Gate Church Wellbeing Project

A reminder about the excellent Gate Church Wellbeing Project​ :
 
Has your family been affected by lockdown? 
 
Gate Church Wellbeing Project staff and volunteers are on hand to assist families in Dundee who require vital well-being support, providing support with: food shopping vouchers, baby supplies, toys, counselling and pastoral care. 
 
Call free on 0800 802 1646 or email wellbeing@gatechurch.co.uk

Getting things done – Perth Road #dundeewestend

A number of elderly constituents have raised with me how welcome it would be to have a bus shelter on the north side of Perth Road at the bus stop a little east of opposite the Seafield Road junction.
 
I raised this with the Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader at the City Council who advises :
 
“A quick look at the street layout indicates that without a redesign of the footway, there isn’t sufficient space at this stop for a bus shelter.   
 
Notwithstanding, we’ll add it to our list of ‘shelter requests’ and score it in due course to see where it ranks against other requests for bus shelters.”

Getting things done – Paton’s Lane #dundeewestend

Following complaints from residents about the state of the pathway at the north end of Paton’s Lane that runs to Perth Road – including weeds and dumped shopping trolleys – I raised this with the City Council and the Area Manager in Neighbourhood Services’ Environmental Management Section has since advised :
 
“The path has been treated with weedkiller and the shopping trolleys … removed.”

Getting things done – Perth Road #dundeewestend

Some months ago, at the request of residents, I requested that the council considers installing additional Moveable Vehicle Activated Signs on Perth Road to encourage all motorists to drive below the 30mph limit.
 
The request was in relation to the area east of Harris Academy (there has been one sign provided some time ago further west around Clovus Duveau Drive) and the new signs have now been provided – see below :
 
 
Although welcoming these, I have received comments that these signs (there’s one on each side of the road) could be better positioned – one in particular is partly obscured by foliage.
 
I have passed on these comments to the City Council and have received a commitment to inspect the sites and review the exact siting of the new Moveable Vehicle Activated Signs.

Temporary Traffic Order – Perth Road #dundeewestend

From the City Council (I am pleased to see these repairs taking place having raised this on behalf of residents) :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Perth Road (West Wynd to Seafield Road), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Sunday 28 July 2019 for 1 day.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Perth Road / Nethergate / West Marketgait / Hawkhill.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order – Perth Road

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 : SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water ironwork repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Perth Road (between West Wynd and Seafield Road), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Sunday 28 July 2019 for 1 day.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Perth Road / Nethergate / West Marketgait / Hawkhill.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Places for everyone – Perth Road events! #dundeewestend

As I previously highlighted, West End Community Council has received funding through the Places for Everyone fund which is administered by Sustrans Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland, to develop ideas to enhance a section of Perth Road around the district shopping centre.
 
Here’s some of the numerous events and opportunities for anyone with and interest or passion for the Perth Road to get involved and share your ideas. 
 
Have your say on what works, what needs to be improved and what the priorities are. 
 
All events are free!

Perth Road district shopping area – exciting news!

West End Community Council has received funding from Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, to develop ideas to enhance a section of Perth Road, to create an accessible, quality ‘high street’ for everyone.
 
This is the first phase of an ambitious three phase project to transform Perth Road into an area which is safe, accessible and attractive, creating a desirable destination that people will want to visit, shop and linger in. 
 
This first phase seeks to gather survey evidence, engage with both the community and stakeholders and formulate a placemaking plan which will subsequently feed into further funding applications to expand on design stages.
 
Throughout May and June 2019 there will be numerous events and opportunities for anyone with an interest and passion for this part of Dundee to get involved and share your ideas! 
 
If you live, have a business, work or visit this part of Perth Road, the West End Community Council want you have your say on what works, what needs to be improved and what the priorities are – please have a look at the list of events and come along to have your say!
 
If you can’t make it along, visit https://perthroaddundeemap.commonplace.is (this goes live later today), where you will be able to voice your opinions.

Loss of Perth Road ATM a real disappointment

Residents will recall that, last August, Royal Bank of Scotland lodged a planning application to shut the bank’s ATM at 260 Perth Road, the site of a former branch that closed in 2014.   This was because the bank’s lease on the building ends this spring.
 
I wrote to the bank last summer reminding them that when the branch closed, I was given a commitment that its free-to-use cash machine would be retained.   I asked that the company to therefore look for alternative sites in the Perth Road area and the bank did commit at that time to look at possible options.    
 
Since then, I have sought updates from the bank and I have now unfortunately received the following update from the bank’s Local Director, Fife, Perth and Tayside :
 
“Thank you for allowing me time to look into your concerns.
 
Our lease on the former branch on Perth Road is expiring in April 2019 and we have taken the difficult decision to remove the ATM. 
 
Since the branch closed we have explored options available to relocate the existing machine at a new site, however, we cannot find a suitable alternative location and therefore the existing machine will be removed this week. 
 
It is not the outcome we had hoped for, however, our customers will continue to have a number of alternative ways to access their cash locally. There are over 30 other free-to-use ATMs within 1 mile of the old branch premises, with a machine next door at Premier convenience store. 
 
The Dundee Chief Office branch is just under a mile away on High Street and is open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm. 
 
Our customers can also use any Post Office to check their balance, pay-in and withdraw cash. The nearest Post Office to the former branch is 60 yards away and is open six days a week: 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday – it also has an external ATM.
 
A number of shops also offer cashback services and customers can also make use of contactless payment systems too. Customers can also contact us over the phone to check their balance – 03457 888 444.
 
I appreciate you may be disappointed by our decision, however, I hope I have been able to explain the continued cash provision that remains available to your constituents.”
 
I have asked the bank for detail of the options it considered as I consider the outcome to be highly disappointing.    The loss of a key free-to-use ATM from one of the major banks in the area is a matter of regret.

Perth Road bus services #dundeewestend

As residents will be aware, Xplore Dundee has unfortunately now confirmed it will press ahead from Sunday 13th January re-routing Service 5 up Glamis Road and Dickson Avenue and away from Perth Road west of Glamis Road.
 
I will continue to press Xplore to think again over this change as it disadvantages a large community in the western end of Perth Road.
 
However, in better news, the Stagecoach Service X54 is now stopping on Perth Road at Millbay Terrace and Clayhills Grove, meaning that – at last – there is a stopping bus service on Perth Road west of Ninewells Avenue.

Getting things done – flooding issue update #dundeewestend

Many residents have recently reported to me extensive flooding frequently around the bus stop on Perth Road opposite Riverside Place.   I highlighted this with an initial response from the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership at the end of last month.
 
I have now had a more substantive response from the Roads Maintenance Partnership’s engineer who has been investigating the matter – this reads as follows :
 
“I have been on site … with a colleague from Tayside Contracts and we are proposing to dig up and investigate the slow running gully at the bus stop. 
 
We are also planning on installing slot drains, upsizing a nearby gully and will also carry out a minor surfacing repair to the carriageway. 
 
This all combined should alleviate the flooding at this location. 
 
Unfortunately due to the issue being located at Perth Road this is classed as traffic sensitive so we have to wait until the 3rd December before we can start the works. 
 
In the meantime I will arrange for the gullies here to be cleaned and will continue to monitor the area until the works have been completed.”

Getting things done – Perth Road #dundeewestend

Many residents have contacted me recently about on-going flooding of Perth Road opposite the junction with Riverside Place.
 
I contacted both Scottish Water and the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about this recurring issue and both promptly responded.
 
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has advised as follows :
 
“An investigation is to be carried out in the forthcoming weeks.  However the gully machine has been attending when required following heavy rain.   
 
“It will be checked again this week.”

Bus stop east of Harris Academy moved – trial basis

For some considerable time, along with nearby residents, Harris Academy and its Parent Council, I have suggested to the City Council that the westbound public bus stop on Perth Road that lies just east of Harris Academy should be moved very slightly west to in front of the school.
 
This would have the following advantages :
 
+ Far better standing area for passengers waiting for a bus as the plaza in front of the school is spacious.
 
+ Less crowded situation than where the current bus stop is when passengers are waiting at the stop and school pupils are exiting the school at the end of the school day.
 
+ The existing bus stop is extremely close to the School Crossing Patroller;  in front of the school is not.
 
There has been a lengthy debate with council transportation officers about this but, at last, a trial move has been agreed to ascertain how well this works – this will commence today.
 
This update was sent by a City Council transportation officer to Harris Academy last week which fully explains the trial period arrangements :
 
“I refer to the Harris Academy Parent Council Meeting of 8th March 2018 where (we) agreed to investigate the possibility of moving the bus stop for a trial period to monitor the effect of the bus stop move especially at the end of the of the school day.     I am pleased to confirm that we have agreed to move the bus stop into the bus lay-by in front of the main school entrance for a trial period to commence from Wednesday 9th May until Friday 1st June inclusive. 
Discussion have been ongoing with the bus operators who have agreed to the trial period being put in place.    The parking team has also been informed of this change and the necessary changes to the plate will be carried out on Tuesday 8th May 2018.     During the trial period the bus stop will be enforceable between the normal times of 0700hrs – 2300hrs where only buses will be legally able to wait.      The parking team have agreed to be in attendance on occasion during the trial period.
Can you please notify staff and parents that the bus stop will now be out of action for general vehicles use during the trial period and that any misuse may result in the vehicle receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).
The transport team will monitor the effect of the local bus services using the revised stop during the trial period with a view to making a decision about the trial period becoming the permanent stop location.”
 
During this period, I would welcome any feedback from residents – many thanks.

Getting things done – street drains on Perth Road #dundeewestend

I have received complaints about blocked street drains on Perth Road west of Harris Academy.
 
As one constituent recently said :
 
“… the drain grating at bus stop on Perth Road (north side) just east of Arnhall Drive is completely blocked so water backs up in the roadway when it rains heavily.   Last time I checked most of the gratings between there and West Park Road were also part/all blocked by gunge.”
 
I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised :
 
“The Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has asked the gully machine to inspect and clear as required.”

Flooding issues – part of Perth Road area #dundeewestend

A number of residents have contacted me over recent weeks about the extent of road flooding on Perth Road at points between Hazel Avenue running west to Riverside Place.
 
I reported this to Scottish Water and their Corporate Affairs Manager (North) has updated me as follows :
 
“I’ve spoken to our local team, who have confirmed that they responded to burst water mains at the two locations described on Perth Road.  
 
Bursts can sometimes occur in proximity to each other when the normal operation of a main has been disturbed and this doesn’t necessarily suggest that further problems will occur in the short term.  I understand that repairs on the most recent incident in this area were completed successfully on 16 November and there have been no further issues since.  
 
We would like to apologise to customers and road-users for the disruption while our water response team completed repairs.
 
In terms of any water that remained on the carriageway following these incidents, this should drain away via normal road drainage arrangements.  If there is an issue with the drains at this location, whatever the origin of the water, this should be raised with the council in the first instance who would contact Scottish Water if they believed that the issues were linked to our recent work.”

Perth Road – west of Riverside Drive to Riverside Avenue

Residents have highlighted to me that Perth Road west of Riverside Drive to Riverside Avenue is the only part of the road not resurfaced or surface dressed in recent years.
 
I asked the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership if this can be considered for future improvement and I have received the following response :
 
“Perth Road west of Riverside Drive to Ninewells Avenue is provisionally included in the 2019-2020 Carriageway Programme for surface dressing.”

State of Perth Road surfacing work “totally unacceptable” – nearly three weeks on

I have again strongly complained to the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about “unacceptable” road surface dressing with chippings on part of Perth Road west of Harris Academy that left the area covered in a thick dust and led to many residents’ complaints.   
 
I have requested urgent action to deal with large amounts of dust in the area – particularly on the pavements – nearly three weeks on from the original road surfacing work taking place.
 
I initially raised concerns when the surface dressing took place during the last week of June following numerous constituent complaints.
 
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has since responded to my complaint as follows :
 
“We have been using this aggregate in surface dressing for a number of years with great success and it is also a popular stone used by other surface dressing contractors in Scotland. The Arbroath Road section completed last year was the same specification as used at Perth Road this year.
 
The stone is certified by the quarry as meeting the specification for the surface dressing, and the stone is also washed for dust removal prior to use. Over and above the certification requirements we also undertake secondary independent testing of the surface dressing stone to ensure the delivered load meets the specification requirements. I can confirm all these steps were undertaken and the stone met with the specification requirements.
 
Unfortunately as you are aware we experienced a significant level of early life dust release following laying and I can confirm this was in excess of what was expected and planned. Please accept my apologies for this. We believe the dust is associated with the stone crushing when initially rolled with the pneumatic tyre rollers (PTR). 
 
We are considering changing to an alternate stone source next year  … I can confirm the early dust release has no detrimental impact on the service life longevity of the surfacing laid, it being a nuisance and disruption factor rather than performance.
 
Lastly, as discussed we increased the aftercare significantly at Perth Road following completion of the works. As noted on the Dundee City Council Road Maintenance website page, we usually sweep the road three times after laying, at set intervals. We have been regularly sweeping and vactoring the road surface in conjunction with spraying with water to suppress the dust   …  we believe this will resolve the worst of the dust problem. We will however continue to monitor …  and shall continue with dust suppression spraying and sweeping until we are satisfied the dust issues are no longer prevalent.”
 
Nearly three weeks on and the situation is still totally unsatisfactory.    The pavement in particular is still covered in a fine dust – see photo above.    How this can be considered an acceptable standard of work is completely beyond me.
 
Lessons really do need to be learned from this and I have asked the Roads Maintenance Partnership to take immediate steps to improve the Perth Road situation by dealing with any remaining dust, particularly on the pavement.      This has been an extremely poor situation and quality of work and it needs urgently rectified.

Temporary Traffic Order – Perth Road

From the City Council :
 
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating carriageway resurfacing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for four weeks from 24 July 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Perth Road from Hawkhill to Roseangle.
 
Working hours will be 11 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 6 pm Saturdays.  Access will be maintained outwith these times.
 
Alternative routes will be available via (1) Hawkhill,, West Marketgait and Nethergate, and (2) Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road and Windsor Street.
 
Queries can be answered by the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee, DD1 1LS, or phone 433082.

Perth Road shopping area – resurfacing #dundeewestend

Many constituents have contacted me regarding the resurfacing of Perth Road’s road surface (plus north pavement and new pedestrian crossing) starting at the beginning of the Dundee Holiday Fortnight.
 
I therefore paste below and update I have received from the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership regarding this :
 
Major Road Maintenance Works Perth Road (Hawkhill to Roseangle)
I would like to advise you of major carriageway and footway maintenance works that will have a significant impact on the road / footway network and local businesses in the above area. This notice is given in advance of the letter which will be issued to all effected parties. 
We are planning to resurface Perth Road carriageway from Hawkhill to Roseangle. In conjunction with this work we are planning to resurface the north footway between Hawkhill and Pennycook Lane and carry out further footway works in Pennycook Lane. We are also proposing to replace the pedestrian crossing unit at Union Place.
We anticipate that this will affect businesses greatly during the 4 week programme.
After many discussions and meetings it has been decided to work site hours of 11am to 8pm weekdays and 11am to 6pm Saturdays, no Sunday working is planned in order to give residents some respite from the works.
These arrangements will allow for deliveries and access outwith the above hours although all signing will remain in place for the closure.”

Blackness Road area – roadworks clarification

Residents will have noted that the temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road at the Glamis Road/Glamis Drive roundabout (see right) have disappeared.     However, this is unfortunately not because the works by Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are completed.
 
I have been updated by Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager as follows :
 
“Unfortunately our work at the Glamis Road roundabout is well behind schedule due to the ground conditions we are encountering.   However, as Scottish Water (SW) is programmed to start in Blackness Road shortly which would conflict with our work, we are lifting the traffic management at the roundabout before they start and will return to complete our work here after SW have finished.  
 
In the meantime we will be continuing on Glamis Road itself as this won’t disrupt traffic, and will also be returning to Perth Road to complete the service works and mains abandonment which we had to abort previously.
 
Scottish Water is starting Blackness Road 20th February for approximately 2 weeks so we’ll be back at the roundabout probably mid March for about 2 weeks.”
 
The Scottish Water work is further east on Blackness Road.   The City Council has further updated me as follows : 
 
“The SW work will start 20 February at Glenagnes Road junction.    The second week they will move south to Rosefield Street for the second week.
Once SW is complete on their section of Blackness Road, SGN will return to Blackness Road Glamis with their original set up to complete works there. 
As SGN intimated, it will utilise the two weeks of 20/27 February, when SW are in Blackness Road, to complete the remaining services connections left behind in Perth Road at Arnhall Drive area.”

Food recycling extension in the West End – map

Last week, I advised that there will shortly be an extension to the food waste collection service to the Perth Road Lanes and surrounding areas.     
 
The update also contained details of a drop-in event at Blackness Library for residents – you can read the earlier update here.
 
A number of residents have asked the precise area covered and therefore please note this map and boundary below :
This extension of the food waste recycling to this area (plus Brown Street) in the West End completes the roll out of food recycling in the West End Ward.

Food recycling – Perth Road Lanes

There will shortly be an extension to the food waste collection service which will be sent out this week to householders in the Perth Road Lanes (as well as some other areas outside the West End including the City Centre, Docks, Hilltown, Lawside, Coldside and parts of Stobswell).
The poster below gives details of Drop In sessions (including one at Blackness Library) that will be manned by staff from the council’s Waste Section, who will be happy to answer any queries and pass on further details relating to the new service.    
Ahead of the service launch at seek commencing 27th February, a detailed service information leaflet will be delivered to all households, along with their new food waste caddy. 

Perth Road Recycling unit – bottom of Ryehill Lane

I recently received a complaint that the Perth Road Recycling unit at the bottom of Ryehill Lane is badly needing a clean up.
 
I contacted the City Council and Neighbourhood Services advises :
 
“We have been out to view the containers and agree that it could do with a good clean. I have arranged for it to be power washed as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor the site over the next few months and take appropriate action.”

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 31 OCTOBER 2016


Perth Road (Glamis Road to West Park Road) – closed for one week for gas main renewal.*
 
*This unfortunately represents the work by Scotland Gas Networks being completed late – it should have finished around now.      
 
I contacted Scotland Gas Networks to express concern given the continued disruption to residents, bus services, etc.
 
Their Team Manager advised me yesterday :  “I’m afraid you’re correct about the work running behind at present.  This is because of a number of problems we hit in the West Park Road junction which meant we had to divert labour from other parts of the job to ensure we had the junction re-opened for the start of the school term.
 
The plan now is to re-open the road to 2 way traffic by Monday 7th November.  In line with our original programme, we will still have service connection works to complete after the road is open and we will need to use temporary traffic lights at times for these.”
 
I have asked that if the work gets completed during the week, the road is opened before 7th November, although it appears unlikely this will now be much before next weekend at the earliest.