Polepark Road flats – back area

On a recent walkabout with the Community Spirit Action Group, we were concerned about the state of the flower bed areas at the back of the Polepark Road council flats situated in Lower Pleasance.      See photo below :
I took up the matter with the council’s Neighbourhood Services Department and have since been advised as follows :
 
”   … (we are) making arrangement to ensure the area is cleaned up as a matter of urgency and in addition is reviewing the maintenance schedule.
There is a tiredness with some of the planted area/fencing etc and we will include some of these restoration works within our capital proposal for later in the year.”

Community Spirit Action Group – walkabout

Yesterday afternoon, Community Spirit Action Group, the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Ancrum, Pentland, the Cleghorn area and surrounding streets, held a walkabout across part of its area, and I was pleased to take part, alongside Community Spirit members and the communities officer for the West End.
 
The idea of the walkabout is to look at local issues and then follow them up with the appropriate council department or other organisation to achieve repairs and improvements.    We highlighted a number of issues that the group will follow up with the responsible department or organisation.
 
Here’s some examples below:
Unsightly pathway at Rosefield Place
Foliage protruding onto the pavement in Fleuchar Street
Graffiti at Milnbank Road

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier this evening, I attended the June meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   
 
The meeting took place at the Tullideph Sheltered Housing Lounge and the guest speaker was the City Archivist Iain Flett who gave a very interesting and informative talk “From St Clement’s Church to St Ninian’s Well; 600 Years of Filling in The Tay.”
 
It was a well-attended meeting and there was also an opportunity to discuss a number of local issues.

Community Spirit Action Group AGM

Earlier this evening, I attended the Annual General Meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
Tribute was paid to Len Jamieson, the group’s long-standing secretary, who sadly passed away last week.    Len will be sadly missed, having been the group’s hard-working secretary since the group originally formed back in 2008.
 
At tonight’s meeting, there was an interesting presentation on the consultation about introducing 20mph speed limits where residents want this.    You can still take part in the consultation – more information about this is available here.   There was also a useful update from community safety wardens.   I updated the group about a number of local matters including street lighting and bus services.
 
A new committee was elected with George Chalmers re-elected as Chair and Ewan Stirling (a former Chair of the group) as the new Secretary.

Community Spirit Action Group

Last night, I attended the March meeting of Community Spirit – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Pentland, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place in the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
There was a really informative and entertaining presentation by Anna Murray of Verdant Works about Verdant Works’ High Mill project, the history of Dundee’s jute trade and forthcoming events at Verdant Works.
 
I updated residents about forthcoming roadworks in the area, external cyclical maintenance plans for sheltered housing in the area and parking issues and there was a good discussion about a number of other local issues.

Community Spirit Action Group

Last night, I attended the February meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   
 
The meeting took place at the Mitchell Street Centre and there was an excellent presentation by Barry Farquharson of the Friends of Riverside Nature Park about the birdlife in the nature park.   Barry was really interesting, informative and entertaining and everyone really enjoyed his talk.
 
The meeting was also a good opportunity to discuss local issues and I updated the group about a number of matters including bus services and bin collection issues.

Wednesday evening meetings

A busy evening yesterday, starting with a very well-attended meeting of the Community Spirit Action group, the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.
 
The meeting took place at the Morven Terrace sheltered housing lounge and the guest speakers were from the council’s Environment Department, who discussed the changes to bin and recycling collections for the area that commence next Monday, 9th November.
 
A number of concerns were raised by residents, mainly around areas where there will be communal bin/recycling collections, and reassurances were given in particular to residents who require an assisted collection that these will continue.   
 
I was given an assurance that where there are any problems with the new arrangements once they start next week, the department is willing to review and improve them, so I would ask residents to let the Environment Department (434300) know of any problems or contact me on 459378.
 
I also updated residents about the issues around the recent Xplore Dundee bus service changes and the new Stagecoach Strathtay 26 bus service serving the area – this new service starts on Monday (9th November).
 
Later yesterday evening, I attended the latest Friends of Magdalen Green committee meeting.   There was positive news that the solar lighting project to improve lighting on the Green is making good progress, with a target to have the lanterns in place by December/January.
 
The Friends’ Soup and Pudding Lunch takes place during West End Christmas Fortnight on Saturday 28th November at Dundee West Church (11.30am to 1.30pm) – more details to follow!

One World Centre and Community Spirit Action Group

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of calling by the 30th birthday celebrations of the One World Centre, Dundee’s learning centre dedicated to social justice and learning for sustainability.

Over the past 30 years the centre has supported schools and community groups in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross to engage in global citizenship through active learning.

This evening, it was a pleasure to be at the monthly meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.

The meeting took place at a new location – the Tullideph Sheltered Lounge – an experiment by the group to take meetings around the local community. This certainly was an experiment that worked – a really good turnout and a hugely informative and entertaining talk by Sandra Thomson of McGregor Balfour Textiles Limited, who spoke about her Jute Journey.

Sandra addresses tonight’s meeting

 

It was also a good opportunity to speak with local residents about a number of local issues including bins, parking and road repairs.

Litter pick at Lochee Park and Greater Balgay @DunFestVol2015

This morning, a great number of volunteers turned out to help rid Lochee Park and the Greater Balgay area of litter.
 
The event was organised as part of the Dundee Festival of Volunteering and folk from Community Spirit Action Group, Bonnie Dundee, Tesco and local residents all helped.   Many thanks also go to Community Payback.
 
Here’s a few photos from this morning’s successful litter pick :
Some of today’s volunteers
At the side of Balgay Hill
With some of the rubbish collected this morning

Community Spirit Action Group

Earlier this evening, I attended the June meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
It was a good opportunity to discuss local issues and I updated the group about a number of matters including road surfacing at Tullideph and condition of paths in Pentland.
 
The next Community Spirit meeting will take place at the Tullideph Sheltered Lounge on Wednesday 1st July – 6.30pm.   Community Spirit is keen to have some meetings in different locations in its area – all residents welcome!
 
The meeting in July will be addressed by Sandra Thomson, Managing Director of McGregor Balfour Textiles, who will talk about the Jute Industry.   I have previously heard a talk by Sandra and she is very informative and entertaining so the July Community Spirit meeting is not to be missed!

Community Spirit Action Group AGM

Earlier tonight, I had the pleasure of attending the Community Spirit Action Group AGM.  
 
Community Spirit Action Group is the residents’ group for the ‘north’ of the West End Ward, covering areas like Cleghorn, Pentland, Ancrum, Tullideph and Milnbank/Forest Park.
 
It was a well-attended meeting tonight and good to see several Tullideph area residents attend for the first time.   Community Spirit hopes to hold the occasional meeting at the Tullideph and Morven Terrace Sheltered Lounges from time to time to involve more local folk with the group’s discussions.
 
Community Spirit Action Group is an excellent community group and discussion covering a number of local matters tonight was typical of the really positive work that the group does for its local area.

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier this evening, I attended the April meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.
 
We had an excellent update from Sergeant Laura Wilson, our local police community sergeant, about the new community policing arrangements for the West End.   Laura also highlighted the excellent Police Scotland “Beat Doorstep Crime” campaign to stop residents being the victim of bogus callers and rogue traders.
 
At tonight’s meeting, I highlighted an assurance I have had earlier today about improving the road surface at the City Road/Tullideph Road junction, a litter pick being planned as part of the Dundee Festival of Volunteering 2015 and the resurfacing of the south side of Lochee Road that I highlighted on this site earlier today.

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 :

 

Community Spirit Action Group

Earlier this evening, I attended the February meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place at the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
We had a very useful discussion on a number of local issues and the group are considering having some of their future meetings at other locations across their part of the West End Ward – for example at the two sheltered housing lounges in Community Spirit’s area – a really good idea to engage with more residents locally.
 
I am taking forward a number of issues raised with me tonight including fly-tipping issues and roads deterioration.

Community Spirit Action Group – talk by @DMofT

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 an excellent and informative presentation by Jimmy McDonell and Matthew Jackson of Dundee Museum of Transport.    The Museum is going from strength to strength and its no wonder, given the enthusiasm and hard work that Jimmy, Matthew and all the other Museum of Transport volunteers put into this excellent local museum.   Its well worth a visit!   You can read more about the museum here.
 
Also tonight at Community Spirit Action Group, we had a good discussion about a number of local issues including overgrown trees, lighting and car speed issues.

Community Spirit Action Group

Earlier this evening, I attended the July meeting of Community Spirit Action Group – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.
 
We had an excellent update from Sharon Bain of Solar Cities Scotland on its work in the West End on both community carbon exchange and the sustainable energy promotion scheme – the latter looking at energy saving and insulation for local homes.    There was a very useful discussion about progressing insulation initiatives in the local area.   Sharon is kindly also taking part in a meeting I am holding for Ancrum Drive residents next week, to discuss specific house insulation for residents there – along with other local matters.
 
You can find out more about the work of Solar Cities Scotland here.

Community Spirit Action Group’s June meeting

Earlier tonight,  I attended the June meeting of Community Spirit – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Pentland, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place in the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
Guest speaker was Craig Stocks of City Church, Dundee.   City Church has owned the former Friary in Tullideph Road since 2012 and Craig gave an interesting presentation on the work the church has undertaken since, including the physical improvements to the building but also the very significant and very positive community activities that the church undertakes.   You can read more about this here.
 
The church’s Family Fun Day takes place at the Friary this Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm – all local residents very welcome!

Wednesday activities

This morning, I had useful site visits with roads inspection staff from the City Council looking at poor pavement condition in part of Perth Road and also the poor conditioned road surface at the busy Balgay Road/Blackness Avenue/Blackness Road junction (see right).
 
With regard to this roads junction, I am pleased to say that the junction will be reinstated with work starting next Monday (12th May) – weather permitting.   The work will take a maximum of 2 days but might be completed in one day.   As temporary traffic lights will be required during the improvements work, these will be put in place only after the rush hour on Monday morning.
 
Later this morning, I had a very useful meeting with our new senior police officer for the West End (and the remainder of what the police term ‘Dundee South’) Inspector Gary Ogilvie, at which we discussed West End policing issues.
 
Earlier tonight,  I attended the Annual General Meeting of Community Spirit – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Pentland, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place in the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
Guest speaker was Ian Ford of the Friends of Riverside Nature Park, who gave a very interesting presentation on the development of the park.    Thereafter, I had the pleasure of chairing the actual AGM part of the meeting.    Sandra Myles stood down as Chair after four very successful years in the role and we all thanked Sandra for all she has done for the group and the local area – I’m pleased to say Sandra will still be attending Community Spirit’s meetings.   
 
New Chair is George Chalmers and Len Jamieson is continuing as Secretary.
 
One final update for today.   Residents complained to me that the dog bin in Logie Avenue at Ashbank Road was “rather full” – as you can see (left) that’s rather an understatement!   The Environment Department has assured me this will be urgently tidied.

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier tonight,  I attended the February meeting of Community Spirit – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Pentland, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place in the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
There was firstly a presentation by George Gammack of Living Streets, on the advantages of 20 mph zones in highly residential areas, an issue I have long campaigned for, particularly in parts of the West End that have very narrow roads, like Logie, the Perth Road lanes, Pentland and Ancrum Drive.
 
Thereafter, at my request on behalf of residents and with the kind agreement of the Chair of Community Spirit, a representative of the Environment Department spoke to update everyone about the communal ‘eurobin’ trial in Saggar Street and the intention, in due course, to review the bin collection arrangements in other parts of Pentland, such as Loganlee Terrace.
 
I am very grateful to the residents who attended (particularly as it has been a miserable, rainy evening!) to give their feedback on the trial.   Loss of parking through placing the bins on the road edge is a clear issue and I have asked that the council look at the viability of placing the bins off the road and, meantime, the department has agreed to ensure the siting of the bins minimises parking loss.   It will also look at changing the bin lids, which are rather heavy, particularly for older residents to use.

Community Spirit Action Group

Earlier tonight,  I attended the November meeting of Community Spirit – the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Tullideph, Pentland, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.   The meeting took place in the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
There was a really interesting and informative presentation by Dave Morris of Dundee Foodbank.   You can read more about the very valuable work of Dundee Foodbank here.   
 
We also had the opportunity to discuss a number of local issues.

Community Spirit Action Group meeting

Earlier tonight, I attended the October 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.
 
Tonight’s guest speaker was Gill Bain, who gave an interesting update on the new West End timebank.   Gill advised that, after consultation with the steering group I am participating in, the West End timebank will be called Time2Give.   There is real progress and momentum behind this excellent community initiative.
 
Back in July, I raised residents’ concerns about the poor timetabling of the new 9, 10, 11 & 12 service in relation to service 17 at Tullideph/Ancrum.    I was pleased to advise the meeting tonight that the timetabling situation has been improved.  The council’s transport team has advised me:
“..  as at 30 June 2013 Services 10/12 were at 22 and 52 minutes with Service 17 at 01 and 25 minutes;
 
as at 29 September 2013 Service 10/12 are 17 and 47 minutes with Service 17 at 01 and 25 minutes.
 
This has resulted in buses at this stop being more spread out over an hourly period.”