|Some of the team from today’s graffiti clean-up|
|The paint rollers were great at getting large areas repainted quickly but my hair was full of paint at the end!|
|Some of the team in action covering up graffiti|
Here’s a few photos from today:
|Some of the team at the start of the day|
|And … some more of the volunteers!|
|Barnetts Motor Group Team!|
|Trudy was offering a prize for the most unusual item found – I’ve nominated this – found by Alistair Gibb of Community Spirit Action Group (left) who found this in Roseangle!|
|Some of the team at our lunchtime break!|
“I have raised this issue in light of my concerns over the continuing plight of the Palestinian people and of the humanitarian situation caused by Israel’s continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip.
“The Gaza blockade by Israel has brought terrible hardship to Gaza’s one and a half million citizens. I agree with the International Committee of the Red Cross which has made clear that Israel is in violation of its obligations under international humanitarian law.
“I am rather concerned by the use of some selective quotes by Stanley Grossman of Scottish Friends of Israel to suggest there is not a humanitarian crisis in Gaza when this is far from the case. There has been a huge level of concern shown by people across the world about the plight of the people of Gaza and I would draw Mr Grossman’s attention to the concerns raised by respected organisations such as the Red Cross and Oxfam.
“I have raised this matter as it is important that Dundee City Council, as with other local authorities, has an ethical procurement policy. It is very clear from feedback from many constituents that they too are concerned for the plight of the people of Gaza and it is to be hoped that, with international pressure, Israel will lift its blockade of the Gaza strip.”
I took part tonight in the STV news, highlighting the concerns of West End residents about graffiti vandalism.
I have reported the graffiti highlighted to the City Council, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Water for action to get it removed.
There’s another community initiative to tackle the graffiti issue in the West End this June, following the super effort by residents and others last year. If you wish more details, please contact me at email@example.com.
Further to my item yesterday about the disgraceful graffiti vandalism of a resident’s van and other damage in the early hours of Saturday morning, I had a very useful discussion with our local Police Inspector this morning about these incidents. I am reassured that Tayside Police is putting in considerable resource to apprehend those responsible. Residents are rightly sick and tired of this sort of destructive and pointless behaviour.
I had an update from the Head of Waste Management this morning about the bin collection situation in the West End, as follows :
” … there are still pockets of work to be completed in the West End as there is in other parts of the city as a result of the bad weather. Our plan of action this week is to start Monday’s work and complete that before we move on to Tuesday’s collection service. Where we cannot get refuse collection vehicles in streets, and there are some which are still impassable, we will look at alternative ways of getting refuse collected. … our plan is to try and get all domestic waste routes completed by the end of the week.”
A very busy Saturday and I start with a thank you to the City Council’s Chief Executive David Dorward who took the trouble to call me on a Saturday to discuss winter maintenance concerns in the West End that I had raised with him.
And thanks also to the residents in Hillside Terrace who knocked on other residents’ doors to get cars off the street to allow the snow plough in – and to the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager at Tayside Contracts who, at my request, ensured there was a plough available thereafter. That is just one example of attempts to get untreated streets ploughed or gritted and there has been good progress in other streets too.
But there is a lot still to do across the West End – both with winter maintenance and the delayed refuse collection – and I have raised further concerns in other streets with Waste Management and with the City Engineer again today.
Following my speaking with the Evening Telegraph, the paper last night covered the continuing concern about graffiti vandalism at the Hindu Community Centre in Taylor’s Lane. The article highlighted the graffiti vandalism that happened last weekend and the photo used was taken on a resident’s phone – he had kindly forwarded me the photo. Naina at the Hindu Community Centre was quoted expressing her understandable concern about the on-going vandalism.
Last night, the centre was vandalised again – see above. I have already been in touch with the Police about this. The vandalism was quite widespread in the immediate area and including black paint (with familiar tags) splattered across a transit van in Madgalen Yard Road. I have spoken today with the resident who owns the van – he had bought it only yesterday – and he is understandably very upset at the utterly mindless vandalism of his property.
I have requested a discussion with our local police inspector about this situation – I can only praise the police response – they have been very proactive on the graffiti vandalism issue, but this continued vandalism is now a very real concern. A local resident and I are also requesting a meeting with the Procurator Fiscal about how graffiti vandalism is handled within the fiscal’s service.
I was also on Wave 102 News this morning – again about the latest graffiti vandalism in the Perth Road area. Go to http://tinyurl.com/wave102graffiti
to listen. The Waste Management Department has advised me – “Fraser I’ll also ask Rapid Response to visit the Perth Road for this fresh batch of graffiti reported at the start of the week.”
A number of us were to be undertaking another graffiti clean up dayin the West End on Saturday – we’ve now had to cancel this because of the weather but hope to reschedule it for the near future.
Listen at http://tinyurl.com/westendgraffiti.