Art for All – Blackness Public Art Walking Tour #dundeewestend

Dundee has an exceptional collection of over 500 sculptures, murals, mosaics and other forms of public art.    
Taking place tomorrow, Friday 18th October at 2.30pm, this free informal walking tour by university museum curator Matthew Jarron is part of the University’s Festival of the Future, and will explore the role of public art in the cultural regeneration of Dundee, focusing on the pioneering Blackness Public Art Programme of the 1980s and the inclusion of artworks in the creation of play parks and other social amenities.
Please meet in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee.     Participants take part in these walks at their own risk.     Please wear appropriate footwear.     There may be uneven surfaces and occasional stairs – please contact or 384310 in advance if you have any particular access requirements.   More details here.

University of Dundee Culture Day : Radical!

The University’s annual Culture Day takes place tomorrow – Wednesday 16th October.
It is a stimulating mix of talks and presentations across a wide-range of subjects united by a common theme. 
This year Culture Day celebrates its 15th birthday and like any stroppy teenager it is in a radical mood!   From radical politics to radicles in the soil, this stimulating event will definitely challenge the status quo. 
Admission is free and booking is not essential, but for catering purposes it would help if you could reserve a place via Eventbrite here :

Action taken to tackle smell problem from Riverside composting site #dundeewestend

As reported recently in the Courier, over the summer, I again raised numerous residents’ complaints about the smell problem caused by the composting operation at the Riverside Civic Amenity site adjacent to Riverside Nature Park.
The problem appears to be particularly noticeable during shredding as part of the composting operation and the wind changes direction.   
Staff attempt to ensure the operation happens only when the wind is to the south, away from the residential housing along the western part of Perth Road and in adjacent streets like Riverside Place, Millbay Terrace and Gardens, Clovis Duveau Drive, Millhall Crescent, River Crescent and Newhall Gardens.    
However, the complaints about the smell issue have been numerous in the latter part of the summer in particular.
Last Friday, I had a very productive meeting with a member of environment management of the City Council to discuss the issues and attempt to ensure the situation is much improved going forward.    
I am pleased to note that the council is now finalising an Odour Management Plan for Riverside that I went through with environment management at the meeting.     This is helpful as I am adamant that residents should not have to endure this smell issue and it is welcome that the council is taking proper steps to tackle this problem.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

SSEN Pitfour Area Cable Renewal – Phase 1:  Pitfour Street (City Road to Roseberry Street) closed for up to one week; Phase 2:  City Road (Pentland Avenue to Scott Street) closed southbound for up to 4 weeks (to follow Phase 1).
Forthcoming Roadworks
Westfield Lane – closed from Tuesday 22 October for 5 weeks for building repair works.

Botanic Garden event tomorrow #dundeewestend

From the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden :
Tomorrow – Sunday 13th October – at 2pm, there will be a presentation at the garden’s Education Centre on the subject of hospital therapy gardens.
It will be presented by James Falconer.
James is a former chaplain with NHS Grampian Healthcare and has been the driving force behind the Robertson Family Roof Garden at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and now the proposed staff garden.
This event is free to attend to all members of the Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and all others are invited to attend – donations welcome.

Update on Step Row pavement concern #dundeewestend

Residents may recall the recent Courier article about the very unfortunate accident that Mr Stephen Muir had in Step Row on an uneven pavement.
At the time, I promised to raise the issue of the state of the footpath with the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and I have now been updated as follows :
“An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance inspector for a repair to be done at the kerb.”