Balgay Bowling Club Gala Day

Balgay Bowling Club is having its Gala Day later this month and the club has kindly updated me as follows:
 
“Our Gala Day will be held at Balgay Bowling Club, Melville Terrace, on Saturday 31st August between 1pm and 4pm.   
 
We plan to have a Tombola & Raffle, stalls for the sale of CDs, DVDs & Books, Cake & Candy, and, for the first time ever, a “Good as New” rail for the sale of ladies clothes and accessories.    
 
Tickets cost £1 (children go free) and this includes tea, coffee and biscuits.   
 
Weather permitting, we aim to have some games on the green.”

Balgay Bowling Club

I have recently been contacted by Balgay Bowling Club who are keen to attract new members to their excellent facility at Melville Terrace.
 
Balgay Bowling Club is a modern, family club set in lovely surroundings and has one of the best bowling green surfaces in Tayside.
The club offers a range of bowling opportunities, including informal games, internal club competitions, friendly inter-club competitions and more competitive inter-club competitions – something for everyone.
 
You can read more about the club’s facilities and activities here.

Action promised on damaged street signs

Last month, I mentioned that I had raised with the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership the need to have the damaged Melville Terrace street sign (at its junction with West Park Road) replaced.

The City Council has now advised me :

“A replacement street name plate will be included in the next street name plate order and the timescale for completion will be approximately eight to ten weeks.”

I had also reported the damaged Marchfield Road sign (at its junction with Blackness Road) and have been updated as follows :

“This street name plate will be checked and a replacement ordered as required for including in the next street name plate order.    As with the Melville Terrace street name plate, the timescale for completion will be approximately eight to ten weeks.”

Phone mast appeal – disappointing result

Both the “Evening Telegraph” and today’s “Courier” have reported my great disappointment that Vodafone has been given permission to erect a 14.2m-high telecommunications mast at Balgay Bowling Club in Melville Terrace, close to residential housing.    You can read the article in the Courier by going to http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2009/01/15/newsstory12501077t0.asp.

I had previously obtained the support of the City Council’s Development Quality Committee in moving refusal of planning permission here.     Unfortunately, the Scottish Government Reporter has now overturned that decision.
 
I think it should be incumbent on mobile phone companies to ensure they do all they can to find sites away from residential areas, schools and playparks and was unconvinced that Vodafone had exhausted all possible alternative locations.   
It is unfortunate that this mast is to be placed in a residential area and I am disappointed at the Reporter’s decision – another example of the decision of a democratically elected and accountable committee being overturned by the non-elected and appointed Reporter.

Development Quality Committee and proposed phone mast at Balgay Bowling Club

A marathon Development Quality Committee at the City Council last night, lasting some four hours and finishing around 10pm.    However, I successfully moved refusal of an application for a mobile phone mast at Balgay Bowling Club in Melville Terrace, a proposal local residents had objected to (including a resident who addressed the committee to express his concerns about this proposal, close to residential housing).   
 
The committee convener attempted to move approval of the mast but failed to find a seconder, so my motion to refuse planning approval was therefore agreed.   The full motion read :
 
Reasons for Refusal
 
1. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 1 – “Vibrant and Sustainable Communities” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as  the development is likely to impact adversely on the environmental quality enjoyed by local residents.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
2. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 61 – “Development in Conservation Areas” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as it fails to preserve or enhance the Conservation Area.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
3. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 78 – “Location of Telecommunications Equipment” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as there is a failure to mast share or demonstrate that there may be other viable options.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
4. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 2 “Residential Areas” of Dundee City Council’s adopted Non-Statutory Planning Policies in Relation to Telecommunications Masts and Other Apparatus as there is a general presumption against the siting of free standing masts in residential areas.
 
 
5. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 11 “Conservation Areas” of Dundee City Council’s adopted Non-Statutory Planning Policies in Relation to Telecommunications Masts and Other Apparatus as there is a general presumption against the location of ground based masts in Conservation Areas where by virtue of their location and design they are considered likely to impact adversely on the setting of the Conservation Area.