Friday, 31 May 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Blackness 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 carriageway patching works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Blackness Road (from Glamis Road to Blackness Avenue), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 5th June 2019 for 5 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Glamis Road / Perth Road / Blackness Avenue and reverse

For further information contact 433168.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

(The diversion routes can be viewed here)

Thursday, 30 May 2019

"Sew: Together" - Stitch Workshop

Further to my recent update on the "Sew: Together" exhibition, further news from the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Sew: Together - Stitch Workshop inspired by Marion Stewart
Saturday 1st June at 2pm - Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee

This event accompanies the exhibition Sew: Together, paying tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.

For this special event, one of Marion's students, textile artist and tutor Sheila Mortlock, will lead a creative workshop in which you will have the opportunity to create your own embroidered panel inspired by the work of Marion Stewart.    All materials and tools will be provided.

More details are available here.

Monday, 27 May 2019

No ward surgeries today - but on this Thursday! #dundeewestend

As today is the Victoria Day holiday at local schools, my usual ward surgeries at Harris Academy and the Mitchell Street Centre do not take place but I can be contacted at any time at home on 459378 or by e-mail at surgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk. 

My surgeries resume again on Thursday at 6.15pm prompt at Blackness Primary School.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 27 MAY 2019

West Marketgait (North of Nethergate) – off-peak lane closures for one week for pedestrian crossing upgrade works.

Greenmarket – temporary traffic lights for one week for SSEN works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road (Glamis Road to Blackness Avenue) – closed from Wednesday 5 June for 5 working days for carriageway patching works.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee


Our May meeting will be on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm at the Bach, 31 Meadowside.

THE THEME IS "STARS".

Join us for a relaxed evening of stories and tales as we celebrate the coming of summer.  bring a story or just come to listen. 

Tea, Coffee and snacks available.

Free but a small donation welcome. 

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Friends of Wighton update ...

From Sheena Wellington :

This Saturday - 25th May - at 11am - Wighton Hertage Centre, Central Library
(doors open 10.30am with tea/coffee available for £1 donation)
Cappuccino Concert with Graham Carter, singer/guitarist

Graham Carter is a Traditional Singer/Guitarist who is equally at home performing songs of England, Scotland or Ireland. 

He originally hails from Poole in Dorset but for the last twelve years has been based in Scotland where he has become well known on the Folk Scene. Indeed as well as being a popular folk club guest, he is the main organiser for both Strathaven Folk Club and Strathaven Folk Festival. 

Growing up in a musical household he was often exposed to folk songs at family gatherings around the piano. He began playing guitar and learning folk songs in earnest in his late teens. 

Graham has gained a reputation as a powerful and compelling performer and considers his many influences to include the likes of Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Joan Baez, Luke Kelly, Ewen MacColl and, of course, Bob Dylan. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Taught Threads


Further to my recent update on the "Sew: Together" exhibition, further news from the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

The exhibition Sew: Together presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students.

Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. 

She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education. Several of these have now helped us to organise a programme of events to tie into the exhibition that includes -

Tomorrow - Wednesday 22nd from 2pm to 3pm, a guided tour of the exhibition by textile artist Pauline Hann - further details here.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20 MAY 2019

West Marketgait (North of Nethergate) – off-peak lane closures for 2 weeks for pedestrian crossing upgrade works.

Greenmarket – temporary traffic lights for 2 weeks for SSEN works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road (Glamis Road to Blackness Avenue) – closed from Wednesday 5 June for 5 working days for carriageway patching works.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Places for everyone - Perth Road events! #dundeewestend

As I previously highlighted, West End Community Council has received funding through the Places for Everyone fund which is administered by Sustrans Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland, to develop ideas to enhance a section of Perth Road around the district shopping centre.

Here’s some of the numerous events and opportunities for anyone with and interest or passion for the Perth Road to get involved and share your ideas. 

Have your say on what works, what needs to be improved and what the priorities are. 

All events are free!


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Café Science Dundee: How Does Your Barley Grow?


Dr Sarah McKim will discuss how genes control barley development, and how this knowledge can be used.

Cereals provide more calories to the human diet than any other source. They are also critical for brewing and distilling whisky, our most valuable export. However, we are only just beginning to understand how cereal crops grow and develop, and how this can affect the quality and amount of grain produced.

Dr. Sarah McKim will talk about how knowledge gained from new genetic research developed at Dundee can help improve barley crops.

Café Science events are free and everyone is welcome. There is no need to book in advance but arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Getting things done - Brook Street #dundeewestend

Residents in the Brook Street area and in Pleasance Court have drawn to my attention the problems they have 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 makes it a challenge to get on the bus, as passengers have to get through a line of nose-to-tail parked vehicles to get to the bus.

I asked the City Council if a bus bay can be created at the stop and have had the following positive response from the Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader :

"We will be undertaking some bus bay marking over the next couple of months and I have added this list to the site where action is required."

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

West End Community Council meeting tonight #dundeewestend

The Community Council meets this evening at Logie St John's (Cross) Church Hall at 7pm - all residents welcome!   Here's the agenda :

WEST END COMMUNITY  COUNCIL  MEETING
TUESDAY 14th MAY 2019 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 APRIL 9TH  2019 AND  MATTERS  ARISING
3. CORRESPONDENCE
4. APPOINTMENT OF COMMUNITY COUNCILLOR
5. POLICE SCOTLAND UPDATE
6. COMMUNITY FRIDGE UPDATE
7. PERTH ROAD PLACEMAKING PROJECT UPDATE – Russell Pepper
8. NISSAN (BARNETTS) GARAGE
9. TECHNOLOGY PARK CONDITION OF UNITS
10. PERTH ROAD UPDATE 
11. PLANNING  UPDATE 
12. OTHER MEETINGS ATTENDED ON BEHALF OF WECC
13. AOCB – MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INPUT
14. DATE  OF  NEXT  MEETING – Tuesday 11th June 2019 

Monday, 13 May 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13 MAY 2019

West Marketgait (North of Nethergate) – off-peak lane closures for 3 weeks for pedestrian crossing upgrade works.

Perth Road (at Roseangle) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 14 May for BT work.

Riverside Drive (at Riverside Avenue) – off-peak (9.30am – 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control from Tuesday 14 May for 3 days for fencing/landscaping works.

Friday, 10 May 2019

SEW : Together – The Legacy of Marion Stewart

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

Sew: Together – The Legacy of Marion Stewart
Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee

This exhibition presents a tribute to textile artist and designer Marion Stewart (née Gracie, 1931-2017), who worked for many years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, where she taught embroidery and stitched textile design to generations of students. 

Marion had a formidable work ethic and always pushed her students to achieve at the highest levels. She was also renowned for her quick wit and sense of humour. Above all, she was an inspirational teacher and an important role model for professional married women. She encouraged the formation of the influential textile group Embryo in 1980, and many of her students have gone on to forge successful careers in art, design and education. 

The exhibition features work by Marion and by many of the students who were inspired by her. It has been curated by Frances Justice and Sheila Mortlock in association with the University of Dundee Museum Services. Grateful thanks are due to Graham Stewart and many of Marion’s former colleagues and students.

The exhibition will run from 11th May until 20th July and will be open Monday to Friday (9.30am-7pm) and Saturday (1pm-5pm).   Admission is free.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Getting things done - phone box - Magdalen Green #dundeewestend

Residents have pointed out to me that the traditional red phone box on Magdalen Green is badly in need of painting - see photo.

I contacted BT Payphones requesting this and have received the following response :

"I have requested for the payphone to be repainted.

The commercial officer will make a decision in the next 10 working days."

I am pleased to say that repainting has now been agreed to and the cleaning of the phone box's inside I also asked for has been carried out.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Nethergate

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 Street Lighting Column reinstatement works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Nethergate (eastbound between Tay Street Lane and West Marketgait), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Sunday 12 May 2019 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes are available via Nethergate / Perth Road / Hawkhill / West Marketgait.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and Architecture Degree Show

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Architecture Degree show celebrates the success of graduating students from DJCAD and the Department of Architecture, within the School of Social Sciences. 

For 10 days from 17th May, the Matthew and Crawford buildings transform themselves into one of the country’s biggest galleries showcasing the culmination of several years of creative development and hard work.

Go to the Degree Show website.   It will provide a snapshot of the work undertaken by the hugely talented students, but to fully appreciate the diversity, please visit the show and join in wishing the 2019 graduates every success in the future!

Full details here – all welcome!

Monday, 6 May 2019

No ward surgeries today ...

As today is the May Day holiday and local schools are on holiday, my usual ward surgeries on a Monday at Harris Academy and the Mitchell Street Centre do not take place.

However, I can be contacted at any time at home on 459378 or by e-mail at surgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk

My surgeries resume on Thursday of this week.      

Details are available here.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Varun Baker's Contemporary Kingston Cityscapes talk


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

Many of you will have enjoyed the photography exhibition Moving Jamaica we held in the Lamb Gallery at the end of 2018. 

Next week, the University will be hosting a talk by photographer Varun Baker, whose work was shown in the exhibition. His talk - "Contemporary Kingston Cityscapes." 

It will be held on Tuesday (7th May) at 2pm (running to 3.15pm) in the Scrymgeour Building, Room 2.12, on Park Place. 

In this illustrated presentation, photographer Varun Baker reveals two sides of Jamaica's capital city, Kingston, by showcasing extremes of humanity. 

On the one hand, there is a stark photo essay devoted to showcasing the life of a man who makes a living on Kingston’s streets despite having had both his arms and legs amputated. 

On the other is a series of portraits that show the more jovial side of Kingston's city streets where people of all ages go out to experience, and enjoy "dancehall," a phenomenon that has birthed several musical genres.

Varun is based in Jamaica, and his award winning photography is on display at the National Gallery of Jamaica, and many other international venues – see more here.

 The talk is free to attend and all are welcome!

The presentation has been made possible through generous support from the Strategic Development Initiative Fund, School of Social Sciences and the Geography programme, University of Dundee.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

West End event today - all welcome! #dundeewestend


Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 4 AND SUNDAY 5 MAY 2019

TUC Annual Parade – Blackness Road, Hawkhill, West Marketgait, Nethergate, High Street, Reform Street and Meadowside closed on Saturday 4 May (11.45am - 12.45pm).

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6 MAY 2019

Nethergate (at West Marketgait) – eastbound lane restrictions for one week for Scottish Water work.

Nethergate (Tay Street Lane to West Marketgait) – closed eastbound on Sunday 12 May for Street Lighting work.

Hawkhill (o/s Tesco) – off-peak nearside lane closure from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 May for Scottish Water work.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Temporary Traffic Order for Saturday

From the City Council :

THE ROADS TRAFFIC REGULATION  ACT 1984 - SECTION 14 (1b)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the TUC Annual Mayday Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:

1 Blackness Road (Urquhart Street to Hawkhill)
2 Hawkhill (Hawkhill 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 (High Street to Albert Square)
7 Meadowside (Reform Street to Chapel Street)

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 4 May 2019 from 11:45hrs to 12:45hrs.

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