Sunday, 30 June 2019

West End Art Group Exhibition #dundeewestend

All residents are invited to the Annual Exhibition of recent paintings by students of artist John Stoa.

The West End Art Group's exhibition - "Spiritual Awakening" - is now on at the Botanic Garden from until Sunday 7th July - each day from 11am.

More details available here.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Getting things done - Dunmore Gardens #dundeewestend

I recently received complaints from residents about potholes in the roadway of Dunmore Gardens.

I raised this with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have received the following helpful response :

"An order has been raised for pothole repairs to be carried out in Dunmore Gardens."

Thursday, 27 June 2019

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the school summer holidays fast approaching, this evening at Blackness Primary School (pictured right), I hold my final surgery at 6.15pm sharp – the last until the new school term begins in August. 

During the summer break I can be contacted as follows :
  • Home telephone number : 459378 (any time)
  • Office telephone number at the City Council : 434985 (office hours Monday to Friday)
  • E-surgery : esurgery@frasermacpherson.org.uk (any time)


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Abbotsford Street

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 footway reconstruction works.  The Order is expected to be in force for ten days from 1 July 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 Abbotsford Street its junction with Blackness Road.

An alternative route will be available via Blackness Road and Seymour Street.

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.

If you have any queries please call 01382 433082.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Getting things done - Saggar Street #dundeewestend

Following complaints from residents about the poor road surface in parts of Saggar Street some weeks ago, the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership promised a thorough annual inspection and any resultant repairs was due in the near future.

I have since been advised :

"The annual inspection of Saggar Street will take place late June/early July.

However an order has been raised for pothole repairs to be done until the inspection takes place and the planer patching is identified."

Additionally, at the request of residents, I asked the council to consider the provision of "yellow box" markings on City Road at the Saggar Street junction, given the difficulties drivers have exiting Saggar Street at rush hour.

The council's Team Leader in the Network Management Team has updated me as follows and I welcome the promised assessment :

"My initial assessment and observations are that the City Road junction with Saggar Street which is a no through road would not require a Yellow Box Junction markings.

Not all junctions are suitable for the box markings and a traffic survey should be carried out to determine the extent of the problem. We will arrange for this junction to be assessed for the suitability.

Factors which influence a decision to provide box markings are the junction should preferably though not necessarily be controlled by signals. This would cause more delays with the difference in flows and the close proximity of the City Road /Tullideph signalised junction."

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Temporary traffic order - Greenmarket

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 crane lifting works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Greenmarket (between Greenmarket car park access and Sensation access), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 24 June 2019 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Access and exit to / from Greenmarket Car Park will be maintained at all times.

Alternative routes are available via DCA / Sensation access road.

For further information contact 433082.

Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 22 AND SUNDAY 23 JUNE 2019

Blackness Road (Glamis Road to Blackness Avenue) – closed on Saturday 22 June (12.00 noon – 4.00pm) for surface dressing works.

Antiques Roadshow – Saturday 22 June:  Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street, South Castle Street and Earl Grey Place East closed for 2 days.  Sunday 23 June:  South Commercial Street, Riverside Esplanade and Tay Road Bridge (westbound off-slip) closed for one day.

Shepherds Loan (at junction with Perth Road) – closed on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.

Perth Road/Hawkhill/Blackness Avenue – temporary traffic lights (9.30am - 3.30pm) on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 24 JUNE 2019

Blackness Road (Seymour Street to Abbotsford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 24 June for 2 weeks for footway works.

Greenmarket (Car Park Entrance to Sensation Access) – closed on Monday 24 June for crane lifting works.

West Marketgait (North Marketgait to Courthouse Square) – southbound nearside lane closure for 2 weeks for footway works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Abbotsford Street – closed at junction with Blackness Road for 10 days from Monday 1 July to facilitate footway reconstruction works.

Nethergate (West Marketgait to Park Place) – closed from Monday 1 July for 7 days for City Fibre duct installation and pedestrian crossing refurbishment.

Lochee Road and Logie Street (City Road to Tullideph Road) – closed from Monday 8 July for 2 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Friday, 21 June 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 surface dressing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Blackness Road (Glamis Road to Blackness Avenue), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Saturday 22 June 2019 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes are available via Glamis Road / Perth Road / Blackness Avenue.

For further information contact 433082.

Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Clean Air Day - well done Victoria Park Primary School! @VictoriaParkPS

Today is Clean Air Day!

Well done to pupils from three Dundee Primary Schools, including Victoria Park PS in the West End, who last week braved the rain to decorate bus shelters in the city centre to encourage everyone to walk, cycle and take the bus instead of driving to reduce air pollution. 

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events, and reaching millions more through the media. 


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Temporary Traffic Order - Shepherd's Loan

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 Scottish Water ironwork repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Shepherds Loan (at its junction with Perth Road), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Sunday 23 June 2019 for 1 day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes are available via Magdalen Yard Road / Windsor Street / Perth Road.

For further information contact 433082.

Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Getting things done - Rosefield Place, Rosefield Street and Bankmill Road #dundeewestend

At the request of residents, I have asked the City Council to attend to the following issues in the Rosefield Place, Rosefield Street and Bankmill Road area :

  • Rosefield Place to Bankmill Road path – requested that the graffiti pictured below is removed.
  • Rosefield Place – requested that a dumped mattress is removed.
  • Rosefield Street – requested that the east pavement is thoroughly swept as it badly needs done.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Taught Threads – free discussion event

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

Taught Threads – free discussion event
Tomorrow - Tuesday 18th June, 5.30pm-6.30pm
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, 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.

Marion 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.

For this special event, four of Marion's former students, Frances Justice, Pauline Hann, Sheila Mortlock and Dorothy Walker will take part in an informal discussion event recalling life as a textile student at Duncan of Jordanstone College in the 1960s and 70s and their memories of being taught by Marion.

All welcome – please book here.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 15 AND SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019

Brook Street (at Edward Street) – temporary traffic lights until Monday 17 June for SSEN work.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 17 JUNE 2019

Lochee Road (at Gardners Lane) – off-peak (9.30am – 3.30pm) stop/go traffic control from Tuesday 18 June for 4 days for footway works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Antiques Roadshow – Saturday 22 June:  Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street, South Castle Street and Earl Grey Place East closed for 2 days.  Sunday 23 June:  South Commercial Street, Riverside Esplanade and Tay Road Bridge (westbound off-slip) closed for one day.

Shepherds Loan (at junction with Perth Road) – closed on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.

Perth Road/Hawkhill/Blackness Avenue – temporary traffic lights (9.30am to 3.30pm) on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Blackness Road (Seymour Street to Abbotsford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 24 June for 2 weeks for footway works.

Abbotsford Street – closed at junction with Blackness Road for 10 days from Monday 1 July to facilitate footway reconstruction works.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Re-Discover Dundee

Re-Discover Dundee launched last December and is delivered by Volunteer Dundee and Dundee Voluntary Action.

It particularly focuses on encouraging older people to join in guided rides, as an opportunity to stay active and re-discover our nearby green spaces.

Can you help?    See below!



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Getting things done - Saggar Street #dundeewestend

At the most recent meeting of the Community Spirit Action Group, the residents' group for the north of the West End Ward, concern was expressed at the damage to the council owned wall at the bottom of Saggar Street - see below :


I raised this with the City Council and have now been updated as follows by the Tenancy and Estates Team Leader:

"To help get this fixed, I asked one of the Tenancy Assistants to investigate and report back which he has now done. On inspection, he agreed the walls needs repaired, and in the interim, did what he could to make it safe. 

In addition, he has logged a job for the wall to be rebuilt, the coping stone replaced and any rubble to be removed. The target date for the work is 27th June, but he has asked the Repairs Manager to assign the work as soon as possible."

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Getting things done - Glamis Terrace #dundeewestend

Residents have highliughted to me the need for posthole repairs in Glamis Terrace.

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

"An order has been raised for pothole repairs to be carried out."

Tuesday, 11 June 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 11th JUNE 2019  AT  7.00PM
LOGIE  AND ST JOHN`S (CROSS)  PARISH  CHURCH  HALL
(ENTER FROM  SHAFTESBURY  TERRACE  -  OFF  BLACKNESS  AVENUE)

1. WELCOME AND APOLOGIES
2. MINUTE OF MEETING MAY 14TH 2019 AND  MATTERS  ARISING
3. CORRESPONDENCE
4. POLICE SCOTLAND UPDATE
5. PERTH ROAD PLACEMAKING PROJECT UPDATE – Russell Pepper and Graham Ross
6. WESTFEST
7. PLANNING  UPDATE 
8. COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019
9. OTHER MEETINGS ATTENDED ON BEHALF OF WECC
10. AOCB – MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INPUT
11. DATE  OF  NEXT  MEETING – TUESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2019 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10 JUNE 2019

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

Brook Street (at Edward Street) – temporary traffic lights for one week for SSEN work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Antiques Roadshow – Saturday 22 June:  Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street, South Castle Street and Earl Grey Place East closed for 2 days.  Sunday 23 June:  South Commercial Street, Riverside Esplanade and Tay Road Bridge (westbound off-slip) closed for one day.

Shepherds Loan (at junction with Perth Road) – closed on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.

Perth Road / Hawkhill / Blackness Avenue – temporary traffic lights (9.30am to 3.30pm) on Sunday 23 June for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

West End Reading Group meeting #dundeewestend

The West End Reading Group is a book club based at Blackness Library. 

This book club is set up to encourage all people to read and become more aware of the literature of authors of African, Caribbean and African American heritage. 

Meeting 5.30pm to 6.30pm on the second Monday of every month and the next meeting is tomorrow - Monday 10th June - when it will discuss “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, the first volume of autobiography written by Maya Angelou.

In this book, she describes her childhood in the American South in the 1930s. 

Maya Angelou won many awards including the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of freedom, the Lincoln Medal and the Norman Mailer Prize. 

The group looks forward to welcoming you tomorrow at 5.30pm.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Getting things done - Sinderins junction #dundeewestend

Residents have drawn to my attention broken tiles on the pavement at the junction of Hawkhill and east side of Blackness Avenue near the traffic lights.    

I reported this to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now been advised as follows :

"The Road Maintenance inspector has raised an order for the tactile paving slabs to be replaced."

Friday, 7 June 2019

Sunday bandstand concerts at Magdalen Green #dundeewestend

The first Magdalen Green Sunday band concert of 2019 is this Sunday 
... featuring Forfar Instrumental Band


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Latest Friends of Wighton event tomorrow

Lunchtime Recital
Wednesday 5th June 1.15 -1.45pm (free, but donations welcomed)
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library

Lunchtime Recital with Sheena Wellington, singer.

Wighton stalwart Sheena Wellington will be exploring the songs associated with James Hogg, one of the most interesting characters in Scottish literature and music. 

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Weekly Road Report - West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - SATURDAY 1 AND SUNDAY 2 JUNE 2019

South Crichton Street (Riverside Esplanade to sea wall) – closed from Saturday 1 June until Wednesday 5 June for Succession Filming event.

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure from Saturday 1 June until Wednesday 5 June for succession Filming event.

Magdalen Yard Road (Thomson Street to Windsor Street) – closed westbound from 8.30am – 7.30pm on Sunday 2 June for Westfest Big Sunday Event.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 3 JUNE 2019

South Union Street (Thomson Avenue – Riverside Esplanade) – closed southbound off-peak (9.30am – 3.30pm) on Thursday 30 May for fencing works.

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

Forthcoming Roadworks

Antiques Roadshow – Saturday 22 June:  Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street, South Castle Street and Earl Grey Place East closed for 2 days.  Sunday 23 June:  South Commercial Street, Riverside Esplanade and Tay Road Bridge (northbound off-slip) closed for one day.

WestFest Big Sunday - traffic arrangements

The City Council has issued the following temporary traffic order regarding tomorrow's WestFest Big Sunday :

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

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the Westfest Big Sunday Event HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle westbound in Magdalen Yard Road from Thomson Street to Windsor Street.

This notice comes into effect from 08:30hrs to 19:30hrs on Sunday 2 June 2019.

Diversions are available via Roseangle / Perth Road / Windsor Street.

For further information contact 433275.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

The WestFest committee has delivered the following information to households in the area regarding the traffic arrangements :