Graffiti concerns

Residents have expressed concern to me at some recent graffiti vandalism in parts of the West End.    The graffiti has a distinctive ‘tag’ as evidenced by an example in Fyffe Street – see right.
 
It is disappointing to see the recurrence of graffiti as there has been relatively little in recent months and I would urge any resident who has seen anything suspicious to contact Police Scotland on 101.   
  
I have been in touch with the City Council’s Rapid Response Team about the matter.
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Playpark area in Polepark Road – need for improvement

Residents in Fyffe Street and Polepark Road have been in touch with me regarding the poor condition of the playpark area at the north end of Polepark Road.
 
See photos below:
I have been in touch with the City Council’s Environment Department about this and have been advised:
 
“This area is one we have identified as a possible site for environmental improvements under the capital programme … we are keen to carry out some improvement works here over the winter months.”

Assurances following Fyffe Street fires

I have spoken with a number of constituents over the past few days, following three fires in a week at the now-vacant Fyffe Street Motors site (see right), which is immediately adjacent to housing in Lawrence Street and Easson’s Angle.
 
Although minor in nature and clearly amateur, it is important that the building is fully secured to avoid any repetition and that there is regular patrolling in the area by the police and community wardens.    I have been in touch with our local community police officer for the area who advises that he is giving the area very regular attention and that CID is dealing with the enquiry into the fires.    Tayside Fire and Rescue has also advised me:
 
“We have liaised with our police colleagues to unsure that the premises are maintained secure.
 
We have also ensured that three cylinders were removed to another location.
 
Community Wardens have been asked to patrol the area and the mobile CCTV unit has also been tasked to visit the area.
 
Crews from the Blackness Road fire station have been visiting the neighbouring properties, offering advice and putting up Crimestoppers posters.”
 
I am most grateful to the police, fire and rescue and community wardens for their attention to this matter.

Cleghorn Street

I am advised by the City Council that traffic will be prohibited on Cleghorn Street between Benvie Road and Lochee Road next week due to Scottish Water valve replacement works.
 
The road closure will start on Monday 1st December for a maximum of 5 working days and the alternative route is via Benvie Road, Fyffe Street and Polepark Road.
 
This won’t affect pedestrian access and further information can be obtained from the City Council on Dundee 433168.

Benvie Road and Fyffe Street

Good progress towards improvements in the road surface of Fyffe Street and Benvie Road (see photo of the current poor condition – right) – here’s a news release I issued earlier today :
West End Dundee City Councillor Fraser Macpherson has today welcomed feedback he has received from Dundee City Council regarding his request for improvements to the road surfaces in parts of Benvie Road and Fyffe Street.

“The road surfaces here were originally cobbled surfaces and some years ago a layer of tar was added. Although this initially provided a smoother road surface, over the past few years, the tarred surface has badly worn, resulting in a really poor and very unsightly road condition. I have had dozens of complaints about it from local residents,” commented Cllr Macpherson.

Cllr Macpherson approached the City Council during 2007 to see if improvements to the road could be undertaken.

“I was advised that, given the setted surface beneath, a technical solution had to be found that would provide for a quality result. The Council had therefore approached a company that carries out proprietary works to see if their system is suitable,” continued Cllr Macpherson.

“I have recently received further feedback from the Council advising that the technical solution here is indeed a viable and cost-effective way forward. Although the roads capital programme for 2008/9 has yet to be finalised, it is hoped that the improvement works will be carried out early in the new financial year.

“The extent of the work on Benvie Road will be between Cleghorn Street and Fyffe Street and in Fyffe Street it will be from Eassons Angle to Polepark Road. The works will involve the repair of the existing potholes and the laying of a proprietary overlay over the existing surfacing. I am very pleased that a solution to the poor road surfaces in Benvie Road and Fyffe Street are in sight,” concluded Cllr Macpherson.