“The Engineers have now carried out a site survey for this location and have confirmed the carriageway is greater than 9m wide and therefore a central refuge island can be accommodated.The island design with drop kerb provision will be carried out for this scheme for inclusion within this year minor works and drop kerb programme.”
“I am an elderly woman who frequently visits friends in Hillside Road off Glamis Drive and am finding it increasing difficult to safely cross the road at the Glamis Drive circle when coming to and from the bus stops in Blackness Road and I’m sure I am not the only one who finds this to be the case. The traffic can come very fast from different directions around the circle.”
|Trudy McLeay, myself and Ronnie this afternoon|
For the past 15 years, Ronnie Clark has been postman in Hazel Drive, Glamis Terrace, Glamis Drive, Dunmore Drive and surrounding areas.
Ronnie’s been a super, efficient and caring postman – a real part of the community. Ronnie would get the mail delivered rain, shine or snow and would keep an eye out to see that older residents were doing ok in the winter months.
This afternoon, I was delighted to be invited to a large gathering of local residents at a party in honour of Ronnie, to thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the local area, as he moves to a new role at Royal Mail.
Ronnie was really touched by the party in his honour and it was a really kind gesture of the whole local community to recognise their “best loved postman” – as so many residents described him this afternoon.
So … many thanks to Trudy and her neighbours for arranging such a lovely party for Ronnie – and wishing all the best to Ronnie in his new role at Royal Mail.
|Above : I am pictured beside the box in question|
A new large-style utility box in the West End installed by BT Openreach has rightly incurred the wrath of local residents because, not only is it large and unsightly, it did not require planning permission to be installed.
The box – on a prominent site at the roundabout at the west end of Blackness Road at the roundabout with Glamis Road and Glamis Drive – is much larger than adjacent utility boxes and has been installed as part of BT’s “super broadband” installations. It is used to convert signals from copper wire cabling to fibre optic cabling. Residents have said they have nothing against the principle of improving broadband but question why cabling could not have been put underground or in smaller box casings.
It is concerning that the box is being placed on a prominent site without any need for planning approval. Having checked with planning officers, I am advised that these boxes will start springing up right across the city but only those in Conservation Areas will require to go through the planning process.
BT Openreach’s representatives have been willing to discuss the concerns with me but the bottom line is that the box won’t be moved and I can fully understand residents’ complaints about this obtrusive box on such a prominent site.
I have asked of BT Openreach :
a) For an assurance that these boxes be painted with anti-graffiti paint,
b) and that it reaches agreement with the City Council to ensure proper arrangements are in place for graffiti removal – this already happens in the case of Virgin cable TV boxes across Dundee.
I have also asked of City Council planning officers :
a) That the West End proposed boxes in Conservation Areas that do require planning permission be referred to committee for a decision (and not delegated to officers). Whilst each of these applications must be decided on their individual merits, it is important that they are democratically determined through the committee process.
b) That the council investigate ‘screening’ the box on the Blackness/Glamis roundabout by planting such as clematis or honeysuckle. Anything that could be done to screen the box here on such a prominent site in a residential area should be considered.
Conversion of Student Accommodation to Private Housing
Reasons for Refusal
1) The proposed development contravenes Policy 4 of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 by virtue of the failure of the applicants’ to provide the required level of private useable garden ground and off street car parking provision within the curtilage area of each new dwelling house proposed resulting in a standard of development that would not be commensurate with the quality of housing located in the surrounding area.
2) The proposed development will result in a significant increase in demand for on-street car parking in the surrounding suburban streets to the detriment of the environmental qualities currently enjoyed by local residents and the road traffic and pedestrian safety of the area.
I am pleased to say that, following my contacting the Planning & Transportation Department about this, an outbound temporary stop has now been arranged.
The other issue raised by residents was the lack of diversionary signage marking clearly how to get to the Hillside area. I have now had the following feedback from the Director of Planning & Transportation :
“My staff in Road Maintenance and Road Network have reviewed the signage for the diversion to the Hillside area. Two extra temporary signs have been ordered and will be placed on Perth Road either side of Invergowrie Drive junction by this afternoon. The good news is that the works are due for completion by early Wednesday morning ahead of schedule.”
“With regard to the Service 9x and Service 13 they have diverted onto Tom McDonald Avenue from Ninewells Avenue primarily to follow the most direct route to Ninewells Hospital and to provide additional drop off points within the Ninewells Hospital estate which offers a large number of work and health destinations. Ultimately these are commercial decisions made by the bus operators. At this moment the half hourly 42 and 96 will continue to serve Ninewells Avenue.”
And the next issue – residents have, in the past, raised with me the lack of bus services to Ninewells Hospital on a Sunday, for those living in Perth Road west of Blackness Avenue. Until recently, there was no Sunday service (except for services going via Blackness Avenue) but in the recent timetable changes Stagecoach Strathtay introduced a service via Ninewells Hospital several times on Sunday (approximately every two hours) serving the western part of Perth Road.
It is badged as the 16B service and you can obtain the full 16 service timetable from the Seagate Bus Station or by clicking on this link : http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables/16pckttt07042008.pdf
Lastly, I recorded an interview with Wave 102 earlier today regarding the impending roadworks on Perth Road that start on Monday. Part of this covered residents’ concerns over bus services and I paste below part of my most recent news release on the subject. I should add that clearly labelled notices should by now be placed on all affected bus stops on Perth Road, and you can see a copy of these by clicking on the headline above :
Following concerns expressed by constituents over the potential effect of impending gas main replacement works in Dundee’s Perth Road, West End Councillor Fraser Macpherson today advised that he has sought assurances regarding residents’ concerns about the need to keep local bus services as accessible as possible.
The roadworks – starting Monday (21st April) – will see no through traffic along Perth Road east of Sinderins, resulting in bus diversions.
Councillor Macpherson said, “During the period of no through traffic getting right along Perth Road, I have been advised that the main bus services will be re-routed via Hawkhill. I have spoken with transportation staff in the City Council about ensuring there is good information posted on bus stops along the affected route, clearly advising of alternative arrangements. There are also bus timetables affixed to bus stops on the diversion stops on Hawkhill, to aid public information.
“Many residents have also asked about the 72 local bus service as it runs south of Perth Road on Roseangle and Magdalen Yard Road.
“I have been assured that it will be able to cover most of its route one way or another for all of the roads disruption period. This is particularly important as many elderly people can’t manage the full uphill walk to Hawkhill. At a meeting earlier this week with Scotland Gas Networks, I was also advised that access to the sheltered housing complexes for the Friendly Bus Shopping Service would also be maintained.”
At tonight’s Development Quality Committee, I moved refusal of a planning application at Richmond Terrace that had been subject to objections from local residents and the West End Community Council. With the support of Bailie Neil Powrie (who seconded me) we won 13-11.
Other matters today:
* Fast feedback from the City Council about the flooding issues at Pinegrove and West Port/Temple Lane – as follows – “It looks like we will have to carry out a dig up of the polychanel at Pinegrove – I will raise an order today and ask Tayside Contracts to give it priority. There is already an order in the pipeline for Temple Lane – I will chase it up.” I have also raised the issue of flooding on part of Riverside Drive.
* A missing footway grid on Perth Road at Ryehill Lane has been temporarily repaired pending replacement.
* The leaves I reported in Glamis Drive have been swept up.
* I have raised – with the Planning & Transportation Department – the footway condition in part of Hyndford Street.
And, lastly, following the photograph in the Evening Telegraph last week at the Roseangle Recycling Launch, here’s a couple of more informal ones (with thanks to Ann!) – I think you can tell it was a wee bit cold!