Blackness Library’s 100th birthday!

In October of this year, Blackness Library celebrates its 100th anniversary (as does Coldside Library elsewhere in Dundee).
I have been in touch with the City Council’s Leisure & Communities Department already to ask what plans are being considered to mark this important milestone and I am pleased to learn that plans are well advanced. Here’s part of the response I have received from the department :
A number of library staff have been tasked to plan appropriate celebrations for these events and will be holding their first planning meeting shortly to discuss initial proposals for a programme of activities.

As both are Carnegie libraries, contact will be made with the Carnegie Trust for any relevant information to use in exhibitions. Other local groups, together with parents and children will be included in the celebrations for the library.

Publicity for the celebrations will be prepared and issued at an appropriate time.”
I’ll keep residents updated with the details as I hear them.
On another matter, pleased to see the Evening Telegraph promoting Dundee’s latest “Monopoly” board bid (and a brilliant picture of the LP in tonight’s paper – click on headline above to view!)
Last year, I ran one or two items on the blog about the city’s previous (and successful) Monopoly board bid (see – for example – http://frasermacpherson.blogspot.com/2007/05/vote-dundee-and-last-word-on-election.html) and I again hope everyone will “Vote Dundee!” by going to http://www.monopolyworldvote.com/en_GB/world
Lastly, I recently received residents’ complaints about the road condition at the Riverside Approach/Magdalen Yard Road junction. I have now had the following feedback from the City Council :
“An order for the filling of a pothole at the junction of Riverside Approach and Magdalen Yard Road has been raised with the contractor.”

Monday and Tuesday

Yesterday included my attending the official reopening of the coastal walk between Douglas Terrace, Broughty Ferry, and the Stannergate – in my capacity as City Council Planning & Transport Convener. Its a super renovation funded by the City Council, SUSTRANS and the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund.
Local resident, Mrs Silvers, did the honours and even provided the ribbon for the ceremony as we arrived to find the official ribbon was locked away in a works’ hut!
This morning, I participated in a panel discussion in my role as Chair of TACTRAN (the Tayside and Central Scotland Regional Transport Partnership) at the CPT Conference at Gleneagles. CPT is the voice of the coach, bus and light rail industries. Also participating in the panel discussion (hosted by Louise Batchelor of BBC Scotland) were Cllr Russell Imrie (Chair of SESTRANS – South East Scotland) and Cllr Brian Collins (Chair of SWESTRANS – Dumfries & Galloway).
I think all agreed there is a clear need for partnership working to achieve real improvements in public transport services across Scotland and, in the short time (4 months) in which I have chaired TACTRAN, I have seen the Regional Transport Partnerships as key to this.
Coinciding with the Conference, TACTRAN has announced its Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (click on headline above to view more).
Back in May, I suggested everyone “Vote Dundee!” to get the City on the new Monopoly board (see http://frasermacpherson.blogspot.com/2007/05/vote-dundee-and-last-word-on-election.html) – delighted today to see Dundee’s success – the only Scottish winner! See “Dundee in Monopoly vote win” in The List at – http://www.list.co.uk/article/4955-dundee-in-monopoly-vote-win/

Wheelie Bin, refuse, council committees and Monopoly updates!

Firstly, with reference to my blog earlier today about the City Council, if you click the headline above, you can read a resume of the Council Chief Executive’s suggestions for a streamlined committee structure. This will obviously be the subject of discussion and decision at the City Council’s Statutory Meeting on Thursday, but it seems a sensible way forward.
Over the past couple of days I have had further complaints about wheelie bins sitting on pavements in parts of the West End and have taken this up with the Waste Management Department. The same department deserves thanks for their swift response in connection with my complaint about dumped rubbish bags in part of Perth Road towards the end of last week, following a constituent’s complaint.
And, lastly, Monopoly! Dundee is up to 5th place with 27 920 votes. Vote Dundee at :

Vote Dundee! And last word on election results …

Firstly, many thanks to the local resident who advised me about the new Monopoly game – click on the headline above to view more – and make sure Dundee gets included!
As her e-mail advises :
“We’re in 6th place just now and Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow aren’t even on the board! I was always very competitive when it came to Monopoly and this is just adding a whole new dimension!! Vote now!! Get anyone else you know to vote too!!! The closing date for voting is 25th May.”
Janet & I have good friends who live in the Burgess Hill area in Sussex and we note Burgess Hill is one place above Dundee!
And … a final word on the election results; further to my earlier blog entry saying I had spoken with the City Council’s Public Relations Department about the display of the election results for the City Council, there are now PDFs of the detailed ward results available for downloading at :