West End playpark improvements

Having long campaigned for an upgrade to the Victoria Park playpark, it is good to see the proposals for the impending improvements agreed by the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee – here’s a couple of images of the plans that should be completed before the end of March :

 

Last July, I raised with the council residents’ requests to make improvements at the playpark in Milnbank Road/Bankmill Road and I am pleased at the positive response to my request.   On Monday, the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee will consider the following proposal :

Milnbank Play Area – Improve all surfacing within the play area. This includes removing slabbed surface and replacing with rubber mulch safety surface and additional ground restoration works.

I am also pleased that the following proposal is also being considered on Monday :

Magdalen Green Play Area – Improve stability of the well-used banking by installation of a Scramble net to enhance play for users and additional restoration to safety surfacing.

‘A leap of faith into the future’ exhibition at Roseangle Arts Café

The ‘A leap of faith into the future’ exhibition will run from today until this Saturday [5th March 2016] and can be viewed from 10am to 4pm daily.    Last night, I attended the preview, which was excellent – see a photo from the exhibition below :
The exhibition is a Futures Project run by Craigowl Communities.    Futures Project works with people whose lives have been impacted on by homelessness and Roseangle Arts Café is a community café that supports people to progress into employment;   both are Craigowl Communities projects.
 
Jeannette Ginslov, the exhibition facilitor points out that “Art as therapy, movement and creating interactive media using mobile devices, is beneficial to the Craigowl Future’s clients, as the sessions shift perception, instil confidence and create a sense of creative agency.
 
“Each participant has had a hurdle to overcome and through these sessions, they have opened themselves to change and a sense of belief and courage that is needed to move with confidence into the future.
 
““Making, creating and devising by any means makes any person feel adventurous, brave and accomplished.”
 
The exhibition is excellent and well worth a visit this week.

Dog Bin – Roseangle

I received a complaint from a resident at the end of last week that the dog bin on the cycle path from Greenmarket to Roseangle (at the Roseangle end) appeared to be full to over-flowing – see right.   Not a pretty sight.
 
I immediately asked the council’s Environment Department on Friday to have it emptied and tidied and this was done swiftly.   The department responded as follows :
 
“This has been investigated and the operator spoken too. The operator confirmed there were bags on top of bin and on the ground and approx 8.15am today. 
 
He did also mention that after uplifting the bags on top of the bin, when opening the lid, the bin was no where near full, possibly meaning that the dog owner /owners may in fact have just placed the bag on top of the bin, which is strange.
Anyway, the bin is clean and empty now and we will continue to monitor.”
 
As the local resident pointed out :
 
“I think it’s because the bin itself is filthy and difficult to open.    Perhaps it should be replaced with a newer one.   People wouldn’t dump bags on top if bin was accessible.”
 
That’s a good point and I have requested that this old dog bin be replaced with a new one.

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark : an update

I raised residents’ concerns recently about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved and footfall is very significantly increased.
 
I have contacted both the City Council’s Head of Transportation and the Road Policing Unit at Police Scotland, asking if a speed survey could be carried out.   
 
The council’s Head of Transportation has now advised :
 
“With regard to parked cars on Riverside Approach near the railway overbridge a site inspection was carried out but there were only vehicles parked on the south side of the build out for this particular visit.
I will arrange for further inspections and from the observations I will arrange to include this location for consideration in the next batch of locations in the variation to waiting restrictions traffic regulation order programme.
From previous site inspections there were no high speed vehicles observed but I will arrange for Riverside Approach to be added to the next list of locations for a traffic speed survey.
With regard for the possibility of a pedestrian crossing on Riverside Approach linking Magdalen Green and the play ground, initial observations are that the pedestrian and cycle count and traffic flows are too low to justify a pedestrian crossing at this particular location.
I will however arrange for the vehicles and the pedestrian count crossing survey to be carried out and advise you of the results from the survey.”
 
I will, of course, keep residents updated once the results of the survey are known.

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark

I have had a number of residents’ concerns recently about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved as the footfall is very significantly increased.    The following comment from a resident is typical :
 
“I want to draw your attention to my concerns of the road safety around the new fantastic Roseangle play park specifically the crossing from the play park to Magdalen Green (Riverside Approach).
 
There are two issues as I see it.
 
One of parked cars around that crossing and secondly of the speed of cars on the road around the crossing.”
 
I have contacted both the City Council’s Head of Transportation and the Road Policing Unit at Police Scotland, asking if a speed survey could be carried out.   
 
Some years ago, I asked about the possibility of a pedestrian crossing across Riverside Approach from Magdalen Green to the playpark side.    At that time there wasn’t the footfall to meet the criteria but given the increase in usage of the playpark, I have asked that this be reassessed.