Getting things done – Hawkhill #dundeewestend

Following residents’ complaints as to how overgrown the Hawkhill is on its north side east of the Bellfield Street junction, I have raised this with the City Council :
 
 
I have also raised the need to tidy and remove litter on Hawkhill on its south side at the top of the Pennycook car park.

Getting things done – Hawkhill and Peddie Street #dundeewestend

Residents recently brought to my attention the poor pavement surface at the Peddie Street/Hawkhill junction – on the west side – especially around the drop kerb, where the surface is bumpy with deteriorating tarmac.
 
I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have now received the following positive response :
 
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has advised that he has raised an order for a number of repairs to be carried out by the thermal patching machine at this location.”

Getting things done – Hawkhill and West Port #dundeewestend

Residents recently raised with me the fact that the street lighting in parts of the Hawkhill by-pass (near Blackness Primary School) and West Port was not on in the morning when it was still dark.
 
I am grateful to the Street Lighting Partnership who promptly resolved this – a timeclock issue, now fixed.
 
The Street Lighting Partnership Manager advised me that timeclocks are being phased out to avoid such issues.   She indicates :
 
“We replace the timeclocks with a photoelectric cell which operates on the ambient lighting levels. Currently we are using cells which switch the lights at 35lux in the evening and 18 lux in the morning.
 
Unfortunately it is not a straight swap for these components and often some additional cabling and tracking is required.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Old Hawkhill

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 Scottish Water mains repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Old Hawkhill (between Park Place and Hunter Street), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 4 September 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Nethergate / Perth Road / Hawkhill
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Hawkhill environmental improvements #dundeewestend

Many residents have commented to me what a good job the council’s Neighbourhood Services has made of the corner site environmental improvement in Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Street – opposite the Whitehall Theatre :
I am pleased the council agreed to my request that this site was not sold off to a property developer some months ago and the environmental improvements clearly make the point that keeping the site in public ownership was the right thing to do.

Environmental improvements – Hawkhill area

A number of residents have contacted me concerned at what appears to be the removal of foliage on Hawkhill at the Bellfield Street junction (opposite the Whitehall Theatre) – see above.
 
The good news is that this older, tired shrubbery is being replaced with a new planting schedule that will have high quality environmental improvements from that junction down Hawkhill to the Hunter Street junction.     See below and a more detailed PDF of the planting being undertaken can be accessed here.

Conclusion to Photopolis series : Hawkhill

The photograph below, concluding this series of the Photopolis photographic resource, shows the north side of the Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Lane at the left (in the west).
 
Alexander Wilson’s Dining Rooms and Coffeehouse were at No. 167. One of the advertisements on the gable end are for the Dundee Select Choir’s performance of Handel’s oratorio “Samson” at the Kinnaird Hall.
 
The Dundee Directory lists the other shops as Mrs G. Harper, tobacconist, Mrs A. Boyack, draper, The Annandale Dairy Company, Isabella Miller, fruiterer, and Miss F. Sheriff, confectioner. Then comes Lowden’s Alley.

Photopolis : Scott’s Close

The Dundee Directory for 1895-96 lists two streets in the city called Scott’s Close. One is given at No. 97 Overgate, and the No. 6 Hawkhill.   It is impossible to say categorically which this – see below – is.
 
This photograph shows an alleyway between two tenement blocks, with a gaslight attached to the left-hand side.   The image is important, because shortly afterwards the buildings were demolished.

Photopolis : Hawkhill, taken from West Port

This view of the Hawkhill in Dundee below was taken from the West Port, looking west.
 
Thomas Aitken’s public house, The Globe, is listed in the Dundee Directory as Nos. 57 and 59 West Port, and is still so named today. Behind it is Johnston’s Lane.
 
No. 1 Hawkhill is listed in the Dundee Directory as John Mathieson, broker, which may have been the West Port Loans Office. M. Boland & Co.’s clothiery was Nos. 20 and 24 Hawkhill.

Temporary Traffic Order : Hawkhill and Brown Street

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 Scottish Water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in 
 
Hawkhill (prohibit right turn into Brown Street), Dundee
Brown Street (prohibit right turn into Hawkhill), Dundee
 
This notice comes into effect on Thursday 23 October 2014 for one day.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles will be available via Hawkhill (northbound)/ Hunter Street roundabout / Hawkhill (southbound) and Hawkhill (southbound) / West Port roundabout / Hawkhill (northbound).
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Getting things done – Hawkhill

A couple of years ago, following my raising residents’ complaints with the City Council, the untidy gap site in Hawkhill just east of the Casino/Tesco Express at the West Marketgait junction was cleaned up by the owners.
 
Unfortunately, it has deteriorated again over time – see below :
I asked the City Council to request that the owners take steps to tidy it and I am pleased to say this has now been carried out.

Conclusion to Photopolis series : Hawkhill

This photograph, concluding this series of the Photopolis photographic resource, shows the north side of the Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Lane at the left (in the west).
 
Alexander Wilson’s Dining Rooms and Coffeehouse were at No. 167. One of the advertisements on the gable end are for the Dundee Select Choir’s performance of Handel’s oratorio “Samson” at the Kinnaird Hall.
 
The Dundee Directory lists the other shops as Mrs G. Harper, tobacconist, Mrs A. Boyack, draper, The Annandale Dairy Company, Isabella Miller, fruiterer, and Miss F. Sheriff, confectioner. Then comes Lowden’s Alley.

Photopolis : Scott’s Close

The Dundee Directory for 1895-96 lists two streets in the city called Scott’s Close. One is given at No. 97 Overgate, and the No. 6 Hawkhill.   It is impossible to say categorically which this is.

 
This photograph shows an alleyway between two tenement blocks, with a gaslight attached to the left-hand side.   The image is important, because shortly afterwards the buildings were demolished.

Photopolis : Hawkhill, taken from West Port

This view of the Hawkhill in Dundee is taken from the West Port, looking west.
 
Thomas Aitken’s public house, The Globe, is listed in the Dundee Directory as Nos. 57 and 59 West Port, and is still so named today. Behind it is Johnston’s Lane.
 
No. 1 Hawkhill is listed in the Dundee Directory as John Mathieson, broker, which may have been the West Port Loans Office. M. Boland & Co.’s clothiery was Nos. 20 and 24 Hawkhill.

Thursday activities

I recently reported that I had  received complaints from constituents that that the “red” light on Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Street (heading east) was not functioning properly because the ‘visor’ was not positioned properly so drivers could not see the red light on the right side of the road.
 
Yesterday, I took part in a site visit with two City Council traffic engineers and I am pleased to say the problem is now rectified.
 
Thereafter, I had a very useful meeting with Balgay Bowling Club and I then had a meeting at Dundee West Church to discuss the early planning progress towards the events in 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the death of Mary Slessor.    The Mary Slessor Foundation is making good progress with this I am pleased to report.
 
Whilst at the church, I was delighted to visit the new exhibition at Roseangle Cafe Arts of works by Something Palatable.    As you can see from some photographs I took below, it is well worth a visit.   The exhibition runs until 14th August.

Hawkhill by-pass – new pedestrian crossing

As residents will have noted, there are currently roadworks and a temporary crossing on Hawkhill at Tesco Express near to the Marketgait roundabout – see right.
 
I have discussed the works with the Head of Transportation who advises that the aged crossing is being replaced with a new system and this requires a new ducting across the road.     The works should be completed within the next 7-10 days.
 
This is a very well-used crossing so the new pedestrian crossing is to be welcomed as was the recent replacement of the old crossing on Riverside Drive immediately east of the main Tesco Extra on Riverside Drive.

Traffic Lights on Hawkhill

Earlier this week, I received complaints from constituents that that the “red” light on Hawkhill at the junction with Bellfield Street (heading east) is not functioning properly.
 
The ‘visor’ is  not positioned properly so drivers can’t see the red light on the right side of the road.
 
The City Council’s Head of Transportation has assured me that he has taken forward my complaint and repairs will be undertaken.

Rubble concern at Hawkhill

Earlier this week, I was contacted by constituents about rubble on Hawkhill near to Sinderins – see right.   The City Council’s Team Leader Building Standards  has advised me:
 
“Building Standards inspected the property earlier this week and were advised by a local resident that an ornate piece of stonework had been removed from the property by the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).
FRS confirmed that they had received an emergency call from a member of the public who had witnessed the stonework moving in the high winds. 
Following closer inspection FRS decided to remove the stonework from building.”

Hunter Street/Hawkhill roundabout

Some months ago, I reported the City Council’s intention to improve the untidy, litter-strewn and overgrown Hunter Street/Hawkhill roundabout.
 
On behalf of residents, I had raised this matter with the City Council’s Environment Department and I am pleased to advise that work to improve the roundabout has now been undertaken.   The shrubbery has been well thinned-out and the litter removed – see right.

Getting things done … Sinderins junction

Yesterday, I received constituent concerns about the length of lights sequence at the Sinderins junction.
 
The concern was that whilst vehicles sitting in Hawkhill going west into Perth Road have a long period of “green” and many vehicles get through on green, vehicles heading the same direction but leaving from Perth Road (shopping area) to continue along Perth Road get an inadequate time with only 4-5 cars getting through on green.   
 
The result was build ups along Perth Road eastwards into the shopping area.
 
I brought the matter to the attention of the City Council’s Head of Transportation who advised me:
 
Lights being repaired at dusk yesterday

“Thank you for advising of local concerns over the operation of the traffic signals.


We are aware of this problem and there is an intermittent detector fault which is affecting the performance of the junction. 

The UTC team and the maintenance contractor are trying to isolate the fault and action a repair.”
I was pleased to note late yesterday afternoon that the matter was being attended to on-site by engineers – see photograph (right).

Getting things done … safety barrier damage

Residents have complained to me that the safety barrier at the junction of Bellfield Street and Hawkhill that was damaged some time ago is still not repaired and the temporary barrier has fallen over – see right.
 
I took up the matter with the City Council and have been advised as follows:
 
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has arranged for this temporary barrier to be set upright. An order has already been raised for the permanent repair of this section of barrier and the provisional timescale for this work being carried out is late January.”

Update on Hawkhill situation …

Further to my article earlier today and the item in this morning’s Courier about the situation in Hawkhill, Scottish & Southern Energy has now updated me as follows:
 
“I can confirm that the excavation at Hawkhill is being re-instated this morning.  The road closure was kept in place over the weekend due to the quarry being closed and we were unable to get hot tar. 
 
I can confirm that these works will be completed by today.” 

Concern raised over handling of Hawkhill power cut issue

On Friday morning, without notification to residents, a squad from Scottish and Southern Energy appeared on Hawkhill near the Sinderins junction and set up a road lane closure, temporary pedestrian arrangements and temporary removal of a well-used bus stop, in order to attend to a power cut problem affecting some adjacent properties into Blackness Avenue.    However, although the road, pedestrian and bus stop restrictions remain in place, no work has taken place over the weekend.
 
Whilst residents and I appreciate the temporary road and pavement restrictions were necessary on Friday, it appears the work was abandoned on Friday afternoon and the restrictions have remain pointlessly in place over the weekend.    
 
My concern about this is that, as a result, the lane closure and unsatisfactory pedestrian temporary walkway will be in place during the rush hour this morning at this very busy bus route into the city centre.   Children going to Blackness Primary School use the pavements on this stretch of Hawkhill and the school term starts this morning.
 
I have asked Scottish and Southern Energy why the road and pavement restriction remains in place and why no work was carried out over the weekend to get it removed before the Monday rush-hour.  I have also sought an assurance that the works will be completed and the barriers removed urgently.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, after my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I took part in the latest meeting of the  West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP), which allows local councillors, council officers across various departments, police, fire & rescue, NHS and local community organisations to get together to discuss West End issues.   On this occasion, the City Council Chief Executive attended part of the meeting, which was a welcome development.
We were given an update about progress with the proposed new Dundee Local Development Plan from a senior officer from the council’s City Development Department.   I again highlighted the issues of derelict buildings and the need to support our district shopping centres.
The LCPP meeting also had a welcome update from the Environment Department about proposed improvements in parts of the West End that include:

  • Improvements to the pathway from Logie Street to the Tullideph sheltered housing.
  • New hedge planting to replace the “temporary” fence at the east end of Magdalen Green.   I requested the “temporary” fence on behalf of residents the best part of a decade ago, so some nicer hedging will be a welcome development.
  • Scott Street entrance to Balgay Park – I have complained about its state before and was pleased to hear it will be improved and brightened up.
  • Hunter Street – roundabout with Hawkhill by-pass – to be tidied, improved with new planting and birch trees.
  • The old toilet block at Lochee Park will be removed and replaced with new toilets at the Lochee Park changing rooms.