Thursday, 28 February 2019

Friends of Blackness Family Ceilidh

The Friends of Blackness has an upcoming Family Ceilidh tomorrow evening.    Parents and carers can purchase tickets at ParentPay :

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Bonnie Dundee AGM - all welcome!

Bonnie Dundee AGM tonight - don't miss it!


Monday, 25 February 2019

Loss of Perth Road ATM a real disappointment

Residents will recall that, last August, Royal Bank of Scotland lodged a planning application to shut the bank’s ATM at 260 Perth Road, the site of a former branch that closed in 2014.   This was because the bank's lease on the building ends this spring.

I wrote to the bank last summer reminding them that when the branch closed, I was given a commitment that its free-to-use cash machine would be retained.   I asked that the company to therefore look for alternative sites in the Perth Road area and the bank did commit at that time to look at possible options.    

Since then, I have sought updates from the bank and I have now unfortunately received the following update from the bank's Local Director, Fife, Perth and Tayside :

"Thank you for allowing me time to look into your concerns.

Our lease on the former branch on Perth Road is expiring in April 2019 and we have taken the difficult decision to remove the ATM. 

Since the branch closed we have explored options available to relocate the existing machine at a new site, however, we cannot find a suitable alternative location and therefore the existing machine will be removed this week. 

It is not the outcome we had hoped for, however, our customers will continue to have a number of alternative ways to access their cash locally. There are over 30 other free-to-use ATMs within 1 mile of the old branch premises, with a machine next door at Premier convenience store. 

The Dundee Chief Office branch is just under a mile away on High Street and is open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. 

Our customers can also use any Post Office to check their balance, pay-in and withdraw cash. The nearest Post Office to the former branch is 60 yards away and is open six days a week: 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday – it also has an external ATM.

A number of shops also offer cashback services and customers can also make use of contactless payment systems too. Customers can also contact us over the phone to check their balance – 03457 888 444.

I appreciate you may be disappointed by our decision, however, I hope I have been able to explain the continued cash provision that remains available to your constituents."

I have asked the bank for detail of the options it considered as I consider the outcome to be highly disappointing.    The loss of a key free-to-use ATM from one of the major banks in the area is a matter of regret.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR SATURDAY 23 AND SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2019

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – off-peak northbound nearside lane closure from Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 February for BT works.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Getting things done – Blackness Road #dundeewestend

Many residents have contacted me concerned about the need for a better road surface in parts of Blackness Road.

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

"Blackness Road from Glamis Road to Glenagnes Road has been identified for possible inclusion on the 2019/2020 Carriageway Programme for surface dressing subject to available funding."

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Latest news from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

Bruce Davies at the Wighton! - Cappuccino Concert  
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
Saturday 23rd February - 11am (doors open at 10.30am)

Bruce Davies, the Fife based singer songwriter will be appearing at Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee on Saturday 23rd February from 11am to noon.

With 35 years as a professional entertainer behind him, Bruce is a musician whose easy on the ear singing and storytelling have gained him many friends on four continents.  Crisp acoustic guitar playing is one of his trademarks and, as BBC Celtic Roots said, “a voice in a million”.

His recent album “Blowin’ In The Wind – The Other Great American Songbook” has been universally acclaimed and his Edinburgh Festival Fringe show featuring material for the album played to full houses.  He spends his summers hosting and singing in “The Spirit of Scotland Show”.

Throughout his career he has travelled widely, performing in prestigious venues throughout the UK and USA to a huge variety of audiences.  He has recorded extensively as a musician and producer for folk legends The McCalmans, and Harvey Andrews.  In a recent list of “The Hundred Greatest Cultural Fifers...Ever!”,  Bruce featured alongside Ian Rankin, Dougray Scott, Val McDermid, Jack Vettriano and other Fife luminaries.

He has received many plaudits but his most treasured are, from Kenny  Rogers “You do great work!” and when his songwriting hero Tom Paxton introduced him as “ one of Scotland’s best singers”.

Tickets are £5 and tea/coffee is also available for small donation.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Lochee Park playpark improvements - an update #dundeewestend

The City Council has updated me about the proposed commencement of the playpark improvement works at Lochee Park's playpark as follows :

"Works are due to commence at the end of February and we will have signage in place in advance to give notice of the closure of the park. 

A laminated plan will also be put onto the noticeboard."

The new playpark proposals look great and will be a huge improvement :


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Getting things done - Rockfield Crescent #dundeewestend

Residents recently contacted me concerned about the poor state of the road in Rockfield Crescent.

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

"The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector raised an order on 12-2-19 for pothole repairs to be carried out with a timescale for repair of approximately thirty days."

Monday, 18 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019

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.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Event at the Botanic Garden today #dundeewestend

The next Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden talk is today in the garden's Education Centre at 2pm.

The speaker will be Sally McConville, Environmental Assistant at Dundee City Council. 

Sally will talk about Bonnie Dundee and Beautiful Scotland. 

Bonnie Dundee works in partnership with Dundee City Council to support Dundee’s entry into the Large City category of the Beautiful Scotland campaign. 

Volunteers are involved in a wide range of projects, from litter picks and tree planting to tending community gardens and the colourful planters you see around the city streets.

Hope to see you there - bring a friend!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Saturday - various streets

From the City Council :

THE ROADS (SCOTLAND) ACT 1984 - SECTION 62

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the Dundee Trades Union Council Anti-Cuts Protest Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:

1 Blackness Road (Urquhart Street to Hawkhill)
2 Hawkhill (Blackness Road to West Marketgait)
3 West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Nethergate)
4 Nethergate (West Marketgait to High Street)
5 High Street (Nethergate to Reform Street)
6 Reform Street (Murraygate to Meadowside)
7 Meadowside (Reform Street to Chapel Street)

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 16 February 2019 from 12:00 to 13:30hrs.

Closures will be enforced by Police Scotland officers.

No diversion routes will be available.

For further information contact 433275.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Friends of Riverside Nature Park AGM #dundeewestend

The Friends of Riverside Nature Park hold their AGM tomorrow night - Thursday 14th February at 7pm - at the Mitchell Street Centre - all welcome!

As well as reporting the past year activities and electing the new committee, there will be an illustrated talk about urban orchards.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Getting things done - Pleasance Court #dundeewestend

I have been in correspondence with Home Scotland about getting the graffiti painted on some ground floor windows in Pleasance Court removed.

I have received assurances from Home Scotland about this, which is reassuring as the most recent graffiti appeared before the festive season.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Northern Links update

Last Friday, the proposed Northern Links project launched early concept designs that would aim to make it easier for  residents to travel on foot and by bike more often for their local journeys on certain Dundee main streets, by improving the opportunities for and tackling barriers to active travel.

Northern Links aims to reallocate some road space in favour of cyclists and people rather than traffic, attempting to make the affected streets safer and more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians - and for buggy, scooter and wheelchair users. 

One of the proposed streets for the project is Lochee Road and you can see the early concept designs for Lochee Road and the other streets elsewhere in the city here.
The proposals will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in April and if successful, further funding will be provided to undertake more detailed engagement and design work during 2019.

The project team is keen to get feedback from residents and community groups at this early stage and it is easy to provide your feedback here.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 9 AND SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2019

Nethergate (at South Tay Street) – temporary traffic lights from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February for Virgin Media Work.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound nearside lane closure (9.00am - 4.00pm) from Monday 11 February for one week for BT works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

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.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Litter pick today - University of Dundee and the West End #dundeewestend

Join students and staff later today to help tackle litter on campus and the surrounding area.

Free soup and a roll for participants. 

Meet outside the Student Union.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Tayside MS Therapy Centre - volunteers wanted!

M S Therapy Centre (Tayside) Ltd
Unit 12b Peddie Street
Dundee DD1 5LB
TELEPHONE: 01382 566283

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 social volunteers who are available for a few hours on Saturday, either morning or afternoon or one weekday for a few hours (even every 2 weeks would be ideal), welcoming members, serving refreshments, and clearing and tidying of kitchen area.

Volunteer Chamber operator will assist the main operator to operate the chamber and also provide assistance to escort our members in and out of the chamber. We ask that you are physically fit, friendly and caring to offer our members, who are attending for Oxygen Therapy, social support, chatting and generally providing a secure, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. 

Full training will be provided.

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

Monday, 4 February 2019

Latest event from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington of Friends of Wighton :


Wednesday 6th February, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
Lunchtime Recital with SeaTangle


Tom and Kayren Hall, the husband and wife duo who make up SeaTangle, have been involved with music for over fifteen years in the East Neuk of Fife where they play regularly.

They perform a wide range of music which includes traditional Scottish songs and tunes, and a wide variety of other songs gathered along the way. 

Tom, a valued member of the Wighton Singers,  sings and plays guitar, drawing on a background which includes Sixties pop, amateur operatic shows, and also helping organise and run music sessions in the East Neuk, while Kayren plays fiddle and djembe.

Admission free, donations welcome.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2019

Fyffe Street (Benvie Road to Polepark Road) – eastbound closure from Friday 1 February for up to one week for emergency Scottish Water repair.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019

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.

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

Nethergate (at South Tay Street) – temporary traffic lights from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February for Virgin Media Work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Ward Road) – northbound nearside lane closure (9.00am - 4.00pm) from Monday 11 February for one week for BT works.

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.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Getting things done - Newhall Gardens #dundeewestend

Residents recently drew to my attention the fact a street sign at the entrance to Newhall Gardens has been knocked over - see photo (right) :

I drew this to the City Council's attention and have now been advised :

"An order has now been raised for the pole to be re-erected."