Thursday, 28 October 2021
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
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.
Monday, 25 October 2021
Sunday, 24 October 2021
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
Friday, 22 October 2021
The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden will be holding another plant sale this coming Sunday - 24th October
Thursday, 21 October 2021
There will be a charity race night this coming Saturday - 23rd October - at the Balgay Hill Bar in Rosefield Street.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
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 ...
Old layout on Google Street View - clearly room for a left turn lane :
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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.
Monday, 18 October 2021
Sunday, 17 October 2021
Saturday, 16 October 2021
From the City Council :
Friday, 15 October 2021
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
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
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
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
Sunday, 10 October 2021
Saturday, 9 October 2021
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.
Friday, 8 October 2021
Thursday, 7 October 2021
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.
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
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
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Saturday, 2 October 2021
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
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 :
Thursday, 30 September 2021
The Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden will be holding a plant sale this Saturday - 2nd October.
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
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
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
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
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
Thursday, 23 September 2021
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.
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.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
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.