Getting things done : Pinegrove

Residents recently brought to my attention the fact that the one-way sign at the Shepherd’s Loan exit from Pinegrove is damaged (see right) and one of the safety bollards is broken (see below) :

I contacted the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership about the sign, which they are to replace.
I also contacted the site factors about the bollard and their Property Manager has updated me as follows :
“I will investigate and repair/replace as required.”

Electric vehicles’ charging points in the West End

Back in October, I queried at the City Council’s City Development Committee the proposed possible siting of an electric vehicle charging point on Perth Road, west of Shepherd’s Loan, at the Sinderins junction – see right.
Yesterday, along with a representative of West End Community Council, I met with the council’s Head of Transportation and the Sustainable Transport Team Leader on-site to discuss this.    
Although the principle of providing public electric vehicle charging points is a good one, my concern about this possible site was sight lines for vehicles emerging from Pinegrove.    I am pleased to say the City Council is not proceeding with this site.
We took a walk down Perth Road and into South Tay Street to look at other proposed sites, all of which appear to be fine.     There will also be parking spots for car club vehicles.    These initiatives are being done in such a way as to minimise any loss of general-use car parking.

Road safety at Pinegrove – an update

Earlier this year, I mentioned that residents had highlighted to me a road safety concern at the south exit from Pinegrove that exits onto Shepherd’s Loan.
The part of Shepherd’s Loan that the slip road exists onto is the one-way only (northwards) at the north end of Shepherd’s Loan, but there was no ‘one-way only’ sign on exit.    Vehicles had been noted by residents exiting south onto Shepherd’s Loan in error.
At the time of my last update, I reported that the Pinegrove factors (Graham & Sibbald) had kindly agreed to a site visit with City Council officers to see if a “one way” sign could be placed within the curtilage of Pinegrove given the difficulty of placing it on the very narrow public footpath in Shepherd’s Loan.  
This has since taken place and the sign is now in place – see right.   My grateful thanks to Graham & Sibbald for their assistance with getting this issue successfully resolved.

Getting things done … Road safety at Pinegrove

Residents have highlighted to me a road safety concern at the south exit from Pinegrove that exits onto Shepherd’s Loan.
The part of Shepherd’s Loan that the slip road exists onto is the one-way only (northwards) at the north end of Shepherd’s Loan, but there is no ‘one-way only’ sign on exit.    Vehicles have been noted by residents exiting south onto Shepherd’s Loan in error.
I contacted the City Council’s transportation division in City Development about this.    It was pointed out that the east footway of Shepherd’s Loan (opposite the exit) is very narrow and a sign there would add to street clutter on an already narrow pavement.    However, an obvious solution would be to place a “one way” sign within Pinegrove itself as drivers exit onto the main road.
Pinegrove is a private road and so I contacted the factors (Graham & Sibbald) about seeking permission to have a sign erected within Pinegrove.   Graham & Sibbald has been extremely co-operative and helpful and consulted householders about the proposal – all are supportive.    Representatives from Graham & Sibbald and the council’s transportation division are shortly to meet on-site to agree the “one way” sign’s precise location.

Pinegrove flooding

A couple of years ago, I raised, on behalf of residents, flooding at the entrance to Pinegrove on Perth Road.   At that time, the problem was resolved by the cleaning out of the polychannel.

As you can see from the photograph below, the area was again flooded yesterday and at the request of residents, I have raised this matter with the City Council.


Flooding at Pinegrove

There has been a fair bit of flooding again at the pavement on Perth Road outside Pinegrove, and, following residents’ concerns, I contacted the City Engineer about this. I am pleased to say he has now responded advising that the Roads Maintenance section has confirmed that an Order has been raised for the cleaning out of the polychannel on Perth Road at Pinegrove.

Last couple of days …

I attended the Blackness Area Residents’ Association meeting on Tuesday night, and amongst matters discussed was parking difficulties in Corso Street. I have raised this (and a number of other local issues) with the City Council.
Wednesday night saw the launch meeting of the community group for Ancrum/Cleghorn/Pentland and surrounding areas at Balgay Church. I am really pleased that the group is getting off the ground and will be planning a series of community meetings in the future. We had a good discussion about local issues including anti-social behaviour, road repairs, parking and a number of other matters.
A few more issues over past couple of days:
* Constituents have complained that the steel bollard at the east end of the South Tay Street car park on the Marketgait side is loose in the ground – clearly been hit by a vehicle. The City Council has promised me that it will be repaired.
* On the Hawkhill by-pass beside the PDSA, someone has bumped into the bollards. The Council has raised an Order to ensure repair, following my request.
* On the corner of Union Place/Perth Road, there’s a dug up an area of pavement and it requires repair. Following my request, Tayside Contracts has been instructed to upgrade the footpath.
* I have been promised that the channel grating on the footpath at Pinegrove on Perth Road will be replaced soon (part of it is currently missing).

Snow, flooding and budgets

Well, half the day was wasted in trying to drive to Stirling, failing to get much past Perth and then trying to get back to Dundee!
When I finally did get back to Dundee, contacted Planning & Transportation regarding renewed flooding at Pinegrove’s Perth Road entrance. Also reported that the grid at the bottom of Ryehill Lane is missing again.
This evening had a useful administration meeting on budget matters. Now ploughing through too many e-mails. Starting delivery of latest West End FOCUS tomorrow (Edition 55) – weather permitting!

Good news at Pinegrove and Tay Square

Remember the mis-spelt name plate at Pinegrove in Shepherd’s Loan (from October 6th blog entry – click on headline above to read) – pleased to say received following news from Planning & Transportation today :
“We have been notified by the contractor that the mis-spelt name plate for Shepherd’s Loan at Pinegrove should be replaced during week commencing 6th November.”

And good news also at Tay Square regarding the mosaic repair outside the Rep (see for earlier story) – as you can see above right, its now restored to its former condition. I noticed this earlier today when delivering letters to Tay Square residents advising them that next Sunday (and the following one – ie 5th & 12th November) the Tay Square roadway will be closed for cabling works to take place – pedestrian access is unaffected.
Off soon to this evening’s Blackness Area Residents’ Association meeting …