Numerous residents in Rosefield Street, Forest Park Road and Forest Park Place have been in contact with me recently regarding the City Council’s recent proposal to introduce a wheelie bin collection in parts of these streets.
Although some residents have welcomed the move away from the old ‘traditional’ polybin collection as it had its problems, many residents are concerned that in some parts of the area, there may be problems with wheelie bins being left out on the street permanently – an on-going issue in streets like Peddie Street, Blackness Street, Hawkhill and parts of Blackness Road, for example.
Both I and the chair of the local community group – Community Spirit – have raised these concerns with the City Council and a representative of the Waste Management Department will be attending the next meeting of Community Spirit to discuss the issue. It is good to see the department engaging with local residents to discuss the matter.
The Waste Management Department has also advised me :
“We will be monitoring the situation once wheelie bins are introduced. We will allocate one wheelie bin per property and label the bin which will enable us to identify the household should there be an issue regarding bins being left kerbside, outwith collection day. In this instance we can letter households, reminding them of their responsibilites within the scheme. The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department will be responsible for non-compliance in relation to back areas.
We are consulting with City Development looking at introducing eurobins into Peddie Street. If this goes ahead and proves successsful, we may review the arrangements in Rosefield Street and Forest Park Road should the wheelie bins prove problematic.”
Given the concerns that a wheelie bin fire caused in Peddie Street last September, moves to look at alternative collection arrangements here will be welcomed by residents.
Last night’s Evening Telegraph reported on a number of recent break-ins in Marchfield Road, Pitfour Street, Rosefield Street and Peddie Street, together with my comments expressing concern about this.
Intrusion into people’s homes causes great upset and anxiety to householders, in addition to the theft of personal possessions.
I have no doubt that Tayside Police will be putting in significant resources to apprehending those responsible and the co-operation of any members of the public with information is vital.
A super and relaxing Christmas & I hope all residents had a lovely Christmas too!
The main issue raised by residents over the past few days has, unsurprisingly, been winter maintenance and I am continuing to raise with the City Council on all issues raised. One specific issue that I agree with residents does need addressing is the lack of gritting at many bus stops, making it difficult for elderly folk in particular to get on and off buses. I have raised this with the City Engineer and the Head of Transportation.
I was speaking with the Courier this afternoon (on an unrelated matter) and was advised that theDundee man who died just before Christmas after falling on the station concourse at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station has just been named as James Clark of Rosefield Street in the West End. Our thoughts must be with Mr Clark’s family at this very sad time.
I have written back saying “I am concerned that the pavement is being left and only being monitored at this time, particularly the usage by elderly people from the Paton’s Lane and Seafield Lane sheltered housing complexes” and pressing for assurances about resurfacing.
I have also received assurances about pavement repairs on Perth Road east of the Invercarse Hotel (north side) and have raised residents’ complaints about pavement condition on parts of Seafield Road and on Blackness Road (north side around Rosefield Street and Rosefield Place).