The Friends of Blackness has an upcoming Family Ceilidh tomorrow evening. Parents and carers can purchase tickets at ParentPay :
The area of former spare ground on the south side of Pennycook Lane opposite Blackness Primary School is looking great – see below :
As one of the residents in the nearby sheltered housing advised : “Can I just draw your attention to the wonderful job the staff at Blackness Primary (with the help of the children, I think) have done with the spare bit of ground. It looks really good and they should be commended for it.”
Earlier tonight, I attended the first Friends of Blackness meeting of the new term. Friends of Blackness undertakes both the Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association roles at Blackness Primary School.
It was an extremely positive meeting and Gordon Ferrier, Head Teacher, reported a likely very healthy P1 intake for the forthcoming 2016/17 year. There was also a useful discussion about parking issues near to the school and promoting safe drop off and collection of pupils from the school.
Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of attending a Fairtrade Breakfast at the City Chambers to mark Fairtrade Fortnight.
It was an thoroughly enjoyable breakfast with pupils from local schools who are helping to promote Fairtrade in their schools and communities. There was also an excellent presentation from St John’s High School pupils.
Here’s a couple of photos from the event :
|Presentation by St John’s High School pupils|
Later in the morning, I met with a constituent and two officers from the City Development Department of the City Council to look at road safety for Blackness Primary School pupils and pedestrians generally crossing Perth Road near Pennycook Lane.
It was agreed that the pedestrian crossing can be improved – by resiting the large utilities box on the south side of the crossing that obscures pedestrians from drivers heading west (see first photo below). It was also agreed that, once funding is available, the crossing (see second photo below) will be modernised, with better signals with LED lights.
Last night, I attended the latest meeting of Friends of Blackness at Blackness Primary School. Friends of Blackness covers the roles of both Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association. It was a very positive meeting with updates from Mr Ferrier, Head Teacher, about school activities, staffing update and the school improvement plan and a discussion about the structure of future meetings.
I updated the group about the earlier site meeting and also the issue of improved bicycle storage at the school.
Residents have complained to me that the zig zag safety markings and yellow lines outside Blackness Primary School in Pennycook Lane are badly worn – see right.
I brought this to the attention of the City Council’s Head of Roads and Transportation, who has responded as follows :
“I will ask the parking team to include this location in next batch of yellow lining remarking. It will be later this year that this can be undertaken as the temperatures are too low and road surface too wet to undertake at this time of year.”
Yesterday saw the West End Christmas Vintage Motor Cavalcade take place as part of West End Christmas Fortnight. Many thanks to Dundee Museum of Transport for arranging such an excellent vintage vehicles’ cavalcade through the West End, Barnetts Mazda for sponsoring it, Ally Bally of Radio Tay for launching the cavalcade and the many folk en route who gave us a wave!
Here’s a couple of photos :
|Some of the folk taking part yesterday including Ally Bally (far left), Paul Barnett of Barnetts Motor Group (second right) and Matthew Jackson of Dundee Museum of Transport (to the immediate left of Paul)|
|The motorcade heads up Hawkhill!|
… and Blackness Primary School had a superb turnout at its Christmas Fair yesterday too!