Getting things done – Roseangle car park and playpark #dundeewestend

 
I am grateful to the residents who recently highlighted to me the fallen fence between the car park and playpark at Roseangle.
 
I contacted both City Development at the council (responsible for the car park) and Neighbourhood Services (responsible for the playpark) and the Head of Environment responded helpfully as follows :
 
“I can confirm that the local environment manager has picked this issue up and is arranging for an urgent repair.”

Getting things done – Roseangle #dundeewestend

 
Residents have highlighted to me significant flooding again recently at the south end of Roseangle.
 
I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been given an assurance that a gully motor will attend the site and deal with any gullies that are blocked.

Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities: Bridging the Divide

Residents are invited to this Scottish Universities Insight Institute event next Thursday – 5th December – in the West End as part of the ‘Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities Project’. 
 
In an informal morning celebration, the project will be sharing the ideas and insights generated in its knowledge cafés, held earlier this year, to identify collaborative university-community approaches to improving health and wellbeing for all.    The event takes place at Roseangle Kitchen Café.
 
In the afternoon, in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee, the keynote speaker, Dr Matt Dolf, who is irector, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing, University of British Columbia, will be joined by representatives of the UK Healthy Universities Network and community residents in providing local, national and international perspectives on developing healthier and happier communities. 
 
You can read more about this interesting day and book either the morning or afternoon session – or both – here.

The Truacanta Project – workshop at Roseangle Kitchen Cafe #dundeewestend

 
 
The Truacanta Project is about helping communities unleash their compassion and find ways to help each other with death, dying, loss and care.  It is part of the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief initiative, which promotes more open and supportive attitudes and behaviours relating to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland.
 
The Truacanta Project is a new initiative being run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.   The project will support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.   More information about the Truacanta project is available here.
 
A Knowledge Sharing Workshop with interested parties to establish what is missing and needed in Dundee is taking place next Wednesday – 20th November – between 1pm and 3.30pm in the Roseangle Kitchen Cafe, 132 Perth Road and lunch will be provided.  
 
This is a community event, connecting people in Dundee who have a mutual interest in improving people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.   All are welcome to get your views on :
 
• What are your priorities and experiences?
• What do you think is missing?
• How can we make talking about death and dying easier?
• Where should we start?
• Who else should be involved?
 
Please come along and share your ideas about how members of the community, third sector organisations, health and social care teams, and universities can work better together in this area.
 
Please book a place here

Getting things done – Roseangle #dundeewestend

I recently raised, with the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership, concerns on behalf of residents about the state of part of the north side of Roseangle.
 
I have now received the following positive response :
 
“An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector for a pothole to be carried out with a timescale for completion of approximately thirty days.”

Pedestrian safety near Roseangle playpark #dundeewestend

I have previously raised residents’ concerns about pedestrian safety near the Roseangle playpark since the playpark was improved and footfall significantly increased.
 
Having have received more concerns, I again contacted the City Council’s roads and transportation division about this and have received the following feedback from one of the roads engineers :
 
“Myself and three other colleagues visited this location to assess the situation.
As you are aware, our road safety budget is prioritised by identifying accident cluster sites within the city and providing improvements to reduce the likelihood of recurrences. At the location in question, there have been no recorded injury accidents at this location in the last three years and so would not displace any other cluster site under consideration.
While we were on site … vehicle speeds approaching this crossing point were not excessive and those vehicles approaching from Riverside Drive were slow having turned the tight radius onto the railway bridge.
I will carry out further surveys at this location to determine if there is a significant problem.”
 
I will be continuing to pursue this issue and will keep residents updated.

Roseangle temporary closure – 204 bus service

Further to the Temporary Traffic Order for a temporary road closure from tomorrow in Roseangle to properly restore the setted road surface following temporary repairs, I asked the City Council if special arrangements to ensure the 204 bus can run along most of its route [as was done during the last temporary closure] could be undertaken again. 

 
The Transport Controller in the council’s Sustainable Transport Team advised me as follows :
 
“The same diversion will be in place for this closure as the last.
Travelling towards Ninewells, service 204 will omit Rosenangle, Magdalen Yard Road and Windsor Street.
Travelling towards city centre, service 204 will serve Windsor Street and Magdalen Yard Road by using the Riverside Approach junction to turn, before travelling back up Windsor Street and then east along Perth Road to the city centre. 
This allows passengers to board the 204, travel to the city centre and then stay on the bus to take them to Ninewells. 
Although this increases passengers journey time it means they do not have to walk uphill to Perth Road to catch a bus travelling towards Ninewells.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Roseangle

From the City Council (this second closure is to properly restore the setted road surface which has a temporary repair after work last month) :
 
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 SGN service connection works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Roseangle (between Perth Road and Seabraes Court), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Tuesday 20 June 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Perth Road / Windsor Street / Magdalen Yard Road.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

204 bus – Roseangle closure arrangements

I previously advised that, from tomorrow for up to 5 days, Roseangle will be closed to through traffic (towards the Perth Road end) from tomorrow due to gas connection works.
 
I have been in touch with the City Council regarding the running of the 204 bus which comes down Roseangle then along Magdalen Yard Road on its route from the City Centre to Ninewells Hospital.
 
As this bus is used by many elderly residents for whom a walk uphill from Magdalen Yard Road or up Windsor Street is a struggle, I was anxious to see what could be done to minimise the effect of the road closure.
 
I am pleased to advise that the council’s Sustainable Transport Team Leader has now advised me that :
 
“We have been in discussion about the possibility of serving Magdalen Green area during the Roseangle closure (5 days from Monday, 22 May 2017).   Obviously I’m keen to offer something to the residents living between Perth Road and Magdalen Green but it’s not easy to do so without compromising the timetable of the 204.   
I have taken the view that most users of the service come into Dundee City Centre and therefore I have approached Stagecoach and asked that they try and serve Magdalen Green on the way into town.  They’ll do that by coming down Windsor Street and as far as the triangular junction of roads at Riverside Approach, turn there and then back up to the Perth Road via Windsor Street.  On the way out of town the bus will only serve the Perth Road and will miss out Magdalen Green.  Hopefully passengers can manage the downhill walk if alighting on Perth Road.    Notices have been put out … at affected stops.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Roseangle

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 SGN service connection works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Roseangle (between Perth Road and Seabraes Court), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 22 May 2017 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Alternative routes are available via Perth Road / Windsor Street / Magdalen Yard Road.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Mike P Galloway
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

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.

Roseangle empty property – action taken

The recent decision by the City Council to undertake a compulsory purchase of the derelict property at 28 Roseangle, which I warmly welcomed, resulted in several constituent concerns about another empty property in Roseangle – Number 2 at the top end of the Street (see right).
 
This has planning approval for a restaurant and bar but this has not made any real progress.
 
As one constituent pointed out :
 
“2 Roseangle … is deteriorating fast.  I was shocked to see lots of pigeons flying in and out of the cupola recently and there has been a broken window facing the street … surely the owner must keep the building wind and watertight?”
 
I contacted the City Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer about the situation and have now been advised :
 
“I have issued a letter requesting the property to be made wind and watertight.”

Roseangle Recycling Centre

Further to my item last week about the overflowing recycling at the Roseangle Recycling Centre, I am pleased to advise that the City Council has now updated me as follows :
 
“I am pleased to inform you that the following works will be undertaken as soon as possible this week at Roseangle Mini Recycling Centre (no later than Thursday 23rd July).
 
• The current large glass containers will be removed and replaced with a smaller 3 chamber glass unit to create space.
• One additional plastics container will be installed.
• One additional paper and cardboard container will be installed.
 
Appropriate signage will be displayed to explain the changes to MRC users.   We will continue monitoring the site and at this stage.”

More recycling and bin collection changes for the West End

Yesterday, the City Council announced the detail of Phase 2 of the changes to bin collection and recycling arrangements for the West End (and parts of the Lochee Ward).   The Environment Department advises me that :
 
“Arrangements for Phase 2
 
•         First collections – these will start  w/c Monday 9th November 2015. 
 
•         Bin deliveries – these will take place during the two weeks prior to commencement (w/c 26th October & w/c 2nd November).Combined collection calendars and full service information leaflets will also be  delivered during this period. 
 
•         Teaser leaflets –Phase 2 residents will have received notification of the forthcoming changes via a “teaser” leaflet to be delivered mid-September – this leaflet will advertise local roadshows and events, as well as providing  information on the new service. This information will also signpost residents to the council website, e-mail address and phone line, should they have any queries. 
 
•         Consultation and engagement – a range of consultation & engagement activities will be ongoing throughout the phase 2 area during the summer and autumn, with residents notified of meetings & events via press, local advertising and, where applicable, by letter. We will, of course, notify Councillors in the affected areas of any meetings, roadshows or events taking place within their ward.”
 
Main features include :
 
• Weekly separate food waste collection 
 
• Increased range of materials accepted in blue bins. This is currently used for paper and card but will be able to also accept plastics and metal. Frequency of uplifts to change from 4-weekly to 2-weekly 
 
• Slimline burgundy bin for mixed glass – collected 4-weekly 
 
• Reduction from weekly to fortnightly general waste collections 
 
• Expanded assisted collection service – now available for blue & burgundy bin collections 
 
• No change to garden waste service 
 
In phase 2 of are the areas around Tullideph Pentland City Road Brook Street, eastern part of Blackness Road, Peddie Street, South Tay Street and Windsor Street.    There is a significant change to the Phase 2 that was originally agreed at council committee in that the Perth Road Lanes and surrounding area is now excluded, something I have queried with the Environment Department.
 
A plan showing the areas that are included is below – although you can click here to download a high-definition PDF map that allows you to zoom to show particular streets :
Last night’s Evening Telegraph article also highlighted my concerns about the continued inadequate serving of the Roseangle Recycling Centre.    This has been an on-going issue and I have received the following assurance from the City Council :
 
“We will be reconfiguring the bin types and capacities at Roseangle over the coming days. This work is currently being scheduled.”
 
As you can see (below) the Roseangle centre was given a tidy up earlier this week following my raising the latest concern :
I have also been promised similar attention to the overflowing centre at Kings Cross Road, following a complaint to me about it from a City Road constituent who uses that centre regularly.

Improving collections at the Roseangle recycling facility

I have previously highlighted problems with the recycling centre at Roseangle overflowing (particularly the plastics bins) and constituents again highlighted this over the past couple of days, as reported in last night’s Evening Telegraph.
 
The centre was serviced and tidied at my request yesterday so is now looking a lot better:
However, the substantive issue is that the facility either requires more bins or more regular servicing.   The Environment Department’s Head of Policy and Performance responded to me as follows yesterday on these points as follows:
 
“With regard to the above issue, the ongoing concern seems to be the amount of plastics waste (bulky, and any bins for this commodity tend to fill a lot more quickly than other commodities). Ideally we would like to reconfigure the amount of bins on the site – but owing to the space constraints there, this could mean removing a bin for another commodity, which would prove problematic in other ways.
Additionally, our collection framework is set up in such a way that carrying out another collection here would be challenging operationally, so we are therefore actively looking into reconfiguring the site to have smaller bins for some of the other commodities, thus allowing more room for additional plastic bin(s). As soon as this is undertaken, a member of the team will advise you.”
 
In response I made the point that expanding the facility to the immediate west may prove viable and had this follow-up helpful reply:
 
“We intend to try to make improvements to the configuration to better accommodate the plastics volume as our first change – if we could expand the site as you suggest, it would certainly be of value. We will therefore investigate this aspect as well.
Just for noting, the majority of our resources this week are devoted to the container delivery and associated programmes, so it may be a week or so before we can make any potential changes at this site.”

Roseangle – new playpark taking great shape!

This morning I had the pleasure of touring the Roseangle Playpark site along with Sharon Dickie of the playpark campaign.   Its still a construction site but the new playpark is taking great shape.   It was good to tour it on the day the new turf was being laid, a sign that the project is moving towards completion. 
 
Here’s some photographs from today’s site visit :

 

 

 

 

 

Works starts on the new Roseangle playpark

Yesterday, work to create the new Roseangle playpark commenced with the start of removing the old play equipment.   There was a feeling of some poignancy at seeing the old playpark being removed but the new playpark when completed in a couple of months will be a fantastic, modern facility for local children.
 
I was pleased to join Sharon Dickie of the playpark campaign and her children Emily and Daniel on-site yesterday – a couple of photos below and more are available on the campaign’s Facebook page :
Sharon, Emily, Daniel & me at the playpark today
Start of old playpark removal

Temporary closure of cycle path Greenmarket to Roseangle

The cycle path across the former rail goods yard, now digital media park, was closed earlier this month as a result of the construction works for the new Seabraes pedestrian bridge.    
 
The City Council has advised me :
 
“Signage was erected one week in advance to notify cyclists that the section of cycleway in question would be closed from the 14th October 2014.  Please see … photo.
 
The cycleway was closed … and appropriate diversion signs are in place.”
 
I have made the point to the City Council that, unlike a road closure, there is no advance Traffic Order notice system for cycle path closures.   So the first time one constituent who hadn’t used the path for a few weeks knew it was closed was when he walked along it, only to find the access blocked.   I have suggested an informal notice is published for such cycle path closures in future to allow advance publicity wider than at the site itself.
 
Here’s the diversion route during the works :