Institute event next Thursday - 5th December - in the West End as part of the ‘Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities Project’. 

In an informal morning celebration, the project will be sharing the ideas and insights generated in its knowledge cafés, held earlier this year, to identify collaborative university-community approaches to improving health and wellbeing for all.    The event takes place at Roseangle Kitchen Café.

In the afternoon, in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee, the keynote speaker, Dr Matt Dolf, who is irector, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing, University of British Columbia, will be joined by representatives of the UK Healthy Universities Network and community residents in providing local, national and international perspectives on developing healthier and happier communities. 

You can read more about this interesting day and book either the morning or afternoon session – or both – here.

Friday 29 November 2019

Friends of Wighton - latest update

From Sheena Wellington :

Tomorrow - Saturday 30th November 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee Central Library at 11am 
Caim – harmony folk trio

The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically.  Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.  

Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”. 

Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group.  Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.  

Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire.  She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.  

A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance.  “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing.  You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”

Tickets £5 - doors open 10.30am and tea/coffee available for small donation.

Thursday 28 November 2019

Freeview TV changes #dundeewestend

From yesterday onwards, many people in the West End may need to retune their TV if you are missing channels.

This affects you if your transmitter is Tay Bridge, which serves much of the West End - it also affects the Angus transmitter that serves other parts of our area.

Guidance about how to retune your TV is available here.

Wednesday 27 November 2019

West End Christmas Concert and lights switch on tonight! #dundeewestend

This evening will see the Christmas Lights Switch On for the West End and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

This year’s West End Christmas Concert takes place at Dundee West Church at 6.15pm.      The concert will be hosted by Gordon Sharp.    

We are delighted that “The Notables” will perform as well as local school pupils from secondary schools, primary schools and Cherry Blossom Nursery School.   It will be a great concert and everyone is very welcome to attend.   Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will pipe everyone from the church to Seabraes for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Just after 7pm, the West End Christmas Lights will be switched on at Seabraes by Santa.   There will again be a spectacular fireworks display after the lights switch-on.

West End Christmas Fortnight is packed with events and we hope that, as in the past 19 years, the local community take part.      We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for their support of the Christmas Fortnight, without which the events would not be possible.

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Miller's Wynd car park flooding #dundeewestend

Many residents have drawn to my attention significant flooding in the Miller's Wynd car park over the past week - see below :

I took this up with the car parking team at the City Council and one of the car park officers has sent me the following helpful update :

"I inspected Miller's Wynd car park recently and noted that the cause of the flooding is due to water running through gaps in the north wall of Miller's Wynd Car Park, all the way down the car park and on to Perth Road.

I suspect that there is a burst water pipe on the land behind the car park wall and having spoken to Scottish Water, I was directed towards Dundee University who they believe is the land owner.  The pipe appears to be located by the B.S.I. building.

I have brought this matter to the attention of Dundee University's Estates & Buildings Department and I have raised my concerns that the water might freeze over and form black ice, which in turn could result in a slip or fall.  I have therefore requested an emergency repair from Dundee University in order to avoid having to close the car park, and I currently await their response."

Monday 25 November 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Westfield Lane – closed for up to 2 weeks for building repair works.

A90 Kingsway (Swallow roundabout) - overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) northbound lane closure on Tuesday 26 November for sign installation.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Glamis Terrace – closed from Monday 2 December for one week for sewer connection to new house.

Sunday 24 November 2019

Christmas Fair - Royal Victoria Hospital #dundeewestend

The Friends of Victoria are having a Christmas Fair on Saturday 30th November from 1.30pm until 4pm at Royal Victoria Hospital.

There will be stalls and all proceeds go towards the patients' comfort fund. 

All welcome!

Saturday 23 November 2019

West End Christmas Fortnight starts today! #dundeewestend

West End Christmas Fortnight starts this morning!

Events today include :

This is the 19th year of West End Christmas events – a whole fortnight of fun for all the family!

Download the full brochure of West End Christmas Fortnight events here.

Friday 22 November 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Glamis Terrace

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 sewer connection to new build house.

The Order is expected to be in force for 1 week from 2 December 2019.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Glamis Terrace for its entire length.

Access for residents will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be available via Glamis Road, Glamis Drive, Hazel Drive and reverse.

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 or phone 433168.

Thursday 21 November 2019

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee

Our November Blether will be on Tuesday 26th November - at 7pm at Madigan's Tearoom and Bookshop at 25 Castle Street.

We will be joined this month by Apprentice Storyteller Lynda Dargie, who will share a couple of tales.  Lynda has shared stories with us before but this time she will be there as part of her accreditation process.  

The Theme is ANIMALS.

Join us for a relaxed evening of stories and tales. bring a story or just come to listen. 
Hope to see some of you there – all welcome!

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Great initiative from Revival Church in Taylor's Lane #dundeewestend

Partnering with Dundee Bairns in 2020, Revival Church is proposing to provide school holidays provision of breakfast/lunch for disadvantaged and low income families' children.

This will take place at the church premises at 4 Taylor's Lane, just off the Perth Road - see below :

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Living Together : An Exhibition on Housing in Dundee

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

Using photographs, artworks and architects’ designs, the latest exhibition in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee explores some of the most distinctive forms of houses in Dundee, with a particular focus on communal and social housing – from Victorian tenements to pioneering council houses, post-war multis, student halls of residence and more.

The exhibition Living Together features material from our own and private collections as well as the University Archives, Dundee City Archives and Dundee Central Library Local History Centre.    It has been created to accompany the AHRA Conference on Architecture and Collective Life taking place in Dundee from 21st to 23rd November.

The exhibition is now open and runs until 25th January 2020 - opening times are on the poster and admission is free.

More information is available here.