Getting things done – Seymour Street #dundeewestend

Residents recently complained to me about potholes on the road surface of Seymour Street towards its north end.
 
I raised this with the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised as follows :
 
“A pothole repair order was raised … with a timescale for repair of approximately thirty days.”

Getting things done : Seymour Street

Residents have again complained to me about further potholes on the roadway of Seymour Street.
 
I reported this to the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and an officer has responded as follows :
 
“I have spoken to the Inspector for the above location and he advised that an order has been raised to carry out repairs.  I can advise that repairs will be carried out with the Planer Patcher once Winter Maintenance is complete.”

Getting things done – Fort Street and Richmond Terrace

Residents have complained to me about the deteriorating state of the roadway in both Fort Street and in adjacent Richmond Terrace.   The Fort Street road surface is pictured – below:

I have reported this to the City Council’s Road Maintenance Partnership (RMP), requesting improvements.

 
Updates on other road repairs required that I have recently raised on behalf of residents :
 
Norwood Crescent :   RMP has responded – “With reference to your email, an order has been raised to fill a number of potholes in Norwood Crescent with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days or sooner.”
 
Seymour Street :   RMP has replied – “An order has been raised to carry out pothole repairs at this location with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days or sooner.”

Getting things done – Blackness Avenue, Hyndford Street and Seymour Street

Residents have brought to my attention that fact that some of the gullies at road edges in Blackness Avenue, Hyndford Street and Seymour Street are full and blocked.   I reported this to the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership who have advised:
 
“Gullies are cleaned on cyclic maintenance with a frequency of approximately twice per eighteen months with particular attention given to gullies at low points. The gullies in the area will be checked by the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector who will arrange for an additional emptying if required. This will be done as soon as resources are available.”

Seymour Street and Shaftesbury Road – an update

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I had raised with Dundee City Council the poor state of repair of parts of Seymour Street’s roadway (see right) and the west end of Shaftesbury Road.

The City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has now updated me as follows:

“With reference to your email below, the Road Maintenance Partnership inspector has raised an order for the repair of the potholes in Seymour Street and Shaftesbury Road with a timescale for repair of twenty eight days or sooner. He has also raised an order to re-bed the setts in the channel and this will be done as soon as resources are available and earlier priorities have been dealt with.”

(The sunken setts in the channel that are to be re-bedded are in Shaftesbury Road).

Assault concern

As reported in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, both I and my ward colleague Richard McCready have condemned the shocking assault last Sunday on a 23 year old man who was hit by a vehicle at the junction of Shaftesbury Road and Seymour Street.  

He was unhurt in the initial collision but then suffered a broken nose and two black eyes following the driver of the vehicle assaulting him after the collision.

This area of the West End is a very pleasant part of Dundee and this sort of dreadful assault is highly unusual.   As I indicated in the Tele tonight, whilst this may be an isolated incident, I am absolutely sure Tayside Police is making every effort to apprehend the individual responsible.

Junction of Seymour Street and Perth Road

Back in July, I mentioned that at the south end of Seymour Street, there is an area of grass on the south side down which water constantly flows, and then across the pavement of Perth Road.

At the time, I met with a local resident on-site and we agreed that, given there’s a street drain to the immediate west, simply providing a channel to let the water flow into the drain, rather than across the pavement, would be the obvious solution – something I wrote to the City Engineer about.  

He has now responded positively as follows :

“Scottish Water has tested the water at the above location and confirmed that it is neither sewage nor water from a leaking water mains.

I have agreed to arrange for a low cost interception trap to be excavated within the grass verge, this will then be connected to the road gully as suggested.

This should hopefully prevent the water from running across the footway causing potential slipping problems in winter.”

Seymour Street/Perth Road

At the south end of Seymour Street, there is an area of grass on the east side down which water constantly flows, and then across the pavement of Perth Road.
 
Needless to say, in winter, the water freezes, meaning that the pavement becomes a sheet of ice.  It is just as well there’s the grit bin nearby (see above)!
 
I met with a local resident on-site last week and we agreed that, given there’s a street drain to the immediate west, simply providing a channel to let the water flow into the drain, rather than across the pavement, would be the obvious solution.
 
I have therefore contacted the City Engineer suggesting this.

Latest West End issues

* Following concerns from residents about flooding at the Seymour Street/Perth Road junction, I reported this to both Scottish Water and the City Council. The City Council has responded as follows :

“The area inspector for Seymour Street has checked the complaint about the flow of water at the Perth Road/Seymour Street junction and has been unable to ascertain the cause of the water overflowing the footway. Scottish Water is to be notified of the problem as the source may be from their apparatus.”

* I recently reported the damaged street sign at Hillside Place. I have received the following feedback from the council :

“I will check this street name plate during this week and include any replacement in the next street name plate order. As yet I don’t have a timescale for completion of this but will aim to update you when this information is available.”


* I also raised the mess of the grass in Logie Avenue. The Housing Department has responded – the area has been raked and will be re-seeded soon.

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.

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.