Scottish Water information event at Mitchell Street Centre

Yesterday, I attended a Scottish Water information event at the Mitchell Street Centre about the next phase of the water mains upgrade in the West End, which will follow on from the current work in Perth Road/Nethergate, which is thankfully thus far on schedule, meaning a return to roads normality in the Nethergate and Perth Road shopping area later this month.
The well-attended event updated residents on this next stage, which is due to begin next week, and will see work in the Blackness Road/City Road and Lochee Road areas.
This phase of the upgrade is expected to take 10-12 weeks in total and there will be traffic management measures in place on a rolling programme.
Work starts on 9th August, in the following streets initially:
• Abbotsford Street
• Peddie Street – Road Closure
• Annfield Street – Road Closure
• Blackness Street – Road Closure
• Ure Street – Road Closure
The rolling programme then moves onto the following streets with an estimated start date of 15th August:
• Blackness Road: closed in both directions between Glenagnes Road and Bellfield Street. Diversions will be in place.
• Rosefield Place – Road Closure
• Rosefield Street – Road Closure
The rolling programme of works then continues on the following streets with an estimated date of 22nd August:
• City Road/Milnbank Road – Road Closure with diversions in place.
The work also moves on to the Lochee Road section with this split into four phases to minimise disruption in the area, with an estimated start date of 22nd August:
• Logie Street: Loons Road to City Road. South bound closure between these two junctions with associated lane width restrictions at Logie Street/Loons Road signalised junction. Rankine Street closed north bound. Associated side street closure of Muirton Road. Diversions will be in place.
• Lochee Road: City Road to Tullideph Road. Two way traffic flow maintained. No road closure required. The Lochee Road rolling section has an estimated start date of 29th August.
• Lochee Road: Tullideph Road to Dudhope Terrace. Closed south bound between these two junctions. Associated side street closures of Cleghorn Street and Rankine Street. Associated lane width restrictions at Lochee Road/Rankine Street junction. Diversions will be in place.
• Lochee Road: Dudhope Terrace to Park Street. Closed south bound between these two junctions. Associated side street closure of Lower Pleasance. Associated lane width restriction at Lochee Road/Polepark Road signalised junction. Diversions will be in place.
The final stage of work in this phase then takes place in the following streets with an estimated start date of 12th September:
• St Mary’s Place 
• Mitchell Street
• Benvie Road – Road Closure
• Fyffe Street – Road Closure/Parking Restrictions
• Eassons Angle
The exact timing of each part of the work will be confirmed as the rolling progresses, and updates will be posted on the Scottish Water website.
Local access will be maintained wherever possible on affected roads.
The work involves the lining and flushing of existing water mains, as well as some open cut mains replacement – so some temporary disruption to water supply will occur and all customers affected will be given notice of any disruption in advance.
A couple of photos from yesterday’s drop-in event are below :


Bin collection and recycling changes – Phase 2 roadshow at the Mitchell Street Centre

As I advised back in July, Phase 2 of the changes to recycling and bin collection arrangements starts on 9th November and represents a significant change in bin/recycling arrangements for households.
In Phase 2 of are the areas around Tullideph, Pentland, City Road, Brook Street, the eastern part of Blackness Road, Peddie Street, South Tay Street and Windsor Street.
Last night, I attended part of one of the roadshows taking place across the Phase 2 area.  Last night’s was at the Mitchell Street Centre and was well-attended with well over 40 folk attending.   It gave residents the opportunity to find out more about the changes and get their questions answered.
Phase 2 – at least as far as the West End Ward part of it is concerned – probably presents more of an implementation challenge than the properties in Phase 1 given the large number of tenemental and flatted properties where, in many cases, the new system will involve communal facilities.  
It is therefore welcome that the council is holding no less than eight roadshows across the Phase 2 area.    There are more next week – see poster with full details here.

Solar Cities Scotland event for Pentland and Logie residents

Energy MonitoringFrom 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.

New myjobscotland website launches tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday (13th January), a brand new and improved myjobscotland recruitment website will be launched.
The city’s libraries are administered by Leisure and Culture Dundee who advise:
“As it is a completely new website you will need to re-register your details, but don’t panic as you will have 3 months to revisit any applications you have made on the ‘old’ site.   
You may wish to start taking back-up copies of your previous applications now so you have them for your records, and are able to copy them over to any new applications you wish to make.
In the meantime, you can keep applying on-line as this won’t affect current applications or applications made up until 13 January 2015.    However, from this date onwards no new jobs will be advertised on the ‘old’ website.”
Anyone not having their own computer can, of course, get access to the at local libraries across the city, including Blackness Library, and also at the Mitchell Street Centre.   Free access further details are available here.

Computer access at the Mitchell Street Centre

The Mitchell Street Centre provides very useful computer access for local residents.   Following constituents’ concerns that the centre is no longer providing the service on Thursday mornings, I sought an explanation from the Adult Learning Manager, who advises:
“Mitchell Street offers an IT4Work Course and a job shop on a Thursday mornings. Both these groups need access to IT to complete Job Search and for people to learn how to fill in their benefit claims on line. The groups run from the base which has 8 PCs.    However, we are finding this is not enough PCs for the number of people who are attending and some stay on to do their claimant commitment on line.
Therefore in order to enable everyone to get access to a PC we are using the 4 PCs in the open are as this allows the tutor to work between two areas, which are adjacent to each other.
These PCs wont be available to the general public between 10.30am and 1pm as they will be reserved for Job search and benefits on line.
I think the notice we have put up could explain this a bit better, so that people who need  IT access for this job search and benefits are aware they can still get access.   I will get this notice amended.”

Busy Tuesday …

A busy day today on local issues, including :
* A morning site visit to speak with residents in Mitchell Street/Polepark Road/Benvie Road about the recent external cyclical works to their properties.   Council officers from housing and architects also attended.
* A meeting with the Pennycook and Sinderins Courts’ Residents Association, at which we discussed a number of local issues.
* A meeting of the Jericho House Support Group.  The support group is a regular meeting at which a number of us discuss fundraising and other projects to support this important facility in the West End Ward, that assists those recovering from alcoholism.   We had a good discussion about funding initiatives to support the House, participation in Doors Open Day 2014 and the new production of a play that the House service users and staff will be participating in.
* Tonight at the West End Community Council, there was a lengthy presentation on bin collection and recycling proposed changes and we also discussed the roads proposals relative to Riverside Drive.

Change to West End Surgeries

My weekly ward surgeries will commence again at the start of the new school term later this month (first surgery at Blackness Primary School – Thursday 15th August) but, with the closure of the Harris Academy building in Perth Road for the next three years during the new school building project, my Harris Academy surgery each Monday during school term time will move to the main foyer Mansion House at the West Park Centre, just across the road.    
There’s no change to the surgery days or times and my other two surgeries (Mitchell Street Centre and Blackness Primary School) are completely unchanged.
I am very grateful to the West Park Centre for allowing me to use the centre for my surgery covering the west of the West End Ward over the next three years until Harris Academy’s return to Perth Road.   The centre will also become the polling station for the area over the Harris decant period.
New surgery details are now available on the council website and a copy of my new surgery poster is below: