THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Edward Street (from its junction with Brook Street to approx. 25 metres north), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Monday 13 January 2014 for 1 day.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Brook Street / Polepark Road / Milnbank Road / Forest Park Road / Forest Park Place.
For further information contact (01382) 433168.
Mike P Galloway
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council
I mentioned that I had written to a major national retailer about an ATM at one of their stores in the West End Ward to see if the company nationally was willing to consider contributing to the costs of this particular ATM so it could offer free cash withdrawals in the future.
I am pleased to advise that this retailer – the Co-operative Group – has reacted positively and has converted the AGM in question (at their store at the junction of Polepark Road/Edward Street/Brook Street) to free to use – see new machine now installed – right.
Further to my earlier reports on concerns about the future of the Crichton Street Collection Office, Royal Mail updated me this afternoon :
“I can confirm that Royal Mail are extending the lease on Crichton St collection office for a further 6 months so as to allow us to investigate the best options to provide collection services to the people in the DD1, 2, 3 and 6 areas. We still believe that the building in Crichton St is not fit for purpose for a modern postal service and will be looking at all options available.”
I welcome the decision to postpone any closure on the facility but have made clear to Royal Mail that the 6 months must be used to ensure proper public consultation takes place. The Crichton Street facility is much better served by public transport than Royal Mail’s suggested alternatives at Baird Avenue and Edward Street.
Further to my meeting with Royal Mail last November, I have now called on the organistaion to postpone its planned closure of its Crichton Street Collection Office pending a proper consultation with customers and the general public.
This follows Royal Mail admitting that there would be “no consultation on this move as it is a business necessity change”, something that contradicts assurances given to me when I met Royal Mail in November to express my concerns about the closure. Proper consultation is absolutely vital as it will show how vital the facility in Crichton Street is and that the public back it staying open.
I feal that Royal Mail has already made its mind up and will try to close the office in April without bothering to hold a proper consultation. I am therefore demanding that a proper public consultation takes place.
If the Crichton Street facility closes, Royal Mail say that the Baird Avenue and Edward Street Royal Mail Centres will be the alternative available collection centres.
My major area of concern is that, although the Edward Street depot is handy for some West End residents in the Blackness/Milnbank area, for many West End residents, it is not a convenient location. It is not an easy walk for an elderly person travelling by bus. From both the 17 and 22 services’ routes, the walk is hilly in places. Baird Avenue is utterly hopeless if you rely on public transport.
Royal Mail claim the Crichton Street office struggles to cope with the increased parcel business, given its limited space and it also fails to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
I am convinced that the Crichton Street office could be relatively easily altered to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act. The front access is already relatively level and all it would take to comply with disability requirements is a new reception desk, repainting and provision of an induction loop.
The crucial point is that this office is extremely well situated in terms of public transport and, by comparison, the alternatives are poorly served by public transport.
Further to the concerns I raised recently about the proposal by Royal Mail to close the ‘undelivered mail collection centre’ in Crichton Street and transfer the service to the Edward Street depot, I today met with three Royal Mail representatives regarding their proposals.
My major area of concern is that although the Edward Street depot is handy for some West End residents in the Blackness/Milnbank area, for many West End residents it is not a convenient location. It is not an easy walk for an elderly person travelling by bus (from both the 17 and 22 services’ routes, the walk is hilly).
The Royal Mail representatives did indicate that they would go through a consultation period before a final decision is made and assured me that the proposed opening times at the Dundee West depot in Edward Street would be changed to match those at Crichton Street (8pm on Wednesdays, 6pm on other weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays) and there would be accessibility and signage improvements at Edward Street should the proposal go forward. They indicate the Crichton Street office struggles to cope with the increased parcel business, given its limited space.
I am unconvinced that the Crichton Street office could not be relatively easily altered to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (the front access is already relatively level) and the crucial point is that it is extremely well situated in terms of public transport.
Royal Mail will respond specifically to me in writing on the accessibility/access matter at Crichton Street and will also advise of developments on this matter. This was a useful opportunity to get across the views of my constituents who want to see the facility at Crichton Street retained.
Last month, I raised concerns about the proposal by Royal Mail to close the ‘undelivered mail collection centre’ in Crichton Street and transfer the service to the Edward Street depot, pointing out that, although the Edward Street depot is handy for some West End residents in the Blackness/Milnbank area, for many West End residents it is not a convenient location.
I wrote to Royal Mail about this and have now received this response :
Dear Councillor Macpherson
RELOCATION OF SERVICE FROM THE CRICHTON STREET COLLECTION OFFICE, DUNDEE
Following recent press coverage in the Dundee Courier on plans to close Crichton Street collection office, I am writing to update you on this matter.
Royal Mail is currently intending to relocate the service we provide from the collection office in Crichton Street to Dundee Central and Dundee West Delivery Offices.
With the increase in online shopping and parcel deliveries, the office in Crichton Street is no longer fit for purpose and is not compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act. Royal Mail also needs to make sure that it is as efficient as possible in the current climate.
Royal Mail also intends to increase opening times at the Dundee West Office in Baird Avenue and the Dundee Central Office in Edward Street. We will also improve our posting facilities for business and social customers in Dundee city centre.
Planning is at the very early stages, with any move not talking place until March 2011. We have already had discussions with our four members of staff who will be affected and we will be working closely with the Communications Workers Union throughout the process. We have also informed out landlords, Dundee City Council, that we intend to move our operation into our existing sites.
I will write to you again once I have further information but in the meantime if you would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.
Head of External Relations
Royal Mail Group
I am not convinced at all that Royal Mail has appreciated that for those in the West End who are not close to Edward Street, especially for those who rely on public transport and, in particular, the elderly, this will cause considerable difficulty. Baird Avenue is a pretty hopeless location for those who rely on public transport.
I am meeting Royal Mail later this month to discuss my concerns with them face to face.
As reported in today’s “Courier”, I have expressed concern about the proposal by Royal Mail to close the ‘undelivered mail collection centre’ in Crichton Street and transfer the service to the Edward Street depot.
Although the Edward Street depot is handy for some West End residents in the Blackness/Milnbank area, for many West End residents it is not a convenient location – especially for those who rely on public transport and, in particular, the elderly.
I have written to Royal Mail outlining my concerns about their proposal.
“Your constituent’s request for a grit bin at the top end of Hillside Drive has been assessed by Road Maintenance and as this location meets the necessary criteria it is proposed that a grit bin be set out at a suitable location as soon as this can be arranged.”