Temporary Traffic Order – Saturday 28th September 2019

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 Dundee Pensioners Forum Parade HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in:
1 Johnston’s Lane
2 West Port (Johnston’s Lane to South Tay Street)
3 South Tay Street
4 Nethergate (at DCA)
This notice comes into effect on Saturday 28 September 2019 from 12:00hrs to 12:30hrs.
Closures will be enforced by Police Scotland officers.
No diversion routes will be available.
For further information contact 433275.
Head of Roads & Transportation
Dundee City Council

Blackness General Economic Development Area – consultation event

Later this week, City Council planners will commence consulting on their proposed Design Framework for the future development of the Blackness General Economic Development Area (GEDA).
The proposed framework will be subject to a six week consultation, which will start with a drop-in event at Verdant Works.
The Blackness GEDA drop-in event will take place at Verdant Works this Thursday (29th August) from 12 noon to 7pm.
Planning officers will be on hand to outline the proposed Design Framework, discuss any issues and to gather any thoughts and ideas from those who attend.
Further information on the event is available here.

Swallow roundabout improvements – an update

Further to the concerns in yesterday’s “Courier” about safety at the Swallow roundabout that borders the West End Ward, Lochee Ward and the Perth and Kinross council boundary, I have had requests asking about progress with improvements to the road network here.
The council’s Head of Planning and Economic Development has advised me :
“The Swallow junction is on the A90 trunk road and is therefore the responsibility of Transport Scotland/BEAR.    The Council has been involved in the consideration of the proposals to upgrade it to accommodate the housing developments being built to the west of Dundee at Dykes of Gray Road.
As you will be aware, planning permission was granted for these developments subject to a condition requiring the upgrading of the Swallow junction.  Planning permission was subsequently applied for and granted for works to upgrade the existing roundabout to a signalised junction similar to that at Myrekirk.  The main developer (Springfield Properties) intend to carry out the improvement works themselves in conjunction with Transport Scotland/BEAR.
The developer had previously advised the Council of the intention to commence works to improve the junction in May of this year.  However, an issue over the ownership of a section of land has delayed progress.  The works will commence once this issue has been resolved.  If the land ownership issue cannot be resolved timeously, the developer has indicated that the proposals will be amended to allow them to carry out the required improvements to the junction.”

Voting – annual census canvass form

The City Council has reminded residents not to lose their democratic voice by making sure they complete and return the annual canvass form to their local Electoral Registration Office.
Forms, which ensure that anyone not on the Electoral Register can register to allow them to take part in future elections, were issued just over a week ago.
A spokesperson for the electoral registration office said :
“It is important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Dundee.
“Check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can, and that way you will be certain you’ll be able to have your say at elections.
“If you’re not registered at the moment, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information in the post explaining how to do it.    In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have changed address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details when it arrives.
Any residents who have any questions can contact the electoral registration team at on 434444.

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.”