Getting things done – Lime Street/Glenagnes Street #dundeewestend

Last week I had a site visit with some Logie area residents about a number of local issues.
One of these was the damaged state of the roadway at the junction of Lime Street/Glenagnes Street – see below :


I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now received the following positive response :
“The inspection has been out to visit the location and has raised CAT 3 orders to have the potholes filled.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Glenagnes Street

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT cabling works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Glenagnes Street (between Ashbank Road and Birchwood Place), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Monday 4 September 2017 for 3 working days.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes are available via Ashbank Road / Blackness Road / Glenagnes Road.
For further information contact 433082.
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Glenagnes Street council lock-ups demolition – creation of new parking area

Further to the recent demolition of the former council lock-ups in Glenagnes Street (see right), I asked the City Council when the area will be completed to create parking spaces and to erect the promised fencing between the area and the flats in Blackness Road to the south.
I have been advised as follows :
“Tayside Contracts has inspected the formation at Glenagnes Street.    They have scheduled to commence making good for a parking surface week commencing 18 April 2016. 
This includes removing the double yellow lines from the south carriageway which otherwise would see residents ticketed. 
Fencing should be around a similar timeline.” 

Glenagnes Street council lock-ups demolition

Some weeks ago, I updated residents about the proposed demolition of the now-empty Glenagnes Street lock-ups – scheduled at that point for towards the end of January.
This has been delayed due to the demolition contractor running behind with other projects across Dundee and I asked the City Council for an update on the position.   
An officer in the Housing Quality and Performance Unit has now advised :
“Unfortunately we have not had the response from the demolition contractor that I would have liked regarding the programme for demolition of lock up garages.   Whilst they are doing an excellent job on site they have not matched on timescale expectations.
However they now seem to be back one-track to complete the contract which covers various locations across the city.
With regard to Glenagnes (Street lock-ups) it has now been determined that a temporary road closure is required to allow both their operators to work safety and for the community, who may normally access this route, to be safe whilst operations are on site. 
The process for a temporary road closure has commenced and it is expected that the contractor will be able to start week commencing 21 March 2016.”

Graffiti tackled – Glenagnes Street

Me pictured against some of the graffiti
Following complaints from residents about graffiti on the wall at the back of the lock-ups in Glenagnes Street near to the Elm Street junction (see above), I brought this to the attention of the City Council’s Rapid Response Team.
The team has responded and will tackle this although it may require a disclaimer signed by owners as the wall is privately owned.

Glenagnes Street council lock-ups demolition

Over the past couple of years, the City Council has consulted over the future of the Glenagnes Street council lock-ups (the ones at the east end of the street – see right).   These have been approximately 50% unoccupied over a long period.   
Given the lack of demand and after an attempt to advertise the empty lock-ups for rent, the Housing Committee took the decision to demolish them (after attempting to find alternative lock-up provision for the sitting lock-up tenants).
The Neighbourhood Services Department (formerly Housing) has now written to all adjacent residents in the area as follows :
“Contractors are proposing to commence demolition of the lock-up garages at 1-33 Glenagnes Street, Dundee week commencing Monday 25th January 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter, weather permitting. 
It is anticipated that these works will be complete within 3 weeks, again weather permitting.
A new 1.8m high fence will be provided along the current line of the rear wall of the lock-up garages as soon as possible thereafter. 
The yellow lines on the south side (only) of Glenagnes Street that are currently in front of the lock-up garages, up to the kerb, will be removed and the site of the lock-up garages will be made suitable for off-street parking. 
You can be assured that every effort will be made to keep any inconvenience, if experienced, to a minimum, but this part of Glenagnes Street may be obstructed at times by machinery. Additionally, a small portion of the rear gardens to 219-251 Blackness Road adjacent to the garages will be occupied by temporary security fencing during the works. 
If you have any enquiries whilst this work is on site please call 434412.”

Glenagnes Road and Glenagnes Street

Glenagnes Road site
In past weeks, I have highlighted residents’ concerns about untidy, unkempt areas in Glenagnes Street and Glenagnes Road.
I am pleased to advise that I have now had confirmation that the Environment Department will be tidying both sites.    
Additionally, at the site in Glenagnes Road (east side south of the West End Campus), the department will also erect a chespale fence where the previous (now removed) fence was, to avoid any further fly-tipping.

Last couple of days …

Yesterday, I had a useful site meeting with the West District Housing Manager and a senior housing officer regarding residents’ concerns about the deteriorating state of some of the lock-ups for the Logie Estate that are situated in Glenagnes Street (see below).   A number are unoccupied and in poor condition which is unfortunate in an otherwise well-maintained and popular area.   I have impressed upon the Housing Department the necessity of improving the condition of the lock-ups and having a strategy of attracting new tenants for the unoccupied ones.
Also yesterday, I participated in the first meeting of the group set up to look at Harris Academy transport issues, which has proved to be a good opportunity for Parent Council representatives, parents, councillors and council officers to meet to discuss and seek solutions to any outstanding issues.
Last night, I attended the December West End Community Council meeting at which there was an excellent, informative address by Professor David Swinfen on the work of the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust.
This afternoon, I participated in the City Council’s Scrutiny Committee, at which I queried complaints about the council to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, praised the improvements in time taken to respond to noise complaints raised by residents and also queried IT back ups, disaster recovery and business continuity arrangements in relation to the computer systems used to administer the Tayside Pension Fund.