Old Dundee Street Names

Mid Kirk Style and Tally Street disappeared from active use as street names many years ago (although I am sure I can remember a “Mid Kirk Style” sign hanging in the old Overgate Centre back in the 70s and 80s!) – they were in the bit of my former Tay Bridges Ward that did not find its way into the West End Ward at the last boundary review.


This photograph above shows the east end of Mid Kirk Style, Dundee, looking into the north end of Tally Street, which ran north to south and left to right from the Overgate to the Nethergate. The photo belongs to the City Council’s Photopolis collection, which is fascinating and can be accessed by going to http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/photodb/main.htm.


I actually mention the matter of Mid Kirk Style and Tally Street because it will crop up at next Monday’s City Council Planning & Transport Committee, the council committee I chair. The proposal is to give these historic streets back their position on official council lists – the City Council’s news release on the matter (below) explains more :


A pair of historic Dundee street names could re-appear on the city’s official lists after an absence of more than 40 years.


Mid Kirk Style and Tally Street disappeared from the map in the 1960s to make way for the first clearance and redevelopment of the Overgate.


Now, as the street register is computerised and updated, councillors will be asked to give both streets back their position on official council lists.


Convener of the planning and transport committee, Fraser Macpherson said: “Despite the Overgate being redeveloped twice now since the original warren of lanes, closes and styles made way for a shopping centre, Mid Kirk Style and Tally Street are actually still there, albeit slightly realigned.


“So there is no reason why they should not be on the official street register, nor why we shouldn’t erect signs either side of the City Churches to mark the site of these lanes in the heart of our city.”


The planning and transport committee will decide if it will agree to reinstate the street names to retain the links with a part of Dundee’s history on Monday (January 12).

Cemetery provision for the City

The refusal towards the end of 2008 by the Scottish Government to allow outline permission for a cemetery at Linlathen has meant that the City Council administration is anxious to investigate other options to ensure there is adequate supply of burial sites in the City in the future.

A report seeking authority to progress matters in terms at looking at costs/feasibility of a site north of the West Pitkerro Industrial Estate will come before the committee I chair (Planning and Transport) next Monday – and also before the Leisure, Arts and Communities Committee.

The Council has issued a news release on the matter today and I reproduce this below:

The cost and feasibility of creating a new cemetery for Dundee on land north of the West Pitkerro Industrial Estate could be investigated if councillors back the move next week.

Members of the planning and transport and leisure, arts and communities committees will consider plans for the directors of both departments to jointly evaluate the pros and cons of the site.

Fraser Macpherson, convener of the planning and transport committee said: “The search for a location for a new cemetery has been given a new impetus after the Scottish Government refused outline permission for a cemetery at the Linlathen site to the east of the city late last year.”

His colleague Richard McCready, who is convener of the leisure, arts and communities committee added: “From the work that has been done by the council so far, the site north of West Pitkerro Industrial Estate ticks the most boxes of the options that were looked at.”

Dundee has enough burial provision for the next six years, with an extra 12,000 lairs in the extension to the
Birkhill Cemetery expected to ease pressure from 2010.

But almost a dozen sites that could be used to create more burial plots for the city have already been judged against a set of seven assessment criteria including accessibility, land value and planning considerations.

The area which officers want permission to investigate further offers the full potential to meet the extra cemetery requirements for the city, as well as having no known problems with its physical condition.

Investigations so far have not found any ancient or historic sites at the locations, unlike the previous site to the east which was ruled out by the Scottish Government’s reporter.

The report concludes that because of this and because the land at West Pitkerro Industrial Estate would be relatively straightforward to develop further, more detailed investigations should be carried out.