|Part of Ancrum Drive|
I have carried out an initial inspection of this location and from my initial observations there are no sight line concerns exiting Ancrum Drive on to Tullideph Road.
When exiting there is a bus stop to the north of the junction which will make reduce visibility whist the bus is stopped for a short period for pick up and drop off of passengers. Vehicles would have to pull in behind the bus until it pulls away.
To the south of the junction there are mature trees in the footway which may affect visibility but I will consult with our Environment Department to clarify if there would be a tree preservation order for these trees.
I have consulted with our Road Safety Team and there are no records of any safety issues for this junction.
I will arrange for a more detailed site inspection … for this junction.
Cost per block1. Builder work to form shafts £ 9,9002. Steelwork, lintels, render etc £ 5,2003. Roof £ 4,0004. Lift Car £30,0005. Power etc £ 4,0006. Prelims £ 8,0007. Contingencies (10% as @ budget stage) £ 6,000sub-total £67,1008. Fees @8.5% £5,700Total £72,800
The costs provided by City Architects are based on tender rates for similar works for recently competitively tendered projects.
These are substantial works including the need for 6.5m high rendered blockwork lift shaft, foundations and pit for the lift motor, the new lift shaft would have a mono pitch timber and single ply membrane roof. Allowances must be made for integration with the existing stairwell and the existing access deck at first floor level. Alterations to the existing access deck would also be required.
Within the cost there is an allowance for a new three phase electrical supply required to power the lift, also links to telephone line and fire detection. An allowance has been made for contractors preliminaries i.e. site set up and ongoing site running costs based on current pricing. An allowance has also been made for contingencies to cover unforeseen costs which is standard estimating procedure. Design fees etc must also be included.
In addition to the installation costs there would be significant ongoing running costs associated with lifts including health and safety monthly maintenance visits, emergency call out response and reactive maintenance.
There is no capital or revenue budget provision for such works. These are significant costs. Given that there is an overall surplus of sheltered accommodation within the City, from which the needs of those requiring sheltered housing can be met, it seems it would be difficult to justify such expenditure.
This morning, along with two of my ward colleagues and City Council officers, we had a useful discussion at Dundee House about the parking problems residents in the Ancrum Drive experience. Having already held a number of meetings with the residents of the street and organised a walkabout with residents and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, around the area, it is clear that there is a real issue to be tackled.
You can read more about what is being proposed at
|Me at Ancrum Drive parking|
Later, after a meeting with the Communities Officer for the West End on the new West End Local Community Plan 2012-14, I attended the latest Community Spirit Action Group meeting, the residents’ group covering Cleghorn, Ancrum, Polepark, Pentland, Tullideph and surrounding areas.
There was an excellent presentation from Ian Treanor of the Dundee Energy Efficiency Advice Project. Ian’s presentation covered insulation, income maximisation and the price of fuel/fuel social tariffs.
We also discussed numerous local issues including road safety on Ancrum Drive, an issue I have raised with the City Council.
Today, I was interviewed on STV news, in support of a very worthwhile project by the West End Boys’ Amateur Boxing Club that will see a boxing statue commemorating the legacy of Dick McTaggart on Dundee Law.
This evening, after my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the AGM of Dundee West Transition Town Group, now to be known as Dundee Transition Town. There was a really useful discussion about the structure of the group moving forward, urban food production and other matters.
After a visit to Ancrum Drive to discuss impending works that the City Council will undertake to ensure the flooding problem from Lochee Park into residents’ gardens is tackled, I attended a very interesting briefing on the private sector house condition survey in Dundee, undertaken by David Adamson and Partners.
This contained very interesting information about the city’s private sector housing stock – owner occupied, former local authority sold housing and private rented housing. Of concern is the extent of investment needed to bring those houses requiring repair up to an acceptable standard (£24.82 million to achieve tolerable standard/visible repairs up to £76.02 million for comprehensive repairs) and environmental concerns – graffiti/vandalism/parking issues/rubbish etc – a concern for some residents in the West End and in other wards, according to the survey.
Later today, I had a very useful meeting with the Head of Secondary Education about the City Campus proposal and progress with Curriculum for Excellence. Thereafter, I held my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School.
“The road is approximately 6.5 m wide and the resident parking demand is high.
I have checked the accident database to assess present road safety issues. During the period from 1st January 2006 to 31st July 2009 there has been one damage only accident. There is no evidence of safety issues with the present traffic management.
Recessed on-street parking would greatly improve the through traffic movement but provision of this would be low priority within the current financial climate.”
I have sent the feedback to the Chair and Secretary of the Community Spirit group, the residents’ group for the Ancrum, Pentland and Cleghorn areas, and the matter will no doubt be discussed further at future meetings.