Harris Education and Recreation Association Zoom classes! #dundeewestend

Harris Education and Recreation Association is running a short programme of online classes in September. 
 
You can enrol for one of the Zoom classes via our website. 
 
Enrolment will open at 6pm on 19th August, and close on 26th August. 
 
Full class details will be available at www.heradundee.org.

School catchment area consultation – an update #dundeewestend

Last week, I advised that Dundee City Council has launched a consultation on a number of schools proposals.
 
Part of the proposals see substantial proposed changes to the catchment areas of the primary schools that are feeder schools to Harris Academy.
 
In the West End, there are significant proposed changes to the Blackness Primary, Victoria Park Primary and Ancrum Road Primary catchment areas.
 
I can now advise that consultation meetings about the West End proposals will take place on Wednesday 26th February and, again, on Monday 16th March, with a drop-in from 6pm to view the proposals and a presentation and Q&A session at 7pm – all welcome
 
You can view the full proposals here.

Lighting on path at Harris Academy #dundeewestend

A number of constituents have raised concerns about the lighting on the public pathway that runs to the side of Harris Academy down to Riverside.     
 
Several of the lighting units are in a vandalised state or simply not working.
 
I reported this to the council’s Street Lighting Partnership and have now been advised :
 
“We have decided that we are not simply going to replace the fittings as it is clear that they are mounted in a location which is easy to access and prone to vandalism.
 
(We are) currently working on some design calculations with a view to installing columns in their place.”

Bus stop east of Harris Academy moved – trial basis

For some considerable time, along with nearby residents, Harris Academy and its Parent Council, I have suggested to the City Council that the westbound public bus stop on Perth Road that lies just east of Harris Academy should be moved very slightly west to in front of the school.
 
This would have the following advantages :
 
+ Far better standing area for passengers waiting for a bus as the plaza in front of the school is spacious.
 
+ Less crowded situation than where the current bus stop is when passengers are waiting at the stop and school pupils are exiting the school at the end of the school day.
 
+ The existing bus stop is extremely close to the School Crossing Patroller;  in front of the school is not.
 
There has been a lengthy debate with council transportation officers about this but, at last, a trial move has been agreed to ascertain how well this works – this will commence today.
 
This update was sent by a City Council transportation officer to Harris Academy last week which fully explains the trial period arrangements :
 
“I refer to the Harris Academy Parent Council Meeting of 8th March 2018 where (we) agreed to investigate the possibility of moving the bus stop for a trial period to monitor the effect of the bus stop move especially at the end of the of the school day.     I am pleased to confirm that we have agreed to move the bus stop into the bus lay-by in front of the main school entrance for a trial period to commence from Wednesday 9th May until Friday 1st June inclusive. 
Discussion have been ongoing with the bus operators who have agreed to the trial period being put in place.    The parking team has also been informed of this change and the necessary changes to the plate will be carried out on Tuesday 8th May 2018.     During the trial period the bus stop will be enforceable between the normal times of 0700hrs – 2300hrs where only buses will be legally able to wait.      The parking team have agreed to be in attendance on occasion during the trial period.
Can you please notify staff and parents that the bus stop will now be out of action for general vehicles use during the trial period and that any misuse may result in the vehicle receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).
The transport team will monitor the effect of the local bus services using the revised stop during the trial period with a view to making a decision about the trial period becoming the permanent stop location.”
 
During this period, I would welcome any feedback from residents – many thanks.

Update on closed path #dundeewestend

Residents have asked when the public pathway to the west side of Harris Academy down to Riverside – currently closed for railway bridge works – will re-open.
 
The City Council has updated me as follows :
 
“The works are due to be completed by the 23rd of February. 
 
This delay is because much of the work requires night time possessions and access is granted conditionally by Network Rail. 
 
We have also been restricted somewhat by inclement weather.”

Harris Education & Recreation Association – new classes enrolment

The Harris Education & Recreation Association new evening classes enrolment takes place tomorrow night (Wednesday 17th) at the school from 6pm to 7.30pm.
 
There’s nine great evening classes to choose from.    
 
You can read details of all the classes here.
 
Its great to see Harris Education & Recreation Association running another excellent set of evening classes and I hope these are well-supported.

Quiz night at Harris Academy #dundeewestend

Harris Academy Former Pupils’ Association is holding a quiz night at the school – in the dining area – at 7pm this Friday, 27th October.
 
Teams will be assembled on the night so participants should feel free to turn up and pay on entry.
 
More details can be obtained from FP Association Treasurer Freida Soutar on 562788.
 
A warm welcome is extended to all Harris former pupils whether members of the FPs’ Association or not, spouses and partners, staff, former staff and all friends who are able to attend.

Harris Academy FPs’ Lunch

The next Harris Academy Former Pupils’ Association Lunch is on Monday 4th September at 12 noon for 12.30pm.
 
It will be held in Invercarse Hotel on Perth Road and the cost per person, payable on arrival, will be £16.00.
 
More information is available from the FPs’ Treasurer Freida Soutar on 562788. 
 
You can read more about the Harris Academy Former Pupils’ Association here.