Hawkhill environmental improvements #dundeewestend

Many residents have commented to me what a good job the council’s Neighbourhood Services has made of the corner site environmental improvement in Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Street – opposite the Whitehall Theatre :
I am pleased the council agreed to my request that this site was not sold off to a property developer some months ago and the environmental improvements clearly make the point that keeping the site in public ownership was the right thing to do.
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Environmental improvements – Hawkhill area

A number of residents have contacted me concerned at what appears to be the removal of foliage on Hawkhill at the Bellfield Street junction (opposite the Whitehall Theatre) – see above.
 
The good news is that this older, tired shrubbery is being replaced with a new planting schedule that will have high quality environmental improvements from that junction down Hawkhill to the Hunter Street junction.     See below and a more detailed PDF of the planting being undertaken can be accessed here.

Traffic Lights on Hawkhill

Earlier this week, I received complaints from constituents that that the “red” light on Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Street (heading east) is not functioning properly.
 
The ‘visor’ is  not positioned properly so drivers can’t see the red light on the right side of the road.
 
The City Council’s Head of Transportation has assured me that he has taken forward my complaint and repairs will be undertaken.

Getting things done … safety barrier damage

Residents have complained to me that the safety barrier at the junction of Bellfield Street and Hawkhill that was damaged some time ago is still not repaired and the temporary barrier has fallen over – see right.
 
I took up the matter with the City Council and have been advised as follows:
 
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has arranged for this temporary barrier to be set upright. An order has already been raised for the permanent repair of this section of barrier and the provisional timescale for this work being carried out is late January.”

Primary School Pupil Safety

I am pleased to have been advised by the City Council that, following my raising the condition of the Wilkie’s Lane car park at St Joseph’s Primary School with the Education Department, it was agreed to remove potholes and smooth the surface.    There were concerns that the poor car park surface was discouraging use of it and resulting in a large number of vehicles attempting to park in the nearby busy Bellfield Street, raising safety concerns, and I had recently spoken with Tayside Police about these congestion concerns at Bellfield Street.

The City Council has advised me that over the in-service days that took place at the end of this week (12/13 November), the car park in Wilkie’s Lane would be scraped and pot holes filled in.   I hope that this action will make the car park a bit more usable and therefore reduce the number of cars trying to park on the very busy Bellfield Street when the school is opening in the morning, at lunchtime and at the end of the school day.

I have also had complaints about the congestion caused by vehicles trying to drop off and collect pupils at the nearby Blackness Primary School in Pennycook Lane.
In addition to parents expressing concern about the volume of vehicles in Pennycook Lane and the adjacent car park and resulting child safety concerns, residents in the nearby sheltered housing have also been in touch with me about the matter.   I have spoken with the Head Teacher about this, the local police officer and the City Council’s Depute Chief Executive.

As well as to looking at specific steps that may be taken at Blackness Primary School, the City Council has advised me that it is hoped to bring to committee next month a report on the outcome of the school parking safety pilot projects at Park Place and Eastern Primaries.


Clearly we wish to see improvements for the safe collection of pupils and road safety at all our schools and I am advised that, if this report is approved at committee, there will be discussions with headteachers across the city about specific ways to improve road safety and parking at each school.

Ure Street

I have been advised by the City Council that, because of water service works, Ure Street will be closed to through traffic (between the mini roundabout near its south end and the link road to Bellfield Street at its north end) from today for a maximum of five working days.
Pedestrians can access the street as normal and alternative routes for vehicles area available via the link roads at either end of Bellfield Street.