Seymour Street south end

You will recall that, following my request to Tayside Police to upgrade the footpath area beside Seymour Lodge, this was undertaken last September (see http://www.dundeewestend.com/2008/09/seabraes-and-seymour-street.html to view more on this).
 
Following the upgrading work being completed, I asked the City Engineer if the footpath can now be adopted by the local authority.   He has responded positively as follows :
 
“I can confirm that this section of footpath is now in its one year’s contractors maintenance period and will be be adopted in October 2009.”
 
He has also confirmed that this end of Seymour Street is now included in winter maintenance arrangements and that a grit bin has been sited at the Perth Road end of the path.
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Seabraes and Seymour Street

Good to see the work to upgrade the footpath at the south end of Seymour Street starting yesterday (see my news release below).    I’m also grateful to the Waste Management Department’s Rapid Response Team who, following my request, have cleaned off graffiti (some offensive) at Seabraes.
 
NEWS RELEASE :   Improvement to popular pathway in West End now started
 
Dundee City Councillor for the West End, Cllr Fraser Macpherson, said today that he was delighted that upgrading works on an area of pathway which is extremely well used by residents in the West End, but currently in very poor condition, has now started this week.  The thoroughfare from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road, adjacent to Seymour Lodge is owned by Tayside Police and Cllr Macpherson congratulated the Police on their positive response to his request that the Force upgrade it.
 
Earlier this year, two representatives of Tayside Police met Cllr Macpherson on-site, and it resulted in agreement by Tayside Police to upgrade and resurface the west side of the thoroughfare, adjacent to Seymour Lodge, a building in the Force’s ownership.
 
Cllr Macpherson said, “The pathway has deteriorated badly over the years and resurfacing it and creating a proper pavement edge will be a boon to local pedestrians.    I am grateful to Tayside Police for its positive response on this matter.”

Seymour Street Update

As I previously indicated (see http://www.dundeewestend.com/2008/02/pathway-adjacent-to-seymour-lodge.html to view), the pathway beside Seymour Lodge will soon be upgraded, with thanks to Tayside Police, who own this popular walkway.    The City Council has updated me on the improvement works as follows:

 

Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating footpath improvement works. The Order is expected to be in force for three weeks from 8 September 2008. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

 

The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all pedestrian traffic in Seymour Street from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road.

 

This section of Seymour Street is only used by pedestrians therefore vehicular traffic is unaffected.

 

An alternative route will be available via Shaftesbury Road, Hyndford Street and Perth Road.


Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, Planning and Transportation Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date.

 

If you have any queries please contact the City Council on 433168.

 

Update : Path adjacent to Seymour Lodge

If you click on the headline above, you’ll recall that, back in February, I raised the issue of the state of the pathway to the side of Seymour Lodge (the thoroughfare from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road), which is extremely well used by residents in the West End, but currently in very poor condition (see below).

At the time, I contacted Tayside Police to request that the Force upgrade an area of pathway as it is in their ownership, and I am now pleased to advise that the Police have now confirmed that the upgrading works will take place at the start of September.

A Tayside Police representative has now written to me as follows :


“I can confirm that an order has been placed this morning with Tayside Contracts for carrying out the works to Seymour Street.

“It is anticipated that they will be on site at the start of September to carry out the works. We tried pushing for an earlier start date but due to their commitments with the school projects that is not possible.”

The pathway has deteriorated badly over the years and the commitment to resurface it and create a proper pavement edge will be a boon to local pedestrians. I am grateful to Tayside Police for its positive response on this matter.

Thoroughfare from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road, adjacent to Seymour Lodge

I am very pleased at the positive response from Tayside Police to my request that the Force upgrade an area of pathway in their ownership, that is extremely well used by residents in the West End, but currently in very poor condition.
Last month, I raised the condition of the thoroughfare from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road, adjacent to Seymour Lodge (click on headline above to view) and this led to two representatives of Tayside Police meeting me on-site last Wednesday, and a resultant agreement by Tayside Police to upgrade and resurface the west side of the thoroughfare, adjacent to Seymour Lodge, a building in the Force’s ownership.

I have to say that I am delighted by Tayside Police’s very prompt and efficient response to requests for an upgrade that I have received from local residents. The pathway has deteriorated badly over the years and the commitment to resurface it and create a proper pavement edge will be a boon to local pedestrians.

The Police have indicated that it will take some weeks for work to progress as there will be a need to liaise with the local authority on drainage issues. However, their representatives advised that they would progress this issue as a priority.

Pathway adjacent to Seymour Lodge

The Courier has, this morning, kindly covered the issue I have raised about the condition of the pathway from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road, adjacent to Seymour Lodge. The pathway is well used by local people but is in poor condition.
Towards the end of last year, a number of residents had approached me regarding the condition of the roadway and parking area here and I therefore contacted Tayside Police regarding it, as the Police own the adjacent Seymour Lodge property.
The response from the Force Solicitor was as follows, “I have had a look at our title and it seems that TRC {the former Tayside Regional Council} made an order – The Tayside Region (Seymour Street, Dundee) (Prohibition of Driving) Order 1987 – which prohibited driving on a one metre length of the street at a point 20 metres south of Shaftesbury Road. That’s where and when the bollards were erected. The road had an unmade surface at this time and it was closed to through traffic due to the poor condition of the road.”

Tayside Police did, however, confirm that it is in ownership of the western part of the roadway from Shaftesbury Road to Perth Road – the part adjacent to Seymour Lodge itself. As it is the section used by pedestrians to walk between the two streets, I have now written to both the Chief Constable and the Force’s solicitor asking that a section of pathway be upgraded to provide a decent surface for pedestrians, free of trip hazards. It is very clear that this section of pathway would be considered a right of way, having been so used without substantial and effective interruption for at least 20 years.