Blackness Post Office – automated door concern

Residents have brought to my attention concerns that the automated front door at Blackness Post Office has not been working.
The electronic door is very helpful for people with mobility difficulties and those using wheelchairs to get into the Post Office, so I wrote to Post Office Limited about the concern raised.
I have received the following helpful response from the External Affairs Manager at Post Office Limited :
“I have made enquiries about the automatic door mechanism at Blackness Road Post Office.  … The premises and door are the responsibility of the shop owner and  it is up to each individual retailer whether or not  they have an automatic door but, in order that the requirements of the Equality Act are met, Post Office ask that the entrance door, access to the counter and turning spaces for a wheelchair meet our minimum specifications.
In this case,  the agent at Blackness Road has advised that since he took over the door has not functioned automatically but he will look into the possibility of having the mechanism repaired.  He has also advised that they are always on hand and happy to help any customer who requires assistance.”

Blackness Road area – roadworks clarification

Residents will have noted that the temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road at the Glamis Road/Glamis Drive roundabout (see right) have disappeared.     However, this is unfortunately not because the works by Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are completed.
I have been updated by Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager as follows :
“Unfortunately our work at the Glamis Road roundabout is well behind schedule due to the ground conditions we are encountering.   However, as Scottish Water (SW) is programmed to start in Blackness Road shortly which would conflict with our work, we are lifting the traffic management at the roundabout before they start and will return to complete our work here after SW have finished.  
In the meantime we will be continuing on Glamis Road itself as this won’t disrupt traffic, and will also be returning to Perth Road to complete the service works and mains abandonment which we had to abort previously.
Scottish Water is starting Blackness Road 20th February for approximately 2 weeks so we’ll be back at the roundabout probably mid March for about 2 weeks.”
The Scottish Water work is further east on Blackness Road.   The City Council has further updated me as follows : 
“The SW work will start 20 February at Glenagnes Road junction.    The second week they will move south to Rosefield Street for the second week.
Once SW is complete on their section of Blackness Road, SGN will return to Blackness Road Glamis with their original set up to complete works there. 
As SGN intimated, it will utilise the two weeks of 20/27 February, when SW are in Blackness Road, to complete the remaining services connections left behind in Perth Road at Arnhall Drive area.”

Blackness Road road surface – an update

On behalf of residents, I recently raised with Dundee City Council the state of parts of the roadway of Blackness Road, which are very worn – see one example – right :
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has now responded as follows :
“An inspection has been carried out and although there are areas of wear at various places on Blackness Road including those highlighted in the photos you attached, there is nothing actionable at these locations. 
Blackness Road from Glenagnes Road to Glamis Road is provisionally included in the 2018-2019 Carriageway Surfacing Programme. In the meantime any actionable defects noted will be repaired to ensure safety is maintained.”
I have responded saying “… given the deterioration I would be grateful if the 2018-2019 Carriageway Surfacing Programme could be reviewed and brought forward” – and I will continue to press that point as the road surface does require improvement.

Blackness Road at its west end – impending gas work

I have been advised that, further to the recent road closure on Perth Road (between West Park Road and Glamis Road), Scotland Gas Networks confirms that it will be starting work towards the end of November of the stretch of Blackness Road between Glamis Road to Oxford Street.   This does not require a road closure or bus diversions.
Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager advises :
“The work in Blackness Road forms part of the same policy replacement project as Perth Road which SGN are carrying out under our powers as a statutory undertaker in accordance with the New Roads and Street Works Act .  We are not closing Blackness Road and while we may require to use temporary traffic lights on occasion we are not anticipating any significant problems with traffic.  Bus routes will not be affected.  With regard to gas supplies, affected customers will have their supplies interrupted on occasion by prior arrangement.  This will be during working hours and no overnight interruptions are planned.  For vulnerable customers we are able to provide temporary heating and cooking facilities if necessary.
This section of the job covers Glamis Road to Oxford Street and will carried out in 2 stages with the bulk of work being done on the dates following, and then the Glamis Road junction at a later date along with the works we have in Glamis Road itself.  Our actual start date for Blackness Road will depend on progress in other sections of this project but should be between 28/11 and 9/12.  Duration is more difficult to predict as this will depend on what we find once we start digging but all going well I would hope to be finished here before the Xmas holidays.  Our contractors shut down for the holidays so even if we are not complete the site will be cleared for the festive period.”
If any resident has a further query, please do not hesitate to contact me at or on 459378.

Blackness Post Office modernisation

Just a reminder that Blackness Road Post Office will close for its planned modernisation tomorrow, Thursday 3rd November, at 1pm and the upgraded Post Office will re-open on Monday 14th November at 1pm.
In the meantime, the nearest Post Office will be the branch on Perth Road.
When Blackness Road Post Office re-opens on 14th November, it will not only have a bright, new look but will have longer opening hours (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday).

Scottish Water further proposed works – minor change

Further to my update yesterday about the works planned for Blackness/City Road/Lochee Road and surrounding areas, at the drop-in event at the Mitchell Street Centre on Thursday, I discussed the timetable and, in particular, trying to minimise inconvenience to residents as far as possible – including the schools at the West End campus – St Joseph’s Primary, Victoria Park Primary and Balgay Hill Nursery.
I now give below a further update from Scottish Water that makes a minor change :
As the next phase of a £5 million project to upgrade water mains and secure the supply and high quality of drinking water in Dundee begins this month, Scottish Water is advising of a minor change to the work schedule.
Work is currently on-going and on schedule in the Perth Road area of the city and the next stage, which is due to begin next week, will see work in the Blackness Road/City Road and Lochee Road areas.
This phase of the upgrade is expected to take 10-12 weeks in total and there will be traffic management measures in place on a rolling programme.
Following a successful information event in the city and after consultation with customers, Scottish Water are adjusting the timetable for some of the work to minimise any inconvenience to pupils starting back at local schools in the Blackness Road area.
Work in and around this area will now be done at a more convenient time, which will be confirmed at a later date.
Changes to the schedule mean as it stands now, work starts on August 9th in the following streets:
• Abbotsford Street
• Annfield Street – Road Closure
• Blackness Street – Road Closure
• Ure Street – Road Closure
The work due to start on this date which would see the closure of Peddie Street in this phase has been put back to minimise disruption as schools return.
The rolling programme of work was due to move on to the Blackness Road area with an estimated start date of 15th August, but to minimise disruption to pupils returning to school most of this work will be put back to a later date. 
Work scheduled for Blackness Road and Rosefield Street will now go ahead at a later date, to be confirmed, but the work estimated to start on this date that sees the closure of Rosefield Place will still go ahead as planned.
The rolling programme of works then continues as scheduled on the following streets with an estimated date of 22nd August:
• City Road/Milnbank Road – Road Closure with diversions in place.
The work also moves on to the Lochee Road section with this split into four phases to minimise disruption in the area, with an estimated start date of 22nd August:
• Logie Street: Loons Road to City Road. South bound closure between these two junctions with associated lane width restrictions at Logie Street/Loons Road signalised junction. Rankine Street closed north bound. Associated side street closure of Muirton Road. Diversions will be in place.
• Lochee Road: City Road to Tullideph Road. Two way traffic flow maintained. No road closure required. The Lochee Road rolling section has an estimated start date of 29th August.
• Lochee Road: Tullideph Road to Dudhope Terrace. Closed south bound between these two junctions. Associated side street closures of Cleghorn Street and Rankine Street. Associated lane width restrictions at Lochee Road/Rankine Street junction. Diversions will be in place.
• Lochee Road: Dudhope Terrace to Park Street. Closed south bound between these two junctions. Associated side street closure of Lower Pleasance. Associated lane width restriction at Lochee Road/Polepark Road signalised junction. Diversions will be in place.
The next stage of rolling work in this phase then takes place in the following streets with an estimated start date of 12th September:
• St Mary’s Place 
• Mitchell Street
• Benvie Road – Road Closure
• Fyffe Street – Road Closure/Parking Restrictions
• Eassons Angle
Local access will be maintained wherever possible on affected roads.
The exact timing of each part of the work will be confirmed as the rolling progresses, and updates will be posted on the Scottish Water website.
Work on Peddie Street, Blackness Road and Rosefield Street will now go ahead at a more convenient date and notice of the work will be given to customers well in advance.
I also give below the City Council’s Temporary Traffic Order covering these works :
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating Scottish Water mains renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 22 weeks from 8 August 2016.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in (1) Annfield Road between Annfield Row and Blackness Road, (2) Annfield Street, (3) Blackness Road between Glenagnes Road and Forest Park Road, (4) Blyth Street between City Road and Fleuchar Street, (5) Benvie Road between Cleghorn Street and Fyffe Street, (6) Fyffe Street between Eassons Angle and Lawrence Street, (7) Fleuchar Street between Eassons Angle and Blyth Street, (8) City Road between Baxter Street and Rosefield Street, (9) City Road between Logie Street and Tullideph Road, (10) Peddie Street between Corso Street and Blackness Road, (11) Rosefield Street and (12) Ure Street.

The closures are planned to run in the advertised order but this may be subject to change and more than one road may be closed at any one time.  The one-way order relating to Blackness Street will be rescinded during that phase of the works.

Alternative routes will be available via (1) Annfield Road/Peddie Street/Blackness Road, (2) Peddie Street/Blackness Road/Annfield Road, (3) Bellfield Street/Hawkhill/Blackness Avenue, (4) Milnbank Road/Eassons Angle/Fleuchar Street, (5) Fyffe Street/Polepark Road/Lochee Road/Cleghorn Street, (6) Eassons Angle/Milnbank Road/Polepark Road, (7) Eassons Angle/Milnbank Road/City Road/Blyth Street, (8) Rosefield Street/Blackness Road/Glenagnes Road/Scott Street, (9) Tullideph Road/Lochee Road/Logie Street, (10) Corso Street/Blackness Avenue/Seymour Street, (11) Blackness Road/Glenagnes Road/Scott Street/City Road and (12) Bellfield Street/Ure Street.

If you have any queries please contact the Network Management Team on 433082.