Car park at Riverside Pavilion #dundeewestend

I have received complaints that, not for the first time, the car park at the Riverside Pavilion, adjacent to the playing fields on the north side of Riverside Drive, is flooded and rutted.
 
I took this up with the council’s Head of Environment, who has positively responded as follows :
 
“I agree that this is not looking too good. 
 
I have raised with colleagues and they are going to make arrangement to have the surface restored. 
 
In the longer term and finance dependant, I would be recommending that it is completely renovated with an asphalt surface.”
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Flooding work at Riverside – an update #dundeewestend

Residents contacted me recently following reports that the completion of the work to improve the flood defences on Riverside Drive was possibly going to be delayed by passing trains causing vibration that was stopping the cement from setting properly.
 
To get clarification of the extent of the issue, I contacted the City Engineer who has made clear to me that this is “a minor localised construction issue” and adds :
 
“At this particular location the traffic is currently running on the temporary lane and there is slight dip in the road and when traffic travels over this, some vibration can be felt through the carriageway.    Slow-setting traditional lime mortars are being used to construct the wall and the vibration was causing some minor localised issues with the mortar.     No additional shoring or special engineering measures were required to overcome this, merely ensuring the mortar had sufficiently cured prior to adding subsequent courses of stone.
Overall, this section of work is slightly behind programme but nothing to do with this, mainly due to the Contractors resources, outputs and adverse weather.     Just to reiterate this was a minor issue that has nothing to do with trains travelling above.    For information, it is anticipated that the traffic management will be removed from Riverside Drive by the end of January 2018.”

Parking surface improvement – Riverside Drive #dundeewestend

Earlier this year, I advised that a  positive by-product of the flooding defence works now nearing completion along Riverside Drive was that my request to have the long unmade parking area to the west of the above area would be properly surfaced for the first time, greatly increasing the amount of parking with a quality surface.
 
The council’s Head of Design & Property and City Engineer has now updated me :
 
“Half of the area has been surfaced with bituminous material and formally marked out as a car park providing 65 spaces within that area. This is in addition to the 26 spaces at the Bridgeview Café area. 
 
In the other half to the west, which is yet to be opened as a further overflow car park of a similar capacity, the surface is to be sub-base material as per the Yeaman Shore car park. If required in the future, the area to the west can be formally surfaced and marked out. 
The contractor is currently using the sub-base area to the west for storage and still has some finishing work to the sub-base to complete.”

Litter bins – Riverside Drive

A resident recently advised :
 
“I live in the flats next to Tesco in Riverside Drive. Opposite my flat there is a car parking area with waste bins. 
 
The council workers clean this area almost every day and do a magnificent job, however their task is exacerbated by the gulls, who find it easy to pull waste from the bins while looking for food. The mess they make can be awful and really detracts from this beautiful area. 
A simple solution to this problem might be to replace the bin lids to ones that the gulls cannot dip in to, could this be given some consideration?”
 
I received a positive response from the council’s Head of Environment on raising this with hi, as follows :
 
“We have modified bins at the top of the Law and we are monitoring to see how successful they are and will look to provide a solution at Riverside.”

Temporary Traffic Order – A85 Riverside Drive

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 traffic management to allow works to sea wall.  The Order is expected to be in force for twenty six weeks from 12 June 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 A85 Riverside Drive for (1) a prohibition of right turn from westbound lane into Riverside Approach and Barnetts garage and (2) prohibition of right turn from eastbound lane at Riverside Approach onto westbound lane.
 
Prohibitions will only be in place when required.
 
An alternative route will be available via (1) Riverside Drive and Riverside Avenue roundabout and (2) Riverside Drive and Tesco roundabout.
 
If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS or phone 433082.

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Esplanade and Riverside Drive

From Dundee 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 construction works.  The Order is expected to be in force for 33 weeks from 2 April 2017.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
 
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all westbound vehicular traffic in the nearside lane of both Riverside Esplanade and Riverside Drive from a point 125 metres or thereby from the end of the Tay Road Bridge west off ramp for a distance of 410 metres or thereby to a point 75 metres or thereby along Riverside Drive.
 
After a period of 8 weeks lane closure will be reduced to an overall length of 290 metres or thereby.  Lane closure will then progress for a further period of 10 weeks to allow external works to be completed along North boundary.  Lane closure will then be removed for a period of 7 weeks.  Lane closure (290 metres or thereby) will recommence to allow installation of precast to elevation on building B and completion of road at main entrance for a period of 8 weeks.
 
No alternative route is required.
 
If you have any queries, please contact the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS or phone 433275.