Engage in the West End! @EngageDundee

Yesterday, along with the West End Communities Officer and my ward colleagues, I participated in a useful discussion at the Mitchell Street Centre about the issues affecting the West End that could be tackled as part of the new West End Community Plan.
A Community Plan for the West End has been in place since 2008.    Over the years much has been delivered and it is now time to develop a new plan for the coming period – 2017 to 2022.
As part of the process to create new Local Community Plans, Dundee City Council, on behalf of the Dundee Partnership, is seeking to identify the issues that give residents concern about life in their neighbourhood, with a focus on what needs to happen to make improvements. 
The results of these consultations will be fed into the appropriate agencies and authorities to develop relevant responses.     At the end of the process it is hoped to have a plan that reflects the wishes and views of the majority of people who live in each ward. 
Click here to go to the Engage Dundee questionnaire (city wide) on the Dundee City Council website – this allows you to complete the questionnaire online.
A printable copy of the West End questionnaire is here for use with people who would prefer not to use online.    If you chose to print and complete this version, please either return it to the Mitchell Street Centre or leave at Blackness Library marked for the attention of the West End Communities Officer.   Many thanks!

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier this evening, I attended the latest meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the residents’ group for the north of the West End Ward including Tullideph, Ancrum, Cleghorn and the Pentland area.

The City Council’s West End Communities’ Officer gave an informative presentation on the current consultation on the new Community Plan for the West End to cover 2012-14.

There was also a useful discussion on numerous local matters including Balgay Park, graffiti problems and the forthcoming community graffiti clean-up next Saturday, damaged pavements, recycling, traffic lights and an overgrown tree concern.  

Community Spirit Action Group is an excellent community group and discussion covering many local matters tonight was typical of the really positive work that the group does for its local area.

Recycling improvements, Community Planning Evening, Dundee Schools Music Theatre

Last night saw the City Council running an excellent community planning event in the Marryat Hall. It featured the work amongst communities right across the City that has been achieved over the past five years and looked towards the next community planning consultation period. Pictured above right is part of the display from the South West Dundee area, the area that covers the West End.
Also attended the Blackness Area Residents’ Association (BARA) meeting last night. I raised the forthcoming multi-occupancy recycling project. This will see “mini” recycling units for (initially) paper and different glass in areas where there are flats and individual recycling wheelie bins are not practical.
Having met with Waste Management about the project, I am keen to see full consultation with communities on the siting of these recycling points and BARA is keen to participate in this. It is envisaged that there will be recycling facilities in Abbotsford Street, Abbotsford Place and Corso Street, in BARA’s area. In addition, a number of other West End sites are being considered and the West End Community Council will be consulted too.
Good to see more productions by the excellent Dundee Schools Music Theatre taking place this August. This time they are presenting ‘The Boy Friend’ and ‘The Pajama Game’ and you can read further details by clicking the headline above.