Friday, 9 December 2022

Free West End jazz band concert tonight! #dundeewestend



As part of West End Christmas Fortnight, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm tonight, the Louisiana Fairytale Riverboat Jazz Band Concert is at The Gate, 158 Perth Road.

The excellent Louisiana Fairytale Riverboat Jazz Band Concert will give an hour of their fantastic musical entertainment at this free concert with the hugely talented jazz band.

All welcome – no booking required.

Thursday, 8 December 2022

Make your own Arctic animal decorations #dundeewestend


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

You can make your own Arctic animal decorations at the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee on the final day of West End Christmas Fortnight - Saturday 10th December - from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Come and visit some of the Arctic and Antarctic animals found in the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. Discover Narwhals, Penguins, Puffins, Walrus and Polar Bear skulls. 

There are many other amazing specimens from around the world for you to be inspired by as well. 

After exploring the Zoology Museum, you can have a go at making your own Christmas tree ornaments out of recycled papers and cards. 

We will be adding moving parts to bring your Polar animals to life!

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

West End third sector meeting #dundeewestend

Are you a third sector organisation in the West End that would like to meet new people and other third sector organisations to work together more collaboratively for the benefit of the community?

If so, why not attend the West End Third Sector Network meeting taking place tomorrow - Thursday 8th December - between 10am to 12 noon at the Corso Street Sheltered Lounge.
 
To book a place or for more information contact Katie Angus - contact details are in the poster.


Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Hogmanay in Print - the Victorian era #dundeewestend


Tonight at 6.30pm as part of West End Christmas Fortnight, Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries presents "Hogmanay in Print  - the Victorian era."

Hogmanay and New Year's Day have long been a popular celebration for Dundee's people, with celebrations recorded in newspapers, broadsides, photographs and elsewhere through the years. 

Erin shares some seasonal highlights from the Local History Centre's collections.

This online event will run at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas

Monday, 5 December 2022

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2022

Miller’s Wynd – closed until 26 December 2022 at its junction with Hawkhill for major construction works.

Westfield Place – traffic control from Monday 5 December for 10 days for street lighting replacement works.

Hillcrest Road (at number 21) – closed until Monday 5 December for Scottish Water mains repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Glamis Drive – closed eastbound in 2 phases from Monday 9 January for 4 weeks for Scotland Gas Networks work. Phase 1: Hazel Avenue to Glamis Road. Phase 2: Invergowrie Drive to Hazel Avenue.

Sunday, 4 December 2022

Today at West End Christmas Fortnight! #dundeewestend


More West End Christmas Fortnight events today!

1pm to 2pm - Magdalen Green community planting event.    All welcome!

Join us to plant colourful and pollinator-friendly summer allium bulbs at Magdalen Green.

No experience necessary, please bring a spade/trowel if possible as tools are limited.

3pm to 5pm – Christmas at The Gate Church.

A community Christmas celebration with carols, sweet treats and Santa Claus.

Saturday, 3 December 2022

A big West End Christmas Fortnight Saturday! #dundeewestend


A big West End Christmas Fortnight Saturday!

10am to 11am - Spex Pistols Christmas Family Workshops at Gallery 48, West Port - Handmade embossed foil decorations with Cara Findlay and Sooz Gordon.   Unfortunately fully booked.

10am to 12 noon - Harris Academy Christmas Fayre – including stalls – Free entry - all welcome!

Fayre will include - at a small fee - barista style coffee and bacon rolls.

10.30am – 11.30am – Blackness Library -“From Garden to Eden" -a free talk at Blackness Library by Iain Flett on the history of the Eden Project site.

Have a wee break from the Christmas stress - come along to Blackness Library for this free talk by retired city archivist Iain Flett.

Take a seat, have a cup of tea, and enjoy an hour of Dundee history.   Starts 10.30am with teas/coffees from 10.15am.

11am to 4pm – Christmas Vintage market at Roseangle Kitchen Café.

Find everything you need for your sustainable celebrations. Festive tunes on original vinyl, gorgeous jewels from throughout the decades, classic & kitschy homewares to brighten the season and that perfect outfit.

If you’re searching for a unique gift for a loved one or just want to treat yourself, we’re sure to have just what you’re looking for.

Free entry - Upper Hall of Roseangle Kitchen Café, Roseangle/Perth Road.

12 noon to 1.30pm – “A space to connect” – at Victoria Gardens, with Eden Project Communities.

If you’re looking to meet like-minded people, find out a little about community gardening or have expertise you’d like to share, we’d love you to join us.  

Plants and people have the power to create lasting change so come along to hear from Victoria Gardens (301 Blackness Road) around food, food waste, recipe, ideas and much more!  They'll be lots of fun activities to get involved in.  


An informal opportunity to connect, share and learn and get involved in some activities all apart our 'a space to connect' roadshow series.

Lunch will be provided.

Full details at https://events.more-human.co.uk/event/1665427825714x856703972895883300

2.30pm – 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. 

Friday, 2 December 2022

HERA Christmas celebration tonight! #dundeewestend


All are welcome along to Harris Education and Recreation Association's free Christmas celebration event at The Vine, Magdalen Yard Road tonight - Friday 2nd December - from 7pm to 9pm.

Pop in to enjoy some seasonal refreshments and learn about adult learning opportunities through HERA who run evening classes in Harris Academy and other West End venues.

Classes include Pilates, Needle Felting, Drawing and Painting and various languages, and will start again in early 2023.

No need to book for this free event, please just come along and bring a friend!

Thursday, 1 December 2022

A BIG day for West End Christmas Fortnight #dundeewestend


Loads happening at West End Christmas Fortnight today - including our Christmas Concert, Christmas Market and Lights Switch On - Santa is on his way later today!

12 noon to 2pm - West End Blethers from Dundee Pensioners’ Forum - at The Friary in Tullideph Road.  Aimed at older people in the West End, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, cake, scones, and a bowl of soup.      

Dundee Pensioners’ Forum can arrange a taxi for an elderly person to attend -dundeepensionersforum@gmail.com

The Friary café also has a small food larder - and free fruit and vegetables to take away.

1pm to 3pm – Carols at the Corso Street sheltered lounge - for the sheltered tenants at Abbotsford/Corso area.   All welcome!

2pm to 3.30pm - Dundee Carers Centre – Dementia Café Christmas Party - Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church.  To find out more, call Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.    Also the Sinderins Community Hub – a cuppa and warm welcome for all in the community meets at the church 1pm to 3pm.

4pm to 8pm - CHRISTMAS FORTNIGHT HIGHLIGHTS! – West End Christmas Market at the Miller’s Wynd car park and community fridge in Perth Road.   Join us to browse Christmas gifts and we'll also have some hot food and drink stalls and music and entertainment for you to enjoy.    We will be having a lights switch-on at 7.15pm.  There’s also a visit from Santa, who will be distributing Christmas goody bags to the children!  Many thanks to Scotmid for sponsoring the goody bags which will thereafter be available at the Community Fridge.

6.15pm – The West End Christmas Concert at Dundee West Church.   Featuring our two secondary schools at Harris Academy and St John’s RC High School and our five primary schools – St Joseph’s RC PS, Blackness PS, Tayview PS, Ancrum Road PS and Victoria Park PS – along Cherry Blossom Nursery School, Girls’ Brigade and the wonderful Scottish singer Sheena Wellington!    Mains of Fintry Pipe Band will lead everyone to the lights switch on after the concert.   Our thanks also to Rev Dr Jim Connolly for hosting the concert. 

Shoppers’ night in the West End – many West End shops will have late opening and special offers on Thursday 1st  December!

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Christmas in Print - the twentieth century #dundeewestend


At 6.30pm tonight - Christmas in Print  - the twentieth century – an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries.

Christmas became a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, though its celebration was growing in popularity long before this official designation. 

In Dundee, local publishers and writers marked the season through annuals and postcards, and the Christmas advert became a staple for local businesses. 

Erin Farley from Dundee Libraries shares some seasonal highlights from the Local History Centre's collections.

This online event will run at www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Christmas With The Stars #dundeewestend


As part of West End Christmas Fortnight, at 7pm tonight - 'Christmas With The Stars' – an on-line astronomy talk with thanks to Lifelong Learning Dundee.

Brian Kelly, LLD’s popular tutor on astronomy and former City Astronomer at the Mills Observatory on Balgay Hill, will give this 45 minute talk specially for West End Christmas Fortnight.

For more information contact lifelonglearningdundee@gmail.com

Monday, 28 November 2022

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2022

Miller’s Wynd – closed until 26 December 2022 at its junction with Hawkhill for major construction works.

Westfield Place – traffic control from Monday 28 November for 5 days for street lighting replacement works.

Brown Street (at Douglas Street) – temporary traffic lights for one week for Scottish Water work.

Hillcrest Road (at number 21) – closed from Wednesday 23 November for one week for Scottish Water main repair.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

West End Christmas Market this Thursday! #dundeewestend


As part of West End Christmas Fortnight, The Little Green Larder has teamed up with Transition Dundee to bring back the West End Christmas Market!

There will be hot food and drinks, sustainable gifts, festive fun, live music and, of course, the Christmas light switch-on, with a visit from Santa.

The market is this Thursday 1st December from 4pm to 8pm in Miller's Wynd Car Park.

... and more details of the West End Christmas Concert the same day to follow!

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Christmas Fortnight starts today! #dundeewestend


Just a reminder that West End Christmas Fortnight starts today!

There a huge load of events - around 50! - taking place during Christmas Fortnight.

You can download the brochure at https://frasermacpherson.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/a3-christmas-flyer-2022.pdf or pick up a brochure in local shops, Blackness Library, West End Community Fridge, Discovery Point, Verdant Works, sheltered lounges and a whole host of other West End locations.

We look forward to seeing you at the many events taking place.

Friday, 25 November 2022

West End Christmas Fortnight starts tomorrow! #dundeewestend


West End Christmas Fortnight starts tomorrow – Saturday 26th November.

This year’s Dundee West End Christmas Fortnight will be the largest ever in its 22 years, with around 50 events taking place, including a Christmas Concert, Christmas Market and Lights Switch on in Perth Road, competitions including a West End Primary School Art Competition and a Primary 6 schools football competition, a Christmas Cards initiative to all West End care home residents - as well as talks, a walking tour of the West End and an event to celebrate the centenary of the Logie scheme.

During the Fortnight that runs from Saturday 26th November until Saturday 10th December, we will hold around 50 events – easily the most we have ever run.    Big thanks go to all the Christmas Committee members, community groups, churches and everyone else who has made this happen – community spirit is alive and well in the wonderful West End!

A list of events is given below (apologies – a rather long list!)     Please go to www.facebook.com/WestEndChristmas for full information and any booking details or please call Dundee 459378 if no Facebook access.

Until end November – Transition Dundee at The Wardrobe – Christmas Jumper Amnesty - Donate your old unwanted Christmas Jumpers and you'll get a token in exchange - if you hand them in before the 1st December - for another Christmas jumper.

Saturday 26th November

10am to 11am - Spex Pistols Christmas Family Workshops at Gallery 48, West Port - Handmade festive printed papers and gift tags with Sooz Gordon and Cara Findlay.    All welcome but booking essential.

10am to 12 noon - Dundee West Church Christmas Coffee Morning – 130/132 Perth Road - with various stalls – all welcome!

10am to 12 noon - Blackness Primary School Christmas Fair – from Friends of Blackness.   Stalls include Christmas jumper swap, toy tombola, Christmas crafts, Gingerbread decorating and Luck dip candy canes - All welcome!

11am to 5.30pm - CRAFTED Festive Market at DCA – Dundee Contemporary Arts’ festive craft and design market.

11.30am to 1.30pm – Just Bee’s Charity Soup and Pudding Lunch – with various stalls including Friends of Magdalen Green craft stall - Meadowside St Paul’s Church Halls, 114-116 Nethergate (side entrance).        

2pm to 4pm - Transition Dundee – Make your own earrings workshop – Come along for this upcycling workshop to turn old and broken jewellery into new pieces - perfect for a Christmas gift!  Booking essential.

5pm - Botanic Garden - Walk in the Dark – For accompanied children aged 4-9 years, a special walk and seasonal activities in the garden in the dark.  Booking essential.

Saturday 26th November and Sunday 27th November

10am to 4pm - Exclusively Highlands Christmas Market at Discovery Point.   A fabulous Christmas Fair will be held at the newly transformed Discovery Point at Discovery Quay, Riverside Drive – runs both days.

11am to 4pm – Christmas Fayre at Verdant Works.    A magical Christmas Fayre set within the iconic High Mill – runs both days.

Monday 28th November

Children’s Crafts – from Blackness Library!   This week, Blackness Library is producing “craft in a bag” for local children to collect from the library.   From today, week one’s craft bag is available – a tiny elf house!

10.30am to 12.30pm – West End Carers’ Christmas Arts and Crafts – at Blackness Library.   To find out more about West End Carers, call Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.

6.30pm - Christmas in Print  - the Victorian era – an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries.  For access information go to the West End Christmas Fortnight Facebook page.

Tuesday 29th November

6pm to 8pm - Transition Dundee – Pet Bed Workshop - This workshop involves some basic sewing to turn old duvets/pillows and fabric scraps into a beautiful pet bed.  Booking essential.

7pm - 'Christmas With The Stars' – an on-line astronomy talk with thanks to Lifelong Learning Dundee.

Wednesday 30th November

6.30pm - Christmas in Print  - the twentieth century – an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries.  For access information go to the West End Christmas Fortnight Facebook page.

Thursday 1st December

12 noon to 2pm - West End Blethers from Dundee Pensioners’ Forum - at The Friary in Tullideph Road.  Aimed at older people in the West End, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, cake, scones, and a bowl of soup.

1pm to 3pm – Carols at the Corso Street sheltered lounge - for the sheltered tenants at Abbotsford/Corso area.

2pm to 3.30pm - Dundee Carers Centre – Dementia Café Christmas Party - Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church.  To find out more, call Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.    Also the Sinderins Community Hub – a cuppa and warm welcome for all in the community meets at the church 1pm to 3pm.

4pm to 8pm - CHRISTMAS FORTNIGHT HIGHLIGHT! – West End Christmas Market at the Miller’s Wynd car park and community fridge in Perth Road.   Full details to follow tomorrow!

6.15pm to 7.05pm - CHRISTMAS FORTNIGHT HIGHLIGHT! – The West End Christmas Concert at Dundee West Church.   Further details to follow tomorrow!

Shoppers’ night in the West End – many West End shops will have late opening and special offers on Thursday 1st  December.

Friday 2nd December

7pm to 9pm - Harris Education and Recreation Association Christmas Night - At the Vine, all welcome!

Saturday 3rd December

10am to 11am - Spex Pistols Christmas Family Workshops at Gallery 48, West Port - Handmade embossed foil decorations with Cara Findlay and Sooz Gordon.    All welcome but booking essential.

10am to 12 noon - Harris Academy Christmas Fayre – including stalls – Free entry all welcome!

10.30am – 11.30am – Blackness Library -“From Garden to Eden" -a free talk at Blackness Library by Iain Flett on the history of the Eden Project site.

11am to 4pm – Christmas Vintage market at Roseangle Kitchen Café.  Free entry – all welcome!

12 noon to 1.30pm – “A space to connect” – at Victoria Gardens, with Eden Project Communities.

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.

Sunday 4th December

3pm to 5pm – Christmas at The Gate Church.   A community Christmas celebration with carols, sweet treats and Santa Claus!

1pm to 2pm - Magdalen Green – community planting event.    All welcome!

Monday 5th December

Children’s Crafts – from Blackness Library!   This week, Blackness Library is again producing “craft in a bag” for local children to collect from the library.   From today, week two’s craft bag is available – a tiny snowman!

10.30am to 12.30pm – West End Carers’ Christmas Party – at Blackness Library.  To find out more about West End Carers, call Dundee Carers Centre on 200422.

12 noon to 4pm - Christmas Party at the Queen’s Hotel – for sheltered tenants in Corso/Abbotsford area.

6pm to 8pm – Family Scalextric/Hotwheels Night – Dundee West Church (Upper Hall) - The biggest digital slot car layout you’ve seen – open to all ages (teams of 4).  To book your place, please call 07711 177655.

Tuesday 6th December

6pm to 8pm - Transition Dundee – Sustainable Gifting Workshop – This will be a fun and sociable evening covering how to gift more sustainably this Christmas, with some crafts to take home with you.

6.30pm – Hogmanay in Print  - the Victorian era – an online event with Erin Farley of Dundee Libraries.   For access information go to the West End Christmas Fortnight Facebook page.

Wednesday 7th December

12 noon to 2pm - ‘Easy Willow Christmas Decorations’ Workshop at Ninewells Community Garden

2pm – Public Art West End walking tour – Join Matthew Jarron from the University of Dundee.

Thursday 8th December

12 noon to 2pm - West End Blethers from Dundee Pensioners’ Forum - at The Friary in Tullideph Road. 

1pm to 3pm - Sinderins Community Hub – a cuppa and warm welcome for all in the community.   Takes place at Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church.

7pm to 9pm – West End Community & Business Awards night – The Vine.   All welcome!

Friday 9th December

12 noon to 2.30pm - Logie Centenary event.  Lime Street Sheltered Lounge – for Logie residents – includes sandwich lunch and a talk on the history of the scheme from Sarah Aitken of City Archives.

2pm to 4pm - St Joseph’s RC Primary School Christmas Fayre –  All pupils, parents and carers welcome!

6.30pm to 7.30pm - Louisiana Fairytale Riverboat Jazz Band Concert - at The Gate, 158 Perth Road.    Free concert with this hugely talented jazz band - all welcome – no booking required.

Saturday 10th December

10am and 11am - Children’s Craft events.   For young school age children, these 2 one hour free workshops are led by Lisa Earl of ‘Create … Kids Create Crafts’.    Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church Hall.   Booking essential at www.tiny.cc/Crafts-booking

12 noon to 2pm and also 2pm to 4pm - Transition Dundee – Make your own lamp workshop - Join tutor Davie to turn an old bottle into a lamp, a perfect Christmas Gift for a loved one. You will learn some basic wiring skills and take your lamp home with you - bring your own bottle if they/you have a favourite tipple, or take one of ours donated by a local bar!

11am to 5pm – Charity Cushion Sale - Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church Hall – proceeds to Dundee Foodbank.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

An Invitation from Friends of Wighton


From Sheena Wellington :

At the Wighton Centre, Central Library this Saturday - 26th November - at 11am.

Chloe Matharu, singer, songwriter, harpist, sailor 

Chloe Matharu is a singer songwriter and harpist from the West Coast of Scotland. A Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy, she offers an authentic voice for the female seafarer in the folk scene. Her ethereal and innovative music gives a glimpse into the modern mariner's life, and is truly unique.

Small Voyages is an eight track album of original songs inspired by Chloe's time at sea as a deck cadet, sailing around the world on oil tankers. The songs are set to an evocative backdrop of Celtic harp music and field recordings of the natural world.

 "Her music is truly haunting" - BBC Radio Scotland.

All welcome - Tickets £5 at the door.

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Getting things done - Corso Street sheltered lounge - handrail #dundeewestend


Although there is a handrail for tenants to use coming out of the Corso Street sheltered lounge going both north and south from the lounge, residents have highlighted to us that the handrail running south towards Blackness Avenue runs out before you reach the junction with Blackness Avenue.

All there is at the moment is a metal fence with a lot of spikes that is being neither safe or satisfactory for a tenant with mobility difficulties to hold onto.

We raised this problem with the City Council and have received a very helpful and positive response from the Project Officer in the Special Needs Unit :

"I have spoken with our blacksmith and he has advised that he will be able to fit a metal handrail to the existing railings which will improve the accessibility leading from the complex onto Blackness Avenue."

This has now been undertaken and is a good job well-done - see photos before and after!


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Connecting Carers Café #dundeewestend

The second Connecting Carers Café for the West End and Lochee is this Thursday morning at the Friary in Tullideph Road.

Feedback from the October café that Fraser attended was that the starting time was a bit early for some carers to attend. 

Therefore the start time has been amended from 9.30am to 10.15am and now offering the carers soup and a roll.

All carers welcome!


Monday, 21 November 2022

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2022

Miller’s Wynd – closed until 26 December 2022 at its junction with Hawkhill for major construction works.

Guthrie Street (Brown Street to West Marketgait) – closed for one week for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Brown Street (at Douglas Street) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 22 November for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Riverside Drive (approach to Tesco service roundabout) – nearside westbound lane closure on Friday 25 November for Scottish Water work.

Sunday, 20 November 2022

The Big Cushion Push #dundeewestend


Next week, we'll be highlighting a lot of the forthcoming West End Christmas Fortnight events with Christmas Fortnight starting next Saturday - 26th November.

In advance of that, we'd like to highlight this excellent initiative as part of the fortnight, with thanks to Antonia Burnett who writes :

"I have an interior design business based in the West End of Dundee and I have teamed up with another interior designer to organise a cushion sale to raise money for Dundee & Angus Foodbank.  

We will hold the sale at Logie & St John’s (Cross) Church Hall on Saturday 10th December from 11am to 5pm.  We will be selling new cushions, second hand cushions and also fabric remnants for people that might want to make their own cushions. 

We have already been receiving donations from curtain makers and local businesses but we are now putting out a call to the general public to ask for donations of good quality second hand cushions.  The Fabric Mill Dundee has kindly offered to act as a drop off point for donations."

Please support this excellent initiative - you can read more at : 

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100087173013302

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Getting things done - Blackness Avenue #dundeewestend

Residents have over a period of time asked for better crossing facilities well up Blackness Avenue from the pedestrian crossing at the Hawkhill junction.

Although there are significant vehicle movements, the number of pedestrian crossings means that that part of the street would not meet the criteria for a light-controlled pedestrian crossing.

We therefore requested consideration of the provision of an additional pedestrian refuge island to allow pedestrians to break their crossing half way across the busy street.

We are pleased to say this was agreed to and the Senior Engineer - Traffic & Road Safety at the City Council has updated us as follows :

"Here is the location of a pedestrian refuge island you had requested a while back within the area.

After a good bit of investigating on a location this one the most suitable."

We have marked it with a red X on the plan below. 

It will be just north of the junction with Lytton Street and is now being programmed into the future works programme. 

Feedback from the residents who raised this has been very positive, so a good outcome.

Friday, 18 November 2022

Future of the Blackness industrial area #dundeewestend


In line with the requirements of the council’s Local Development Plan, back in 2019, city council planners consulted on a proposed Design Framework for the future development of the Blackness General Economic Development Area.

This covers the industrial area north of the Hawkhill by-pass to Lochee Road running from West Marketgait in the east to Lower Pleasance in the west.

The framework was subject to a six week consultation, including a drop-in event at Verdant Works that Fraser attended, in the heart of the area.

The concept was to unlock the potential of the area to bring vacant, derelict or underused land and buildings back into productive use, as well as improving employment opportunities and productivity.

We recently asked for an update on progress since the adoption of the Design Framework as we are anxious to see progress with this.

The council’s Head of Planning and Economic Development has responded as follows :

“When approved in 2019, the Blackness Business Place Plan sought to encourage new development opportunities to help regenerate this industrial area. The Plan facilitated more use diversification and generated positive discussions with building owners, developers and architects regarding the redevelopment of several buildings.

Unfortunately, Covid19 did impact on development interest. However, you will be aware that some mixed-use student accommodation projects did progress and were granted planning permission during April 2021 for 63 Brown Street and November 2021 for 56 Brown Street).  Whilst no building works have commenced so for, the 63 Brown Street project has recently applied to discharge their planning conditions, which is a sign that development may proceed.  

In addition, we have a planning application for no.9 Guthrie Street as well as several proposals that are pre-application discussion stage.

Significant progress has also been made with the City Centre Strategic Investment Plan, which was recently reported to City Development Committee.    A major aim of the plan is to strengthen links between the city centre and surrounding areas by improving pedestrian connectivity and active travel routes.

These medium to long-term interventions will take time to design and deliver, but should make further improvements to the Blackness area by making it more integrated with the city centre, particularly via the Guthrie Street/Ward Road axis.”

Thursday, 17 November 2022

City Church's Community Café and Larder #dundeewestend


Today - and every Thursday - City Church's Community Café and Larder is open - from 11am-2pm.

Come along for homemade soup & cakes and to pick up some groceries!

This takes place at The Friary in Tullideph Road.

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Getting things done - Riverside Approach and Blackness Road #dundeewestend


Fraser is pictured at Riverside Approach where we have long campaigned for a proper pedestrian crossing, given the number of pedestrians including children and elderly folk crossing between the Roseangle playpark and Magdalen Green crossing here.

At the council's City Development Committee recently, councillors unanimously agreed to alter the long-standing pv2 pedestrian crossing assessment for the provision of pedestrian crossings to better take account of pedestrian movements including those of young people, people with mobility difficulties, etc.

At committee :

👉  Michael asked if this would improve the chances of getting a crossing in Riverside Approach.

👉  Fraser asked if the chances of a proper crossing on Blackness Road at the Kelso steps would be improved.    This is another location where many residents have highlighted the need for a crossing given the number of folk crossing to get to Royal Victoria Hospital and also the significant number of Harris Academy and Blackness Primary School pupils crossing.

We were assured that all historic pv2 pedestrian crossing assessments will be reassessed using the new criteria and we hope this will result in more pedestrian crossings being provided including at Riverside Approach and Blackness Road.

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Getting things done - Hawkhill #dundeewestend


Residents will recall that, following the recent road collision on Hawkhill opposite the Peddie Street junction, the safety barrier was badly damaged.

We asked the Roads Maintenance Partnership for a temporary barrier pending the permanent replacement. This was provided very promptly but part of the section recently came detached as the photo shows.

We raised this with the council's Head of Sustainable Transport and Roads who responded positively as follows :

"I’m advised that the permanent repair will be completed this month.

The roads maintenance partnership didn’t have the required panels in store so this order was grouped with others for an aggregated material procurement.

In the interim a squad will attend to re-erect the temporary barriers and secure with cable ties to mitigate further uncoupling."

Monday, 14 November 2022

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2022

Miller’s Wynd – closed until 26 December 2022 at its junction with Hawkhill for major construction works.

Guthrie Street (Brown Street to West Marketgait) – closed for one week for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Milnbank Road – closed westbound from junction of Bankmill Road for 4 days from 15 November for ground investigation works.

Nethergate (at Park Place) – off‑peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) temporary traffic lights on Friday 18 November for BT work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Brown Street (at Douglas Street) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 22 November for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

Blackness Road (at Balgay Road) – off peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) temporary traffic lights on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November for sign installation.

Riverside Drive (approach to Tesco service roundabout) – nearside westbound lane closure on Friday 25 November for Scottish Water work.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 5 December for 5 days for CityFibre work.

Sunday, 13 November 2022

Building Bridges Symposium 2022


The Building Bridges Symposium 2022 is the latest in a series of successful symposiums run by the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education.

This particular event next Thursday will be focussing on the fascinating and largely unknown history of Arabic poetry fragments found in the eminent Cairo Genizah. 

These fragments of ancient poetry constitute a unique source for understanding Medieval and Early-Modern Egypt from three main perspectives: Arabic studies, Jewish social and cultural studies, and anthropological studies.

The 2022 Symposium will feature a keynote speech on the Cairo Genizah, presentations with panel discussions, and an exhibition.

The event is free, although spaces are limited so please follow this link to register your attendance at www.facebook.com/events/1165069744394102

Saturday, 12 November 2022

Friday, 11 November 2022

Getting things done - Perth Road #dundeewestend


Michael is pictured on the south pavement of Perth Road where we have received residents' complaints about the poor condition of the footpath which has been repeatedly patched and is very uneven.

As one resident put it :

"I have noticed considerable deterioration along this stretch.

This is a narrow footpath which is extremely uneven and badly patched.

When it rains the whole stretch becomes a massive puddle."

We have taken this up with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership requesting an improved pavement surface here.

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Mosaic and Craft Club tomorrow! #dundeewestend


Ninewells Community Garden's Mosaic and Craft Club takes place in the Leaf Room at the garden - tomorrow - Friday 11th November - from 10am to 12 noon.

Come along to create colourful coasters, decorate flowerpots and make homemade gifts for your friends and family.

Feel free to bring any of your own craft projects or just come along for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The leaf room is a sheltered space and we will have a cosy fire to heat us up.
 
Come and embrace your creative side and enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of the Autumn garden.

This event is free and all materials are provided.

For more details go to :

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Artwork in the West Port #dundeewestend



We have been in correspondence with the council's Public Art Officer and the creator of the West Port Pyramid and Canopies sculptured artwork Stan Bonnar and are pleased that there has now been given some long overdue tender loving care, with the paintwork washed on the canopies and removal of the unsightly rails round it.

The Public Art Officer hopes to have a further upgrade of the sculpture and to include the seats as part of this - and we will keep residents updated on this.

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Blackness Library Book Club #dundeewestend


The Blackness Library Book Club meets this Thursday at lunchtime - all welcome!

For more information, please call the library on 435936.

Monday, 7 November 2022

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR THE WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2022

Miller's Wynd – closed until 26 December 2022 at its junction with Hawkhill for major construction works. 

Guthrie Street (Brown Street to West Marketgait) – closed for 2 weeks for Scottish and Southern Energy Network work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Milnbank Road – closed westbound from junction of Bankmill Road for 4 days from 15 November for ground investigation works.

Brown Street (at Douglas Street) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 22 November for 2 weeks for Scottish Water work.

NOTE :   This week’s planned works for Dunmore Gardens and Dunmore Drive are slightly delayed.    We contacted the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager about this and have been advised :

“Unfortunately due to significant drainage issues at Torridon Road and Morlich Gardens this week which necessitated the removal of squads from this scheme while a complete redesign was undertaken, Dunmore Gardens has required to be delayed. 

Due to the works at Torridon Road and Morlich Gardens having had all bituminous materials removed before issues were discovered with the drainage, the Roads Maintenance Partnership has had no choice to return to these works W/C the 7th of November which unfortunately does mean Dunmore Gardens requires to be reprogrammed due to the road space booked for these works (and other schemes) not allowing the RMP to return late next week or the week after.

While I know this is far from ideal, I can assure you these works will be undertaken at a later date, which is yet to be determined.”

 This is a disappointing delay.    We have asked to be kept updated on the revised resurfacing dates and will keep residents advised as we hear further.