Temporary Traffic Order – Glamis Road

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of pedestrian refuge installation works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Glamis Road (southbound from Blackness Road roundabout to approx. 100metres south), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 17 July 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Blackness Road / Blackness Avenue / Perth Road.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council
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Blackness Road area – roadworks clarification

Residents will have noted that the temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road at the Glamis Road/Glamis Drive roundabout (see right) have disappeared.     However, this is unfortunately not because the works by Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are completed.
 
I have been updated by Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager as follows :
 
“Unfortunately our work at the Glamis Road roundabout is well behind schedule due to the ground conditions we are encountering.   However, as Scottish Water (SW) is programmed to start in Blackness Road shortly which would conflict with our work, we are lifting the traffic management at the roundabout before they start and will return to complete our work here after SW have finished.  
 
In the meantime we will be continuing on Glamis Road itself as this won’t disrupt traffic, and will also be returning to Perth Road to complete the service works and mains abandonment which we had to abort previously.
 
Scottish Water is starting Blackness Road 20th February for approximately 2 weeks so we’ll be back at the roundabout probably mid March for about 2 weeks.”
 
The Scottish Water work is further east on Blackness Road.   The City Council has further updated me as follows : 
 
“The SW work will start 20 February at Glenagnes Road junction.    The second week they will move south to Rosefield Street for the second week.
Once SW is complete on their section of Blackness Road, SGN will return to Blackness Road Glamis with their original set up to complete works there. 
As SGN intimated, it will utilise the two weeks of 20/27 February, when SW are in Blackness Road, to complete the remaining services connections left behind in Perth Road at Arnhall Drive area.”

Getting things done – Glamis Road

I am pictured below towards the top of the south section of Glamis Road :
At the request of residents, I asked the City Council for a safety traffic island at this location to complement the one north of the roundabout I previously successfully campaigned for and I am pleased to say this second island has been agreed to and will be installed in the spring.      
 
Residents have also requested a similar island at the south end of Glamis Road and I have been advised by the City Development Department this will be considered along with other similar requests during 2017/18.

Glamis Road area – pedestrian safety

Back in 2014, at my request on behalf of constituents, the City Council provided a central refuge island on Glamis Road just north of the roundabout with Blackness Road/Glamis Drive to assist pedestrian safety.
 
Given the width of Glamis Road, I have since had requests for similar safety measures south of the roundabout and also towards the south end of the road, near its junction with Perth Road (see latter – right).
 
I raised this with the City Council and have been advised as follows :
 
“Glamis Road / Perth Road junction and Glamis Road / Blackness Road roundabout has been inspected and there is justification for central refuge traffic islands to be provided at these locations.
However due to the proposed budget cuts I am awaiting confirmation of the budgets for 2016/17 minor works.
With the likely budget cuts this scheme will have to compete with other minor works from the available budgets.
We will have to evaluate all schemes before confirming the works programme.”
 
I will continue to press for these to be provided as soon as funding is available.

Inadequate controls over mobile phone masts concern

Last month, I called on mobile phone network providers to take a more sympathetic approach to residential amenity when upgrading mobile phone masts.      This follows news that one applicant, Wilkinson Helsby, plans to upgrade a mast in Perth Road near to Glamis Road but replace the current mast which is disguised as a telegraph pole (see photo) with an undisguised mast.    
 
I wrote to Wilkinson Helsby asking them to think again about the type of mast to be used and provide one that will not impact adversely on the look of the area.   However, in response, the company has now advised me:
 
“We do not have a replica telegraph pole design which can accommodate the dual user (EE and H3G) 4G upgrade so there is not a “disguised” option available. The Scottish Government has changed its planning regulations and thus unlike England and Wales there is no planning boundaries to this genre of development.   In England and Wales the planning department can consider these as GPDO applications and refuse them but this has been “closed off” by the new Scottish Government regulations.”
 
It is very poor indeed that the Scottish Government’s overly laissez faire approach effectively gives the mobile phone company the ability to put what it likes onsite and replace a phone mast which is well disguised as a telephone pole, tree or similar, with an undisguised pole which is an eyesore.
 
Scottish planning legislation is not stringent enough in this area, thereby allowing mobile phone companies to put undisguised masts in residential areas, which is extremely unfortunate.   
 
I have therefore written to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights asking that a review of the planning legislation be undertaken.

Call for mobile phone company to improve phone mast

I have called on mobile phone network providers to take a more sympathetic approach to residential amenity when upgrading mobile phone masts.     
 
This follows news that one applicant, Wilkinson Helsby, plans to upgrade a mast in Perth Road near to Glamis Road but replace the current mast which is disguised as a telegraph pole (see photo) with an undisguised mast.    
 
I have written to Wilkinson Helsby asking them to think again about the type of mast to be used and provide one that will not impact adversely on the look of the area.
 
Because of what I consider to be an unfortunate relaxation in planning regulations, many phone mast replacements and upgrades do not require planning permission from the local authority and this is what has happened in the case of the mast on Perth Road near Glamis Road.    This effectively gives the mobile phone company the ability to put what it likes onsite and replace a phone mast which is well disguised as a telephone pole, tree or similar, with an undisguised pole which is an eyesore.
 
In the case of this particular site, I have written to the applicant and asked them to have some regard for the local area and replace like with like so a disguised pole is provided.    I rather fear that the planning legislation is not stringent enough and allows mobile phone companies to put undisguised masts in residential areas, which is very unfortunate.

Area around Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout – south side

In August, I reported that the council had, following my request on behalf of residents, provided a central refuge island and drop kerbs to help folk get across the road in the area around the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout.    See photo – right.
 
This was provided north of the roundabout and I have since had requests from residents for similar provision on the south part of Glamis Road – south of the roundabout – again a busy stretch of road.    I therefore raised this with Dundee City Council.
 
The City Council’s Network Management Team’s Team Leader has since advised me :
 
“I will arrange for the section south of the roundabout to be inspected for consideration within a future minor works programme.
The Minor Works budget which would provide funds for this type of works is committed for this year’s budget 2014/15 with the projected expenditure as per budget availability.”