Road surface – Seafield Road #dundeewestend

As residents know, I have long campaigned to have the poor conditioned road surface of Seafield Road improved.
 
I am therefore pleased to have been advised by the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership, in reply to my lastest e-mail regarding this, as follows :
 
“Seafield Road has been identified for inclusion in future carriageway resurfacing schemes, provisionally 2020-2021 subject to budget availability.”

Getting things done – Seafield Road #dundeewestend

I have received residents’ complaints about the state of parts of the Seafield Road pavements – north of Cherry Blossom Nursery – and I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership.
 
I have received the following response about repairs that will now take place :
 
“An order has been raised to re-set six slabs in Seafield Road.”

Getting things done – Seafield Road

Residents who use the Seafield Road car park have complained about seagulls’ mess on their vehicles due to seagulls perching on the street lighting columns in the car park.
 
I contacted the City Council’s Street Lighting Partnership Manager about this and she has now helpfully advised as follows :
 
“Our nightshift crew attended and fitted spikes to the lanterns in the car park … Hopefully this will help with the situation.”

Rose Lodge – Charter for Involvement celebration

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of again visiting Rose Lodge, in Seafield Road, which provides high-quality housing and support for adults with learning difficulties.   

 
We were there to celebrate Rose Lodge’s involvement in the Charter for Involvement, an initiative by the National Involvement Network that is a series of 12 new statements that show how people who use support services want to be involved in the services they get, in the organisations that provide their services and in the wider community.
 
Alison Hogg and her team at Rose Lodge do a great job for all in their care and it was a lovely afternoon – here’s a couple of photos!

 

Getting things done – Seafield Road

Following complaints from residents about the poor pavement condition on the west side of Seafield Road, I reported this to the City Council.
 
The council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has responded positively as follows :
 
“The Roads Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area has raised an order for grano patching at this location.    There is no timescale for these works at present but they will be done as soon as resources are available and earlier priorities have been dealt with.”

Congratulations to Rose Lodge!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Rose Lodge, in Seafield Road, which provides high-quality housing and support for adults with learning difficulties.   
 
Rose Lodge was recently inspected by the Care Inspectorate and I visited yesterday to pass on my congratulations to Alison Hogg and her team for an absolutely excellent report.  To quote the Care Inspectorate :
 
Quality of Care and Support : 6 – Excellent
Quality of Staffing : 6 – Excellent
Quality of Management and Leadership : 6 – Excellent
 
As Alison says, the success of Rose Lodge is greatly assisted by the local community and supportive neighbours.
 
Here’s a photo from my visit yesterday, with Alison (far left) and some of the Rose Lodge service users.

Traffic Order : Seafield Road

From Dundee 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 SSE duct laying works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Seafield Road (north leg) (from its junction with Perth Road to number 50 Seafield Road), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Monday 26th November  2012 for 5 working days.
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
 
Access will be maintained where possible.
 
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Seafield  Road/Bellefield Avenue/Magdalen Yard Road/Roseangle/Perth Road.
 
For further information contact 433168.
 
Mike P Galloway
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Seafield Road pavements improvement – an update

Further to my recent update on the welcome improvements to the footways in Seafield Road, here’s details of information the City Council has given to local residents:

“Seafield Road – No 52 to Roseangle  : Footway Resurfacing Works

I wish to notify you that work is programmed to commence at the above location on  Monday 2 July, 2012 and will last approximately 14 days.  The contractor for the works is Tayside Contracts.  In the interest of public safety, and due to the nature of the works, a road closure will be implemented for both phases of the works.

Phase 1:-  East/west section of  Seafield Road – Nos 52 to 58. (Approx. duration – 6 days)
Phase 2:-  North/south section of  Seafield Road – No 66 to Roseangle (Approx. duration – 8 days)

For both phases, through traffic will be diverted via Roseangle, Bellfield Avenue and reverse for the duration of the works, with appropriate diversion signing in place for each phase.

No on-street parking will be allowed on the section of carriageway being worked on.  Access to the car park to the east of No 58 Seafield Road will be maintained, and limited access to properties within the closed section will be maintained, though delays may be experienced. We would, however ask that vehicular traffic movements be kept to a minimum, where possible. 

Please note that pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained throughout the works.

Please accept my apologies for any disruption these works may cause. I am sure that you will understand that footway maintenance work is unavoidable and necessitates a degree of inconvenience to road users.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Seafield Road

I have long argued for footway improvements in Seafield Road and am therefore pleased to have been advised of the following by Dundee City Council :

“Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating footway repairs and kerbing works.  The Order is expected to be in force for two weeks from 2 July 2012.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in (1) Seafield Road (East/West section) from number 50 to number 58 and (2) Seafield Road (North/South section) from number 66 to number 82.

Only one section will be closed at a time.  Access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be available via Seafield Road, Bellefield Avenue and Roseangle.

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee  DD1 1LS, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.  If you have any queries, please contact 433082.”

The footway along the east/west stretch referred to above is in particularly poor shape, with the kerbing badly damaged, and so the repairs and kerbing works will be warmly welcomed by local residents.

Getting things done … Bellefield Avenue and Seafield Road

I recently – on behalf of residents – raised complaints about the state of the roadway in Bellefield Avenue and Seafield Road.    

The City Council has now updated me as follows :

“An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector to fill various holes on Seafield Road carriageway and footway with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days.   An order has also been raised for the filling of a pothole on Bellefield Avenue with a timecale for completion of three days.”

I am pleased at the fast timeframe in getting the pothole at the south end of Bellefield Avenue as its a really deep hole in the road.

Recycling – Seafield Road area

Residents in the Seafield Road area have queried why they cannot recycle tins, plastice and glass via a household collection.

At their request, I raised this with the City Council’s Recycling Projects Officer, who advises :

“At present we are investigating different collection methodologies which may, in time, enable us to increase our kerbside collections of these materials across the city. In the meantime however, there are a number of Recycling Centres & Points in the vicinity of Seafield Road to enable your constituent to recycle his tins, plastics & glass:

•Neighbourhood Recycling Point for glass & paper at Ryehill Lane/Perth Road junction
•Mini Recycling Centre at Pennycook Lane car park for alu cans, textiles, glass & paper
•Mini Recycling Centre at Roseangle Car Park for plastics, alu cans, glass & paper
•Mini Recycling Centre at Tesco Riverside for alu cans, glass, paper & textiles.”

Friday activities …

Yesterday morning, in addition to meeting various constituents, I had a meeting with sheltered housing tenants at Sinderins Court, a City Council Environment official and Home Scotland staff about the waste and recycling bins at the complex – see right.   The current bins are overly large with heavy lids that some of the tenants find difficult to use.   During a very amicable meeting, agreement was reached on smaller communal bins and a more frequent collection.

Early yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the Cherry Blossom Nursery School in Seafield Road.   The nursery is beautifully build and provides excellent facilities for the local children who attend the nursery.   It transforms the site of a long-derelict property and previously badly overgrown grounds.   The welcoming lighting outside last night (see above right) was very impressive too!

Dundee Partnership Awards Dinner
Later yesterday evening, I attended the Dundee Partnership Awards Dinner at the City Chambers.    It was great to see a diverse group of awards winners, all of whom do a huge amount of good for communities across Dundee.   It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and hear more about the achievements of the winning groups.

Getting things done – Seafield Road

The footpaths in parts of Seafield Road are in a very poor state, especially on the south side opposite numbers 52-60 (see right).

On behalf of residents, I have asked the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership to undertake repairs and consider future full resurfacing of the pavement.    I have received the following positive response :

“A Roads Maintenance Partnership Inspector has been out to inspect the footways in Seafield Road as a result of this works to make safe have been ordered and the footways will be considered for structural works.”

Seafield Road – potholes

Following my raising residents’ complaints about potholes in Seafield Road with the City Council, I have now had the following response :
“An order to fill approximately fifteen potholes in Seafield Road was raised on the 9th of April with a timescale of 28 days. The area inspector will check whether this work has been carried out when he is next in the area.”

Graffiti clean-up – latest

I recently mentioned that the City Council’s Waste Management Department had confirmed to me that residents’ complaints I had raised about graffiti at Marchfield Road, Scott Street and Seafield Road would be cleaned off.

I am pleased to report that this had now been carried out with graffiti at the west end of Scott Street removed, street signage in Marchfield Road cleaned up and a Virgin media box, a wall, a telephone box and a GPO box all cleaned up last week.

The anti-graffiti initiative in the West End continues, with a community anti-graffiti action day taking place next month.

Working for the West End … latest updates

* I have, at the request of residents, raised street sweeping issues at Clovis Duveau Drive and Blackness Road and have received assurances from the Waste Management Department that these will be tackled.

* Following residents’ complaints about graffiti at various locations, I have raised these with the City Council. The Waste Management Department assures me that mess like this in Marchfield Road (above) and graffiti in Scott Street will be cleaned off and I have also raised graffiti issues at Seafield Road. I have also been assured by the Leisure & Communities Department that the mess of graffiti on the west wall of the allotments at Magdalen Green will be attended to.
* The City Council has given me details of the updated footways priority list which envisages the following streets in the West End being brought up to adoptable standard in 2010/11 – Glamis Place, Glamis Terrace and Seymour Avenue. I have raised queries on behalf of residents about some other streets that I view as a priority given their poor condition. I am pleased to note that the upgrading of the footpath on the south side of Perth Road west of the former Lawrie’s Nurseries is to commence in the near future.

Seafield Road – lighting update

Earlier this week, I advised of the City Council Chief Executive’s positive response to my request that street lighting replacement policy be altered so that streets like Seafield Road – where lamp posts have been removed following damage by motor vehicles – can get their street lights replaced.

On receipt of the Chief Executive’s feedback, I asked the City Engineer how quickly the light at the south end of Seafield Road can be replaced, and I have now been advised as follows :


“Due to the need to liaise and arrange with Scottish & Southern for the power supply and to order the materials and programme the work, the streetlight will be replaced within the next 4 weeks.”

Seafield Road pavements – an update

I recently raised with the City Council the condition of the pavements in Seafield Road (see http://tinyurl.com/pvtsseafield) and have now had the following feedback.

“The area inspector checked Seafield Road footways following your email and as a result of his inspection identified three damaged dropped kerbs which he proposed be removed and made safe.

 
In addition he noted eight actionable defects on the footway and raised an order for the repair of these with a timescale of twenty eight days (this work should now have been carried out).
 
Other than these items he did not note any other actionable defects. Road Maintenance is aware of the condition of the footways in Seafield Road and these have been ranked with other footways as part of the assessment exercise carried out in financial year 2008/2009.
 
Currently in the three year footway programme there are approximately 150 locations whose footways have been assessed as being in equal or worse condition than Seafield Road. It is not possible therefore to indicate a timescale for carrying out resurfacing works at this location.”
Whilst welcoming the defects that have been addressed, I have fed this response back to the residents at Rose Lodge and other local residents who raised concerns about the pavement condition suggesting a site visit with a City Development Department officer to discuss the overall condition of the pavements here, as I consider them to be in real need of resurfacing.

Street lighting policy – and Seafield Road

Further to my previous articles about concerns regarding street lighting policy in the city (see http://tinyurl.com/dundeelights) the City Council’s Chief Executive has now advised me of a change in policy with immediate effect. This will reverse the policy of not replacing street lights damaged by motor vehicles where the cost could not be reclaimed via the driver’s insurance policy.

Having first raised concerns about the impact of not replacing street lights back in May, I was disappointed that it seemed to take an age to address the issue, particularly as the darker nights drew in.

However, I am very pleased that the new Chief Executive has responded to my concerns – and those of other councillors – and we will now see the “missing” street lights replaced.

He has advised me earlier today as follows :

“I have been contacted by a number of elected members regarding the practice in relation to replacement of damaged street lighting, which was introduced as part of the 2009/10 Revenue Budget.

The concerns raised by elected members are that the non-replacement of damaged street lights is having an adverse effect on public safety and is not effective.

I have met with the Directors of City Development and Finance and we have agreed that, with immediate effect, this procedure should cease, and this will mean that forthwith all street lighting lampposts that are damaged or need replacement will be replaced.

The cost of this revised procedure is estimated to be £72,000 in the current financial year, and the Director of Finance has advised me this can be met from the Council’s Renewal & Repairs Fund. The cost in a full financial year, ie 2010/11 onwards, is estimated to be £130,000 and this provision will be included within the draft Capital Estimates, which will be considered at the Policy & Resources Committee in February 2010.”

It is vital that missing street lights are replaced urgently as community safety is paramount. If we take for example the missing street light in Seafield Road in the West End, the area around the missing street light has been plunged into darkness and I cannot stress enough how important it is that it is replaced soon.

I have today written to the City Engineer seeking a timescale for the replacement light for Seafield Road being installed.

 

Street Lighting – potentially good news

Further to my articles from earlier this week, about the policy of not replacement street lights where damaged by motor vehicles and the driver cannot be traced, the City Council Chief Executive called me this afternoon to advise that a report is to come to the City Development Committee on 7th December that will recommend amending the policy.

Although I have yet to see the detail, it is a step in the right direction that the policy is being reviewed.   I will be suggesting that all street lamps that have not been replaced across the city are replaced as a matter of urgency, including the street light in Seafield Road I referred to in my previous articles about this issue.

Street Lighting Concerns

I have called for urgent action by Dundee City Council to address changes to street lighting policy that has resulted in street lights in the city not being replaced after they have been damaged by vehicles.

This is a city wide problem, where it has very clear that the policy of non-replacement of street lighting where a vehicle damages a lamp standard and the cost of repair cannot be recovered from the driver, is simply not working.


Residents at the south end of Seafield Road are very concerned at the non-replacement of a street light, which has plunged the street into total darkness.

It is simply not good enough for the SNP City Development Convener to claim that the policy was adopted during the previous administration because the budget was passed unanimously and all aspects were discussed in an all-party setting.


Of the various changes to street lighting policy, it became clear very early on in the new financial year that, in reality, the policy of non-replacement in these circumstances was a totally false economy and I raised my concerns with the City Development Director and the then Chief Executive back at the start of May of this year.

I have been promised time and time again that my concerns are being looked into and the latest is that the new Chief Executive has promised me an update later this week on a report that is apparently being written to review the policy.

This report has taken an age to come to fruition and for the SNP Convener to say he has only become aware of the issue in the past two months is incredible – the concern had been raised with senior officials months ago. I made clear to the Chief Executive that it was vitally important that this matter was resolved before the clocks changed to GMT as this clock change would exacerbate the problem, but the SNP administration appears to be asleep on the job.

The residents in Seafield Road have been incredibly patient but it is about time the City Council acted to resolve the matter.

Pavements – Seafield Road

Getting things done 2Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with residents from Rose Lodge in Seafield Road. The residents recently had a meeting and concerns were raised about the state of the pavements in Seafield Road, particularly given that some of the residents have mobility difficulties.

As the photos (right and below) indicate, the pavements are in poor condition in places – the photo (right) in IMAGE_353particular shows how the south footpath (opposite 52-60) has been badly damaged by vehicles mounting the pavement due to the narrowness of the roadway.

I have raised the residents’ concerns with the City Council’s City Development Department, requesting repairs and provision of a safe walking surface. IMAGE_354

Nursery School proposal in Seafield Road

Back in 2000, before I was elected to the City Council, a planning application was approved to create a nursery school on the site of the derelict building at 33 Seafield Road.
The applicaton was not progressed at the time but remained valid due to some works within the five year validity period and now Taylor Brothers Limited is taking forward the planning consent.
Seafield Road is a narrow but busy road and many residents have expressed their concerns about traffic management arrangements, loss of trees and other issues.
Having discussed these concerns with residents, I met Graham Giblen from the company earlier today on-site to discuss their concerns. We discussed traffic management arrangements at length – I believe it is important that parents dropping off children do so, safely, off-street. We also discussed additional screening for adjacent residents.
I am pleased to discuss this further with residents at any time and can be contacted on 459378 or at fraser@frasermacpherson.org.uk.

Pavement condition complaints

I recently raised residents’ complaints about the condition of the south side footpath on Perth Road – between Thomson Street & Step Row. I have had the following feedback from the City Council :

“The area inspector checked this section of footway on the south side of Perth Road between Thomson Street and Step Row and noted a small number of areas where the footway surface was in less than perfect condition however these areas are too shallow to fill with temporary material. In the short term he will continue to inspect this footway on a regular basis and monitor its condition. It has been provisionally included in a future (not this financial year) programme of improvement works although this is subject to change dependant on funding and its ranking in terms of deterioration compared with all other footways included in the annual inspection to assess condition.”

 

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).

Road works in the West End next week

The City Council has advised me of the following road closures next week, from Monday 29th June for a maximum of 5 working days:
  • Cleghorn Street (between Benvie Road and Lochee Road) – due to Scottish Water maintenance works
  • Seafield Road (from Number 54 to the Roseangle junction) – due to electricity cable laying works
I am advised that pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.
 
Further details can be provided by the City Council – phone 433168.

Progress on West End Bus Shelters

 

As residents are aware, I have long campaigned for more bus shelters in the West End. Earlier this financial year, finance became available for an additional 16 shelters across the City and, as Planning & Transport Convener of the Council, I supported a fair dispersal of these across the city – 2 per city council ward.

The two new West End Ward ones are at Perth Road (south side near Seafield Road/Lane) and Magdalen Yard Road (north side near Servite Housing) – as you can see from the photos above taken yesterday – work is now in hand to build these.

Seafield Road – handrail

Some months ago, I asked the City Council for a handrail at the steepest part of Seafield Road, just south of Perth Road. This was following requests from residents, mainly elderly people. The Muirlands Sheltered Housing is close by.

Here’s me (above) pictured in Seafield Road in the past couple of days. As you can see, the handrail has now been provided and I am pleased at the City Council’s positive response.