Following concerns from residents about road safety at the bend in Riverside Place where the main leg of the road goes to the east after drivers come into Riverside Place from Perth Road, I raised this with the City Council and have received the following positive feedback :
“I have checked the existing road markings on the aerial photos (street is under currently under snow).
The existing road markings are in a poor condition and require to be re-marked. Being more visibly may be all that is required.”
* A resident pointed out to me that there is inadequate street signage for Hazel Avenue – signs are missing at the junction with Hazel Drive and there is only one, poor conditioned, one at the junction with Perth Road. I reported this to the City Development Department and have received the following response : “The street name plates at Hazel Avenue referred to in your email below will be checked within the next two weeks.
It is unlikely that any replacement signs will be erected by the end of the financial year however those required will be attended to as soon as possible thereafter.”
Subjects covered include school buses in the West End, Dundee Airport parking charges, West End Christmas Week, signs in Osborne Place and the boundary fencing round the former Homebase site on Riverside Drive.
You can read the update by going tohttp://tinyurl.com/weccnov09.
The Community Council meets tomorrow at 7pm, at Logie St John’s (Cross) Church Hall in Shaftesbury Terrace.
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.
The additional funding has already allowed for an increased programme in the current financial year (2007/8) including, in the West End, part of the pavements of Farington Street. I was pleased to learn that, one of the final projects in the 2007/8 year, will be upgrading part of Perth Road’s pavements, on the south side towards its western extremity. Householders living there (from Riverside Place westwards to 596 Perth Road and those between 610 and 630 Perth Road) have now been advised that, subject to their approval, works here on pavement improvement will start in the near future.
The Council will then undertake its 2008/9 programme (yet to be finalised but based on a priority scoring system) and this will benefit pavements in various parts of the City.
On another matter, the road surface (and associated cycle way and lighting) is to be improved on Riverside Avenue (from its junction with Riverside Drive and up to the junction with Wright Avenue near the Riverside Civic Amenity Site) is to be improved, with works starting on Saturday 9th February. The road will be closed during the works, lasting two weeks, with a diversion via Perth Road.