Lochee Park playpark improvements – an update #dundeewestend

The City Council has updated me about the proposed commencement of the playpark improvement works at Lochee Park’s playpark as follows :
 
“Works are due to commence at the end of February and we will have signage in place in advance to give notice of the closure of the park. 
 
A laminated plan will also be put onto the noticeboard.”
 
The new playpark proposals look great and will be a huge improvement :

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Lochee Park car park extension #dundeewestend

I am pleased to see the commencement of work last week on the car park extension at Lochee Park – see below :
This is good news as it will provide additional capacity and also, when the park is busy with teams, ensure the spillage of parked vehicles onto local streets is minimised. 
 
Additionally, there will be improvements to the playpark with new equipment in the fairly near future which is further good news for the area.

Lochee Park – former toilets area – grass seeding

Residents will recall that the former toilets in Lochee Park were finally demolished last November.
 
I have had a number of enquiries about the state of the site within the park where they were situated – see below :

I contacted Neighbourhood Services at the City Council about this and have now been assured that the area will be prepared and seeded in the coming weeks to add to the grassed area within Lochee Park.

Toilets in Ancrum Road demolished – at last!

Back in August of last year, I reported that residents had asked me when the now disused (and rather horrible) toilets in Ancrum Road next to the Lochee Park children’s play area, would be demolished and the council advised that demolition would take place in October (that’s October 2015!)
 
I have continually reminded council officers over many months about the delays in this happening – and they were finally demolished last week – only a full year late!    See photo (right) :
 
I am now anxious to see the area properly restored and added to Lochee Park as part of the parkland. 
 
It should be stressed that there is still public toilet provision very close by – at the Lochee Park Pavilion.

Balgay Stakeholders’ Walkabout

Earlier this evening, I attended a walkabout round Greater Balgay by the Balgay Stakeholders’ Group, which brings together local councillors, council parks/Neighbourhood Services staff and representatives from the Friends of Balgay – to look at issues related to Balgay Park and its surrounds.
 
We had a very useful walk round Greater Balgay, and discussed proposals for improvements in the forthcoming year or so which include :
 
• Improved directional and road safety/vehicle speed limit signage
• Removal of the unused bowling green at Lochee Park to incorporate it into the main park (but maintaining the remaining bowling green)
• A welcome new overspill car park in Lochee Park and the lining of the main car park into bays
• Repair of the Serpentine steps in Balgay
• Significant upgrade and improvement to the Victoria Park tennis courts, hopefully taking place this summer
• Upgrade to the playpark in Victoria Park 
• Ask Community Payback to repaint the railings at the bandstand – see right
• Look at ways of improving areas like some of the hedgerows
• Some alteration to the Rose Garden to maintain its lovely appearance but improve its grass cutting regime
• Some solar lighting on paths
• Upgrading of Balgay Cemetery paths
 
These are very positive developments and I will continue to keep residents advised of progress.