|River Crescent – just south of Perth Road|
Tonight I attended the latest committee meeting of River Crescent Residents’ Association, at which I gave an update on West End local matters, including the launch of WESHA, the success of WestFest and the forthcoming Blackness Fire Station Open Day.
We also discussed the need for 20mph zones in residential areas, an issue I am to be discussing with the City Council’s Head of Transportation tomorrow.
* Last night, I attended the Blackness Primary School Parent Council meeting at which, in addition to planning for the school’s fete on 11th June, we discussed a number of issues including the need for ‘zig zag’ no parking markings adjacent to the school. I have again raised this matter with the City Council’s Head of Transportation.
* Later last night, I attended the River Crescent Residents’ Association meeting. We had a useful discussion about a number of local matters including a local water leak issue (I have raised with Scottish Water), road safety locally and pathway access to the soon to be opened Riverside Nature Park.
* The Courier this morning published Dundee councillors’ allowances and expenses totals for 2010/11. My LibDem colleague Helen Dick and I again have the lowest claims, claiming no expenses at all and maintaining a salary cut that we have taken since April 2009.
Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking with the young people who attend the East 2 West youth group at the Bharatiya Ashram Dudhope Centre and also discuss funding issues with the group organisers.
Thereafter, I attended the latest River Crescent Residents’ Association meeting, at which I updated the group on a number of West End issues, including schools rebuilding projects, the Riverside Nature Park and on winter maintenance.
A member of the Road Maintenance team has visited the site and inspected the gullies in the vicinity of Invergowrie Drive / Perth Road / River Crescent. At least 2 or 3 of the gully gratings are partly choked with leaves and other debris. As such, all of the gullies at this location are to be cleaned and jetted.
This should improve the drainage at this location but in times of very heavy deluges such we have beenexperiencing lately it may be that the capacity of the sewerage system has simply been exceeded.
Once the gullies have been cleaned I will arrange for the site to be re inspected during rainfall.”
It was good to have a chat with residents including discussing some local issues such as parking and traffic speed.
Airport Noise Issues
The bridge condition on Riverside Drive
WestFest 2010 – the proposed West End Festival
Postal delivery concerns
Proposed Riverside Nature Park
I am pleased to report that on Monday night, at the Planning & Transport Committee, the City Council committee I chair, agreement was reached to finalise the speed limit reduction on the westmost part of Perth Road (west of the Invercarse), the small stretch of Riverside Drive north of the Marmalade Pot and on Ninewells Avenue.
This follows a consultation exercise – the responses received both from residents and from West End Community Council strongly supported the speed reduction.
The fact that the speed limit in this area has been 40mph, whereas all the residential roads east of it are 30mph has always struck me as an anomoly – the speed limit on the Perth Road section was set in the early 1960s when this was the main route to Perth – long before the creation of Riverside Avenue. Furthermore, significant residential housing – such as Clouvis Duveau Drive and Clayhills Grove – has since been built.
River Crescent Residents’ Association has pointed out that the difficulties turning out of River Crescent into Perth Road would be eased by the speed reduction, leaving aside the obvious point that a 40mph limit is inappropriate in what has long become a residential area.
Here is notice of the traffic order, issued by the City Council, following Monday’s decision :
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
DUNDEECITY COUNCIL (PERTH ROAD, RIVERSIDE DRIVE AND NINEWELLS AVENUE, DUNDEE) (VARIATION OF SPEED LIMITS) ORDER 2009
Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to improve safety by reducing the current 40 mph speed limit to 30 mph.
Full details of the proposals are contained in the draft Order, which together with a Statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours and without payment of fee at Dundee City Council offices, Reception, Floor 4, 21 City Square, Dundee by any person, during a period of 21 days from 16 January 2009.
Any person may within 21 days from16 January 2009 object to the proposed Order by notice in writing to the Depute Chief Executive (Support Services), Dundee City Council, 21 City Square, Dundee. Objections should state the name and address of the objector, the matters to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made.
Depute Chief Executive (Support Services)
Over the past few days I have had lots of complaints from people in the River Crescent, Newhall Gardens and Riverside Place areas about a really bad smell, apparently coming from the Riverside Civic Amenity site. Indeed, when I attended the River Crescent Residents’ Association AGM on yesterday at the Botanic Garden, many residents at the well-attended meeting were complaining about the smell – so bad that they couldn’t sit out in their gardens and had to shut windows.
I immediately contacted both Environmental Health and Waste Management and the City Council’s Head of Waste Management, having obtained feedback from staff at Riverside Civic Amenity site, called me this afternoon to say that the source of the problem appears to have been traced.
Over the period Thursday to Saturday a windrow (row of cut hay) was moved and this disturbed old compost. The work had been planned for this period as the wind direction was likely to ensure any smell would be away from the residential housing to the north, but clearly it did cause a problem in the area over the past few days.
I hope given what I have been advised by the City Council that the matter is now resolved and there will be no further smell nuisance, but I will be keeping a close eye on the situation. I should add that there were a number of other complaints from residents in other parts of the West End – for example Hillside Road and Menzieshill Road – but it looks likely that these emanated from fields to the west of the City.
Lastly, a burst large waste waster system cover near the junction of Riverside Drive and Riverside Avenue which had resulted in a mess round the cover had also been reported to me by residents. Having spoken with Scottish Water today about this, I have been assured that the cover will be replaced and the debris tidied as a matter of urgency.
It is great to see an under 10s football team established in the West End – a totally new initiative – and I am very grateful to Paul Johnston of West End Community Council, whose drive and initiative has made this possible.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to Barnetts Motors Group, who have sponsored the team football strips and to the local primary schools – Blackness, Ancrum Road, St Joseph’s and Park Place – for their involvement.
After getting a wee bit wet standing in the rain at Riverside Playing Fields, I was guest speaker at the River Crescent Residents’ Association AGM (held at the Botanic Garden) – a great turnout of residents and useful discussion on local issues.