Transition on Tour

As a long-standing and active supporter of the Dundee Transition Town group, I am really pleased that “Transition on Tour” comes to Dundee tomorrow.

You can download a copy of the flyer about tomorrow’s activities by going to

Friday activities …

Yesterday, at lunchtime, I took part in the latest Dundee Transition Town group meeting at Dundee West Church hall.   Amongst matters discussed was the group’s proposed new website, participation in the West End Christmas Week community fayre, climate challenge funding and the Dundee Urban Orchard project.

Urban Orchard is a Dundee-based art and community project that supports the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of fruit and nut trees in the city.   Working with a variety of community groups including local schools, community centres, and in conversation with Dundee City Council, the project seeks to support biodiversity, encourage community participation, promoting healthy living, and a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability.

Later yesterday, I participated in the latest Harris Academy Project Board, at which we discussed progress with the school rebuilding project planning and associated issues.

Some of last week’s activities …

On Tuesday, I had much pleasure in attending a meeting of the support group for Jericho House. This project is extremely worthwhile, providing care and support to men recovering from alcohol problems. We discussed various projects being undertaken by Jericho House of benefit to the residents and I am really pleased to join the support group to assist the project.

I then attended a meeting of the Finance and Operations Committee of Dundee Contemporary Arts, where we discussed and agreed DCA’s budget for 2011-12. Thereafter, along with a number of fellow councillors, I attended a civic reception to thank all who helped during the severe weather period in December/January. Many staff put in a huge effort above and beyond the call of duty during this period, particularly to help with meals of wheels, other social care and winter maintenance in very difficult conditions. It was a good initiative on the part of the City Council’s Chief Executive and the Lord Provost to thank all involved.

Also on Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of Barnetts Motor Group to discuss the re-launch of their Barneys Charity Fund, aimed at helping local charities, community groups and worthwhile local projects, and I am pleased to accept the Chair of the Barneys Charity Fund Committee, on which there will be community representatives. The company has kindly agreed to donate a minimum of £2000 for local projects in the West End in the first year, which is an excellent boost to community groups in our area. More details will be available soon on how local groups can apply for a share of this funding.

On Thursday, as well as holding my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended a meeting of the Dundee West Transition Town Group’s home insulation team to discuss how home insulation in the local area can be further promoted.

I also attended an enjoyable civic reception to mark the end – and the achievements of – Dundee Travel Active– a project launched when I was the City Council’s Planning and Transport Convener. Here’s Anthony Active, the project’s mascot, at the reception – above.