Saturday 2 March 2024

Getting energy advice from Scarf


A dedicated team of Scarf home energy advisors in Dundee is now available to provide free and impartial one-to-one support to residents who are looking for help with high energy bills and fuel debt.

Advice will be delivered via home visits, over the phone, and face-to-face at community events, in an effort to combat continually soaring energy bills and fuel poverty in the region.

Scarf is a charity/social enterprise delivering a range of services to householders, communities, and businesses in North East Scotland.

For more information, and to access this support for yourself or on behalf of someone else, get in touch by calling 0808 129 0888 or e-mail heat@scarf.org.uk

Friday 1 March 2024

Rascals Rummage market at Logie & St John's (Cross) Church Hall #dundeewestend


There's a Rascals Rummage pre-loved kids' items market at Logie & St John's (Cross) Church Hall tomorrow - Saturday 2nd March - from 10.30am.

All are welcome to join the fun, community spirit, and fantastic finds where you can dive into a treasure trove of pre-loved toys, clothes, and more!

Thursday 29 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 28 February 2024

Balgay Park entrance at Scott Street - and Sycamore Place update #dundeewestend


The state of the road surface within the “triangle” at the Scott Street entrance to Balgay Park has unfortunately further deteriorated - see photo.

We are pleased to advise that the City Council has updated us that repairs to the road surface here are to take place and the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager has told us that this work should be taking place next week :

"These works are currently scheduled to be undertaken week commencing 4th March."

Residents will also recall that we were pleased to have been informed last year that resurfacing of the really poor road surface in nearby Sycamore Place between Logie Avenue and Balgay Road was planned for 2023/24.

We recently queried this as the financial year is close to an end and the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager responded as follows :

"Sycamore Place has unfortunately slipped into next financial year due to delays associated with winter maintenance and the various storm events we have experienced since October (9 total)."

We have replied making clear we would wish to see the resurfacing done as early in the new financial year as possible.

Tuesday 27 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 26 February 2024

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 26 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 one week for Scottish Water work.

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

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

Forthcoming Roadworks

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 25 February 2024

Un-Earthed #dundeewestend


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

The latest exhibition in the Lamb Gallery is "Un-Earthed" and features art and artefacts exploring our connections to the land.

As human beings we are all dependent on the land and the resources it provides. Yet we are increasingly becoming disconnected from the natural world around us and our overexploitation of the land is causing an environmental crisis.

This thought-provoking exhibition looks at ways in which we have explored, represented and exploited the land and how artists in Scotland have responded to these themes over the years.

The exhibition is divided into various inter-related themes, including Representing the Land, Urbanisation, Exploiting the Land, Returning to Nature, Environmental Crisis and Evidence of the Past. All of the artworks, artefacts and specimens on display come from the University’s Museum Collections.

The Lamb Gallery in the Tower Building is open Monday to Saturday and the exhibition will be on until 27th April.

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!