Monday 22 April 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

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

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed until 27 May 2024 for road safety concerns.

Douglas Street (Blinshall Street to Brown Street) - temporary traffic lights until June 2024 for construction works.

Brown Street (south of Douglas Street) - closed until December 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 until November 2025.

Cleghorn Street (Rosebery Street to City Road) – closed for one week for Scottish Water work.

Lochee Road (Parking layby opposite Polepark Junction) – closed from Monday 22 April for 5 days for subsidence investigation works.

James Black Place (turning head) – closed from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

James Black Place (west of turning head) – temporary traffic control from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

Logie Street (City Road to Ancrum Road) – closed westbound from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Greenmarket (Greenmarket to train station) – closed on Sunday 5 May for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

South Tay Street/West Port/Old Hawkhill – closed on Sunday 5 May from 1.30pm to 11:00pm for Dundee Dance Event.

Greenmarket (Greenmarket to train station) – closed on Sunday 12 May for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Glamis Drive (Hillside Road to Glamis Road) – closed from Monday 3 June for 5 days for Drainage Improvement works.

Sunday 21 April 2024

Temporary Traffic Order - James Black Place


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 manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in James Black Place (from fourth bus stance around the turning area), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Sunday 28 April 2024 at 9am until Monday 29 April 2024 at 6am.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. Taxi access will be maintained.

No alternative routes for vehicles are available.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Saturday 20 April 2024

Voting for the UK parliament


The City Council has highlighted that in order to vote at the UK parliamentary elections in future, you will need to show ID at the polling station. This ID requirement does not apply at other elections in Scotland.

If you don’t have valid ID from the list of approved ID, you can apply for a Voter Identification Certificate free of charge. This can be done online or by making an appointment at the council's Customer Services department.


There is also a change in legislation regarding postal votes and if someone doesn’t have a current postal vote and wishes to apply for the UK General Election then you need to apply online for a postal votes for the UK General Election.


If anyone needs any assistance, they can contact the Electoral Registration/elections office on 434444 or email ero@dundeecity.gov.uk

Friday 19 April 2024

Getting things done - Perth Road #dundeewestend


Many thanks to the residents who recently highlighted to us that a drainage cover in Perth Road opposite Sainsbury's had become loose from its fixing, creating a trip-hazard - see photo.

We reported this to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership to ensure this was repaired, which was done earlier this week.

Thursday 18 April 2024

Michael’s weekly ward surgeries tonight! #dundeewestend


Michael’s ward surgeries return today following the school Easter holidays and take place 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 April 2024

Dundee Art Society - free talk #dundeewestend


The next free talk and demonstration at the Roseangle Gallery will be from Jonathan Mitchell, the renowned landscape painter.

It takes place this Friday evening - 19th April - from 7pm to 9pm.

Jonathan will be demonstrating his incredible skill with a demo piece of work so whatever you paint yourself you’ll learn from his techniques or as he said himself “... an opportunity to bear witness to Mitchell’s Magic brush in action”.

Non members very welcome for a very entertaining evening.

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Fraser’s weekly ward surgeries today! #dundeewestend


Fraser's ward surgeries commence again today following the return of the schools this week after the Easter holidays.

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 April 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15 APRIL 2024

Cleghorn Street (Rosebery Street to City Road) – closed from Friday 12 April for one week for Scottish Water work.

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed until 27 May 2024 for road safety concerns.

Douglas Street (Blinshall Street to Brown Street) - temporary traffic lights until June 2024 for construction works.

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 until November 2025.

West Marketgait (Nethergate to West Port roundabout) – off‑peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) northbound nearside lane closure from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April for Commsworld Limited work.

Blackness Road (at Glenagnes Road) – temporary traffic lights from 9.00am on Wednesday 17 to 6.00m on Thursday 18 April for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Lochee Road (Parking layby opposite Polepark Junction) – closed from Monday 22 April for 5 days for subsidence investigation works.

James Black Place (turning head) – closed from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

James Black Place (west of turning head) – temporary traffic control from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

Greenmarket (Greenmarket to train station) – closed on Sunday 5 May for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Greenmarket (Greenmarket to train station) – closed Sunday 12 May for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Sunday 14 April 2024

Leisure and Culture Dundee - Cultural Strategy discussion at Blackness Library #dundeewestend


There's an upcoming event in Blackness Library that will be a round table discussion about Leisure and Culture Dundee's new Culture Strategy for Dundee.

It takes place in Blackness Library next Thursday - 18th April – from 10am to 11.30am. It is an opportunity for community leaders, organisers of events and participants locally to discuss what is important in the local area.

For further information, please contact Claire Dow (Cultural Strategy Lead Officer) by e-mail claire.dow01@leisureandculturedundee.com or phone 307464.

Saturday 13 April 2024

Call for urgent progress on replacement West End housing #dundeewestend


As reported in yesterday’s “Evening Telegraph”, we have called on Dundee City Council to make urgent progress on promised replacement housing in Blackness Road, following the demolition of 27 Victorian flats three years ago given the state of their external stairwells.

The original housing at 219-245 Blackness Road was demolished in spring 2021 and at the time the council promised to deliver a £4.5 million project to build 24 modern apartments.

Three years on, despite planning consent, building has yet to commence and we have said the council must urgently make good on its promise to build the replacement housing.

Michael said :

“I have now been a member of the council for almost two years and I have been extremely disappointed with the lack of progress in building the promised replacement Blackness Road flats.

“This appears to be down to the Scottish Government’s cuts to the housing capital budget and I am anxious that the funding gap is filled urgently and the new housing now built as soon as possible.”

The council’s Interim Head of Housing and Construction has advised us :

“We have received a commitment to £215,856 of extra funding as a result of our request (to Scottish Government).

However, as this is £2,029,943 less than we had applied for I am now working with colleagues in City Development to carry out an options appraisal on possible ways forward for this site, with a view to reporting back to the appropriate committee as soon as possible.”

Fraser added, “The decision to demolish the original housing and build modern housing in its place was a difficult and controversial one and it was reluctantly taken because of the significant cost of replacing the external stairwells. Some of the original flats were in good condition but the ground floor bedsits were not.

“We have been chasing up progress on the replacement modern flats for some time and are alarmed at the lack of progress which appears to be down to the SNP Scottish Government cutting housing capital budgets. This needs to be urgently rectified.

“A promise is a promise and the community was given a commitment to 26 new apartments on this site in Blackness Road – these must be delivered ASAP.”

The Scottish Government’s housing capital budget was slashed by some 26% by Depute First Minister and Finance Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison in the government’s latest budget – the Blackness flats project is just one example of the impact on new affordable house building of this decision.

The council’s Interim Head of Housing and Construction further advised us :

“Although I am not able to provide you with a definitive position re this development at this point, please be assured that we are working away on options to deliver these properties. Given the unit costs for this development we are looking at the options for obtaining improved value for money and /or attracting alternative sources of funding.

I will of course update you as soon as I am in a position to inform you of the outcome of our options appraisal.”

Michael concluded, “Fraser and I are adamant that Dundee City Council must make progress on this new build housing project as soon as possible. The site has been sitting empty for three years at a time there are well over 7000 people in the city on the housing waiting list.

“The culprit here is the huge cut to the Scottish Government’s capital budget and it is vitally important that the funding gap for this housing build project in Blackness Road is bridged as a matter of urgency and the new flats built and offered to some of the many people on Dundee’s housing waiting list.”

Friday 12 April 2024

Getting things done - Corso Street Complex #dundeewestend


Residents recently pointed out to us that tenants with mobility difficulties who use the Corso Street sheltered lounge and access it using the path down from the lock-ups above have no handrail to hold onto walking up and down the slope.

We asked the City Council to consider installing a handrail and the Team Leader (Tenancy and Estates) has responded helpfully as follows :

"Thanks for getting in touch and bringing this to our attention.

It seems like a reasonable request to me.

I cannot think of any particular reason why we would not get this work done."

He has requested colleagues now inspect this and log the necessary work order.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Michael's West End ward surgeries update #dundeewestend


Just a reminder that Michael’s ward surgeries today do not take place as it is during the school Easter holidays.

However, we can be contacted at any time on 459378 or by email at westend@dundeelibdems.org.uk - many thanks!

Michael’s surgeries return next Thursday (18th) as the new term starts next week.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Dundee West Church's Guild coffee morning #dundeewestend

Dundee West Church's Guild has a coffee morning this Saturday at the church's upper hall at 132 Perth Road - 10am to 12 noon.

All welcome!

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Fraser's West End ward surgeries update #dundeewestend


Just a reminder that Fraser’s ward surgeries today do not take place as it is during the school Easter holidays.

However, we can be contacted at any time on 459378 or by email at westend@dundeelibdems.org.uk - many thanks!

Fraser’s surgeries return next Tuesday (16th) as the new term starts next week.

Monday 8 April 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 8 APRIL 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed until 27 May 2024 for road safety concerns.

Douglas Street (Blinshall Street to Brown Street) - temporary traffic lights until June 2024 for construction works.

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 until November 2025.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road (at Glenagnes Road) – temporary traffic lights from 9.00am on Wednesday 17 to 6.00m on Thursday 18 April for Scottish Water work.

Lochee Road (Parking layby opposite Polepark Junction) – closed from Monday 22 April for 5 days for subsidence investigation works.

James Black Place (turning head) – closed from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

James Black Place (west of turning head) – temporary traffic control from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

Greenmarket (Greenmarket to train station) – closed on Sunday 5 May for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Sunday 7 April 2024

Harris Education & Recreation Association - enrolment night #dundeewestend


HERA will be back in May with a brand new term of evening classes.

Bookings for all classes will open up at HERA's enrolment night event on Wednesday 17th April in Harris Academy from 6pm and 7pm.

Come along and chat to tutors and find out about the range of classes on offer.

Saturday 6 April 2024

Getting things done - Kinloch Park #dundeewestend


Residents have contacted us about the boundary fencing between Kinloch Park and the Ninewells Hospital site as it has collapsed in places - see photo.

We contacted NHS Tayside regarding this and following it seeking advice from NHS National Services Scotland Central Legal Office, responsibility for repair we understand rests with the house builder and we have therefore approached the house builder to ensure repairs are carried out.

Friday 5 April 2024

Thursday 4 April 2024

Michael's West End ward surgeries update #dundeewestend


Just a reminder that Michael’s ward surgeries today do not take place as it is during the school Easter holidays.

However, we can be contacted at any time on 459378 or by email at westend@dundeelibdems.org.uk - many thanks!

Wednesday 3 April 2024

History Tellers Session #dundeewestend


Harris Education & Recreation Association's Dundee Time and Place class is delighted to be part of the History Tellers project this Spring. Come along to its free (but ticketed) event at the Corso Street Sheltered Lounge at 37 Blackness Avenue on Saturday 6th April 11am to 12 noon.

Local history as told by the Dundee citizens who lived through the early years of the last century. Lots of audience participation if you would also like to supplement the piece of history discussed. So come along and share your memories of Dundee!

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Fraser's West End ward surgeries update #dundeewestend


Just a reminder that Fraser’s ward surgeries today do not take place as it is during the school Easter holidays.

However, we can be contacted at any time on 459378 or by email at westend@dundeelibdems.org.uk - many thanks!

Monday 1 April 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 1 APRIL 2024

Blinshall Street (Douglas Street to 50 metres south) - closed until 27 May 2024 for road safety concerns.

Douglas Street (Blinshall Street to Brown Street) - temporary traffic lights until June 2024 for construction works.

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 until November 2025.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Lochee Road (Parking layby opposite Polepark Junction) – closed from Monday 22 April for 5 days for subsidence investigation works.

James Black Place (turning head) – closed from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.

James Black Place (west of turning head) – temporary traffic control from 9.00am on Sunday 28 April to 6.00am on Monday 29 April for Scottish Water work.