Electricity upgrade works – Pitfour Street/City Road area #dundeewestend

Starting tomorrow – Monday 7th October – Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks will start work to replace the underground electricity cables that serve Pitfour Street and the surrounding areas.
Two new 11kV cables will be installed from Pitfour Street Substation to the junction of Baxter Street and City Road.       It is envisaged the works will be completed next month.
Traffic management will be put in place by their contractors, Inverness Paving. This will include temporary lane closures and parking restrictions along Pitfour Street.     
There should be no interrupting to residents’ electricity supply to carry out these works.      
I recently gave details of the temporary traffic order and you can read this here.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks has issued an explanatory leaflet to residents in the area and you can download this here.    This gives contact details of the project manager should any resident have any query.

Temporary Traffic Order – Pitfour Street and City Road

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 SSE cable renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 5 weeks from 7th October 2019.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Pitfour Street in an eastbound direction between City Road and Roseberry Street (Phase 1) and City Road in a southbound direction between Pentland Avenue and Scott Street (Phase 2).
The Phases will run consecutively.
An alternative route will be available via City Road, Cleghorn Street and Roseberry Street (Phase 1) and Pentland Avenue, Balgay Street, Blackness Road, Rosefield Street and Milnbank Road (Phase 2).
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS.  If you have any queries please contact 433082.

City Road Allotments Open Day

Later this morning, I attended the City Road Allotments Open Day and had the pleasure of officially opening the allotment’s refurbished trailer, which will be a boon for allotment members.     The acquisition of the trailer has been possible thanks to a real effort by the allotment community.
The Open Day was a really great and well-attended event and I was delighted to attend.  It is great to see our local allotments in such good heart!
A few photos from today :
The refurbished trailer – looking fab!
Official ribbon cutting ceremony!


Great stalls at the Open Day!
With Erika and her fabulous raspberry jam!

Scottish Water – further consultation event

With the Scottish Water infrastructure works currently in the Nethergate/Perth Road shopping area and hopefully concluding later this month, the work then moves to the Blackness Road area running up City Road and adjacent streets to the Lochee Road area.
Scottish Water has advised of a consultation event about this tomorrow as follows :
What we are doing :    We are upgrading the water pipes to ensure you continue to enjoy clear, fresh drinking water, and reduce the chance of pipes bursting. The work will involve the lining and flushing of existing water mains in and around the Blackness Road/City Road/Lochee Road areas of Dundee.  We would like to tell you about our plans and how this will affect you.
We are holding an Information Event at:
The Mitchell Street Centre, Mitchell Street, Dundee DD2 2LJ, ROOM 1 on Thursday 4th August 2016.  Please pop in anytime between 16.00hrs and 19.00hrs 
What you need to know :
• This planned work will involve disruption to the water supply in the area and may involve the need to boil water following any interruption to supply.
• There will also be extensive roadworks during our works. This will include the use of temporary traffic lights and lane/road closures which may also include access and parking restrictions.
• At our Information Event, our project team will be on hand to discuss our work, how it will be managed and answer any concerns you may.  Please come along.
• This work is part of a wider programme of work across Dundee.
Where are we working
To ensure the safety of our customers, there will be traffic management measures in place, at the following locations, on a rolling programme;
Logie Street, Blackness Road,
Lochee Road, Abbotsford Street,
St Mary Place, Peddie Street,
Mitchell Street,    Annfield Street,
Benvie Road, Blackness Street,
Fyffe Street, Rosefield Place,
Eassons Angle, Ure Street,
City Road,    Rosefield Street,
Milnbank Road.
Important Note:  Please note that depending on progress with work currently ongoing elsewhere in Dundee, we may be in a position to start work in some areas above week commencing 8th August 2016.  This means some customers may receive letters advising of upcoming work before our Information Event.  No works will start on site until after the Information Event has taken place.

Major Scottish Water works planned – City Road and Perth Road

Last week, I had discussions with Scottish Water’s Regional Communities Team Manager about proposed major works planned for the summer in City Road and Perth Road.    It is planned to start the Perth Road works in July (when university students and the schools are on holiday) with the City Road works starting as soon as Perth Road completes.
As these works will have a significant impact – for example, resulting in one-way traffic in the area of the Perth Road shopping area for 6 weeks – I am pleased that Scottish Water is advising of these at an early stage to allow full consultation with community groups such as West End Community Council (in relation to Perth Road), Community Spirit Action Group (in relation to City Road) and the Perth Road business community.
Scottish Water is keen to meet with community groups and we have agreed that I will arrange a meeting for the Perth Road business community next month so that the issues can be fully discussed.
At this stage, Scottish Water has given me the following initial information :


Scottish Water investment in Dundee Water infrastructure
Scottish Water is investing £5m in upgrading Dundee’s water infrastructure. This work is vital to support redevelopment and growth in the city – whenever new buildings are going up, such as on Dundee’s waterfront for example, we need to make sure the pipes in the ground are upgraded to support that development. We also invest to ensure our customers continue to receive the highest quality drinking water possible.
Why are we doing this work?
Water mains can vary in age and that’s why the upgrading, and in some cases replacement, of these essential supply pipes is vital to ensure we achieve maximum water quality and security of supply for our customers.
By further investing in our network of almost 30,000 miles of pipes around Scotland, we can build on the progress made in recent years to provide all our customers with the very best drinking water.
What does the work entail?
Pipe refurbishment work includes replacement, re-lining the internal structure of the mains or cleaning them by swabbing and flushing. This improves the water quality from the existing water mains pipes by cleaning any deposits that have built up over time.
How can the public find out more about the work? 
In advance of the work beginning, Scottish Water will be holding information events to give customers, businesses and road users the chance to meet the project team, view drawings of our planned work and discuss any queries they might have.
Whenever Scottish Water is doing work in an area we will always ensure that any disruption to customers water supply and daily lives is kept to a minimum.
Scottish Water works with local businesses to ensure access to their premises is maintained. We use signage to make sure everyone is aware that those premises are open for business as usual and no one should be put off visiting Dundee city centre. We believe our customers understand the need for this £5m investment and welcome the benefits this will bring to Dundee now and in the future.

Getting things done – City Road

Following complaints from residents about graffiti on the utility boxes in City Road near Saggar Street, I asked the City Council’s Rapid Response Team to remove this and they have very promptly tackled this :
There is also graffiti on the Friary wall on City Road, which will also be removed after a disclaimer is signed by the owner to grant permission to undertake removal :

Please help the City Road allotments!

From the City Road allotments :
“We have applied for an Aviva Community Fund award as we would like to upgrade our water facilities in the hut and toilet.    Our application was accepted and now we need votes.
I know that you have supported our Open Day before and I was wondering if you would be able to put the link to the voting page on your blog.     
This link will take you to our project but you can also search for Aviva Community Fund 2015 and then search for City Road. So far we have well over 400 votes but as many as we can rally from the local community would be amazing.”
You can access the link to help the City Road allotments here.

City Road road repairs

Following my raising residents’ complaints about the poor road condition in City Road towards its south end (near Blyth Street), the City Council has advised me as follows :
“… the Roads Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has arranged for the potholes on City Road towards its south end (near Blyth Street) to be repaired.  Permanent patching repairs are also planned for this area although there is no timescale available for this at present but they will be done as soon as resources are available and earlier priorities have been dealt with.”
I queried the timescale for the permanent patching works and have been further advised :
“The structural patching that has been identified will be carried out as part of a full programme of works in the next financial year.”

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier tonight, I attended the latest meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the residents’ group for the ‘north’ of the West End Ward, covering areas like Cleghorn, Pentland, Ancrum, Tullideph and Milnbank/Forest Park.
There was a presentation from the Environment Department on the impending changes to waste and recycling collections.   Most of the Community Spirit area is not covered by Phase 1 of the new arrangements that will be implemented imminently – but will be covered by Phase 2 in the autumn – though it was good that the group was updated and able to ask questions about what is being proposed.
Further to my recent article about mobile phone cabinets overkill at City Road, I was pleased to update Community Spirit members that the mobile phone operators have been as good as their word and have now removed two of the unsightly boxes and painted the remaining ones all the same colour – see below :


Mobile phone cabinets overkill at City Road tackled

Constituents have rightly complained to me about the mess of mobile phone company boxes (six plus a mobile phone mast!) on City Road near the Saggar Street junction.    Hardly sightly – and so I contacted the planning team at the council to find out the position in relation to planning approvals.

Here is the initial response from the City Council :

“Planning application ref: 03/00441/FUL was granted permission for the erection of a monopole with shrouded antennas and 2 no equipment cabinets.   It would appear that at some stage the monopole has been replaced and an additional 4 cabinets installed under permitted development rights as defined by Class 67 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 as amended 2014.

Class 67 allows for the erection of replacement masts with an increase in height of up to 5m and the erection of ground based equipment with a volume of not more than 90 cubic metres.

Although I may not be able to have the cabinets removed I shall contact the operator to request that any redundant cabinets are removed and that the white cabinets are painted green to match the existing.”

I am pleased to say I have since been advised by the council :

“The telecommunications operator at City Road has confirmed that one of the existing equipment cabinets is to be recovered from site and the two white cabinets are to be painted green to match the other cabinets.”

It is still less than perfect but the removal of a box and the painting of the white ones to match the rest will improve things.   I do feel telecommunications and other utility companies should have more respect for the aesthetics of local communities before installing these boxes in an unsympathetic way.

Temporary Traffic Order – City Road

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 gas main renewal works.  The Order is expected to be in force for three weeks from 13 October 2014.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all southbound vehicular traffic in City Road from Logie Street to Tullideph Place.
Pedestrian thoroughfare and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible. The right hand turn from City Road into Logie Street will be prohibited for the duration of the works.
An alternative route will be available via Logie Street, Lochee Road and Tullideph Road.
Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.  If you have any queries please contact 433082.

City Road Allotments Open Day

The City Road Allotments Open Day takes place this coming Sunday, 10th August, between 11am and 3pm :


Admission Free
Wide selection of produce, preserves and plants
Refreshments and home-baking in the café
Free on the street car parking
Toilets on site
Join in the fun everyone welcome

Tullideph Road and City Road off-licence applications defeated

On behalf of constituents, I recently objected to the off-licence applications at 17/19 Tullideph Road and 124 City Road on grounds of over-provision.     I am able to raise objections as I am not a member of the Licensing Board.
I am pleased to say that both applications were rejected on these grounds and it is clear from speaking with residents that this decision has strong support in the local community.

City Road/Logie Street – road works complete

Further to my recent update about the road resurfacing and yellow box/lining painting at the junction of City Road and Logie Street, I am pleased to advise that the works were being completed at the start of this week – see right.
Having long-since requested the repainting of the yellow box markings here at the request of local residents, I am pleased this work has now been undertaken.

City Road/Logie Street – road works

Please see Public Notice below from the City Council regarding work commencing this morning.
The council’s Road Maintenance Partnership has advised me that, “City Road/Logie Street junction is to be closed to allow the junction to be resurfaced.  This will require City Road to be closed from its junction with Tullideph Road.”     
In addition to the better road surface, the good news is that this will finally allow for the repainting of the yellow box markings at the junction to be undertaken – something I have been requesting on behalf of residents for some time.
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of carriageway patching works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:
1.   City Road (from Tullideph Place to Logie Street), Dundee.
2.   Ancrum Road (eastbound from Tullideph Road to Logie Street), Dundee
This notice comes into effect on Monday 25 February 2013 for 5 working days.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Logie Street/Tullideph Road.
For further information contact 433168.
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Getting this done … lining works across the West End

On behalf of constituents, I recently raised the need to have white lining renewed at several locations across the West End:
* Junction of Saggar Street with City Road :   The council has responded – “The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has advised that these junction lines were re-done 17-1-13.”
* Give way lines at the junction of Perth Road at Riverside Drive (north of the Botanic Garden) :   The council has now advised – “For information, the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has advised that these give way lines on Perth Road at the junction of Riverside Drive have now been re-painted.”
* Junction lining of both Abbotsford Street and Abbotsford Place with Peddie Street :    The council has responded – “The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has included the worn junction lining in Abbotsford Place and Street in the next lining order and this will be done weather permitting as soon as resources are available and previously identified priorities have been dealt with.”
I also queried with the City Council’s Road Maintenance Partnership why the promised yellow box relining at the junction of Logie Street with City Road has still not been carried out.     The response is as follows and hopefully means this lengthy delay in having the yellow box repainted is coming to an end:
“The proposed patching to be done at the City Road/ Logie Street was further delayed because of planned works on Ancrum Road by Scottish Water. These works have now been carried out and the carriageway patching and subsequent re-lining of these junctions, is provisionally programmed for early February 2013.”

Concern over lack of safety markings

I have voiced concern at the continued lack of road safety markings at the very busy Logie Street/City Road junction.   The junction used to have a “yellow box” painted at the junction to allow throughput of vehicles turning right from Logie Street into City Road and to assist road safety, but these have worn away and I have requested the City Council tackles the issue as soon as possible given the heavy vehicle use of this junction.
I have raised the matter several times with the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership since March of this year and have now asked the council to take action as a matter of urgency.
The Roads Maintenance Partnership has updated me as follows:
“I apologise that the works have not been carried out as yet.
We initially delayed because of works Scotland Gas Networks were carrying out, and our desire to patch the carriageway prior to replacing the box marking.  However this delay has allowed us to look again at this junction as the condition of the existing surfacing has further deteriorated.  
We have developed a further 3 options for extensive resurfacing as an alternative to localised rhino patching.  This will be subject to conformation of available budget.  Funding will be discussed and confirmed at the Divisional revenue monitoring meeting which takes place towards the end of this month.”

Getting things done … City Road/Logie Street junction

The yellow box safety markings at the City Road/Logie Street junction are very worn and I raised this some time ago with the City Council.    

I have now received an update from the Roads Maintenance Partnership as follows:

“An order to re-paint the yellow box markings at this junction was raised some time ago.  However due to a combination of weather, other lining commitments, a back-log with lining works and the traffic management necessary in order to be able to carry out the works at this junction, there has been a delay in this work being done. 

In addition, the carriageway surface is displaying some signs of wear and it is likely that some patching/repairs will be required before the lining is refreshed.

An inspection to ascertain the extent of the works is to be carried out in the near future and more information should be available after this has taken place.”

City Road pavement repairs promised

Last month, following residents’ concerns, I raised with both the City Council and Scottish Water the unfinished state of the east pavement of City Road, near the junction with Milnbank Road, following work by Scottish Water.   The matter was also raised at last week’s Community Spirit local residents’ group meeting.

I again contacted Scottish Water, who promised a site visit with the City Council last Thursday.   Following this, I was advised :

“Following the site meeting … I can confirm repair work will start next Tuesday.  The road will need to be closed during the repair work and local diversions will be in place.”