I recently received a concern from a West End resident about the state of the Benvie Road steps down to Lochee Road.
I raised his concern with the City Engineer, who has responded as follows :
Back in June, I reported on progress regarding the removal by the owner of the fire damaged and dangerous former garage at the top end of Benvie Road.
I’m pleased to say that the fire damaged part of the building has now been largely removed but part of the structure remains as does a lot of rubbish – eg a pile of old tyres – see above – and I have contacted the City Development Department to ensure that the owner finishes the job and removes what may remain of any potential fire hazard.
* Seabraes : Following residents’ requests, I asked for litter bins both at the steps and along the path from Greenmarket to Roseangle. I am pleased to say that Scottish Enterprise Tayside has agreed to pay for bins around the steps area (in a style to fit in with the seating) and will attempt to secure necessary funds for further litter bins along the path.
There are dog bins at each end of the pathway, but none along it. Residents also requests some more along the pathway given its length, but the Animal Control team in the City Council advise that “the location requested isn’t going to be possible as the vans could not get close enough to the location to empty other bins.”
* Bankmill Road recycling : Yesterday, the Recycling Projects Officer in the Waste Management Department of the City Council advised councillors –
“I am writing to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments with the burnt out paper bin within the Neighbourhood Recycling Point on Bankmill Road.
As you may already be aware in such cases it is our standard policy to replace the burnt out unit for a second time, however, any further incidents would result in the removal of the paper bin from the NRP unit. The incident occurred on the 9/10/2009, and we thought it was wise to delay the installation of a replacement unit until some time after Guy Fawkes night.
We now have a replacement unit in stock and we will be looking to reinstate the paper bin over the course of next week. We will monitor the site closely in the forthcoming period and hopefully there will be no repeat of the previous vandalism.”
* Benvie Road : I have previously raised concerns about safety surrounding the derelict garage towards the top end of Benvie Road – see right. The City Council has made attempts to contact the owner and in September, he applied for a building warrant to demolish the remainder of the building. This was granted on 6th October and the Council was advised by the agent that demolition would start 7th December, but this has not happened yet. I am very concerned about the state of the site and the fact that the boundary is not secure. I have asked the Council’s Head of Planning to make urgent contact with the agent on this matter. It is very important that the demolition takes place as soon as possible.
* Safe parking near schools : I recentlyupdated residents about the council committee report on improving arrangements for the drop-off of pupils and parking around schools (the report to the Education Committee can be read at http://tinyurl.com/schoolsparking).
Cleghorn Street (between Benvie Road and Lochee Road) – due to Scottish Water maintenance works
Seafield Road (from Number 54 to the Roseangle junction) – due to electricity cable laying works
I have been concerned about this site for some time and have had a number of residents’ concerns about its poor state and the graffiti that was on it.
Waste Management to remove paint on the steps and remove weeds, etc. As you can see below (photo I took just before my 5pm surgery at Mitchell Street) the work was started straight away.
Planning & Transportation to re-point the steps and remove any trip hazards (see above right)
I am writing to the adjacent owners about the fallen fencing to the west (see above left) – the City Council will remove the exisiting damaged fencing – but I have asked the owners to provide replacement fencing.
I have asked Waste Management to provide paint to remove the last of the graffiti to the east of the steps (most already removed by the department, following my request) – I have also asked the Rapid Response Team to remove the fallen fencing to the west of the steps.
Later this morning, I visited Barnetts Motors on Riverside Drive to see their recent improvements – very impressive – and pleased that Barnetts has kindly agreed to sponsor the team strips and track suits for the new West End Under 10s football team.
Lastly, the Dundee Forum (click on headline to view) asked if I’d like to participate and, having agreed, the West End Forum is now arranged. A number of my City Council colleagues are also participating – The Ferry Ward, Coldside Ward, East End Ward and Maryfield Ward thus far.
The steps at Benvie Road were again checked by the area inspector who did not find them to be slippy at the time of his inspection. However an order will be raised for the power washing of the steps to address any build-up of moss.
Additionally, there will be mortar repairs applied to any cracks. This order will be prepared for forwarding to the contractor at the start of the new financial year.
I will ask the area inspector to monitor the situation.
“The road surfaces here were originally cobbled surfaces and some years ago a layer of tar was added. Although this initially provided a smoother road surface, over the past few years, the tarred surface has badly worn, resulting in a really poor and very unsightly road condition. I have had dozens of complaints about it from local residents,” commented Cllr Macpherson.
Cllr Macpherson approached the City Council during 2007 to see if improvements to the road could be undertaken.
“I was advised that, given the setted surface beneath, a technical solution had to be found that would provide for a quality result. The Council had therefore approached a company that carries out proprietary works to see if their system is suitable,” continued Cllr Macpherson.
“I have recently received further feedback from the Council advising that the technical solution here is indeed a viable and cost-effective way forward. Although the roads capital programme for 2008/9 has yet to be finalised, it is hoped that the improvement works will be carried out early in the new financial year.
“The extent of the work on Benvie Road will be between Cleghorn Street and Fyffe Street and in Fyffe Street it will be from Eassons Angle to Polepark Road. The works will involve the repair of the existing potholes and the laying of a proprietary overlay over the existing surfacing. I am very pleased that a solution to the poor road surfaces in Benvie Road and Fyffe Street are in sight,” concluded Cllr Macpherson.