Friday 23 February 2024

Getting things done - Cambridge Street #dundeewestend


Many thanks to the residents who highlighted that half of one of the street signs in Cambridge Street - at the junction with Oxford Street - is missing.

We have therefore requested that the roads maintenance partnership replace it.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgery at Blackness Library takes place later today and every Tuesday during school term time at 5pm sharp.

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

As it is the schools' mid-term holiday, Ancrum Road Primary School is not open today so Fraser's surgery there does not take place today.

Monday 19 February 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

Kirsty Semple Way – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Tom McDonald Avenue – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Avenue – overnight (7.00pm to 6.00am) temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 February for loop cutting work.

Annfield Road – closed for drainage works near Hawkhill from Tuesday 5 March until Monday 11 March.  Access for businesses and Medical Centre maintained at one or either end.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Getting things done - Milnbank Road #dundeewestend


Residents recently pointed out to us that a bus stop on Milnbank Road's north side near Polepark Road has the sign on it saying 'Clepington Road'!

The pole/stop has clearly been re-used from a redundant bus stop elsewhere and we have asked council transport officers to have the sign on it corrected.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Getting things done - Saggar Street #dundeewestend



We recently received further concerns from residents about the deteriorating condition of the roadway of Saggar Street. 

We therefore asked the roads maintenance partnership to undertake repairs, but, given its really poor state, have also asked about the possibility of resurfacing the street which we feel badly needs done.

Friday 16 February 2024

Getting things done - Blinshall Street and Douglas Street #dundeewestend


We recently received concerns about the functioning of the junction of Blinshall Street and Douglas Street around a minority of drivers failing to give way.

We raised this with the City Council's Traffic and Road Safety Team Leader who has responded as follows :

"We will have a look at this location as soon as possible.

I have had a look at the accident record and we have two slight accidents at this location in the last 5 years. However, both these accidents have occurred in the 2023.

I am going to have a look at this as I suspect that the road markings have worn off and motorist are not realising it is a give-way.

Once I have had a look I will push the roads maintenance partnership to get it rectified as soon as I can."

Thursday 15 February 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Getting things done - Park Place #dundeewestend



Residents recently highlighted to us that the road surface in Park Place fairly near to the Hawkhill junction has a number of significant potholes.

We therefore raised this with the Roads Maintenance Partnership and received this positive response :

"An order has been raised for a number of potholes to be filled here."

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Tuesdays at 5pm prompt – Blackness Library

Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt – Ancrum Road Primary School

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

Monday 12 February 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

Westgrove Avenue – no through road due to fallen tree (residents access at either end is maintained) until Friday 16 February.

Blackness Road (at Blackness Street) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 13 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Kirsty Semple Way – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Tom McDonald Avenue – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Riverside Avenue – overnight (7.00pm to 6.00am) temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 February for loop cutting work.

Annfield Road – closed for drainage works near Hawkhill from Tuesday 5 March until Monday 11 March.  Access for businesses and Medical Centre maintained at one or either end.

Sunday 11 February 2024

Getting things done - Pennycook Lane #dundeewestend



At a recent meeting of the parent council for Blackness Primary School - Friends of Blackness - it was highlighted with us that the wooden low-rise fencing at the east end of the Pennycook Lane car park is in poor shape - see photos.

As many pupils use the path to the side of the fence to get to/from Hawkhill and the school and the fencing is splintered in places, we have asked the council's parking team to repair or replace the fencing here.

Saturday 10 February 2024

Getting things done - Glamis Road #dundeewestend



We recently received concerns about a number of blocked street drains in Glamis Road.

We highlighted this to the City Council and have since been advised that our local roads inspector has raised an Order for these gullies to be unblocked.

Friday 9 February 2024

Getting things done - Seymour Street #dundeewestend


Many thanks to residents who recently highlighted to us that a pole at the bottom of the lane of Seymour Street's south end near Perth Road has been leaning badly and looked likely to fall over.

We raised this with the roads maintenance partnership who advise that it has now raised an Order for this to be replaced.

Thursday 8 February 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Ninewells Community Garden - 2024 events #dundeewestend


Ninewells Community Garden's packed programme including wellbeing and volunteering sessions continue into 2024.

You can read more about the garden at www.ninewellsgarden.org.uk

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Tuesdays at 5pm prompt – Blackness Library

Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt – Ancrum Road Primary School

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

Monday 5 February 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2024

Candle Lane (Allan Lane to Dock Street) – closed until Friday 16 February 2024 for road reinstatement

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

Westgrove Avenue – no through road due to fallen tree (residents access at either end is maintained) until Friday 2 February.

Magdalen Place (No 4 to Seafield Road) – closed for one week for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Kirsty Semple Way – temporary traffic lights Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Tom McDonald Avenue – temporary traffic lights Monday 19 February for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Annfield Road – closed for drainage works near Hawkhill from Tuesday 5 March until Monday 11 March.  Access for businesses and Medical Centre maintained at one or either end.

Sunday 4 February 2024

Friends of Wighton - lunchtime recital


From Sheena Wellington :

Lunchtime Recital, Wednesday 7th February - 1.15pm - 1.45pm – Aandowin Trio at the Wighton Centre, Central Library in the Wellgate Centre

Aandowin are Peter Cooper (fiddle), Margaret Leighton (accordion) and Bill Shackman (cittern).

The group plays a laid-back mix of Shetland and Celtic session tunes.

With their usual good timing they formed just before lockdown meaning that practicing in a gazebo became the only option.

They can occasionally be seen busking outside St Andrews public library until they make enough money for lunch, at which point they stop.

Saturday 3 February 2024

Update on former rail goods yard at Seabraes #dundeewestend


As residents are aware, over many years, the former rail goods yard at Seabraes behind Roseangle has been fenced off due to decontamination works by contractors for site owners Scottish Enterprise (SE).

It was pointed out to us that recently, although the hoardings along the path from Roseangle are still there, the east entrance (where Greenmarket roadway currently ends) was wide open and the public could walk into the site.

We raised several questions with SE - below - along with SE's responses :

Q : Is the access at the east end intentional?

A : Access is not intentional and Colliers our managing agent for the site have now instructed the landscapers to secure the site as soon as possible.

Q : If so, should the hoardings now be removed?

A : There is no intention for the hoardings to be removed at this time.

Q : Is the decontamination work complete?

A : The outstanding work is not in relation to decontamination; however, it is a drainage issue which we are working to resolve following remediation work which was carried out by SE several years ago.

We are actively working towards a solution to the drainage issue on this site, however it is a complicated process which involves involvement of both Network Rail and Tesco who own neighbouring land.

Due to the involvement of other parties and the complicated nature of these works, it is expected to take some time to resolve.

Q : What are SE’s intentions now for the site?

A : Once the drainage issue has been resolved it is intended that SE market the site for sale (residential use).

Friday 2 February 2024

Getting things done - Shaftesbury Place #dundeewestend

A street sign at the east end of Shaftesbury Place is now missing, residents have reported to us.

We therefore asked the Roads Maintenance Partnership to replace it.

Thursday 1 February 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 31 January 2024

Getting things done – postal deliveries in the Ancrum Drive area #dundeewestend


In June of last year, and again in November, we raised with Royal Mail concerns about gaps in delivery and late delivery of mail in parts of the West End - initially the area around Pitfour Street and later around Forest Park Road.

This month, we have received similar concerns from residents about irregular/no delivery of post in Ancrum Drive and concerns that there may be no regular postal delivery worker for this round.

We raised this with the Public Affairs Team at Royal Mail HQ who advise that it is "looking in to this as a matter of urgency and will be back in contact shortly with an update."

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Tuesdays at 5pm prompt – Blackness Library

Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt – Ancrum Road Primary School

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

Monday 29 January 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

Ryehill Lane (at its junction with St Peter Street) - closed from Monday 22 January for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Forest Park Place (from Forest Park Place to Edward Street) - closed from Monday 29 January for 3 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Westgrove Avenue – no through road due to fallen tree (residents access at either end is maintained) until Friday 2 February.

Magdalen Place (No 4 to Seafield Road) – closed from Monday 29 January for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Sunday 28 January 2024

Update on roads resurfacing - Forest Park Place and Ryehill Lane #dundeewestend

As residents will recall, we have long campaigned for resurfacing of the really poor conditioned roadway in Forest Park Place (between Forest Park Road and Edward Street/Larch Street) and are delighted to report that the resurfacing work has now commenced.

Work has also commenced on improving the worst-conditioned part of Ryehill Lane (nearest St Peter Street) - see photos below.

These are welcome but there's many more roads across the West End that we have raised requesting resurfacing. The resurfacing programme for the new 2024/25 financial year will be published in the coming weeks and we will update residents further as soon as we can on the detail of that.



Saturday 27 January 2024

Healthy lifestyle programme offer

Dundee FC Community Trust has a new healthy lifestyle initiative starting in February.

Details below and further information is available from laura@dundeefc.co.uk :


Friday 26 January 2024

Temporary Traffic Order- Magdalen Place


Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating Scottish Water mains repair works. The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 29th January 2024. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Magdalen Place from number 4 to Seafield Road.

No alternative route is available.

If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS or call 433082.

Thursday 25 January 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Getting things done - Invergowrie Drive #dundeewestend


We recently received a complaint about deterioration of the road condition in Invergowrie Drive on the west side towards the top of the street.

We therefore reported this to the Roads Maintenance Partnership to ensure this was repaired, which has since been carried out.

Tuesday 23 January 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Tuesdays at 5pm prompt – Blackness Library

Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt – Ancrum Road Primary School

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

Monday 22 January 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

South Marketgait (at Greenmarket) – nearside lane closure until Wednesday 24 January for BT work.

Ryehill Lane (at its junction with St Peter Street) - closed from Monday 22 January for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Forest Park Place (from Forest Park Place to Edward Street) - closed from Monday 22 January for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Magdalen Place (No 4 to Seafield Road) – closed from Monday 29 January for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Sunday 21 January 2024

Free taster session - Dundee Time and Place #dundeewestend


HERA - Harris Education and Recreation Association - in addition to its spring programme of classes - is running free taster sessions in early 2024.

There's a weekly Dundee Time and Place evening class that meets in the Corso sheltered complex lounge and each class covers a different topic in Dundee’s history.

Francis de Franco, the excellent course leader, will also be doing a free taster session on Saturday 27th January, looking at the history of shopping in Dundee.

Find out more by e-mailing HERA at enquiries@heradundee.org

Saturday 20 January 2024

Burns charity lunch

Just Bee Productions is holding a Burns charity lunch next Thursday - 25th January - at 2pm, in Meadowside St Paul's Church - all welcome!

Friday 19 January 2024

West End Campus – fire damage - a further update #dundeewestend


Following the fire damage at the West End Campus last summer, we recently asked the City Council for an update on progress with the remaining repairs.

The council's Head Of Design & Property Services has now advised us as follows :

"As these reinstatement works are being led by the council insurers, we are very much influenced by their processes and procedures. Accordingly, the insurers have decided for the project works to be tendered rather than direct appointing a contractor for the remaining works.

Council officers had a meeting with insurance representatives on during December, where it was outlined that tender documentation would be issued early in the new year with a contractor being appointed in February and works commencing on site thereafter.

Once the insurers have received and assessed the tenders the council will then be in a position to update you both regarding start and completion dates for the works.

I understand the insurers are to fully fund the repair works, therefore the council will not require the tender to be approved at committee or delegated to officers for approval."

Thursday 18 January 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries take place today and every Thursday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Thursdays at 5.45pm prompt – West End Campus (come to reception area of St Joseph’s RC and Victoria Park Primary Schools)

Thursdays at 6.30pm prompt – Harris Academy reception area

All welcome – no appointment necessary!

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Temporary traffic orders - Ryehill Lane and Forest Park Place


The City Council has advised of two temporary traffic orders as follows :

1 – Ryehill Lane

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 resurfacing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Ryehill Lane (from its junction with St Peter Street for approx. 30 metres in a easterly direction), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 22 January 2024 for 5 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Resident access will be maintained where possible.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via St Peter Street / Perth Road.

2 - Forest Park Place

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 resurfacing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Forest Park Place (between Forest Park Road and Edward Street / Larch Street), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 22 January 2024 for 5 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Access to businesses and fire station will be maintained where possible.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Forest Park Road / Brook Street / Urquhart Street / Blackness Road.

For further information about either temporary traffic order, contact 433082.

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries take place later today and every Tuesday during school term time.

They are as follows :

Tuesdays at 5pm prompt – Blackness Library

Tuesdays at 5.45pm prompt – Ancrum Road Primary School

All residents welcome – no appointment necessary.

Monday 15 January 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15 JANUARY 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed from 27 November 2023 for 6 months for road safety concerns.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until May 2024 for construction works.

Seafield Road, Dundee - closed from its westmost end (in cul-de-sac) extending for a distance of no more than 20 metres in an easterly direction to facilitate a site access for a new housing development.  Commencing Tuesday 22 August 2023 for 15 months.

South Marketgait (at Greenmarket) – nearside lane closure from Monday 15 January for 10 days for BT work.

Lochee Road (between Tullideph Road and City Road) – temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 17 January for one week for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Ryehill Lane (at its junction with St Peter Street) - closed from Monday 22 January for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Forest Park Place (from Forest Park Place to Edward Street) - closed from Monday 22 January for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Magdalen Place (No 4 to Seafield Road) – closed from Monday 29 January for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Sunday 14 January 2024

Getting things done - Glamis Road #dundeewestend

Many thanks to the residents who drew to our attention damage to a illuminated traffic safety reflector on Glamis Road.

We reported this to the Street Lighting Partnership and are grateful for its prompt repair as the 'before' and 'after' photographs indicate :


Saturday 13 January 2024

Friends of Wighton - music classes


From Sheena Wellington :

Friends of Wighton are delighted to welcome 2024 with the return of our weekly classes in Scots song, fiddle and mixed instruments, whistle and a new Gaelic song class, monthly for the moment, starting on the 13th.

More details :

Scots Song, with Amy Lord - Tuesdays 2pm – 3.30pm, this started last Tuesday and continues on Tuesday 16th January

Fiddle, with Heather Miranda - Saturday 1.30pm – 2.30pm  starts Saturday 13th January

Gaelic Song with Wilma Kennedy - 2nd Saturday of month, 9.30am - 10.30am, starts Saturday 13th January

Whistle with Helen Forbes - Saturday, 12.15pm – 1.15pm, starting  Saturday 20th January

Mixed instruments (online) - Saturday 11am - noon

Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87514360614

Meeting ID: 875 1436 0614

Classes are £5 per session.

Friday 12 January 2024

Welcome for anti-flooding works planned for Riverside Recycling Centre #dundeewestend


We have welcomed news from the City Council that works to tackle the continual flooding issues at the site which has led to numerous closures of the facility.   As residents will know the site finally re-opened yesterday following the most recent flooding issues following Storm Gerrit.

We have continually raised residents’ concerns at the number and length of closures at Riverside Recycling Centre and sought assurances that necessary flood defence works are put in place at the site so that a permanent solution is in place to avoid flooding and closures in the future.

We are therefore pleased to have been advised this week of specific proposals to properly tackle this and we hope that this work will be commenced and completed during the early part of this year so that 2024 does not see the level of repeated closures that 2023 unfortunately saw.

The council’s Service Manager (Waste) has advised the councillors as follows :

“Fraser/Michael

Storm Gerrit deposited a large volume of water within the recycling centre and the continued rainfall in subsequent days had resulted in the site remaining flooded. This exceeded the ability of the on-site pumps to discharge the water into the soakaway area, where the outflow is piped into. This soakaway area also requires time to drain, otherwise it reaches capacity. 

The pumps are continuing to operate to displace the water, with additional resources on site to clear the latest flooding, as per the flood emergency plan through the use of 3rd party gully tankers – to drain water off the site. 

Council engineers are investigating ways to reduce the impact of surface water flooding at the recycling centre. Engineers propose to model the surface water flows in the immediate vicinity of the site, with the aim to reduce the volume of water collecting in the centre. 

Due to its location, at the lowest point in the area, the centre is susceptible to prolonged periods of rainfall. It is hoped by reducing the volume of water reaching the site that it will lessen the amount of time the centre is closed for flood related issues, and this will help mitigate the frequency of closures that the site is currently experiencing. Engineers have started work on this and hope to provide a list of initial measures for consideration by the end of January. If these are accepted then we would look to progress works during 2024.

We would apologise to members of the public for any inconvenience that the recent closure has caused.”

Closures at Riverside are really unhelpful for West End residents as the only other major recycling centre in Dundee at Baldovie is 9.3 miles away, extremely inconvenient for people in the west of the city. What’s more, after Christmas, with Riverside closed, residents had to wait in huge queues at Baldovie.

Had the SNP administration not axed the Marchbanks site against our advice back in 2013, there would at least have been an alternative recycling centre that didn’t involve a drive of over 9 miles to get to.

Therefore the proposed actions to tackle the issues at Riverside are welcome but it is vital that the engineering solution is fully scoped and completed urgently.