Yesterday, along with the local Housing Officer and two representatives from the City Council’s Environment Department, I took part in a walkabout around the Logie area.
From Solar Cities Scotland about improving your home insulation :
We are having a drop in event from 10am-6pm on Monday 23rd February in Room 17 at the Mitchell Street Centre.
We have invited all Pentland residents in order to view their recent thermal images as well as Logie residents to in order to discuss the progress of our internal insulation pilot project in one home in Logie for which we received an award of £2000 from Dundee Partnership. Full information on the outcomes will be in the final report which will be produced by the end of March 2015.
If you happen to be free and in the area please feel free to drop in or to pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested in finding out more about thermal imaging or our Logie pilot project. We are happy to give advice with any energy efficiency related queries or renewable technologies for anyone as always too.
Please note that, as there is no lift to this room, we have offered to visit people in their homes, or email images to people who have accessibility issues or who can’t make it along on Monday.
Background to the Logie insulation project
Solar Cities Scotland applied to the Dundee Partnership in September 2014 and was successfully awarded £2000 for a Pilot Insulation Project in Logie.
We are grateful to the Dundee Partnership for this funding to allow this pilot project to go ahead. We will pass on our findings to Dundee City Council Housing Department as well as to Logie residents, local councillors and other interested parties. We hope that by using this internal insulation product we may be able to offer a viable solution to assist with lowering energy costs and carbon emissions the residents of these solid wall properties in Logie.
The Logie properties are nearly 100 years old and are known as ‘hard to heat’ properties due to the fact that they are solid wall properties which are not suitable for cavity wall insulation. As a Conservation Area, no external insulation can be applied to the homes. The houses have large, draughty basements which cannot be insulated due to the presence of asbestos. As a result, the only hard measure that can be done is loft insulation. Our thermal images identified that the majority of these homes already have this to the current standard. The issue remains that the homes are expensive to heat with many of the residents suffering from fuel poverty. There are many older people within these homes.
We are supporting the Dundee Partnership’s commitment to tackling deprivation by ‘closing the gap’ between inequalities in terms of housing and fuel poverty across Dundee.
|Overgrown foliage across the pavement in Glenagnes Road to be trimmed|
|Missing street sign in Glenagnes Street to be replaced|
|Ownership of untidy ground in Logie Avenue to be ascertained and tidied|
|Untidy area at side of Glenagnes Street pavement to be tidied|
|Steps between Pentland Avenue and Scott Street|
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending part of a morning meeting of the Dundee Partnership that focused on Dundee’s bid for UK City of Culture 2017. This was an extremely well-attended and positive event where the excellent news that Lorraine Kelly, Sheena Wellington and Brian Cox have been selected to spearhead the city’s bid was announced.
Later yesterday, after my Monday ward surgeries at HarrisAcademy and the Mitchell Street Centre, I took part in City Council committees where there was an extensive discussion about proposed changes to Housing Benefit. As well as participating in that debate, at Policy and Resources Committee, I praised the work of Dundee Youth Council in putting together their manifesto arising out of their recent consultation process with the city’s young people. I suggested that the council’s Chief Executive consider arranging an annual meeting of all councillors with the Youth Council to discuss issues affecting young people in Dundee.
Also yesterday, I spoke on Radio Tay and Wave 102 News about the unfortunate graffiti vandalism in Victoria Park and the adjacent area that took place at the weekend. You can hear my interview on Wave 102 News here:
Earlier today, I took part in the latest walkabout round the Logie Estate, along with officers from the Housing and Environment Departments. It was good to see some progress with fewer wheelie bins sitting on the footpath of Glenagnes Street and the council having removed some of the damaged and fallen fencing although some damaged fencing still requires attention as one of the photos below shows. The other shows progress with trimming of bushes in the estate:
Tonight, I attended the latest West End Community Council meeting where there were informative presentations from Judith Clark of Solar Cities Scotland on their Community Carbon Exchange work in the West End and from Fergus Wilson, City Engineer and his department’s work, including projects in the West End.
Having long campaigned for improvements for the road surface of Riverside Drive, it was good to hear that, although the road resurfacing schedule for 2013/14 has yet to be finalised, Riverside Drive is being given serious consideration for inclusion in the programme.
- Attended a meeting of the Balgay Stakeholders’ Group at the pavilion in Lochee Park. This is a very useful quarterly meeting at which City Council Environment Department Officers, representatives from the Friends of Balgay and local councillors discuss issues affecting Balgay Park. There was a productive discussion on a number of issues including a new bench for the Poor Ground in Balgay Cemetery, new planting at the Rose Window and flower displays.
- Had a useful meeting with Housing Department officers about the railings in the Logie estate.
- Held two ward surgeries – at Harris Academy and the Mitchell Street Centre.
- Attended the City Council’s Waste to Energy Working Group.
- Taken part in a site visit I had arranged with council City Development engineers and representatives from West End Community Council at the Sinderins junction (pictured right) regarding road safety at the junction. We had a very useful discussion which resulted in positive outcomes – realignment of traffic lights, slight changes to road markings and action to ensure drivers see the correct signal.
- Argued at the City Council meeting that new Education Committee members, representing parents and pupils should have voting rights to give them equality with other committee members. Labour councillors and the independent councillor also supported this approach, but it was outvoted by the SNP and Conservative councillors.
- Asked questions at Housing Committee about progress towards the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and particularly on the provision of controlled entry systems in council flats.
- At City Development Committee, I questioned what has actually been done to improve road safety at the Blackness Road/Blackness Avenue/Balgay Road junction and was given a commitment of a site visit to look at the situation there. I also welcomed proposals to improve safety at the Hawkhill/Brown Street junction, but was less than satisfied with responses about implementation of 20 mph safety zones in Dundee. This is an issue Dundee City Council has not progressed despite clear evidence from – for example – the British Medical Journal and Transport for London that there are real safety benefits for communities. As the request of West End residents, it is an issue I will pursue in the months ahead.
- At Policy and Resources Committee, I expressed concern at a very significant drop in community-based adult learning opportunities across the city. I have been in correspondence with City Council officers about increasing such opportunities at the Mitchell Street Centre in the West End Ward.
Just a quick email to say well done for being a good councillor. I’ve recently moved to Lochee Road from Arbroath where we are use to councillors bickering instead of working together to improve their respective constituencies and the town as a whole, as I’m sure you have seen in Dundee. Political posturing doesn’t help anyone and just makes everyone involved look completely detached from the people they are supposed to be representing.
I enjoy reading the Dundee’s West End Focus newsletter that gets posted through my door and seeing the work you’ve been putting in.
Thank you for your newsletters and for your hardwork in improving our circumstances at the West End of Dundee. I have voted for you at the first candidate this time, and wish you best luck in winning the election again!
Good luck with the election – we have received lots of bumph from your opponents but as far as we are concerned you are the only councillor who has done anything for this area!
This evening, after my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School, I met residents in the Oxford Street/Blackness Road area. A lovely night – as this photograph taken at Elliot Road indicates: