Getting things done – Osborne Place #dundeewestend

Following residents’ complaints to me about a series of potholes in Osborne Place, I brought this to the attention of the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been updated as follows :

“An order has … been raised for potholes in Osborne Place with a timescale for repair of approximately one week.”

Temporary Traffic Order : Osborne Place

From Dundee City Council:
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water renewal works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Osborne Place (from Shepherds Loan to Magdalen Yard Road), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Monday 30 September 2013 for 5 working days.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Magdalen Yard Road/Shepherds Loan.
For further information contact (01382) 433168.
Mike P Galloway
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Getting things done … Osborne Place

I am pleased to note that various pothole repairs have now been undertaken in the south end of Osborne Place – see right – following my raising residents’ concerns about the state of the roadway.

I have, at the City Development Committee of the City Council, raised the need for the council to concentrate on permanent “rhino repair” patching, however, as simple tar filling of potholes simply does not last and is not cost-effective.

Recycling at High Mill … and Osborne Place …

I have asked the City Council to relocate the neighbourhood recycling facility at High Mill a short distance away from its current location, following complaints from residents about the noise of bottles being dropped into the recycling units that are currently situated close to residents’ homes. There’s an obvious alternative site in the adjacent car park. I also asked for a new recycling point for the residents of Osborne Place, following residents’ requests for this.

I have had the following feedback this week from the City Council’s Recycling Projects’ Officer :


Further to our earlier discussions, I have a few updates for you on the Neighbourhood Recycling Point at High Mill Court & your request for an additional NRP at Osborne Place.

We are in the process of requesting permission to move the High Mill Court NRP (neighbourhood recycling point) from its existing position immediately outside the main doorway to an area at the top of the car park. Once we have received a response on this we will update you further.

With regard to the Osborne Place request, I have visited the area to assess its suitability for an NRP but have unfortunately found it unsuitable. The pavement areas are too narrow & space too limited to accommodate the NRP unit & there is insufficient space to allow vehicular access to empty the bins safely. While it is disappointing to be unable to provide bins at this particular location, the proposed move of the High Mill NRP will make it even more easily accessible to Osborne Place residents that it is at present & will therefore still allow them the opportunity to recycle their paper & glass.”

I have asked that residents are fully consulted on the proposed re-siting of the High Mill location.
I recently also asked for better signage to the houses in the Pinegrove Gardens part of Osborne Place. This was agreed and erected yesterday but there was a small problem – the signage had an error on it! All credit to the City Development Department – a replacement sign has been promptly ordered.

November West End Community Council Update

I have now launched my November Update to West End Community Council.

Subjects covered include school buses in the West End, Dundee Airport parking charges, West End Christmas Week, signs in Osborne Place and the boundary fencing round the former Homebase site on Riverside Drive.

You can read the update by going to

The Community Council meets tomorrow at 7pm, at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall in Shaftesbury Terrace.