Temporary closure of cycle path Greenmarket to Roseangle

The cycle path across the former rail goods yard, now digital media park, was closed earlier this month as a result of the construction works for the new Seabraes pedestrian bridge.    
 
The City Council has advised me :
 
“Signage was erected one week in advance to notify cyclists that the section of cycleway in question would be closed from the 14th October 2014.  Please see … photo.
 
The cycleway was closed … and appropriate diversion signs are in place.”
 
I have made the point to the City Council that, unlike a road closure, there is no advance Traffic Order notice system for cycle path closures.   So the first time one constituent who hadn’t used the path for a few weeks knew it was closed was when he walked along it, only to find the access blocked.   I have suggested an informal notice is published for such cycle path closures in future to allow advance publicity wider than at the site itself.
 
Here’s the diversion route during the works :

Impressive response from the City Council on safety concern

Earlier today, I received the following urgent concern from a constituent:
 
“I have just been out for a walk – along the cycle track and on to the DCA.  When I left the cycle track and crossed the road, heading for the back of the DCA, there is a huge cover missing from a manhole – the drop into the drain is so big that a child could fall through the gap.”
 
This was a matter of real concern and I immediately contacted the City Engineer and Roads Maintenance Partnership about it.    Within a very short period, I received the following response:
 
“The Roads Duty Inspector inspected the site an hour or so ago.   He found a gully frame cover that had been dislodged leaving an opening so put back properly.   He could not find any other issues so hopefully that was it.”
 
This was a most impressive rate of response to the credit of the City Council’s City Engineer and the Roads Duty Inspector. 

Council takes action stupid and dangerous vehicle manoeuvres at Dundee Station

At the recent West End Community Council meeting, a member advised that he had witnessed the driver of a vehicle – to avoid driving up to Greenmarket & then down past the Scottish Enterprise building to the station, where a diversion is in place during the Waterfront road works – simply drove across the pavement into the station car park area directly from South Marketgait, narrowly avoiding pedestrians.

As reported in today’s Courier, I raised the matter with the City Council’s Director of City Development calling for action to prevent such a stupid and dangerous manoeuvre from being possible.

In response, the Director of City Development at Dundee City Council has advised:

“From an inspection on site, we believe the motorist must have crossed the footpath at the pedestrian crossing, so as an interim measure we have installed a temporary barrier to prevent vehicular access. The contractor has been instructed to monitor this location and report to the police any driver attempting to access the Station Car park illegally.
Please note that this pedestrian corridor from the pedestrian crossing to the station will be re-configured this summer and the station car park will be closed as part of the Station Bridge replacement contract and this should eliminate this illegal manoeuvre.”

Speaking with constituents, it appears this dangerous manoeuvre was not an isolated incident and had happened on a number of occasions in recent days, so I am pleased that the City Council has taken swift action.   See photo of temporary barrier – above right.   I think it is important that all drivers observe the proper diverted route and don’t try to take shortcuts that are frankly dangerous to both pedestrians and indeed themselves.

The City Council’s Head of Transportation also advised me:

“I have also made Tayside Police Road Policing Unit aware of this manoeuvre, but the engineering measures should prevent any further incidents.”

Danny Alexander’s visit to Dundee

Danny Alexander addresses the ‘High Noon’ lunch
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce ‘High Noon’ lunch at the Hilton Hotel, where Danny Alexander MP, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was speaking.

It was good to meet Danny again and he gave an excellent speech in which he announced a further £32m Westminster Government funding for the delivery of superfast broadband across Scotland and made the positive case for Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom.  

Danny also visited Proper Games at Greenmarket in the West End Ward at which he saw a great example of Dundee’s key role in the computer games industry.

Monday activities

Following my weekly ward surgeries at the Mitchell Street Centre and at Harris Academy, I attended tonight’s meeting of the City Council’s Development Management Committee at which a planning application for office accommodation at the digital media park in Greenmarket – aimed at the digital media/creative industries sector – was considered.

The application was rightly strongly backed – by 21 votes to 2 – but I did seek – and obtained – assurances about visual appearance and the quality of design.    

Supporting our digital media sector is vital if we are to secure economic growth for our city and it is good to see the future of the digital media park at Greenmarket and Seabraes being secured. 

Cycle Path – Roseangle to City Centre

Following complaints from residents about broken glass on the cycle path that runs through the former goods yard area and now, in part, digital media park – from the City Centre at South Marketgait/Greenmarket to Roseangle – I raised the matter with Scottish Enterprise Tayside, who replied today as follows :
“I am advised that the path will be cleaned of glass by our contractor this week.”