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!
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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.”