Riverside Drive – road safety #dundeewestend

A number of residents who live in the Riverside Apartments just west of the roundabout on Riverside Drive at Tesco have expressed concern about the speed of some vehicles outside their homes.
Some have suggested the more appropriate speed limit at their homes would be 30mph, which would involve moving the start of the 30mph zone slightly westwards along the road.    The current 40mph limit here was put in place when there were no residential properties on this part of Riverside Drive.
On their behalf, I raised this with the City Council and the council’s Traffic and Transport Team Leader has responded as follows :
“I think we will need to see what the speeds are on this section of road and I will try and organise a survey to be done. 
History tells us that just changing speed limits doesn’t always change people’s behaviour. 
I will also speak to the police about this as well as they will have to enforce any new limit. A speed survey will be the starting point.”

Improvements at Riverside #dundeewestend

At the City Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee last week, we agreed improvements at Riverside as follows :
Central Reservation on Riverside Drive  :   Due to the nature of this island and with how busy this part of the road is, it is dangerous for staff to carry out cutting work on the grass here.  To enhance the approach to the city, removing the grass and replacing with hard standing will be not only tidier but takes away the risk of working on this narrow island.
Installation of bollards between the pavilion and Barnetts Motors    :    On several occasions, there have been near misses with cars (when football is on in particular) – both bumping onto the grass and coming off.   Installing bollards will not only reduce the parking here, on safety grounds, but encourage users to use the car park provided at the pavilion.    It will also keep the grass in better condition.
Car park at the pavilion   :    Due to ongoing complaints, this car park now requires more than being topped up with materials.  Proposals are to scrape up existing car park, re-level to ensure water run off and resurface with recycled Tar Planings, making the car park a safer area to use.    This will not have the appearance of fully resurfaced hardstanding but will substantially improve the look and performance of the pavilion car park for users.
As I have repeatedly raised the condition of the car park over the years with the council – see below – the improvement planned is very welcome indeed.

Concern over filthy pavement tackled #dundeewestend

I have taken up residents’ complaints about the filthy state of the pavement on Riverside Drive around the area where the Tay Rail Bridge crosses above the street.     The pavement is badly covered in a mess caused by roosting birds on the bridge and residents have expressed concern about the potential health hazard.
I have therefore asked the council’s Rapid Response Team if it can have the pavement jet washed.
However, the problem will simply return unless Network Rail improves its netting under the bridge to deter birds from roosting there so I have also raised the issue with the company.      
We really do need a proper resolution of this to ensure the pavement is not covered in this sort of mess in the future.

Distracted by Christmas

Tomorrow – Friday 14th December – and on Saturday :
Distracted by Christmas – at Platform Arts, Riverside Drive.
An original comedy with the highs and lows of Christmas – the lists, the shopping, the baking, the cooking, the decorating, the expectations … the distractions that can overwhelm and overtake the real meaning of Christmas.  
Come prepared to laugh!
It starts at 8pm and is free of charge but reservations recommended by emailing info@newscottish.org

Scotland Gas Networks work on Riverside Drive starts today #dundeewestend

As indicated in the council’s weekly road report I shared yesterday, gas network work commmences  on Riverside Drive today.
Scotland Gas Networks’ Stakeholder and Community Officer has advised me as follows :
“Following discussions with Dundee City Council, our project will start on Monday 30 July and last approximately six weeks. We’ve split the project into two phases to help minimise disruption.
During phase one of our work we’ll be working in Riverside Drive, near the entrance for Barnetts Mazda garage. To ensure everyone’s safety while we work, two-way temporary traffic lights will be in place around our work area. We expect this phase to be complete within three weeks.
Our work will then continue eastwards along the road. During phase two we’ll be working east of Tay Rail Bridge and three-way temporary traffic lights will be in place around our work area. Riverside Approach will also be closed to southbound traffic and a diversion route will be in place for motorists.
We’ve created a dedicated webpage for this project which can be accessed through the following link – here
We always aim to minimise disruption and we will make every effort to ensure our works are completed as soon as possible.”

McGonagall’s Walk to be repaired

Following concerns expressed to me by residents that McGonagall’s Walk on Riverside Drive has been damaged during recent flood prevention works, the City Council has given assurances that the walk will be repaired.
The council’s City Development Director has now advised me :
“My Officers have investigated the damage to McGonagall’s Walk art installation and established that there are seven cracked slabs and damage to one of the words which has removed one of the letters.
The damage to the slabs occurred during the construction of the new seawall.  This has been raised with the contractors and who have advised that they will replace the damaged slabs, including the art work.  The damage to the individual letter was not caused by the contractor and this will be replaced by the Council.”  
I am pleased the walk is to be fully repaired as it is part of the city’s heritage – the work will be completed in the coming months.
McGonagall’s Walk  is embedded in the pavement for 150 metres along Riverside Drive west of the V&A at Dundee.   It is includes an inscription of McGonagall’s poem, “The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay.”