Saturday, 22 January 2022
Friday, 21 January 2022
From the City Council :
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating road safety improvement works. The Order is expected to be in force for 8 days from 24 January 2022. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all westbound vehicular traffic in Perth Road from Blackness Avenue to Windsor Street.
The closure will only be in place from 0930 hours to 1530 hours each day.
An alternative route will be available via Blackness Avenue, Blackness Road and Glamis Road.
If you have any query, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS or phone Dundee 433082.
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Update from the Friends of Riverside Nature Park :
"Tree planting time this Sunday - 23rd January - from 1pm to 3pm.
Meet at Riverside Nature Park, Wright Avenue. Check the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riversidenatureparkdundee on Sunday morning in case bad weather makes us postpone.
Wednesday, 19 January 2022
From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Following my strong criticism of Dundee City Council's lack of action to suspend parking charges in residential areas of the West End, despite the First Minister’s instruction to work from home if possible due to the latest COVID situation and the Omicron variant, I have now placed an item on next Monday's council City Development Committee (24th January) to allow me to move that the charges are suspended meantime.
Monday, 17 January 2022
Sunday, 16 January 2022
Saturday, 15 January 2022
Friday, 14 January 2022
From the City Council :
Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating footway resurfacing works. The Order is expected to be in force for 2 weeks from 20 January 2022. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Tait's Lane for its entire length.
Access for residents will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be available via Corso Street, Peddie Street and Hawkhill.
If you have any query, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS or call Dundee 433168.
Thursday, 13 January 2022
Wednesday, 12 January 2022
As reported in the Courier and Evening Telegraph earlier this week, I have been highlighting that the housing in Logie is now over 100 years old, many tenants and owners highlight how difficult to heat the houses are and there needs to be urgent action by the City Council to improve insulation in the houses in Logie.
Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Paths and steps improvements at Mitchell Street, Fyffe Street, Benvie Road and Polepark Road #dundeewestend
Some time ago, on behalf of residents, I highlighted to the City Council the very poor state of the rear paths and steps to the greenie poles in the "square" of properties at Mitchell Street, Fyffe Street, Benvie Road and Polepark Road that back onto each other.
There was a site visit with residents, the tenancy officer and myself about this and other issues and I am pleased to say that, at the council's Neighbourhood Services Committee last night, councillors approved a significant tender of nearly £125 000 (£150 000 including fees, etc) to replace 7 sets of steps with new handrails and resurface all the paths.
I am very pleased at the outcome of this, which will make access to the back of the housing and drying area much safer.
Monday, 10 January 2022
Sunday, 9 January 2022
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Saturday, 8 January 2022
Friday, 7 January 2022
I brought this to the attention of the Roads Maintenance Partnership and have had the following helpful feedback :
"Perth Road as you are aware is very flat so hard to produce run to get rainfall to the gullies quickly So ponding during rainfall is inevitable and is not helped by the Scottish Water sewer being at capacity.
The big problem is we have nowhere to take the surface water to as Scottish Water will not allow any extra flow into their system.
I have passed this to the design team to do some work at the cemetery entrance to try and stop flow from there."
Thursday, 6 January 2022
Residents will recall that, some time ago, I advised that the City Council was working on a project that, subject to funding support from Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, would replace the Magdalen Green footbridge across the rail line to Riverside, with a new footbridge.
We will continue to work to ensure we meet their feedback and objectives.
Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
Residents will have read recently about projects to create wildflower meadows in various parks across the city.
This will help to reduce the vigour of the grass and encourage wildflowers to establish naturally.
This project is currently being implemented as the Yellow Rattle needs several days of frost to germinate successfully."
Monday, 3 January 2022
The City Council is encouraging householders to recycle their tree and not place it out with the general waste collection for uplift.
Sunday, 2 January 2022
Residents recently highlighted to me that there were potholes on Marchfield Road - a particularly bad one at the bottom of the street but the road condition is also poor near the Middlebank Crescent junction.
Saturday, 1 January 2022
Friday, 31 December 2021
Residents contacted me after Storm Arwen at the end of November about the damage to the fencing through the Seabraes site along the path from Roseangle to Greenmarket.
The fencing is owned by Scottish Enterprise and fences off the area that was subject to decontamination works over the past decade.
I am grateful to Scottish Enterprise for promptly ensuring that exposed nails on parts of broken fencing was promptly dealt with and work commenced to repair the fallen sections of fencing.
I asked, on behalf of residents, if the fencing would be repaired or simply removed as the decontamination works were completed some time ago.
The position of Scottish Enterprise is that the fencing will be retained and repaired and has advised as follows :
"The decontamination works on the site were completed in 2017.
Since then the focus has been on improving onsite drainage and surface water, with remedial work undertaken onsite and in the gardens of (two properties in) Roseangle.
Discussions are continuing with Network Rail in relation to the use of an outfall pipe which would release the surface water capacity required to develop the site.
However progress on that continues to be slow given the pipe was installed back in 1990 and locating wayleave is proving difficult."
Thursday, 30 December 2021
+ I am very pleased at the launch of a new Service 6 linking Ninewells with Menzieshill, Elmwood Road, Tullideph Road, Pentland Avenue, Blackness Road and the city centre. This will operate hourly and is good news as it assists with provision of services around Ancrum Road and Tullideph Road, something I have been campaigning for since the Service 17 was re-routed right along City Road.
+ The Service 9/10 (Outer Circle) is renumbering as Service 10 - a service linking communities to the north of the city. Service 5 and 10 will interlink to provide a full circular service across Dundee.
+ There will be some slight timetable adjustments to Service 28 (between 8am and 6pm) to improve punctuality. Also. the new 'Electric Emerald' buses to go into service on the Service 28 route, Dundee's first zero-emission buses. I am pictured at the launch event for the Electric Emerald buses which will assist tackle the air quality issues on Lochee Road.
Full details of all the changes are available at www.xploredundee.com/2022Changes
Wednesday, 29 December 2021
Residents have contacted me expressing concern at the speed with which some vehicles approach the roundabout at the bottom of Ninewells Avenue that links the street to Perth Road. Several have suggested that additional SLOW markings should be added at approaches to the roundabout.
I highlighted this to the City Council and the Traffic and Road Safety Team Leader has responded helpfully as follows :
"I will get one of my colleagues to have a look on site at this roundabout and see if installing a couple of SLOW markings down is appropriate.
SLOW markings can be used to warn drivers of a potential hazard and where speeds need to be moderated. We just need to make sure that there is not an over proliferation of them as they lose their effectiveness as drivers would start to ignore them."
Tuesday, 28 December 2021
Residents will have noticed that there were three street lights at the north end of South Tay Street have not been working, making that end of the street very dark. There was also a light out in the nearby council car park.
I have had several complaints about this and reported this to the Street Lighting Partnership Manager.
I have since had this update :
"We are aware of these lights but unfortunately, we are having issues sourcing components to repair them.
Monday, 27 December 2021
Many thanks to the residents who recently contacted me about the street sign in Cambridge Street at the Oxford Street end - it is broken and half of it is missing.
I have therefore asked the roads maintenance partnership to replace it.
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Saturday, 25 December 2021
Friday, 24 December 2021
Dundee household bin, recycling and trade waste collections will be unaffected and remain as normal this festive period.
Thursday, 23 December 2021
Residents have contacted me about the terrible mess of bird droppings on the pavement and handrail on the left side of Mid Wynd.
I asked the council to power wash this but also asked the landlord of the adjacent Ryehill flats to add measures to the building roof edge to stop pigeons perching at the roof edge.
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Faith in the Community Dundee has compiled a very helpful list of available food provision over the festive season, which you can read at :
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Residents contacted me about the overgrown foliage on the west side of the part of Riverside Drive going northwards from the roundabout at the Riverside Inn towards the Botanic Garden.
I raised this with the City Council and am most grateful for the work that was subsequently carried out.
Monday, 20 December 2021
Sunday, 19 December 2021
I have today strongly criticised Dundee City Council’s lack of action to suspend parking charges in residential areas of the West End, despite the First Minister’s instruction - as a result of the latest COVID situation and the Omicron variant – to work from home if possible.
Saturday, 18 December 2021
Friday, 17 December 2021
Residents will recall my update in September expressing concern about the proposal to decommission the school crossing patroller point in City Road at Milnbank Gardens – something I, parents and carers felt would be seriously detrimental to the Victoria Park PS and St Joseph’s RC PS pupils crossing here and completely unacceptable.
It should be noted the feedback from the parent commented that the current position of the school crossing patroller point is not situated where the parents /children are crossing. Tayside Contracts has carried out a risk assessment of City Road and have situated the school crossing patroller at an appropriate point on the road which is a safe location. The position that parents wish the point to be situated is at the end of Scott Street which has been risk assessed as not suitable.
The point is currently vacant, Tayside Contracts will attempt to populate the point on a temporary basis from January until the end of May 2022. If at this stage the point is assessed and meets the criteria Tayside
Thursday, 16 December 2021
Residents recently contacted me to say that there is no longer any 'no through road' signage at the cul de sac at the north end of Hillside Drive.
I raised this with the roads maintenance partnership and have received the following helpful response :
"Bailie Macpherson - We have had a look at the complaint. We agree and have put in an order for new sign and pole."
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Residents contacted me to advise that the security fencing in front of the empty property at 2 Roseangle had moved and was blocking much of the pavement.
I contacted the City Council about this and am grateful to the Buildings Safety team who have put the fencing back in place.
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Monday, 13 December 2021
Sunday, 12 December 2021
A bit of a tale here ...
Some years ago, in two tranches, the long stretch of unadopted and very poor conditioned pavements in Menzieshill Road were upgraded and adopted by the City Council. I had asked for the street to be added to the unadopted footpaths list, so was pleased at the much better pavements that resulted from this.
However, a section of the footpath on the south side, just west of the junction with Whitefauld Road, was left untouched (and in a poor state). I queried this on behalf of residents and was advised that it could not be improved under the unadopted footpaths programme as the pavement there had already been adopted by the council. That did not alter the fact that the pavement there was in a poor state of repair.
I therefore asked that the council add this to the list of adopted pavements to be resurfaced and, after a few reminders about its poor state, was given a promise it would be done this financial year.
... and the pavement improvement has now taken place! Many thanks to the Roads Maintenance Partnership for a quality result.
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Today sees the final day of West End Christmas Fortnight 2021!
Here's the events today :
12 noon to 4pm – Community Wardrobe – Gate Church – Free clothes/shoes/accessories for everyone. Please book at www.gatechurch.co.uk/carbonprojectevents or call Dundee 221222.
12.30pm – The West End Christmas Fortnight Primary 6 football competition at Harris Academy. With thanks to the schools for all their help with this. P6 teams participating from our local primary schools. Unfortunately spectators are not possible this year due to COVID-related safety measures.
2pm to 4.30pm - D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Open Day - Carnelley Building, off Park Place, University of Dundee. A chance to see D’Arcy’s amazing collection of animals from around the world, as well as the new exhibition The Nature of Empire. Details and booking at www.tiny.cc/DArcy-Thompson
6.30pm start – Santa Cavalcade round the West End – Dundee Round Table. Santa will visit the children of the West End! His sleigh will leave the Clovis Duveau Drive area at 6.30pm and travel round Glamis Road, Blackness Road, Elliot Road, Pentland Crescent, Forest Park Road and Magdalen Yard Road areas. The Round Table’s Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/DundeeRoundTable
Friday, 10 December 2021
Residents will recall that some weeks ago, I mentioned I had reported to the City Council the path from Saggar Street running along Pentland Crescent towards Pentland Avenue which had the foliage from a rather overgrown tree causing an obstruction.
Thursday, 9 December 2021
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
The West End Christmas Concert and Community and Business Awards - featuring our local schools, community organisations, West End businesses and churches takes place tonight at 6.30pm.
You can view this online on the Christmas Fortnight Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas
Many thanks to all who have taken part and a particular thanks to Rev Dr Jim Connolly, David Milne, Felicity Wright, Rick Curran, Greig Thomson and Scott Gordon, all of whom have been instrumental in making the concert and awards a reality!
Monday, 6 December 2021
Sunday, 5 December 2021
“A Community Christmas” is taking place later today in the Miller’s Wynd Car Park as part of West End Christmas Fortnight!