Kelso Steps – a great result

Last December, I updated residents that the City Council had agreed to the request I had made on behalf of local residents and of visitors to Royal Victoria Hospital that the handrail at the Kelso Steps be extended up the brae north of the steps.  
 
The work has now been carried out (see finished result – right) and this will greatly help elderly people negotiate the brae, particularly in icy conditions in winter.
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Kelso Steps – an update

Further to my article earlier today, I am pleased to have been given the following update from a City Council engineer at lunchtime to my request for an extended handrail to aid pedestrian safety:
 
“I refer to our site meeting at Kelso Street held yesterday on 10 December to discuss the request from the local residents for extending the section of handrail to the bottom of Kelso Street.
The gradient is in the order of 10% which is less than the required criteria of 12% for a handrail justification. However due to the location and general age of the users of this footway link there is some justification to extend the handrail. The handrail would require to be extended by 22m to the steps at the bottom of Kelso Street.
For this particular occasion I will arrange for a works order to be issued for this additional section of handrail.”
 
I am delighted at this outcome and grateful to the City Development Department for its sensible decision and to the residents who raised the issue with me in recent months.

Kelso Steps – site visit

Back in July, I reported that, although the City Council had agreed to my request made on behalf of residents to extent the handrail at the Kelso Steps (see right), the finished extension to the handrail was too short, leaving a long stretch of pathway on a gradient that is without a rail.
 
The steps and pathway to the north are used by many elderly residents and visitors to Royal Victoria Hospital and is treacherous in the wintry, icy weather.
 
Yesterday, along with seven local residents, I met on-site with two engineers from the City Council to discuss the situation.   We are now hoping there will be agreement to provide a further extension to the handrail provided, for pedestrian safety.

Getting things done – Kelso Street

Last week, following concerns raised with me from local residents about damage to the bollards at the south end of Kelso Street, I contacted the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about this.    
 
The bollards had damage that had resulted in sharp edges that could cause injury so I was pleased that the council responded as follows and has already undertaken the work to remove the damaged bollards:
 
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has raised an order for the replacement of the four bollards at the south end of Kelso Street leading to the steps to Blackness Road. 
 
The broken bollards will be made safe in the short term and will be replaced as soon as the replacement bollards have been received from the supplier.”

Getting things done – Kelso Steps

Back in February, I was pleased to be advised by Dundee City Council that it had agreed to my request made on behalf of local residents to provide an extension to the handrail at the Kelso Steps to assist residents and visitors to Royal Victoria Hospital – particularly the elderly – negotiate the steps in the wintry weather.

I am pleased to say that the extension is now in place – see right – although I do feel it could have extended further along the path at the top and have therefore asked if further improvements could be made there.

Community BBQ

I had the pleasure yesterday of calling by the community barbeque in Kelso Street organised by the residents of Kelso Street, Kelso Place and Jedburgh Road and was most grateful for the kind invitation.

It was another great example of community spirit in the West End so many thanks to Sarah and her neighbours who organised the day!