Getting things done – West End road and pavement improvements

Earlier today, I had site visits with an officer from the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership to both Perth Road and Lime Street, following residents’ concerns about the poor state of the pavement.

With regard to Perth Road, the concern is the pavement on the north side between Pennycook Lane and the Sinderins junction, where we discussed the footpath’s condition with a local resident who had unfortunately had a bad fall on the pavement some time ago.
 
The major problem with this stretch of footpath is that it is both heavily used, being in the Perth Road shopping area, but it has also been subject to repeated utility company repairs given the amount of servicing and cabling beneath.     
 
Localised repairs were agreed to today by the Roads Maintenance Partnership representative but I have now written to the City Engineer seeking his consideration of full resurfacing in a future programme.
With regard to Lime Street (see above) the east pavement is very worn, causing many puddles and the pavement is immediately adjacent to the local sheltered housing lounge and therefore well-used by elderly residents.
 
I have now been advised :
 
“Further to our meeting this morning I agree that the surfacing on this footway is heavily oxidised and worn and would benefit from resurfacing.  
This footway was condition scored as a 5 out of 6 in 2013 but I feel that it has further deteriorated since then and I will be recommending it is considered for inclusion in the updated 3 year programme that is to be issued in April 2015.”
 
This is a very good result as the pavement is really in need of resurfacing.
 
During our site visits today, I again mentioned (at residents’ requests) the poor road surface in Hillside Terrace.   It has had pothole repairs over the summer following my request, but the road is in need of resurfacing.    I have now been advised the good news that :
 
“Further to our meeting this morning I can confirm that the carriageway in Hillside Terrace is currently proposed for a thin surfacing treatment in year 2 of the current 3 year programme, ie 2015/16.”
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Getting things done – Lime Street

Parts of the Lime Street pavement on the north side of the Logie Estate, which is the sheltered housing side, with many elderly residents, are in poor condition – see right.
 
The Roads Maintenance Partnership recently advised me :

The Road Maintenance Partnership Inspector has visited Lime Street and Elm Street footways and has advised that there are currently no actionable defects at either location. 

He has noted that there are areas of wear on the Lime Street footways and that these are rough in places however they are not actionable and he is not proposing any further action.

I am unhappy about this response.   The photo above shows clear defects on the pavement that is very close to the Lime Street Sheltered Lounge.    I have therefore requested to meet the inspector on-site to discuss the pavement condition and this will take place in the next few days.

Further digital TV meetings with local residents

Last June, I chaired meetings at various sheltered housing lounges across the West End at which Digital UK updated residents about the digital switchover.

With the switchover now imminent – in August – I held two more today at two lounges we were unable to visit last time – Sinderins Court in Hawkhill and the Lime Street sheltered lounge in Logie. On this occasion, I was accompanied by Colin Scott, Regional Projector Co-ordinator for the BBC switchover help scheme.

Colin gave excellent presentations and answered residents’ questions. If any West End resident has any queries about the switchover, please call me on 459378 or e-mail digitaltv@frasermacpherson.org.uk and I’ll ensure the appropriate person from either Digital UK or the help scheme resolves any query or problem.

The picture below is of Colin speaking at Sinderins Court earlier today.

Logie Residents’ Association AGM

Tonight, I had the pleasure of chairing the Logie Residents’ Association AGM at the Lime Street Sheltered Housing Lounge – pictured right. Eight residents have agreed to form the new residents’ committee and there was a very useful discussion about local issues.

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 13th July at 7pm at the same venue, where a representative from the City Council Housing Department will be invited to speak with residents about the housing improvements programme for the area.

Friendly Bus – new stop!

Following residents’ requests to get the Friendly Bus sheltered shopping service to visit the sheltered housing in Logie, I had this response from Stagecoach Strathtay today:
 
“… spoke to the driver he said that he will be at the corner of Lime Street and Logie Avenue at 10:10 on Thursdays.   He will approach from the Scott Street entrance into Lime Street.”
 
I am sure this will be welcomed by local residents.