Thursday, 28 October 2021

Get Out Get Active!



The Get Out Get Active Tayside All Ability Online Activity Programme is great fun and details are below.

Come join in these fun and inclusive activities to get you moving!

You can sign up here.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Queen Victoria Works, Brook Street #dundeewestend

As residents are aware, over a protracted period, I have raised concerns about the deteriorating state of the former Queen Victoria Works in Brook Street (the rear of the site backs onto Lower Pleasance).

I have recently received further concerns about the security of the site and the very poor condition of it and I raised this again with the planning team at the City Council.

I have now had the following feedback :

"There has not been any recent engagement with the planning authority in respect of this site. I have passed the concerns about site/building safety onto colleagues in Building Standards to look into.

I will also arrange for the current owners to be contacted to ascertain what intentions there are for the site."

I will continue to keep residents updated on this.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Getting things done - Glenagnes Street #dundeewestend


When the recent demolition works took place in Blackness Road east of Ashbank Road, the contractor placed barriers round the site including across some of the car parking to the rear in Glenagnes Street.

As residents have pointed out to me, this removed around 9-10 parking spaces.

Whilst whilst placing the barriers across the spaces was no doubt necessary during demolition for safety reasons, now the site is cleared and it will be many months before construction of the new flats starts, there is no need to continue to remove the spaces.

I have said to Neighbourhood Services at the City Council that the barriers should go at the south edge of the spaces, making the spaces available again.

Monday, 25 October 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 25 OCTOBER 2021

Perth Road (west of Glamis Road) – temporary traffic lights on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October for City Fibre work.

Grosvenor Road (Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) – closed from Monday 25 October for 2 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Glamis Road (at Blackness Road) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 November for City Fibre work.

Nethergate (South Marketgait to Tay Street Lane) – closed westbound overnight (7.30pm to 6.30am) on Monday 8 November for Scottish Water work.

Lochee Road (Smellies Lane to North Marketgait) – closed eastbound from Monday 8 November for 5 days for Virgin Media work.

Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Invergowrie Drive), Eton Street and Elliot Road (Blackness Road to Cambridge Street) – closed from Thursday 11 November for 10 days for facilitating City Fibre duct installation works.

Lochee Road (Polepark Road to Dudhope Terrace) – closed northbound on Sunday 14 November for Scottish Water work.

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Double parking danger – a solution in sight #dundeewestend


As residents will recall, I have previously raised concerns about the dangers posed by double parking in several West End streets, often alongside Eurobins.    Drivers have raised concerns about the safety concerns about cars effectively parked well into the roadway – a particular danger at night.    Most complaints have come from Rosefield Street and Forest Park Road, with some from Peddie Street and some other streets.

Having had more concerns raised recently, I highlighted this to Police Scotland and also to the roads team at the City Council.

Our community police sergeant for the West End and Lochee has advised :

“You have raised this concern with Police Scotland in the past and have spoken to the West End Community Officers to see if they had previous knowledge.

A colleague previously attempted to deal with this and he informs me that the previous update from Dundee City Council suggested legislation was being progressed through parliament to tackle this very issue, but as a result of COVID-19 ground to a halt.

At this time from a policing perspective, every individual instance would have to be assessed on its own merits, to establish if any offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 were being committed.

I appreciate this is not an ideal situation because it does not bring about any speedy resolution to the problems.

I am aware the council parking attendants were also involved the last time there was repeated complaints being made but again, I do not believe they have powers to enforce any penalties in respect of the double parking as they are not on double yellow lines, hence the need for new legislation.

I can only ask that any residents consider contacting Police Scotland on 101 if they are concerned about the safety of pedestrians and other road users from the manner of parking of vehicles in the area. The circumstances can thereafter be fully assessed and police action taken if deemed relevant and appropriate in the circumstances.”

The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership Depute Manager further advised :

“I can confirm the secondary legislation has been delayed due to the Scottish Ministers prioritising COVID legislation and other emergency legislation.

Once we receive the secondary legislation for the ban on pavement parking and double parking this will make it easier for local authorities to ensure our pavements and roads are safer and more accessible to all.

I believe the teams within the Scottish Government will be looking at this shortly.    There are many parts of the Transport Scotland Act 2019.

Unfortunately I have no definite timescale with Spring/Summer 2022 the latest suggested date been mentioned by Transport Scotland officers.”

The introduction of legislation to stop this dangerous parking is vital and long overdue and will ensure safer roads in the future, especially on dark nights.

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Grosvenor Road


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 carriageway resurfacing works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Grosvenor Road (between Shaftesbury Road and Perth Road), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 25 October 2021 for 2 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available Perth Road / Rockfield Street.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Friday, 22 October 2021

A further plant sale at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend


The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden will be holding another plant sale this coming Sunday - 24th October

It will take place from 12 noon to 3pm and will take place in the Botanic Garden car park.

The Friends again advise :

"We are grateful for any donations on the day, but please can you split clumps into smallish chunks for ease of sale. Also we'd be grateful if plants can be clearly labelled with the name. Colour is also helpful.

As before, plants will be priced in units of £1, so come with your real money if you are buying, and bring a box or a bag to carry home your treasures."

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Charity Race Night #dundeewestend


There will be a charity race night this coming Saturday - 23rd October - at the Balgay Hill Bar in Rosefield Street.

6.30pm for a 7pm start, proceeds will benefit "Walk and Blether" which does great work promoting mental health locally.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Road lining issues at Blackness Avenue #dundeewestend

Numerous residents have contacted me about the white lining that has been painted on the newly resurfaced Blackness Avenue at its junction with Hawkhill/Perth Road.   In their view - and mine - the left turn lane has been painted incorrectly and the disabled bay far too close to the junction.

I contacted the City Council towards the end of last week and last Friday was advised :

"I would confirm having been on site this morning that the lining works at the south end have not been completed with the left turn/straight ahead arrows still to be painted in the left lane. 

The reason they have not been painted so far is the parked vehicle in the exact spot where the paint has to go down. Once the vehicle is moved the directional markings can be completed.

To date all road markings are restored to their original locations when the surfacing is completed."

The left lane marking was added later that day - but the situation is not in my view improved - see photos below - you can judge for yourself ...

Needless to say, I have gone back to council officers as the current lining is clearly incorrect. I have been advised by the Senior Engineer - Roads Maintenance Partnership as follows :

"I will get the designers to review the lining again and determine where the differences are. I will let you know the outcome asap."

Old layout on Google Street View - clearly room for a left turn lane :


New layout - left turn lane effectively gone :

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Blether Bus for older residents proposed for the axe - a sad tale #dundeewestend


I have today slammed a recommendation that will come before the council’s City Development Committee on Monday 25th October that, if approved, will axe all the Blether Bus services in Dundee that assist elderly residents who have difficulty accessing the main bus routes. These include services in the West End but also services in Stobswell and Lochee.

If approved this would be a really bad decision for the elderly folk who rely on the service. There are older residents in streets in my own ward who cannot manage uphill to the main bus services and, after the SNP axed their supported proper bus service, the Blether Bus has been all they were left with. Now they will have nothing at all – a real disgrace.

I have been promised by the council for months that the Blether Bus would return once COVID positive cases dropped as this was allegedly necessary as the bus is a minibus. These promises have proved worthless and I am furious about this. It would leave elderly folk in parts of the West End with no access to public transport – and I fear the SNP administration will simply rubber stamp this dreadful recommendation.

There is something ironic that Dundee City Council was seeking to reduce public transport and thereby increase private vehicle use as the affected residents would have to rely on family and friends running them about by car if they are to get out at all. At a time of COP26, it is bizarre that the council would be reducing public transport and increasing reliance on the private car – what a dreadful signal to be sending.

I would suggest that the better way forward with the Blether Bus service is to consult communities on making the routes more attractive to increase usage, rather than axing the service. 

I will be strongly opposing the axing of these older people’s bus services when this comes before councillors next Monday.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 18 OCTOBER 2021

Blackness Avenue – closed for 2 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Hazel Drive) - road closure from Monday 11 October for 6 days for City Fibre works.

Eton Street (Blackness Road to Cambridge Street) - road closure from Monday 11 October for 6 days for City Fibre works.

Hawkhill (Horsewater Wynd to Session Street) – eastbound nearside lane closure from Monday 18 October for one week for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Grosvenor Road (Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) – closed from Monday 25 October for 2 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Riverside Avenue (A90 Kingsway to Apollo Way) – closed overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October for SSEN Cable Diversion work.

Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Invergowrie Drive), Eton Street and Elliot Road (Blackness Road to Cambridge Street) – closed from Thursday 11 November for 10 days for facilitating City Fibre duct installation works.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

'Drawn' exhibition at the Lamb Gallery #dundeewestend


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

We’re pleased to announce that now that semester has started, our main museum venues are re-opening! The Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries are open Monday to Friday 9.30am-7pm (we hope to resume Saturday openings in the future) and we’ve just created a new exhibition for the Lamb Gallery, entitled Drawn.

Drawing is often seen as the fundamental basis of art, as well as being an important tool in other forms of creative thinking.     This exhibition presents highlights from the University’s wide-ranging collection of around 2,000 drawings. 

It includes rarely seen work by many renowned artists including Thomas Gainsborough, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, W Q Orchardson, David Foggie, James McIntosh Patrick, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, David Mach, Will Maclean, Stephen Sutcliffe, Annie Cattrell and many others. 

Come along to see portraits, life studies, topographical drawings, scientific diagrams, drawings for sculpture, fashion illustrations, comics art and much more!

The exhibition is on until 21st January but will be closed on Fri 22nd October and for Christmas Monday 20th December until Tuesday 4th January. 

Further information, and details of COVID safety, can be found at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawn-an-exhibition-of-drawings-tickets-178684499147

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Riverside Avenue

++ UPDATE ON 22nd OCTOBER - I AM ADVISED THAT THIS TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ORDER HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND WORKS WILL HAPPEN AT A LATER DATE ++

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 SSEN cable diversion works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Riverside Avenue (between Apollo Way and A90 Kingsway), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 25 October 2021 for 2 nights (7.30pm to 6.30am).

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available Apollo Way / Explorer Road / South Road / Myrekirk Road / A90 Kingsway.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Friday, 15 October 2021

Getting things done - Seymour Street #dundeewestend


I have received residents' complaints that the pathway at the south end of Seymour Street (section from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) is overgrown.

The section north of the car park is council maintained and I raised this with our local environment manager who has asked a supervisor to get the foliage cut back.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Window replacement programme for council housing in the West End #dundeewestend


I recently raised at the City Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee the need to upgrade the windows in council housing in a number of parts of the West End, including the Corso/Abbotsford area and Logie.

I asked for an update from housing management on this and have now been advised as follows - from the council's Head of Housing and Communities :

"The Housing Asset Management Unit team firstly establish when the windows in a development were last replaced. This data is given a 30% weighting in terms of the decision on when they will require to be replaced, with the remaining 70% weighting going on the average cost per house on window repairs over the past 10 years.

Housing investment works are done on a development, rather than street by street or indeed estate, basis.

The windows in different developments throughout the City are made of a range of materials, including upvc, timber, aluminium etc. The type of material has an impact on the lifecycle of the windows and, therefore, when we programme their replacement.

As part of our Windows For All programme, all Council houses were double glazed between 1992 and 2002. Given the volume and relatively short length of this programme, we cannot prioritise purely on lifecycle dates as the impact on the Capital Programme of a repeating 10-year programme would be unsustainable.

However, given the impact on Covid-19 and the slippage in some programmes, the service is looking into the feasibility of speeding up our window replacement programme."

I will continue to press for windows upgrades for all council housing in the West End Ward that is in need of this.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Tenant Grant Fund

There is a new Tenant Grant Fund the City Council is administering to help prevent evictions as a result of COVID-19 related rent arrears between March 2020 and August 2021.

This fund enables local authorities to prevent homelessness and sustain tenancies by assisting tenants with rent arrears problems where a tenant is in either in the social or private rented sectors, and has faced difficulties due to Coronavirus.  

More details are in the poster below :

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Getting things done - Glamis Road #dundeewestend


The southern section of Glamis Road was "surface dressed" some time ago to prolong the life of the road surface.

To be honest I am not a fan of surface dressing (tar and chippings on top of the existing surface) and proposed at the budget this year an increase in the roads capital programme of £2 million this year, which could have been funded and would have increased the amount of "real" quality resurfacing.    Sadly I did not win the vote at the budget but continue to campaign for greater funding for roads and pavements improvements.

Many residents have contacted me in recent months about the surface dressed surface of Glamis Road, south of the roundabout with Blackness Road and Glamis Drive.    

One resident recently described the surface as "dreadful" and I again raised this with the City Council's Roads Maintenance Partnership.

The partnership's Senior Engineer has now sent me the following helpful feedback :

"At the tail end of this month, I will be looking over next years carriageway programme.

I will have a look at the section you have highlighted

If it is indeed "dreadful " then I am sure it will move up the programme."

Monday, 11 October 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEEK WEST END WARD - COMMENCING MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 2021

Blackness Avenue – closed for 3 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Logie Street/Ancrum Road/Lochee Road/Loons Road – 4 way temporary traffic lights from 11 October for 4 days for City Fibre works.

Glamis Drive (Glamis Road to Hazel Drive) - road closure from Monday 11 October for 6 days for City Fibre works.

Eton Street (Blackness Road to Cambridge Street) - road closure from Monday 11 October for 6 days for City Fibre works.

Riverside Drive (at the Airport) – temporary traffic lights on Monday 11 October (off-peak) for loop cutting.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Hawkhill (Horsewater Wynd to Session Street) – eastbound nearside lane closure from Monday 18 October for one week for Scottish Water work.

Grosvenor Road (Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) – closed from Monday 25 October for 2 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Riverside Avenue (A90 Kingsway to Apollo Way) – closed overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October for SSEN Cable Diversion work.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Scotland's Garden Scheme - next weekend! #dundeewestend

 


Next weekend again sees Frances and John Dent in Glamis Drive open their beautiful garden to residents, as part of Scotland's Gardens Scheme.

Not only is a visit to the garden a pleasure - it also helps raise funds for charity.    This time, John and Frances are supporting Dr Graham's Homes in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

The homes were founded more than 100 years ago as an orphanage for Anglo-Indian children.   Since then it has developed to be a successful boarding school for children from Nursery to Senior ages, with an additional hostel in Kolkata for school leavers progressing to higher education. 

The pupils now come from a range of socially deprived families rather than as orphans.   Approximately half of the boarding pupils are partially or fully sponsored by an international group of supporters especially from the UK.    As Dr Graham was a Moderator of the General Assembly in the 1940s, the Church of Scotland has a long-standing interest in the homes.

So, please visit next weekend - a lovely garden to see and a very worthwhile charity being supported.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Bus timetables at bus stops - or lack of them!


There's been a large reaction from residents to the articles in the Courier and Evening Telegraph last week in which I highlighted that, although real time bus information is working at bus shelters, paper timetables have been out of date since the bus companies altered services at the start of the COVID-19 health emergency.

There has been an attempt to remove erroneous and out of date timetables but bus stops across Dundee still lack correct timetables - some 18 months since the pandemic started.

I think everyone accepts that during the 2020 lockdowns there was significant change and understandable volatility in bus services but some stability has returned - just not the timetables at bus stops! It is unhelpful for passengers who do not have access to apps on their mobile phone.

I have repeatedly raised this with the City Council over many months and the most recent feedback from the Team Leader, Parking & Sustainable Transport advised :

"The commercial bus network in Dundee has still not stabilised so we continue to push passengers towards apps, websites or Traveline (phone service) for the most accurate and up to date bus information. The real time displays in our bus shelters are updated with each change."

I have made clear to the City Council that I think this line has run its course particularly as other authorities are restoring timetables, such as in Perth and Kinross.

There are repeated requests from constituents and bus passengers about this. The lack of timetables at bus stops impacts on older passengers in particular where a higher proportion of people do not use or have access to mobile apps.

I have said to the council's transportation team that I do think we really do now need a timeframe for restoration of timetables after consultation with the bus operators. We should be making it as easy as possible for people to use public transport and Dundee City Council's current position on this simply is not helping.

Friday, 8 October 2021

Harris Education & Recreation Association - Autumn classes #dundeewestend


The HERA autumn term enrolment night is on line from next Wednesday (13th October) at www.heradundee.org.

There's a great range of evening classes to sign up for!

The next block of courses will start on the week commencing 25th October.

Details of courses are available on the HERA website mentioned above and also on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HERAdundee.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

West End parking improvements – more delays concern


I have today heavily criticised Dundee City Council for yet further delays in bringing forward proposals for residents’ priority parking in the West End – a year and a half after the council undertook consultation meetings with local residents over the issue.

I have been continually asking the City Development Department to bring the outcomes of the consultation with the public to committee together with recommendations to improve parking for residents. 

There is clearly good support for a residents’ priority parking permit scheme as long as it is reasonable and affordable as it would make it much easier for local residents to get parked. However, the council is taking an absolute age to bring proposals forward and there is a total lack of momentum on the part of Dundee City Council to get this issue resolved.

Well-attended consultation meetings took place in March 2020 just before the onset of the COVID-19 health emergency but there has been absolutely no progress by Dundee City Council since. In October 2020, the council said it hoped for progress in the first half of 2021. 

It later said a report to committee would come forward by the end of 2021 and now it is kicking the ball even further down the road. This is apparently because separate consultations in two other wards are not complete but I see absolutely no good reason to further delay progress in the West End where the consultation meetings are long completed, a year and a half ago.

The council’s Head of Sustainable Transport and Roads has this week advised me :

“We previously advised of a December reporting target earlier in the year when the Covid transmission rate was supressed, and we were scheduled to recommence consultations in person. Following the re-emergence of high transmission rates these consultations were suspended which has resulted in a delay to the reporting programme.

Once we have identified with communities a preferred route for remote engagement, and scheduled the remaining consultations, we will update stakeholders with a revised timescale for reporting on the consultation.”

For some reason best known to itself, the council is further delaying progress on this important issue in the West End because it has still to do consultation in some in other parts of Dundee that have unrelated parking issues.        I fully agree that the other areas should have their consultation meetings and their issues properly tackled, but delaying the West End proposals further because of consultation meetings in other areas that are unrelated to the issues in the West End makes absolutely no sense.

The council is losing public confidence in the West End over its snail’s pace approach to the parking problem and I am calling on the council to finally put some momentum behind this and bring forward proposals to help local residents and give concrete assurances as to timescales.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Friends of Wighton event today!


From Sheena Wellington :

Today - Wednesday 6th October at 1.15pm - Friends of Wighton will be delighted to present on Zoom the wonderful Robyn Stapleton, one of the finest singers of her generation. 

The reviewers have said :

‘Rich, characterfully lilting, warm and clear’ The List

Robyn is an award-winning singer and song leader who shares her talent and passion for traditional music with audiences and communities throughout Scotland and internationally.

‘Her warm sweet voice has a depth and colour that belies her youthfulness’ fROOTS

Don't miss it - link below :

Sheena Wellington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Lunchtime Recital with Robyn Stapleton

Time: Oct 6, 2021 01:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 865 5568 8317

Passcode: 653876

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Blackness Library - hours extended #dundeewestend


Leisure and Culture Dundee has advised that, with the further easing of restrictions, library hours at Blackness Library are being increased from this week.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 2021

South Tay Street – temporary traffic lights for one week for footway works.

Ancrum Road - temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 29 September for 4 days for City Fibre works.

Blackness Avenue – closed from Monday 4 October for 4 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Logie Street at junction with Ancrum Road – 3 way temporary traffic lights from 11 October for 4 days for City Fibre works.

Glamis Drive - road closure from Monday 11 October for 6 days for City Fibre works.

Grosvenor Road (Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) – closed from Monday 25 October for 2 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Riverside Avenue (A90 Kingsway to Apollo Way) – closed overnight (7.30pm - 6.30am) on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October for SSEN Cable Diversion work.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Getting things done - Park Place - an update #dundeewestend


As residents will recall, over some months, I have raised numerous concerns from residents about the state of the bins in Park Place, near to the junction with the West Port.

These are not all council bins for residents' use but there are also commercial bins there for business use and the Enforcement Officer in the council's Community Safety and Protection team has been very helpful on the issue and liaising with business users.

She has now updated me as follows :

"I again visited Park Place and visited several of the businesses that store bins at Park Place.

As a result of these visits it was discovered that there was excess bins at Park Place due to a change in business ownership.

The excess bins, of which there were 5, have now been uplifted and I have asked a street cleaner to attend to remove any spillage/littering from the overflowing bins."

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Lochee Road and North Marketgait


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 retaining wall repair works. The Order is expected to be in force for 15 months from 11 October 2021. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all pedestrian traffic in North Marketgait and Lochee Road from Parker Street to a point 100 metres or thereby west of Dudhope Roundabout.

An alternative route for pedestrians will be available via Lochee Road, West Marketgait and North Marketgait.

If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS - phone 433082.

Friday, 1 October 2021

Bus diversions - Blackness Avenue #dundeewestend

With the impending resurfacing of Blackness Avenue from next Monday (4th October), Services 17 (Xplore Dundee) and 73 and 204 (Stagecoach) will be temporarily re-routed as follows :

XPLORE DUNDEE :

🚧 Roadworks on Blackness Avenue (phase 1)

4th Oct onwards

  • Affected routes:
  •  
  • 17

Due to roadworks on Blackness Avenue (between Blackness Library and Seymour Street) for two weeks from Monday 4 October, service 17 will be diverted as follows:

Towards Whitfield: Normal route to Blackness Avenue, then via Hyndford Street and Perth Road. Normal route resumes from Perth Road.

Towards Ninewells Hospital: Normal route to Perth Road, then via Perth Road and Hyndford Street. Normal route resumes from Blackness Avenue.

🚧 Roadworks on Blackness Avenue (phase 2)

18th Oct onwards

  • Affected routes:
  •  
  • 17

Due to roadworks on Blackness Avenue (between Seymour Street and Blackness Road) for two weeks from Monday 18 October, service 17 will be diverted as follows:

Towards Whitfield: Normal route to Balgay Road, then via Blackness Road and Seymour Street. Normal route resumes from Blackness Avenue.

Towards Ninewells Hospital: Normal route to Blackness Avenue, then via Seymour Street and Blackness Road. Normal route resumes from Balgay Road.


STAGECOACH :

Road closure Blackness Avenue, Dundeefrom Monday 4th October


Due to resurfacing works, Blackness Avenue, Dundee will be closed in two phases from 4 October 2021 for 4 weeks.

During the first phase the diversion for services 73 and 73A will be Perth Road - Hyndford Street - Blackness Avenue. Service 204 will divert Perth Road - Hyndford Street - Blackness Road.

During the second phase services 73 and 73A will divert from Blackness Avenue - Seymour Street - Blackness Road. Service 204 is unaffected during the second phase.


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Plant sale at the Botanic Garden #dundeewestend


The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden will be holding a plant sale this Saturday - 2nd October.

It will take place from 12 noon to 3pm and will take place in the Botanic Garden car park.

The Friends add :

"We are grateful for any donations on the day, but please can you split clumps into smallish chunks for ease of sale.   Also we'd be grateful if plants can be clearly labelled with the name.   Colour is also helpful.

As before, plants will be priced in units of £1, so come with your real money if you are buying, and bring a box or a bag to carry home your treasures."

All welcome, as always!

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Old Hawkhill, West Port and South Tay Street


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 road safety measures during Dundee Dance Event being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Old Hawkhill / West Port / South Tay Street (between Hunter Street and Nethergate), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Sunday 3 October 2021 for one evening (5pm to 11pm).

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Access will be maintained where possible.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Hawkhill / Perth Road / Nethergate.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Monday, 27 September 2021

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL - WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD - WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2021

A90 Kingsway (at Invergowrie roundabout) – lane closures for 2 weeks for third party works.

South Tay Street – temporary traffic lights for 1 week for footway works.

Lochee Road (at Balgayview Gardens) – temporary traffic lights from Friday 24 September for one week for SGN work.

Nethergate (West Marketgait to South Tay Street) – closed on Tuesday 21 and Tuesday 28 September for Scottish Water investigation work.

Ancrum Road - temporary traffic lights from Wednesday 29 September for 4 days for City Fibre work

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Avenue – closed from Monday 4 October for 4 weeks for carriageway resurfacing.

Logie Street at junction with Ancrum Road – 3 way temporary traffic lights from 11 October for 4 days for City Fibre works.

Grosvenor Road (Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road) – closed from Monday 25 October for 2 days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Blackness Avenue


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 carriageway resurfacing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 4 weeks from 4 October 2021.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months. 

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Blackness Avenue for its entire length.

The works will be completed in 2 separate phases: Phase 1 – Perth Road to Seymour Street (west side) and Phase 2 – Seymour Street (west side) to Blackness Road.  The entry to and exit from Seymour Street at its junction with Blackness Avenue will be prohibited during Phase 1 of the works.

An alternative route will be available via Hawkhill, Peddie Street, Blackness Road and in reverse. 

If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS or phone 433168.

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Road safety in Logie #dundeewestend


At a recent meeting of the council's City Development Committee, future 20 mph zones were discussed.    

On the proposed list of new zones to be implemented in the period to 2027, I was disappointed to note no new proposals for the West End and I highlighted during the meeting that I regularly raise with roads officers residents' requests for further 20 mph zones in residential areas.

The area I have had most requests for is the Logie area where there is a large elderly population given the northern part of the estate is sheltered housing.    Having very narrow streets, Logie meets the criteria for a 20 mph zone so, after the meeting, I wrote to officers to again press the case for Logie to be considered in the future.

I have had a positive response from the Senior Engineer – Traffic & Road Safety - at the City Council as follows :

"With regard to your concerns raised, please be assured that the council is committed to logging and assessing all requests for 20 mph limits and although this year's Committee Report did not have the Logie area listed in the five-year programme, this list is not in a priority order and sites can and will be added.

I can confirm that the Logie estate area will be added to the 20 mph five-year programme list in next year's annual Road Safety Committee Report."

This is good news and I will continue to raise other parts of the West End where residents make requests for lower speed limits in highly residential areas.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Temporary Traffic Order - Nethergate


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 investigation works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Nethergate (westbound between West Marketgait and South Tay Street), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Tuesday 28 September 2021 for one day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via West Marketgait / Hawkhill / Perth Road / Nethergate.

For further information contact 433082.

Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Road safety at Balgay Hill - an update #dundeewestend


As residents may recall, some time ago, I discussed with officers in environment management at the City Council measures to improve safety on the roadway at Balgay Hill going up to the observatory. This included better signage of the 10 mph speed limit and better traffic management to protect pedestrians.

Progress with this has been delayed due to the COVID-19 health emergency but I recently asked for an update on the matter and have been given the following helpful feedback from the Service Manager - Environment at the City Council :

"I appreciate your understanding throughout the covid 19 emergency and would confirm that we remain outwith our normal service provision due to ongoing measures. Nevertheless, we have made some progress since we last exchanged emails. Our discussions with the City Engineers have led to a costed design for traffic calming measures in the form of speed bumps and additional signage along the road.

It is our intention to progress the above works this financial year.

In the meantime, we will be arranging for the road to be swept again, to reveal the white paint is fully visible before the observatory is opened and traffic is permitted passed the gate.

We will also ensure the rock armour placement is correct which can be moved if necessary."

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

West End parking charges to unfortunately return #dundeewestend


As residents know, I have consistently opposed the imposition of car parking charges at seven West End car parks - Roseangle, Pennycook Lane, Miller’s Wynd, Ryehill Lane, Mid Wynd, Union Street North and Bellfield Street North.

In advance of bringing in a residents' priority parking scheme, these are simply an unfair tax on local residents, having to pay for the 'privilege' of parking near their homes.

The charges have been suspended during the COVID-10 health emergency but, with the start of the University of Dundee’s first semester, are being reintroduced from Monday 27th September.   I view this as not acceptable, particularly as so many residents are still working from home.

However, I have been assured that the City Development Department intends completing the residents' parking consultation in parts of the West End, Coldside and Maryfield Wards by the end of 2021 and will bring a report of possible options for residents' parking to committee - hopefully in December.

I will, of course, continue to keep residents updated.