Please support Bonnie Dundee!

As many of you will know, ‘Bonnie Dundee’ is a group of volunteers that has been running for over 10 years and the clue is in the name – to keep Dundee bonnie!
 
The team plant and maintain 68 planters, two garden areas and one large wildflower meadow in and around Dundee City Centre and the West End. 
 
Please support the great team of volunteers at Bonnie Dundee in their bid to the Aviva Community Fund.       Full details of the funding bid and how to vote for the team can be accessed here.    
 
You only have until 20th November, so please vote for Bonnie Dundee today!
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Tuesday meetings

In addition to a number of meetings with constituents yesterday, I also attended :
 
+ A meeting at the Wasps Studios at Meadow Mill for local businesses in the Blackness industrial area hosted by the council’s consultants who are looking at ways of improving the area in a collaborative way, as part of the council’s review of the local development plan.  
 
Ideas include bringing forward a masterplan for the area, including improved car parking, ‘greening’ the landscape, better walking links and compatible new planning uses such as creative industries, workshops, some small scale retail and residential development.    
 
At this stage, these are only ideas and the input of local people and businesses is vital in progressing any proposals.
 
+ A meeting of the Bonnie Dundee group at the City Chambers.  Bonnie Dundee encourages improvements to the Dundee environment and helps local groups who keep Dundee’s parks, open areas, streets and gardens in good shape.   
 
We discussed the various areas of Bonnie Dundee’s work including the planters at Dundee Science Centre and West Port, a possible summer West End litter pick and Bonnie Dundee’s input into the garden areas at the new Slessor Gardens in the Waterfront.
 
+ A meeting of the Ancrum Parent Partnership at Ancrum Road Primary School.   The Ancrum Parent Partnership is the group of parents who have been selected in accordance with the Parent Council constitution to represent all the parents of children at our school. 
  
There was a very positive discussion about school activities and we also discussed School Crossing Patrollers and road safety near to the school.

Bonnie Dundee meeting

Last night, I attended the latest committee meeting of the Bonnie Dundee group, at the City Chambers. 
 
This really positive group encourages improvements to the Dundee environment and helps local groups who keep Dundee’s parks, open areas, streets and gardens in good shape.
 
In addition to the work maintaining colourful planters over the summer at several locations such as the West Port, Union Street and outside Dundee Science Centre, the group is taking responsibility for one of the Waterfront’s Show Gardens in the new Slessor Gardens, which is great news.
 
You can find out more about the work of Bonnie Dundee here.

Tuesday meetings

Yesterday, I had a number of meetings including :
 
* A site visit with council officers at Blackness Library to look at the best way of improving safety at the entrance steps when it is dark.   Officers are considering the options and I will be discussing them with West End Community Council and residents to get views on the best way of achieving the best outcome.
 
* The AGM of of the Bonnie Dundee group, at the City Chambers.   Bonnie Dundee encourages improvements to the Dundee environment and helps local groups who keep Dundee’s parks, open areas, streets and gardens in good shape.   In addition to discussing the city’s involvement in the Beautiful Scotland Awards and the It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign for 2016, there was also an excellent presentation on community garden initiatives across Dundee.
 
* A meeting of the Balgay Stakeholders’ Group, which brings together local councillors, council parks/environment department staff and community representatives – in particular Friends of Balgay – to look at issues related to Balgay Park and its surrounds.   We had a good discussion on a number of initiatives including planned roads resurfacing in the cemetery, improved drainage in Lochee Park and tackling speeding issues and better signage across Greater Balgay.

Bonnie Dundee and Harris Academy Parent Council meetings

It was a busy evening yesterday with my attending both the Bonnie Dundee group meeting at the City Chambers, followed by the Harris Academy Parent Council meeting at the school’s current Lawton Road campus.
 
Bonnie Dundee encourages improvements to the Dundee environment and helps local groups who keep Dundee’s parks, open areas, streets and gardens in good shape, and it was a really positive meeting last night with lots of good initiatives taking place, including work on the planters at West Port, Union Street and Dundee Science Centre taking place during February and March and a litter pick at the University of Dundee on 19th February.
 
The Harris Academy Parent Council meeting was equally positive – you can’t help but be impressed by the way the new Head Teacher Barry Millar has hit the ground running since taking up post earlier this month and there were excellent discussions about parent engagement, timetabling, progress with the new school building at Perth Road and other matters.
 
Future parent council meetings will include joint sessions with Menzieshill High School Parent Council, an excellent initiative on the part of both parent councils given that the two school communities come together in August as the new Perth Road campus opens.