Getting things done – road safety #dundeewestend

As residents are aware, I have long campaigned for further road safety improvements in the West End including “Twenty’s Plenty” in residential areas where there is local support for this and use of vehicle activated speed limit signs.     
There are currently two such signs in the West End on Blackness Road (east of Balgay Park) and Perth Road (near Clovis Duveau Drive) and I have campaigned for more of these at the request of residents – for example on City Road and Perth Road east of Harris Academy.
I highlighted at the council’s City Development Committee recently that the council does not actually have a policy for the use of vehicle activated speed limit signs – eg new sites, priority and rotation of signs.
The Head of Roads and Transportation thereafter updated me as follows :
“I have taken on board your comments below and the matters as raised at the City Development Committee and we will be developing a procedure for recording, prioritising and rotating the Vehicle Activated speed signage.  
Some of the older signs are fixed (owing to their design) however we will look at the type and provision and design of a rotational programme of sights around the city.  
There are obviously restricted financial budgets.  However there are opportunities through funding streams such as the Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets initiative and other competitive packages that I will encourage us to follow through.”

EU Settlement Scheme

Dundee City Council has produced a handout which includes information about the EU Settlement Scheme, useful web links and telephone numbers. 
For more information and to request copies, please click here.

Save the 204 bus!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Jeanetta Black for her letter in Thursday’s “Evening Telegraph” regarding the council’s axing of the 204 bus :
The campaign to save the 204 is far from being over and, like Jeanetta, I share the concern that the so-called Blether Bus “alternative” service the council is suggesting is simply not fit for purpose.    The “service” utilises council mini-buses that many older folk and people with mobility difficulties will not be able to access.
I have now queried the legal position with Dundee City Council’s Head of Democratic and Legal Services.    Local authorities had a responsibility in Part 5 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that required all land-based transport vehicles to be accessible to disabled people including those who need to remain in wheelchairs.    These responsibilities transferred to the 2010 Equality Act and there is now also a public sector equality duty in Scotland.    
Meantime, the petition to save the 204 bus has gathered momentum with over 260 local residents signing it.    It can be signed at

Temporary Traffic Order – Nethergate

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Street Lighting Column reinstatement works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Nethergate (eastbound between Tay Street Lane and West Marketgait), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Sunday 12 May 2019 for 1 day.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes are available via Nethergate / Perth Road / Hawkhill / West Marketgait.
For further information contact 433082.
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order for Saturday

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of the TUC Annual Mayday Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:
1 Blackness Road (Urquhart Street to Hawkhill)
2 Hawkhill (Hawkhill to West Marketgait)
3 West Marketgait (Hawkhill to Nethergate)
4 Nethergate (West Marketgait to High Street)
5 High Street (Nethergate to Reform Street)
6 Reform Street (High Street to Albert Square)
7 Meadowside (Reform Street to Chapel Street)
This notice comes into effect on Saturday 4 May 2019 from 11:45hrs to 12:45hrs.
Closures will be enforced by Police Scotland officers.
No diversion routes will be available.
For further information contact 433275.
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council