Thursday 31 January 2019

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Getting things done - Greenbank Place #dundeewestend

Residents have complained to me about the state of the roadway in Greenbank Place - see photo (right) :

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

"An order has been raised for the repair of a number of potholes in Greenbank Place with a timescale for repair of approximately thirty days."

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Monday 28 January 2019

Friends at the End meeting

Sunday 27 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



West Marketgait (northbound from Hawkhill to Ward Road) – closed on Sunday 27 January for crane lifting operations.


Old Hawkhill (junction of Park Place) – temporary traffic lights for one week for water connection works.

Perth Road (at Mid Wynd) - temporary traffic lights for one week for sewer repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Drive (at Discovery Point) – off-peak westbound nearside lane closure on Thursday 7 February for Scottish Water repairs.

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Saturday 26 January 2019

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee

Our January Blether will be on Tuesday 29th January - at 7pm at The Butterfly Café, 28 Commercial Street.

The theme this month is “names”.

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!

Thursday 24 January 2019

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Monday 21 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend



Old Hawkhill (junction of Park Place) – temporary traffic lights for 2 weeks for water connection works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Marketgait (northbound from Hawkhill to Ward Road) – closed on Sunday 27 January for crane lifting operations.

Sunday 20 January 2019

Dundee Pensioners' Forum - Question Time - a reminder

As I previously advised, I am participating in tomorrow’s Dundee Pensioners' Forum Question Time.   Here’s a new poster advertising the event to which all are welcome :

Saturday 19 January 2019

Friday 18 January 2019

Appeal from Gowrie Care

Thursday 17 January 2019

2019 news from the University of Dundee Museum Services

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

We kick off 2019 with a new exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery highlighting some of the most exciting recent additions to our collections. Since our last Recent Acquisitions exhibition in 2017, over 1 400 items have been catalogued into the Museum Collections, a small selection of which are shown here.   Among the highlights are:

•      artworks acquired by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design from the annual Degree Shows
•      fascinating natural history specimens from Life Sciences and Anatomy
•     drawings from the Moira Macgregor Bequest, a major donation of over 500 artworks by the Dundee-born designer
•    original comics art acquired by the School of Humanities to support their innovative Comics Studies courses
•     an Apple II computer from 1978 used in the Psychology department

The exhibition is on show until 23rd March and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 7pm;  Saturday 1pm to 5pm.

We are also pleased to announce an exciting development for the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, which will now be open to the public one Saturday a month throughout the year.    The museum will now be open 2pm to 4.30pm on the second Saturday of every month.   Admission is free – please enter by the main front door of the Carnelley Building.   More details here

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Dundee Pensioners' Forum - Question Time

I am looking forward to participating in next Monday's Dundee Pensioners' Forum Question Time :

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Monday 14 January 2019

Improvements at Riverside #dundeewestend

At the City Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee last week, we agreed improvements at Riverside as follows :

Central Reservation on Riverside Drive  :   Due to the nature of this island and with how busy this part of the road is, it is dangerous for staff to carry out cutting work on the grass here.  To enhance the approach to the city, removing the grass and replacing with hard standing will be not only tidier but takes away the risk of working on this narrow island.

Installation of bollards between the pavilion and Barnetts Motors    :    On several occasions, there have been near misses with cars (when football is on in particular) - both bumping onto the grass and coming off.   Installing bollards will not only reduce the parking here, on safety grounds, but encourage users to use the car park provided at the pavilion.    It will also keep the grass in better condition.

Car park at the pavilion   :    Due to ongoing complaints, this car park now requires more than being topped up with materials.  Proposals are to scrape up existing car park, re-level to ensure water run off and resurface with recycled Tar Planings, making the car park a safer area to use.    This will not have the appearance of fully resurfaced hardstanding but will substantially improve the look and performance of the pavilion car park for users.

As I have repeatedly raised the condition of the car park over the years with the council - see below - the improvement planned is very welcome indeed.

Sunday 13 January 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend


Forthcoming Roadworks – West End Ward

Bellfield Street – off-peak (9.30am - 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control on Monday 18 February for 2 days at new housing development for road and footway reinstatement works.

Saturday 12 January 2019

Latest Friends of Wighton update!

From Sheena Wellington :

Next Saturday - 19th January - at 11am (doors open at 10.30am)

Cappucino Concert  with Simon Kempston

Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists. 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.

An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, often sidestepping the usual themes of love and attraction in favour of offering social commentary and an insight into the everyday lives of people. 

Simon is a powerful and intense live performer, and his true passion for music and song shines through in his acclaimed shows. He has performed at scores of esteemed venues and festivals in 27 European countries and Canada, Ronnie Scott’s, Celtic Connections, Sligo Live and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival amongst many others. Simon has also performed live on BBC Radio Stations across the UK, as well as a plethora of continental music radio stations.

Simon’s first full-length album ‘Carefree Prisoner’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews and his latest album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer, is his best, most poetic, most diverse and engaging collection of songs yet. The album is entitled ‘Broken Before’, was released in late 2018, and features superb, complementing instrumentation from Robbie Greig, William Archibald and Bob Miller.

Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.

Tickets £5 with tea & coffee available for a small donation. 

Friday 11 January 2019

Sunday in the Garden #dundeewestend

From Ninewells Community Garden :

A week on Sunday - 20th January 2019 - from 10am to 12 noon.

Beat the January blues and pop down to the garden!  

Some seasonal gardening tasks will be on offer, or just sit back and watch the birds from the comfort of the Leaf Room.  

We welcome new volunteers and no experience is necessary.

More information about the garden is available here.

Thursday 10 January 2019

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Harris Education and Recreation Association - enrolment

The Harris Education and Recreation Association Spring 2019 classes enrolment takes place on Wednesday 16th January - 6pm to 7.30pm - at Harris Academy.    

Further details are below :

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Monday 7 January 2019

Recycle your Christmas Tree!

From the City Council : 

♻️🎄If you have a real Christmas Tree remember to recycle it! ♻️🎄

You can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre or the council can collect it for you. 

To arrange for the council to pick up your tree or to find your nearest Recycling Centre click here.

Sunday 6 January 2019

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the Christmas school holidays now over, it is back to West End Ward surgeries this coming week.   My Mitchell Street Centre and Harris Academy surgeries take place tomorrow.

My full surgery details are below – although I can also be contacted via or phone me at home on 459378 anytime :

Saturday 5 January 2019

The User Centre Group

Friday 4 January 2019

Latest news from Friends of Wighton!

Come along to the Wighton Centre in the Central Library on Saturday morning to celebrate with Shamblestone as they reveal their first ever EP.

Doors open from 10.30am so wander in early for a cup of tea or coffee. Tickets £5 (on the door) – it will be a thoroughly enjoyable event and all welcome!

Thursday 3 January 2019

Wednesday 2 January 2019

Concern over filthy pavement tackled #dundeewestend

I have taken up residents’ complaints about the filthy state of the pavement on Riverside Drive around the area where the Tay Rail Bridge crosses above the street.     The pavement is badly covered in a mess caused by roosting birds on the bridge and residents have expressed concern about the potential health hazard.

I have therefore asked the council’s Rapid Response Team if it can have the pavement jet washed.

However, the problem will simply return unless Network Rail improves its netting under the bridge to deter birds from roosting there so I have also raised the issue with the company.      

We really do need a proper resolution of this to ensure the pavement is not covered in this sort of mess in the future.

Tuesday 1 January 2019

A very Happy New Year!