Blackness Post Office – electronic door entry #dundeewestend

Residents have reported concerns that the electronic door entry button at Blackness Post Office, to assist customers with mobility difficulties, is still not working and so I again took this up with Post Office Limited.
 
The company’s External Affairs Manager has responded positively as follows 
 
“Thank you for getting in touch in relation to the door entry button at Blackness Road Post Office. 
 
I have asked the field team to raise this issue with the postmaster. You may know that the vast majority of our post offices are operated by independent agents. As such Post Office ltd is not responsible for the building. 
 
Before we issue a contact which allows agents to provide services, we do insist on certain things such as the building being accessible for people with disabilities. This usually means that the branch needs to be DDA compliant. I don’t believe such a button comes under this legislation. 
 
Therefore whilst we can ask and encourage the postmaster to take action, we unfortunately cannot insist on such action being taken as it doesn’t breach any contractual issues. 
 
That said we will impress on the postmaster the importance of getting this fixed and the inconvenience it is causing customers.”
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Scottish Water works Blackness Road – bus stops #dundeewestend

A number of constituents have commented to me about the lack of temporary bus stops on Blackness Road during the Scottish Water temporary works.
 
I contacted the City Council’s transportation team about this and have been advused as follows :
 
“The extent of the works is temporary traffic lights contained within the area between Forest Park Road and Rosefield Street. 
As a result two bus stops are affected, namely Blackness Road opp Forest Park Road and Blackness Road opp Annfield Street.
The contractor has displayed signs informing passengers that both bus stops are out of use.
A temporary stop cannot be erected in place of either bus stop due to safety. Installing stops to the east would mean buses stopping outside the Fire Station, or close to a bend, which are also close to an excavation and in an area which has limited footway close to the carriageway. 
Furthermore temporary stops cannot be installed to the west, as this area is still confined within the works, and installing stops outside the works area would mean they were too close to existing bus stops.
Passengers should instead use existing bus stops, Blackness Road opp Peddie Street and near Abbotsford Street which are both approximately 250-300m west of the bus stops which are out of use.”


Scottish Water’s Corporate Affairs Officer advised me earlier this week that :

“The original timescale was 2 weeks from 9th October.  I would fully expect all works to be completed by end of play Sunday 22nd October.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Blackness Road Area

From the City Council :
 
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 2 weeks from 9 October 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all (1) a left turn into Blackness Road from Rosefield Street, (2) a left turn into Blackness Road from Rosefield Place and (3) all vehicular traffic in Annfield Road between Blackness Road and Annfield Street.
 
Pedestrian access and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.  All closures will run simultaneously.
 
An alternative route will be available via (1 & 2) Blackness Road, Peddie Street, Hawkhill and Bellfield Street and (3) Annfield Street, Peddie Street and Blackness Road.
 
Any queries should be directed to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS – 433082.

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.