Getting things done – Riverside Drive #dundeewestend

Recently, the traffic safety bollards in the middle of Riverside Drive, just north of the Botanic Garden, were damaged – apparently struck by a vehicle – see photo :
 
 
I reported this, at the request of residents, to the City Council and am grateful for the prompt response to put a temporary arrangement in place.
 
The council has further advised :
 
“Tayside Contracts (is) … going to replace them within the next month with new highly reflective bollards, but they’re back up for now.”

Further flooding defence works at Riverside #dundeewestend

The council’s City Development Committee agreed to further flooding defence works at Riverside.      This will cover the western section from the Bridgeview Station Restaurant to the airport;   as residents will be aware the area east of this was completed at the start of 2018.
 
The Team Leader in the council’s infrastucture team has updated me as follows :
 
“The works generally consist of repointing the existing sea wall, replacing existing damaged stone copes and resurfacing the existing car parking area directly in front of the new flood-defence set-back wall.  Works also include the installation of a new footpath and drainage directly behind the wall. 
 
Works are currently programmed to commence on-site in February 2020 and will be completed by June 2020.”
 
As I have long campaigned for car park improvements for the section of parking west of the main public car park, the inclusion of surfacing it is very welcome.
 
Details of the area of the flooding defence works is given below :
 
 

Temporary Traffic Order – Riverside Drive

From the City Council :
 
THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 : SECTION 14(1)
 
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of rail bridge survey works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Riverside Drive (between Tesco roundabout and Bridgeview Café), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 2 October for 1 night (10pm to 6am).
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Perth Road / Hawkhill / West Marketgait / South Marketgait.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Getting things done – Riverside Drive #dundeewestend

Following concerns recently from residents about flooding on the rail bridge south of the Botanic Garden/Vernonholme on Riverside Drive, I raised the matter with the City Council and have received the following feedback from the environment supervisor in Neighbourhood Services :
 
“I checked the bridge … the drains are currently running clear and the road leading down to the bridge is also clear of any build up of detritus apart from half a dozen pine cones. 
 
The bridge itself and the road leading down to Riverside does have a severe build up of detritus.   This is due to the bridge having a 3.2 tonne weight limit.   We are unable to cross over it with our sweeper which is a 5 tonne vehicle.”
 
However, the Roads Maintenance Partnership has promised to monitor during rain and for build-up of debris.

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.