Temporary Traffic Order – Brown Street

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water main repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Brown Street (southbound from Guthrie Street for approx. 35metres south), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 3 April 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Diversion routes for vehicles available via Guthrie Street / Horsewater Wynd / Hawkhill
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order – Brown Street

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of SSE cabling works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Brown Street (between Douglas Street and Miln Street), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 27 March 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Diversion routes for vehicles available via Douglas Street / Blinshall Street / Miln Street
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order : Hawkhill and Brown Street

From the City Council:
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984  :  SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in 
 
Hawkhill (prohibit right turn into Brown Street), Dundee
Brown Street (prohibit right turn into Hawkhill), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Thursday 23 October 2014 for one day.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles will be available via Hawkhill (northbound)/ Hunter Street roundabout / Hawkhill (southbound) and Hawkhill (southbound) / West Port roundabout / Hawkhill (northbound).
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Hawkhill gap site – action taken

Residents have complained to me about the unsightly gap site on the corner of Brown Street and Hawkhill, between the Doghouse and the new casino/Tesco Express building.   See below:
I have brought this to the attention of the City Council asking that the owners be asked to have it tidied.   It would clearly be good to see the site have a positive and productive use in the future.

City Council meeting tonight

The City Council summer recess has now ended and council committees started again this evening with the Development Management Committee.   

It was a relatively light agenda but I did make comment on issues surrounding the new right of appeal over Section 75 agreements that the City Council has used responsibly in various ways, for example, to restrict, in appropriate circumstances, the use of new housing from becoming Houses in Multiple Occupation.

I also welcomed the planning appeal outcome at the Tay Mills flats in Brown Street.   I mentioned this on www.dundeewestend.com last month and the Reporter’s decision was reported to committee this evening.

Appeal outcome at Tay Mills flats in Brown Street

I’ve often been critical in the past about the way appeals against planning decisions made by Dundee City Council are handled. 

The vast majority of appeals  are delegated to a member of the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA), known as a Reporter.

Reporters have, on occasion, overturned planning decisions made by the council and, in doing so, have failed to take into account concerns from the local community.  Examples include various applications for phone masts near schools (eg Blackness Primary School) and in residential areas.

However, I cannot help but congratulate the Reporter who overturned a decision by the City Council earlier this year in which the council refused planning approval for more student flats at Tay Mills in Brown Street.    Planning officers recommended refusal and the committee went along with that, although I moved approval (losing 17-10).

This is an area close to both university campuses and is perfect for student housing.    More student housing here means fewer HMOs in residential areas of the West End.    I found the officers’ recommendation difficult to follow and the committee decision was unfortunate.

So – for once – full marks to the Scottish Government’s Reporter in reaching a sensible decision and allowing this development to go ahead.

West End roads

The state of roads in the city has been a hot topic recently, with both constituents and in the local press.  As always, I continue to raise with the City Council any concerns highlighted by constituents about roads condition in the West End.   

I have now asked from the City Engineer details as to how the City Council is tackling the situation across the city, given the deterioration in the condition of many roads as a result of the recent snow and ice across the city.   It is important that this is tackled promptly and in a way that ensures the worst pothole and other road defects are given priority.  

Another by-product of the recent weather has been the deterioration of road markings – and I have received concerns from residents about this.   Clearly it is important that both white and yellow lining is kept in reasonable condition, for road safety reasons and to avoid obstruction where parking is inappropriate.   Here’s two examples I have raised with the City Council at residents’ requests :

Perth Road

Brown Street

Update on litter around Hawkhill and Brown Street

In September, I raised the issue of litter in the Brown Street/Hawkhill area, following the opening of the Tesco Express store on Hawkhill.

At that time, the City Council agreed to provide an additional litter bin – it was placed near the new casino.

However, there have since been complaints about litter further up Hawkhill, past the store – and that the bin at the casino is often full.  

I raised this with council and have received the following positive response :

” … firstly the bin should be getting emptied at the weekend as we do have staff working and this will be looked into … we will also look at possible locations for a second bin.”

Litter around Hawkhill and Brown Street

In response to recent complaints like this about litter in the Hawkhill area, I contacted the Head of Waste Management at Dundee City Council about the matter :

“Since the opening of the Tesco’s store and various food outlets I have found that there is more and more litter appearing in the area – I am quite happy to pick this up when there are bins available but there is only one small lamp post bin outside Duke’s Corner.”

I have had the following positive response from him :

“I will have this area monitored and if additional bins are required we will have them fitted.”

Improving parking in the West End

I have been in touch recently with Home Scotland, one of the major housing association landlords in the West End, about complaints from residents that the car parks designed for them as Home Scotland tenants were being used by non-residents, simply parking there to avoid parking charges in the City Centre.

The main complaints in the past have come to me from people in Seafield Lane, Thomson Street and in Brown Street – and in the latter Home Scotland development, the housing association has piloted a residents’ parking scheme that is properly policed to ensure that only those entitled to park there – local residents – do so.

Following further complaints from Home Scotland tenants in other streets, I asked for an update on the pilot’s success and tackling the problem elsewhere and I have today received the following feedback from the Home Scotland Housing Services Manager :

“I am glad at last to be able to advise that we are now in a position to progress the roll out of the parking to other areas. Letters are being issued over the next week to our tenants at the following addresses to seek their agreement to the parking scheme in their area. (We require the agreement of the majority of the residents). This includes:

Thomson Street
Seafield Lane
Forest Park Road
Forest Park Place
Pleasance Court

I would therefore anticipate the scheme being in place within the next month.

I realise that this has taken a long time to be implemented, but following the success of the pilot in Brown Street , I hope that our tenants see the benefits of the scheme.”

I am very pleased to see progress with this – all credit to Home Scotland for taking a proactive approach to help West End residents.

On the wider issue of parking problems for residents in the West End on-street and in council-owned car parks, since the SNP took over council control last March, there has been inaction on moving forward the recommendations from consultants the council brought in to look at the issue and come forward with proposals to improve matters for residents.

I recently met the City Council’s new Chief Executive and the Director of City Development to voice my concerns at the delay in progressing parking improvements for local residents and I have been given assurances that the matter will be progressed in the near future. Needless to say, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on this!

 

Temporary Road Closures

I have been advised by the City Council that :

Due to Virgin Media repairs works, the northbound side of South Marketgait (between the Riverside roundabout and Greenmarket) will be closed to traffic for one day only this Sunday (5th April)

and

Due to crane removal works, Brown Street (from Hawkhill to Guthrie Street) will be closed tomorrow for 2 days (4th and 5th April)

Variation of Waiting Restrictions

Below is the Notice of Proposal relating to a Traffic Order – the full schedule for the whole of the City will appear in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, but I have indicated those parts of the schedule that cover proposals in respect of streets in the West End Ward :
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL (VARIATION OF WAITING RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2008

Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of varying the provisions of several Waiting Restriction Orders affecting the City. The effect of the Order is set out in the Schedule below.

Full details of the proposals are contained in the draft Order which together with plans showing the lengths of road affected and a Statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours and without payment of fee during a period of 21 days from 22 February 2008 at the following addresses: –

1. Dundee City Council Offices, 4th Floor Reception, 21 City Square, Dundee.
2. Broughty Ferry Neighbourhood Library, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Any person may within 21 days from 22 February 2008 object to the proposed Order by notice in writing to the Depute Chief Executive (Support Services), Dundee City Council, 21 City Square, Dundee. Objections should state the name and address of objector, the matters to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made.

PATRICIA McILQUHAM
Depute Chief Executive (Support Services)
Dundee City Council

SCHEDULE (insofar as it covers West End Ward)

1. To improve sightlines at junctions and accesses in Hyndford Street/Speed Street, Ninewells Avenue, Perth Road, Shaftesbury Road.
2. To relieve congestion in Perth Road, Shepherd’s Loan.
3. To relieve congestion and obstruction or damage to verges in Magdalen Yard Road/Richmond Terrace.
4. To adjust waiting restrictions to suit new developments or road layouts in Long Wynd, Brown Street.
5. To adjust restrictions to accommodate a taxi rank in South Tay Street.
6. To relax unnecessarily severe restrictions in Brewery Lane.
7. To allow patient transfer vehicles to use James Black Place.