New CCTV provision for Dundee’s West End

After years of campaigning for improved CCTV provision in the West End, I am pleased to report progress has now been achieved, with agreement to provide an additional CCTV unit covering the Sinderins area.At the moment CCTV provision only extends along Perth Road as far as the Roseangle junction and I have over a long period of time received requests from residents and local businesses for the CCTV provision to extend westwards.

We have a busy and vibrant district shopping area along Perth Road right up to Sinderins with a significant night-time economy with restaurants, pubs, etc, and having CCTV towards Sinderins would be greatly welcomed by the local community.

I recently discussed the matter at a meeting I had with new Chief Constable Kevin Mathieson who indicated that progress was being made on an extension of CCTV provision to Sinderins.

I have since received full details from the City Council and TACTRAN, the Regional Transport Partnership.TACTRAN is funding this new CCTV provision through the bus punctuality improvement partnership primarily to improve traffic management and efficiency of the signals at Sinderins (as well as a similar project in Broughty Ferry) using pooled capital funding.

I have been advised that the high spec camera will also be suitable for police purposes as well as traffic. As the area is a conservation area, there will be a consultation period before installation but it is hoped to have the new CCTV camera in place later in the autumn.I am very pleased at the progress with news on CCTV here although there will remain other parts of the area that would benefit from similar improvements in the future.

CCTV in the West End

Following the incident at Londis earlier this week (click on headline to view), I have now written to the Chief Constable in the following terms :
Chief Constable John Vine BA MCIPD
Tayside Police
P O Box 59
West Bell Street
DUNDEE
DD1 9JU

Dear Chief Constable

Provision of CCTV – Perth Road west of Roseangle

Following the recent armed robbery incident at a store in Perth Road, I have again received concerns from residents about the lack of CCTV provision west of Roseangle on Perth Road.

Although I understand the store concerned does have its own CCTV system, the incident has again highlighted that most of the district shopping centre in the Perth Road area is not covered by CCTV and is an extremely busy shopping area both during the day, evening and night.

I have written to Tayside Police regarding this matter on a number of occasions in the past and have been assured that the area is a priority for future consideration (amongst others) and I would be grateful if you could update me as to the current position.

With grateful thanks.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Fraser Macpherson
Convener of Planning and Transport
Councillor for the West End

More news from the last week …

The West End Community Council on Tuesday evening had two excellent presentations – one from Digital UK on the analogue TV “switch off” due in Dundee in 2010; the other from West End Tennis Club on their project to improve the club facilities. The Club has given me an update sheet on this which you can read by clicking on the headline above – and you can read more by going to the Club’s website at : www.westendtennis.org.uk
Last night, the “Community Spirit” group – to campaign for the Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and Cleghorn area (and surrounding neighbourhood) – held its first AGM and was formally launched, at a well-attended meeting in the Mitchell Street Centre.
It was great to see the enthusiasm of local people who are keen to get an active community group going for the area to help tackle local issues in the north part of the West End Ward – just as West End Community Council does so well for the southern part of the ward. City councillors, the Police and others are keen to support the group in its activities in the months ahead.
Also yesterday, I spoke with Mrs Latif, following the robbery at her newsagents in Lochee Road earlier in the week. The local community is shocked at another incident of this type in the area, and very concerned for Mrs Latif in particular. I have contacted Tayside Police to ask for the use of mobile CCTV units in the Lochee Road area, which I think will help reassure the local community.

Scamnesty, Rail Noise and CCTV

I had a very useful visit to Tayside Police’s headquarters yesterday to review CCTV provision around the Seabraes area.
This follows a number of residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour here in the past and, along with our community policeman, I was keen to see the extent of existing provision, which I conclude from yesterday’s visit is generally good. Within the West End, a clear priority has to be extending the provision westwards from Roseangle, along Perth Road to Sinderins (in other words, through the district shopping centre, especially given its vibrant night time economy with pubs and restaurants). This is a matter on which I have written to Tayside Police on a number of occasions.
Also yesterday saw the launch of “Scamnesty” in the City, a really useful initiative to encourage Dundonians to help Trading Standards catch the fraudsters behind mail scams. You can read more about this excellent idea from the BBC website by clicking on the headline above.
On another matter, I am very pleased about swift action taken over the past week by Network Rail contractors to tackle night noise complaints by residents living in parts of the West End nearest to the Tay Rail Bridge.

I received a number of complaints about noise from the bridge works overnight just over a week ago and immediately contacted Network Rail about this. There has been a swift response by Network Rail’s contractors, T-K Palmers Limited, who undertook night noise measurements at various local sites on a number of separate occasions.

Speaking with residents over the past couple of days, they have seen no repetition of the earlier night-time noise disturbance.
The contractor has advised that, with regard to night shift operations, it is envisaged that they will be carrying out blast cleaning work over the next 3 months but in areas well to the south of the residential area and they would not expect an impact on anyone in that period.

T-K Palmers advised me that:

“We are conscious of the fact that we all have varying thresholds of sensitivity to noise and with that in mind we ensured purchase / hire of the most sound-attenuated equipment for our operations. It would also be fair to say that until we tried our own measures to attenuate noise at actual equipment sites, we were unable to predict their effect.
“However, with the assistance of the City Council, we were subsequently able to confirm compliance with legislation even considering the effects of such factors as wind direction and the effect of tree foliage. Operations the past week have been concentrated very much to the south of the carriageway and there is no intention to be at the north elevation for a considerable time so we would expect any impact to be substantially reduced locally.”

Meeting with Divisional Commander and then River Crescent Residents’ Association

My colleague Cllr Helen Dick & I met with the new Tayside Police Chief Superintendent today and it was good to both meet him and discuss issues of concern and interest. For Helen, the issue she most wished to raise is a pedestrian safety & speeding cars issue in the Strathmartine area. For me, I dearly wish to see CCTV further extended in the West End. A helpful and positive exchange of views.
Earlier on, a meeting with the Director of Housing about a number of matters, including overshadowing of houses by overgrown trees in the West End – Pentland & Peddie Street.
Following a busy weekly surgery tonight at Blackness Primary School, I had been invited to attend a meeting of the River Crescent Residents’ Association. Good to meet the residents there and we discussed various local issues, including pathways and the infamous “West End Smell.”