Thursday, 16 January 2020

Blether Tay-Gither - Storytelling in Dundee

Our January 2020 Blether will be on Tuesday 28th January - at 7pm at Madigan's Tearoom and Bookshop at 25 Castle Street.

The Theme is MUSIC.

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, 15 January 2020

Getting things done - lighting at Miller's Wynd car park #dundeewestend

There has rightly been much anger and concern over the council's decision to start charging for use of seven of the car parks in the West End.

It seems to rather rub salt in the wounds that the lighting in the Miller's Wynd car park has now failed, plunging the car park into darkness at nights.

I have therefore asked the council to repair this as soon as possible and certainly before the car park charges commence.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Central and East Regional Fair Trade Session

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is running a series of sessions across Scotland to give supporters a chance to find our more about Fair Trade.

It aims to make these sessions as informal and practical as possible: we want you to leave feeling energised and empowered with new ideas, connections and up-to-date information on Fair Trade.  

Sessions cover topics such as: 

-        Fair Trade campaigning in the climate emergency

-        Harnessing the power of social media for Fair Trade campaigning

-        Procurement

... and includes :

-        Opportunities to meet other supporters

-        Lunch and Fairtrade tea & coffee!

The Dundee event is this Saturday - 18th January - 11am to 1.30pm at the Dalhousie Building in the University of Dundee.

You can read more about this and book a place here.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Nethergate (West Marketgait to Park Place) – closed westbound from Monday 20 January for 5 days for Virgin Media work.

A90 at Swallow roundabout – overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) eastbound lane closure on Friday 17 January for carriageway patching works.

Marketgait – various off peak lane closures from Monday 13 January for one week for street lighting lantern replacement works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Perth Road (at River Crescent) – temporary traffic lights for one week from Monday 20 January for Scottish Water work.

Nethergate (West Marketgait to Queens Hotel car park entrance) – closed westbound from Monday 20 January for 5 working days for Virgin Media duct installation works.

Blackness Road (at Peddie Street) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 26 January for Scottish Water work.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Getting things done - Riverside Drive #dundeewestend

Recently, the traffic safety bollards in the middle of Riverside Drive, just north of the Botanic Garden, were damaged - apparently struck by a vehicle - see photo :

I reported this, at the request of residents, to the City Council and am grateful for the prompt response to put a temporary arrangement in place.

The council has further advised :

"Tayside Contracts (is) ... going to replace them within the next month with new highly reflective bollards, but they're back up for now."

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Ellis O'Connor - Frontier

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

Our first exhibition of 2020 has just gone up in the Tower Foyer Gallery, featuring dramatic paintings by an award-winning Dundee artist.

Ellis O’Connor studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, graduating in 2014. She completed an MFA in Arts & Humanities at the College in 2016. Since then she has won numerous awards for her work and undertaken several residency programmes, including in Iceland and Norway. In 2016 she was one of a group of artists who sailed around the Svalbard Archipelago in the High Arctic making work about the landscape and environment.

Ellis now lives on the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. The new works made for this exhibition (entitled Frontier) respond to the turbulent and ever-changing environment which surrounds her.  Writing about her work, she explains: “The dynamic energy conveys the movement and rhythms of the sea and the land … the merging of sea with air, advancing rain and mist, ever changing light – elements that seem to be about something intangible.”

Although Ellis has exhibited across the country, this is her first solo exhibition in her home city. 

The exhibition runs until 28th March and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm and Saturday 1pm-5pm.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Bad news on West End car parking #dundeewestend

Residents will recall that, just before Christmas, I again reiterated my strong opposition to the council administration's policy of introducing car parking charges into seven West End car parks.

The effect will be particularly difficult for residents and add to on-street car parking in the area.

I received the following update late yesterday from the council's Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader :

"We expect the new car parking charges in the seven West End car parks to be introduced on Monday, 27 January 2020.   In advance, we will advertise the change by way of signage and press releases from early next week.   Meters have already been installed at most of the car parks and these will be commissioned on 23/24 January 2020.  New tariff charge boards will be erected over the weekend of 25/26 January 2020.  

New lighting is being installed by the Street Lighting Partnership in Roseangle Car Park during week commencing 20 January 2020.  For a few days this car park will be closed to create a safe working environment.  This closure will also be advertised in advance."

The effect of these charges will be highly detrimental and, even at this late stage, I would urge the council administration to think again about introducing them.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

West End Surgeries #dundeewestend

With the Christmas school holidays now over, it is back to West End Ward surgeries!    My Blackness Primary School surgery takes place tonight at 6.15pm.

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

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Winter Planetarium Show at the Mills Observatory #dundeewestend

This Saturday – 11th January – 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.

Just £1 for adults;  50p children.     Booking essential on 435967.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Print Studio Tour at DCA #dundeewestend

This Thursday - 9th January at 5.30pm – and again on Saturday 11th January at 12 noon - you can get a free tour of the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio!

The studio has a huge range of state-of-the-art equipment for both traditional printing and creating digital artworks.    

DCA Print Studio houses everything from a Victorian relief press to 3D printers and a laser cutter.   Come along and be shown around. 

These tours are the perfect precursor to doing a course or becoming a registered user - or are for anyone who has always wondered what goes on in the studio!

Free, but booking essential by contacting Dundee Contemporary Arts on 909900 or e-mail

Monday, 6 January 2020

Can you help Maggie's Dundee?

Maggie’s Dundee is looking more support from volunteers, so any help you could give would be amazing!

The Maggie's team is looking for more support in the following areas :

Drop in Volunteers – welcome visitors and make tea and coffee
Event volunteers – stall, bucket collections, event stewards
Admin support – Thank you letters, help with banking, volunteer admin jobs
Speakers -  people who can go do talks / presentations for Maggie’s and also collect cheques on Maggie's behalf.

Please contact Laura Boyd, Maggie's Centre Fundraiser on 496384 (or mobile 07860 271415).

Many thanks!

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Abertay Historical Society event

Two centuries of appreciation and modification: 
What might the future hold for the Tay?

This Wednesday - 8th January - from 2.15pm to 3.30pm, Professor Rob Duck, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, will deliver this address as part of Abertay Historical Society’s contribution to the city’s afternoon lecture series.

This talk will look at some of the impacts of human intervention at the River Tay over the past 200 years and how climate change might affect sea levels.

The talk will take place in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre in the Tower Building at the University of Dundee, admission is £2 and all are welcome.

More information about Abertay Historical Society is available here.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Dundee & Angus College Open Days 2020

Interested in finding out more about D&A College? 

Then come along to its 2020 Open Days ...

From Tuesday 14th January to Thursday 16th January, there will be the opportunity to visit Dundee & Angus College at each of its campuses, chat to teaching staff about courses, get a copy of our new prospectus, see the campus facilities and get advice about funding, course options, additional support from the Student Services team.

Full details are here – all welcome!

Friday, 3 January 2020

Discovery Days 2020 - Short Presentations from the Cutting Edge

The next Discovery Days event from the University of Dundee will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th January.   The venue is the Main Lecture Theatre, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill.

You can listen to the university's newest professors and award-winning teachers and students, as they share the ideas that inspire them.    Everyone is welcome, including school pupils, members of the public and university staff and students.

As part of Discovery Days 2020, there is also holding the annual public session with the University's Court.     This is a unique opportunity to hear from and pose questions to the university’s governing body.

Refreshments and lunch will be available.    The event will close with a free drinks reception.

You can read the full programme here.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Botanic Garden event #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :

On Sunday 5th January, Alasdair Hood, former Curator, University of Dundee Botanic Garden, will give a talk on "A life in horticulture."

It will take place at 2pm in the Education Centre at the Botanic Garden.

All are welcome!