Friday, 15 January 2021

Dundee Libraries - an update

Dundee Libraries has a new Pressreader service which is an excellent service.

Library users can now access the latest local, national and international newspapers from home.

Find out more here.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Getting things done - Balgay Hill #dundeewestend

In the past few months, many residents have expressed concern to me about unofficial bike trails that have been created on Balgay Hill.

Leaving aside their unauthorised nature and damage to the hill, the other concern is the health and safety of mountain bikers using these.

I have raised this with the council's environment team who are tackling the issue and have recently placed some sensible signage about these and suggesting better and safer places where mountain bike skills can be practiced.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Improvements to the Green Circular route in the West End #dundeewestend

I am pleased to advise that the City Council has confirmed to me that it is looking at improvements to where the Green Circular route crosses the Perth Road.     

Currently at this location cyclists and pedestrians use the existing carriageway junction cross as there is no footpath provision at this point.    The proposed works will include a new footpath creating a safer crossing as the images indicate :


There are also a couple of locations along Riverside Avenue where vegetation will be cutback to effectively widen the useable footpath/cycleway.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Business support in Dundee – an update


The Boxing Day shift from tier three to four, along with the move to lockdown last week, has changed the business situation and the need for support has never been greater. In particular, non-essential retail businesses and business premises delivering close contact services may now be eligible for support at level four.

A one-stop information guide for business with advice from Dundee City Council, support organisations, Scottish Government and other agencies can be found here

If you are already in receipt of grants from these funds you do not need to re-apply. The City Council will automatically alter grant payments to reflect the change of level. But if you have not previously applied, or applied but did not meet the criteria for level three support, and are now eligible under level four, you should make an application as soon as possible, so do please go to the link above.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Christmas Tree Recycling


Do you have a 'real' Christmas tree that you would like to be recycled? 

You can request an uplift from your property and further details are available here.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Get Out Get Active Tayside programme


Get Out Get Active Tayside's Online Activity Programme starts back tomorrow - 11th January.

Whether you have taken part in an activity before, coming along for the very first time or know someone who would really benefit from a friendly, supportive community during this challenging time we want everyone of all levels and abilities to get involved.
The Online Activity Programme is free and offers activities 5 days a week.

You can sign up here.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING 11 JANUARY 2021

Hawkhill – traffic control for up to 2 weeks for street lighting column removals.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Friends of Wighton Saturday classes online!


From Sheena Wellington :

Saturday morning playing is back! 

We've all been missing our Saturday morning fix of tunes and, with no sign of classes being able to start in-person again any time soon, classes are moving online. 

Obviously, the format will be slightly different, but hopefully still enjoyable. 

A mixed instrument class will run 11am - 12 noon on Saturday mornings using Zoom, starting this Saturday.    Here is the Zoom link:

MoragAnne is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Saturday morning class

Time: Jan 9, 2021 11:00 AM London 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83717837909

Meeting ID: 837 1783 7909

To begin with I'll be taking the classes, with the hope of introducing guest leaders on a regular basis.    I'll be teaching a couple of slow tunes (for those who like time to think as they play, or for those who want to try out learning by ear) and then a faster tune.    Music will be shared to the screen (she says confidently!) on the day.

If participants want to contribute financially they can donate to my paypal account here.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Harris Education and Recreation Association update


From Harris Education and Recreation Association :

“Why not make some time for yourself this January and fill the long days with one of our evening classes -all done from the comfort of your living room. We have various topics including Pilates, Crochet, songwriting, Climate Change, Spanish and American History.  

You can enrol online from 13th January, and classes start at the end of the month.”

Online registration from the 13th will take place here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency


Latest update from Bailie Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) during the COVID-19 health emergency :

As residents will be aware, stay at home advice has become law, just as it was in the lockdown last year. This means it will only be permissible to leave home for an essential purpose. This will include caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise, maintaining a shared parenting arrangement and being part of an extended household. Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited.

MEETING OTHERS
A maximum of two people from up to two households will be able to meet outdoors. Children aged 11 and under will not be counted in that limit, and they will also be able to play outdoors in larger groups, including in organized gatherings. However, for everyone else – including 12 to 17 year olds - outdoor exercise should only take place in a way which is consistent with the 2 people from 2 households rule.

HOME WORKING
Anyone who is able to work from home, must do so. It will only be a reasonable excuse to leave your home to go to work, if that work cannot be done from home. 

TRAVEL
You cannot leave your home except for an essential purpose. When you do go out, stay as close to home as possible and stay away from crowded places. And it remains the case that no-one is allowed to travel into or out of Scotland or between council areas in Scotland unless it is for an essential purpose.

EVIDENCE

LOCAL CASES
You can access local information on the spread of the virus in your area by selecting Dundee City then choose from the menu in local neighbourhoods.

PLACES OF WORSHIP
Places of worship will close until 1st February for all purposes except broadcasting a service, or conducting a funeral or wedding. While up to 20 people will still be able to attend funeral services, wakes will not be possible during January … and a maximum of 5 people will be able to attend wedding and civil partnership services. This is different advice from England so we contacted the Scottish Government to ask if this would change to bring it in line across the UK. The Scottish Government said it had considered is extensively before the decision so would be unlikely to change.

SCHOOLS AND NURSERIES
The school closure period will be extended until the end of January with most school pupils learning remotely – rather than in school. This will be reviewed on 18th January. The change will apply to all pupils - except vulnerable children, and children of key workers. And it includes nursery schools, as well as primary and secondary schools. The fortnightly review will not simply be a choice between opening and closing schools – but may see a gradual or staggered return with nurseries and primary schools returning earlier than secondary schools.

PARENT CLUB

Updated guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people during lockdown.

UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
The Government already had plans in place for the staggered return of universities and colleges. There is likely to be more information on this soon.

COVID VACCINATION
In total, over the period to the end of January - including the more than 100,000 already administered – the government expect to have access to just over 900,000 doses of vaccine. These will be split roughly equally between the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines.

Current expectation, based on assumptions about supply and the new advice on doses being administered up to 12 weeks apart, rather than 3, is that by early May everyone over 50, and people under 50 with specific underlying conditions, will have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. That is everyone who is on the JCVI priority list, and comprises more than 2.5 million people.

Once everyone on the priority list has been vaccinated, the Scottish Government will start vaccinating the rest of the population, and will do this in parallel with completing second doses for those on the priority list.

Information on the vaccination programme including on the dose interval increase:

This is the vaccination priority list:

This is the vaccine update statistics:

Over 80s are starting to receive the covid vaccine.

PAVEMENT AND ROAD GRITTING
We received many complaints this week about slippy pavements and roads due to ice. We have raised every concern with the Roads Maintenance Partnership and are here to assist residents at all times. We thought you would find it helpful to have the Dundee City Council guidance on this.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES FOR BUSINESSES
The number of non-essential services which remain open will be further restricted. Premises which will need to close as a result of these changes will include, for example ski centres, showrooms of larger retailers, and clinics offering cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Construction and manufacturing remain open.

The current 1 metre exemption for workplace canteens will end – so canteens will have to ensure that employees sit 2 metres or more apart, rather than 1 metre.

LEVEL FOUR BUSINESS SUPPORT
Businesses required to close by law are currently able to claim up to £3,000 every four weeks through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. use the link below to apply.

We estimate that the applications for the following additional funds will start to open next week sometime. 

• £19.2 million to provide one-off grants for hospitality businesses
• £50.8 million for businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 that have not received support from the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund or Hotel Support Programme and some additional support to smaller businesses impacted by restrictions
• £11.8 million for international inbound, coach tourism and domestic tour operators
• £7 million for self-catering
• £5 million for visitor attractions
• £2.5 million for outdoor tourism
• £2.3 million for hostels
• £2 million for ski centres
• £1.5 million for travelling show people ineligible for other support
• £1.2 million for Destination Management Organisations
• £1 million for B&Bs and guest houses excluded from the latest Non Domestic Rates scheme 

SHIELDING
If you were shielding and you cannot work from home, the clear advice now is that you should not go into work at all. The Chief Medical Officer is writing to everyone who falls into this category, and his letter will count as a Fit Note for those who need it. If you were shielding and not in employment, then you should follow CMO guidance and stay home where possible.

CARE HOME GUIDANCE
Guidance on adult care home lateral flow testing.

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have symptoms of the virus check out this link. 

POLICE CONTACT FORM

INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news

Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19


NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk 

Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.

Health Protection Scotland Guidance - www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19 

Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus 

Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.

Ready Scotland Information - www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus 

Tayside Cares - www.taysidecares.co.uk 

SUPPORT AND ADVICE
This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.

CONTACT DETAILS

WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Discovery Days 2020


The University of Dundee’s Discovery Days will take place from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th January.

You can join online to listen to the newest professors and award-winning teachers and students, as they share the ideas that inspire them. 

Everyone is welcome and for more information and free tickets click here.

Monday, 4 January 2021

New Year update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :

“The Friends of Wighton invite you to an online illustrated talk on the Montgomerie Collection to be given by Dr Margaret Bennett this Wednesday - 6th January.   

After organising a successful event online for Scottish Book Week we have decided that it is worth trying to put some concerts online too. We plan to hold the concerts on the first Wednesday of the month at 1.15pm. 

The first will be on Wednesday 6th January when the  guest will be Dr Margaret Bennet with an illustrated talk on the renowned Montgomerie collection, the children’s songs recorded in Dundee’s Hilltown in 1952.    

The talk starts at 1.15pm but you can log-in at any time from 1.05pm.”

Join Zoom Meeting here.

Meeting ID: 816 9660 4953 

Passcode: 157803

You can read more about the Montgomerie Collection in this interesting Evening Telegraph article here.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

EU Citizens Support Service


The deadline for the applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, June 2021, is slowly creeping closer. 

Estimates suggest there are still thousands of EU citizens and their families living in Scotland who have not yet applied to the scheme. 

The Citizens Advice service across Scotland wants to help EU citizens preserve their rights in the UK by making a claim.

Citizens Advice Scotland is running a dedicated EU Citizen Support helpline to assist with the application process for settled or pre-settled status - 0800 916 9847 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

At Dundee CAB, it is also offering telephone appointments and, in emergency situations, face to face appointments. It can be contacted by calling 01382 214633 or emailing bureau@dundeecab.casonline.org.uk

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Royal Voluntary Service Update

The Royal Voluntary Service in Dundee is pleased to continue to provide a lifeline to our vulnerable, older people (over 50) and or their carers. 

The support we have been providing (during the COVID-19 health emergency) and will continue to provide includes companionship (telephone befriending) calls and welfare checks (Safe & Well phone calls), help packs of essential food and toiletries– providing vital food for those struggling to pay for daily necessities. Read more about existing services here

For further information on any of the services mentioned please contact: Michelle Manzie, Service Manager michelle.manzie@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or 07834 753386.

For referrals for services or enquiries about volunteering for Royal Voluntary Service, Dundee City, please contact either Irene Wallace, Service Coordinator 07917 183548 Thursday or Friday - or email at Dundeehfh@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year! #dundeewestend


After such a challenging year, here's hoping for a much better 2021 ... best wishes to all residents in the West End for the New Year!