Tuesday meetings

In addition to a number of meetings with constituents yesterday, I also attended :
+ A meeting at the Wasps Studios at Meadow Mill for local businesses in the Blackness industrial area hosted by the council’s consultants who are looking at ways of improving the area in a collaborative way, as part of the council’s review of the local development plan.  
Ideas include bringing forward a masterplan for the area, including improved car parking, ‘greening’ the landscape, better walking links and compatible new planning uses such as creative industries, workshops, some small scale retail and residential development.    
At this stage, these are only ideas and the input of local people and businesses is vital in progressing any proposals.
+ A meeting of the Bonnie Dundee group at the City Chambers.  Bonnie Dundee encourages improvements to the Dundee environment and helps local groups who keep Dundee’s parks, open areas, streets and gardens in good shape.   
We discussed the various areas of Bonnie Dundee’s work including the planters at Dundee Science Centre and West Port, a possible summer West End litter pick and Bonnie Dundee’s input into the garden areas at the new Slessor Gardens in the Waterfront.
+ A meeting of the Ancrum Parent Partnership at Ancrum Road Primary School.   The Ancrum Parent Partnership is the group of parents who have been selected in accordance with the Parent Council constitution to represent all the parents of children at our school. 
There was a very positive discussion about school activities and we also discussed School Crossing Patrollers and road safety near to the school.

Saturday activities …

Yesterday, I was pleased to attend the Summer Fayres at Ancrum Road and Blackness Primary Schools.   Both were really well attended, really enjoyable and really good value for money too – with adult entry at each only £1!
Here’s some Saturday photographs :
A busy Ancrum Primary School Summer Fayre
At the Ancrum Road Primary School Fayre 
Blackness Primary School’s event was equally well-attended
Always a good sport, Gordon Ferrier was back in the stocks!
City Church on Tullideph Road also had their Family Fun Day yesterday

West End Christmas Fortnight Primary Schools’ Art Competition Winners

I was at Tesco Riverside yesterday to meet the store’s community champion Kath Torode – Kath and I are pictured above at a photocall at which, not only did Tesco generously donate to the West End Christmas Fortnight, but also sponsored the West End Christmas Fortnight Primary Schools’ Art Competition.
Each of our four local primary schools – Ancrum Road, Blackness, St Joseph’s and Victoria Park – allowed all P1 and P2 pupils to take part and the winning entries are below.   Well done to Carys, Darci, Josias and Matylda, who each win a Tesco Gift Voucher.   Here are the winning entries below:
Carys Watt of P2A, Ancrum Road Primary School
Darci Reid of P2B, Blackness Primary School
Josias Roma of P2, Victoria Park Primary School
Matylda Karolewska of P1S, St Joseph’s Primary School

Safer routes to school

I have mentioned before my involvement as a member of the City Council’s working group on road/pupil safety outside schools across Dundee.   
As part of this initiative, the City Council and Dundee Travel Active is giving every primary pupil/parent a copy of a school-specific safer routes to schools guide, on pupils’ return to school later this month.
Links to the “Safer routes to school” guides for three of the schools West End pupils attend are  given below – St Joseph’s and Park Place (Victoria Park) Primaries’ guide will be published in the autumn, given the forthcoming move to the new school site: