Thursday, 31 March 2022
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
A resident recently wrote to me to advise :
"My children attend the Busy Bees nursery by Ninewells Hospital and are dropped off and picked up on foot most days.
However, this is a daily struggle, as there is no pedestrian crossing that allows safe crossing of Ninewells Drive into Thomas Wise Place.
At busy times, we often stand by the side of the road for 5-10 minutes whilst holding on to small people!
This is clearly an unsafe situation and I worry it is only a matter of time before it goes wrong.
And I’m certainly not alone in this issue, many other parents and people working on Thomas Wise Place share this frustration on a daily basis."
This is a very good point as Ninewells Drive - the main entrance road into the hospital from Ninewells Avenue - can be extremely busy.
The road is part of the NHS Tayside estate but I sought the views of the City Council's Head of Sustainable Transport & Roads who gave me the following very useful feedback :
"You are correct that Ninewells Drive and Thomas Wise Place form part of the NHS estate.
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
Monday, 28 March 2022
Blackness Road (at West Park Road) – temporary traffic lights until Monday 28 March for Scottish Water mains repair.
Shepherd’s Loan (Magdalen Yard Road and Perth Road) – closed from Monday 28 March for 6 days for City Fibre works.
Perth Road - temporary traffic lights between Glamis Road and Windsor Street from Monday 28 March for 6 days for City Fibre works.
Glenagnes Road – closed from Monday 4 April for 5 days for carriageway patching works. Access will be maintained for residents.
Sunday, 27 March 2022
Saturday, 26 March 2022
I have received complaints about the neglected area of ground on Perth Road at the top of Westfield Lane.
The site owned by JC Decaux who used to have an advertising hoarding there.
I contacted the company about this and have had the following helpful reply :
"I have asked for the regional team to attend to tidy the site."
Friday, 25 March 2022
Thursday, 24 March 2022
Many thanks to the residents who recently highlighted to me pothole repairs needed in Bellefield Avenue.
I have reported this to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership requesting repairs.
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Monday, 21 March 2022
Sunday, 20 March 2022
Saturday, 19 March 2022
I am grateful to all residents who contacted me yesterday about the very noisy vegetation works noise by Network Rail that started overnight at about 3am and disturbed households in the Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road and Bellefield Avenue areas.
I have made a complaint to Network Rail about its poor notification procedure. It tells me that households within 200 metres of the rail line line work around Riverside Approach were notified in advance. I have asked for the list of addresses notified (they could not say if letters were posted or hand delivered) but also made the point that given the noise levels 200 metres were thoroughly inadequate.
I have also queried the need to start this work as early as 3am. I am continuing to pursue the matter on behalf of residents.
Friday, 18 March 2022
I have recently received complaints from residents about the deteriorating state of parts of the road surface of Saggar Street.
I have therefore raised this with the City Council seeking repairs to the road.
Thursday, 17 March 2022
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
The West End Focus Team reported this to the council and has had a positive response indicating it will be put back in its correct position.
Monday, 14 March 2022
Sunday, 13 March 2022
From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :
Let’s Go Round Again – the Women’s Angle
Tues 15th March, 6pm - 7pm, D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building
Our current exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, Let’s Go Round Again, showcases work by alumni of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art who studied from 1968-72.
As part of the festival, this special event invites women artists and designers showing in the exhibition to discuss their time at art school and the challenges they faced as women in a male-dominated art world.
Taking part in this live in-person discussion are alumni Sheila Mortlock, Anne Skinner, Janet Tod and Dorothy Walker and former staff member Sheila Macfarlane, then Head of Printmaking.
Places must be booked in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-go-round-again-the-womens-angle-tickets-256051094717
Saturday, 12 March 2022
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader raises Ryehill Health Centre with Cabinet Secretary for Health #dundeewestend
As recently reported in the Courier (see below), the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has intervened in the Ryehill Health Centre concerns by raising the issue with Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care.
Friday, 11 March 2022
Thursday, 10 March 2022
Wednesday, 9 March 2022
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Residents in Millhall Crescent and Newhall Gardens recently asked me if it would be possible to have a section of handrail on the hill up Riverside Drive from Newhall Gardens to the Perth Road.
What has highlighted this is that older residents no longer have access to the Blether Bus that used to serve Newhall Gardens and the only way to access public transport is to walk up the steep hill to Perth Road
I raised this with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership and its senior engineer has responded very positively as follows :
"I have looked into the pavement and am in agreement
We will install a handrail on Riverside Drive from Newhall Gardens to Perth Road
I am awaiting a date from my contractor , when I have one I will let you know."
Monday, 7 March 2022
Sunday, 6 March 2022
Many thanks to all the residents who recently reported an unfortunate spate of graffiti in streets including Pentland Crescent, Morven Terrace, Benvie Road and Pentland Avenue.
I reported all these to the council's Rapid Response Team and grateful for the team's prompt response in tackling these.
Saturday, 5 March 2022
Friday, 4 March 2022
Thursday, 3 March 2022
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Tuesday, 1 March 2022
Residents recently highlighted to me the poor pavement surface on Hawkhill outside Sinderins Court.
I have therefore reported this to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership, requesting repairs.