Getting things done – West End roads update #dundeewestend

Following my reporting residents’ complaints, I am pleased to advise that a series of potholes on Logie Avenue at its east end will be repaired this week.
I have also received from the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership the following feedback on complaints I raised about road surface deterioration in Marchfield Terrace and Hillcrest Road :
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has raised an order for two thermal patches to be done in Hillcrest Road with a timescale for repair of approximately ninety days.    A pothole repair has also been raised for Marchfield Terrace with a timescale for completion of approximately thirty days.” 

Hillcrest Road – road repair promised

A constituent recently wrote to me in the following terms :
“I would like to report two potholes which have appeared in Hillcrest Road – this being the part of the road which was not resurfaced 2 years ago.  One is actually where the old and new surfaces join.  These require to be filled in before the winter weather makes them much worse.”
I raised this matter with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised as follows :
“The Roads Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has raised an order for these two potholes to be repaired with a timescale of 28 days or sooner.”

Getting things done – Hillcrest Road

I have long-campaigned, on behalf of local residents, for an improvement to the terrible road surface in Hillcrest Road.   It must have rated as one of the worst across the city – rather resembling the surface of the moon!   See below:
I was pleased, earlier this year, to be given an assurance that road resurfacing would happen.   This work was slightly delayed, but has now been carried out.

The outcome is really good, as the photo below indicates:

Hillcrest Road – an update

Hillcrest Road
Last month, I updated residents that the very poor road surface in Hillcrest Road was, at last, to be resurfaced.

The work should have started this week, but residents have contacted me to say it hasn’t.    I sought an update from Tayside Contracts who advised me yesterday:

“The works at Hillcrest Rd have been delayed due to a number of reasons. A combination of the poor weather experienced from April to date and unforeseen circumstance being experienced on a number of other jobs have prevented the works starting when planned. To exacerbate this, the closure for the works was for a fixed period of 5 days preventing us from simply moving the works back a week until the over running works were completed. In order to carry out the works we have had to apply for a new closure and to ensure there is flexibility to deal with any future unforeseen circumstance a full flexible closure has been applied for. Unfortunately this process takes 6 weeks to promote, with the works now programmed to commence 4th July 2012. Signs will be placed to inform the residents that the works have been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. I apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused residents.

As indicated previously, the works are not to be a series of individual patches, they comprise of a 40mm full width patch for approximately ¾ of the street (150m), starting at Blackness Ave going west towards Marchfield Rd.”

I asked that the promised signage to update residents be placed as soon as possible (as residents were avoiding parking outside their homes expecting works to start imminently) and was given a commitment by Tayside Contracts that this would be done yesterday.

It is obviously disappointing that the work has been slightly delayed but we will undoubtedly see a much better road surface in Hillcrest Road by early July.

Good news – road resurfacing in the West End

I have welcomed news that several roads in the West End Ward including Abbotsford Street, Westgrove Avenue, Colinton Place, Loganlee Terrace and Pentland Crescent are to be resurfaced next month.

The condition of these local roads are in poor shape and resurfacing of them to a good standard will be welcomed by local residents.    I am continuing to campaign for improvements for several other local roads including Hillcrest Road, which is in an extremely poor condition.   I have asked for it to be included in the 2012/13 roads resurfacing programme.

The work on Abbotsford Street, Westgrove Avenue, Colinton Place, Loganlee Terrace and Pentland Crescent will be undertaken in the week commencing 16th April – the resurface work takes approximately one day to apply and traffic is managed by a stop/go system during the work.

Temporary Traffic Order – Hillside Road

Further to my recent update about proposed road improvements in Hillside Road, the City Council has now issued the following temporary traffic order :

Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating new road construction works. The Order is expected to be in force for seven days from 29 November 2010. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months. 

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Hillside Road between Hillside Terrace and Hillside Drive.Pedestrian thoroughfare and vehicular access to premises will be maintained where possible.


An alternative route will be available via Hillside Terrace and Hillside Drive.Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date. If you have any queries please call 433168.

Street sign vandalism reported

Thanks to those residents who have complained to me about graffiti vandalism of a number of local street signs at:

* Blackness Avenue (opposite Hillcrest Road)

* Elm Street (south junction with Logie Avenue)

* Logie Avenue (at south junction with Elm Street – see above right)

These signs can be repaired by cleaning rather than the need for a replacement and I have reported this to the City Council.

Last couple of days and Magdalen Green update

Yesterday I had organised a site visit with Leisure & Communities and Planning & Transportation staff to Hillcrest Road following a resident’s concern at the proposal to remove some trees (one is diseased, another causing damage to a resident’s wall and the roots from these and four others are causing significant damage to the pavements, creating trip hazards).
It is a real shame to see lovely mature trees having to be felled in this extremely pleasant street and I was anxious that the officers fully explained to both the resident and myself the detail of the survey of the trees to assure us that the minimum number of trees possible would be affected. Apart from six identified as causing damage or diseased, the other trees in the street remain unaffected. I am equally anxious that where removing a tree is absolutely necessary, a replacement is planted whenever possible (although in this particular street, the extent of underground cabling in recent years makes this problematic).
At council committees last night, there was the very difficult decision regarding Bellfield Nursery and I sought assurances from the Director of Education that a nursery place can be guaranteed in the future for all 3 and 4 year olds in the West End. The long-awaited report on consultation on residents’ parking schemes for not just the West End but other parts of the city was approved (click on headline above to view the earlier story on this).
This morning I chaired the TACTRAN Board in Stirling (see and will attend Blackness Area Residents’ Association this evening.
Friends of Magdalen Green have issued a very useful e-mail update to friends and supporters and, with the permission of Sheila Roy, the Chairperson, I paste it below:
This is the first of what I hope will become regular updates about the Green and “Friends of Magdalen Green”.
I would like to thank you for the interest you have shown in Magdalen Green and in our activities – your support is very much appreciated.
Containers on the Green
You may have already noticed that several large containers (the type found on container lorries) have appeared on the Green at the bottom of Step Row. These are there with the permission of Dundee City Council; they are providing a support base/storage facility for contractors renewing the kitchens of the sheltered housing in Patons Lane. It is anticipated that they will be there until early December.
Complaints to the Council
If you see activities on the Green which you feel the Council should do something about or are concerned about Council services you can contact the council directly to complain or make suggestions using their electronic complaints/suggestions system at The Council are good at responding to these complaints, and we have had some success in getting bins emptied and preventing council workers driving across the Green unnecessarily.
Friends Coffee Morning
We are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 27th October in St Peter’s Hall, St Peter Street (off Perth Road) 10am – 12 noon. Entry is £1.50 for adults, £1 for children. There will be cake and candy, craft and cards stalls. Please come and support us – any donations for the stalls will be very much appreciated.
Friends Christmas Cards
We are very grateful to local artist Pauline Murray for donating art work for the first ever “Friends of Magdalen Green” Christmas cards. These will be on sale at the Coffee morning. You can view the cards at the blogspot If you would like to buy cards but can’t come to the coffee morning please email your order to
Donation for the Special Olympics
A big thank you to everyone who was at the September meeting, when we raised £100 to support Tayside athletes in the Special Olympics in Shanghai. Andrew Gray from the West End (whose father spoke at the meeting) won a gold medal in the 25 m butterfly with a personal best time and he came 5th in the 100m freestyle, again with a personal best time. The full results for the British team can be found at
Finally if you have any suggestions you would like to make about Friends or about the Green, or if you want to become more involved with Friends of Magdalen Green, please email us at
Best Wishes
Sheila Roy (Chairperson)

On behalf of Friends of Magdalen Green