Residents may recall that recently I advised that a local resident recently reported as follows to me :
We were unable to access the play park as no designated access path.
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 10 MAY 2021
BT Cable Renewal Programme – rolling off peak temporary traffic lights at various location from Monday 26 April for 2 weeks – streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive (at Yarrow Terrace); Glamis Road (at Elmwood Road); Blackness Road (at Seymour Street) and Perth Road (at Pennycook Lane).
Ninewells Avenue (Perth Road to Ninewells Drive) – closed northbound from Monday 10 May for 5 days for new cycle lane and surfacing work.
Forthcoming Road Works
Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Hazel Drive) – closed on Wednesday 26 May for Scottish Water work.
There will be over 50 activities all designed to improve people's mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Green Health Week coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week.
As has been pointed out to me :
This is a very valid point and I raised it with the City Council.
The Transportation Officer (Road Safety) in the Traffic & Road Safety Team has now helpfully updated me as follows :
"I have ordered a slow marking to be installed on the slip road, and a new road layout ahead temporary sign.
These shall be installed as soon as Tayside Contracts can get them programmed.
I contacted the City Council's Rapid Response Team to get this removed and the team lived up to its title as the graffiti was thereafter very promptly removed.
I have been in touch with with our local environment manager about this and he advises that where the grass is done by hand machine, this work is now well underway.
The ride-on mowers' work should be starting this week.
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 26 APRIL 2021
Riverside Drive/Riverside Approach - give/take traffic control from Monday 26 April for 2 weeks for sign replacement works.
BT Cable Renewal Programme – rolling off peak temporary traffic lights at various location from Monday 26 April for 4 weeks – streets affected in order are: Strathmore Avenue (at Hospital Street); Loons Road (at Gardner Street); Logie Street (at Ancrum Road); Glamis Road (at Ancrum Road); City Road (at Pentland Avenue); Charleston Drive (at Yarrow Terrace); Glamis Road (at Elmwood Road); Blackness Road (at Seymour Street) and Perth Road (at Pennycook Lane).
Forthcoming Road Works
Perth Road (Hyndford Street to Windsor Street) – closed on Wednesday 5 May for Scottish Water work.
Adopted Footway Programme 2021-22
Perth Road South Side - Nr 312 to Taylors Lane – Resurface
South Tay Street - East Side - Whole Length – Slabs
Taits Lane - Both Sides - Various Sections - Resurface + Kerb
Unadopted Asset Programme 2021-22
Dunmore Gardens – Footways – Reconstruction
Norwood Terrace - North Footway – Reconstruction
Perth Road - South Footway Phase 2 – Reconstruction *
Rockfield Crescent – Footways – Reconstruction
* I sought clarity as to the precise part of Perth Road concerned and am advised it is the south pavement roughly between opposite the bottom of Ninewells Avenue to just west of Millbay Terrace/Gardens
Non-Adopted Asset Programme 2021-22
Seafield Road Car Park - 15 Bays - Resurface
Union Place (South) Car Park - 35 Bays - Reconstruction
Carriageway Programme 2021-22
Briarwood Terrace - Whole Cul de Sac – Resurface
Grosvenor Road - Perth Road to Shaftesbury Road – Resurface
Newhall Gardens - Main Loop Only - Surface Dress
Ninewells Avenue - Perth Road to Dickson Avenue- Surface Dress
These are very welcome – I have been raising many of these with the City Council repeatedly on behalf of residents. However, this does not go nearly as far as is required for the West End in terms of getting all our roads and footpaths up to standard.
At the 2021 Dundee City Council budget meeting, my colleague and I presented an alternative budget which would have seen an extra £2 million capital spending over the next year on roads resurfacing.
We believe a substantial increase in roads resurfacing is necessary to tackle worn and potholed local roads.
Unfortunately, none of the other parties supported our £2 million additional spending despite it being fully costed, but I will continue to pursue improving road condition across the West End.
I have been given the following update :
"The section between West Wynd and Springfield (south side) is currently in the 2022-23 Footway Programme.
This summer, the footways that receive the worst condition score (5 or 6) are then further detail scored to produce the 5 year Footway Programme
There are many sections of Perth Road that will be looked at for inclusion."
I asked back in March for additional bins to be placed again this year and was promised by the City Council that this would be done. However, only two initially appeared (roughly opposite Step Row). I therefore contacted environment management again on 8th April and was assured this would be resolved, which I am pleased to note has since been done.
However, I have asked if thought can be given in the future to consider recycling bins - plastics in particular - and not just general waste, given the amount of litter that consists of plastics.
Given the dreadful vandalism on the Green last Friday night, I have been in discussions with council officers and Police Scotland about the issues. Adequate bins is hardly the whole solution to this, but it helps. I will be keeping residents updated.
Although the environment management team at the City Council has responded promptly to each issue I raise about this, I have now had an assurance that it is pursuing the viability of increasing the frequency of sevicing of the site which will hopefully resolve this problem.
"I was hoping you could possibly find out if the many potholes that are now on the road leading to the car park would be getting filled in.
They are worse than last year and bigger."
I have therefore wrote to the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership requseting repairs and have now received the following helpful reply :
"An order has been raised for repairs to be carried out."
I am pleased to have now received positive feedback from environment management as follows :
“We've agreed to relocate the south-most set of bins within the car park which will enable an additional bin for general waste to be added, thus creating more capacity and reducing the opportunity for side waste and littering in general.
We are going to monitor the bins in the coming weeks and make any necessary adjustments thereafter.”
The lane itself is not a City Council adopted pathway but I have asked environment management who own the grass area if the surface of this short length of path to the grass area could be improved.
“I had a lovely walk up Perth Road yesterday but was saddened to see the gulls had been out in force at Seabraes.
Any chance the bins can be changed to the ones at City Quay which are more gull proof please?”
I took this up with our local environment manager who has now updated me as follows :
‘Just a quick note to say that we are looking into this.
Any replacement bins would have to be in keeping with the rest of the furniture and of a suitable type and construction, so we are looking into what is available.’
‘I wonder if anything can be done about the lane leading from Hazel Drive, near Hazel Gardens, to Perth Road. The area by the drains is totally blocked by leaves and mud. When it rains, the path becomes a mini river.’
I took this up with the Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now been advised that the local roads inspector has since checked the gullies at the top and bottom of this footpath and they are now clear.
Our local environment manager has been asked to ensure the leaves in the path are removed.
Whilst appreciating there needed to be the return to normal services and stability in timetables before new and correct timetables could be placed at every bus stop, I got assurances that erroneous, out of date information would be removed meantime.
With the Xplore Dundee recent bus services review having taken place at the start of 2021, I asked the Sustainable Transport team at the council for an update and have been advised by a Transport Officer as follows :
“Xplore Dundee is amending its service provision again from 12th April. Therefore ‘at stop’ timetables will not be erected at this stage until we are sure that the service provision is stable.
I have been in contact with the bus operators and are in the process of providing an at stop notice which will be erected at bus stops directing passengers to websites and phone numbers for any information regarding bus services. These, I am hopeful will be designed, printed and erected within the next few weeks.”
West Marketgait (northbound from Nethergate to West Port roundabout), West Port roundabout (south side of outer lane), Hawkhill (westbound from West Port roundabout to Brown Street) - closed for 2 weeks for Bus Priority Improvement Works.
Forthcoming Road Works
Riverside Avenue (at Wright Avenue) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Thursday 8 April for Scottish Water work.
I took this up with the City Council's environment team and have now been advised as follows :
"I have visited location and will arrange to have a bin sited on grass area.
We have no bins in stock at present, but will erect at site as soon as new stock arrives."