Yesterday, along with a representative from the Housing Department and a representative from the Environment Department, I took part in a walkabout around the Blackness/Corso/Abbotsford area.
The six-monthly walkabouts take place in a number of areas (Pentland and Logie are other examples) and are a useful way to look at local issues and problems and ensure these are taken up and resolved.
Here’s a couple of photos of matters discussed yesterday, which also including bins/cleansing issues and overgrown trees in the area.
|New improved street
lighting being installed
in the area
|Pavement trip hazard at Peddie Street/
Abbotsford Place junction reported
|Pavement repair required – corner of Peddie Street and Abbotsford Place – now reported for repair|
|Litter removal required – communal area – Peddie Street|
|Tree branches across pavement – Abbotsford Place – reported for trimming|
|Drain cover Blackness Road – reported for repair|
|Eurobins in Peddie Street – I have raised the emptying schedule with the Environment Department|
|Tree bed in Blackness Avenue – now a muddy trip hazard since the removal of the tree – I have taken this up with the City Council|
|A foggy Abbotsford Street|
* I am pleased to note that some of the dropped kerbing around the Corso Street area that I requested last year on behalf of residents is now being installed – see example at the junction of Corso Street and Peddie Street (above).
* Last night, I attended the Harris Academy Parent Council meeting and, following this, have been in touch with the Head of Secondary Education regarding issues raised.
* I was pleased to be advised by the City Engineer recently that the weeds spraying programme at road edges etc commenced last week. This year, the programme will start in the west of the city and progress eastwards and am pleased to be assured that extra resources will be put into herbicide application of street trees in streets like Blackness Road and Blackness Avenue.
* Tonight, I briefly attended the start of the latest WestFest committee meeting and thereafter was minute-taker at the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust meeting (meeting in the adjacent room at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road!)
Late last month, I highlighted residents’ concerns that the safety barriers at the Peddie Street/Hawkhill junction are damaged.
I brought this to the attention of the City Council and have since been updated as follows :
“These barriers on Hawkhill at the foot of Peddie Street were checked … and an order has now been raised to replace two damaged panels and three posts. This work will be carried out within the next three weeks.”
This morning, I participated in the third of recent ‘walkabouts’ in West End estates – this time around the Blackness area – in particular Corso Street, Abbotsford Street, Peddie Street and Abbotsford Place.
There were various issues raised including graffiti, a broken gate, a steep drop in a back garden area, and wheelie bins left permanently on the street in Peddie Street (where there is a solution in sight).
I was pleased to be advised that the grit issue I raised with the City Council after yesterday’s meeting of Blackness Area Residents’ Association is being attended to.
Numerous residents in Rosefield Street, Forest Park Road and Forest Park Place have been in contact with me recently regarding the City Council’s recent proposal to introduce a wheelie bin collection in parts of these streets.
Although some residents have welcomed the move away from the old ‘traditional’ polybin collection as it had its problems, many residents are concerned that in some parts of the area, there may be problems with wheelie bins being left out on the street permanently – an on-going issue in streets like Peddie Street, Blackness Street, Hawkhill and parts of Blackness Road, for example.
Both I and the chair of the local community group – Community Spirit – have raised these concerns with the City Council and a representative of the Waste Management Department will be attending the next meeting of Community Spirit to discuss the issue. It is good to see the department engaging with local residents to discuss the matter.
The Waste Management Department has also advised me :
“We will be monitoring the situation once wheelie bins are introduced. We will allocate one wheelie bin per property and label the bin which will enable us to identify the household should there be an issue regarding bins being left kerbside, outwith collection day. In this instance we can letter households, reminding them of their responsibilites within the scheme. The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department will be responsible for non-compliance in relation to back areas.
We are consulting with City Development looking at introducing eurobins into Peddie Street. If this goes ahead and proves successsful, we may review the arrangements in Rosefield Street and Forest Park Road should the wheelie bins prove problematic.”
Given the concerns that a wheelie bin fire caused in Peddie Street last September, moves to look at alternative collection arrangements here will be welcomed by residents.
Last night’s Evening Telegraph reported on a number of recent break-ins in Marchfield Road, Pitfour Street, Rosefield Street and Peddie Street, together with my comments expressing concern about this.
Intrusion into people’s homes causes great upset and anxiety to householders, in addition to the theft of personal possessions.
I have no doubt that Tayside Police will be putting in significant resources to apprehending those responsible and the co-operation of any members of the public with information is vital.
With the further snow falls, there will be additional challenges facing the winter maintenance operation, and I have highlighted with the City Engineer the situation facing users of the MS Therapy Centre in Peddie Street.
I have, following a request, asked that the pavements on the east side of Peddie Street near the centre be improved to help users of the centre get access to it.