Temporary Traffic Order – Shaftesbury Road

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Shaftesbury Road (from Seymour Street to approx. 35 metres in a westerly direction), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Tuesday 21 February 2017 for three working days.
No pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Diversion routes for vehicles and pedestrians are available via Seymour Street / Speed Street / Hyndford Street.
For further information contact 433082.
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Temporary Traffic Order – Shaftesbury Road

From the 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 carriageway reconstruction works.  The Order is expected to be in force for fifteen days from 17 November 2014.  Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Shaftesbury Road between the junctions with Hyndford Street and Grosvenor Road.
Access to Grosvenor Road from Perth Road will be maintained.  Rockfield Street is not affected by the works
An alternative route will be available via Hyndford Street, Perth Road, Rockfield Street and reverse.
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 call 433082.

Pavement reconstruction query

Earlier this week, a number of constituents contacted me to query why a section of the pavement in Shaftesbury Road has been dug up and is being resurfaced – see right.
Its a reasonably short length on the south side.    The City Council has advised me:
“This senior engineer who visited the Shaftesbury Road yesterday has advised that this section of footway was identified as the only granolithic concrete constructed section of footway on Shaftesbury Road and had been highlighted from inspections as being in poor condition and requiring upgrade.”
No-one is more keen than myself to see the many poor conditioned pavements in the area upgraded, but as constituents have pointed out, the section of pavement here really wasn’t in that poor condition at all when compared to many other stretches of footpath and there are numerous worse conditioned pavements in the immediate vicinity and in the wider West End.   The Community Council Chair who lives in the street made exactly the same valid point at West End Community Council’s meeting earlier this week.
The constituents who have contacted me have made the point that, in times of limited budgets and many priorities, it is important that the worst-conditioned pavements in the West End are tackled.  

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).

Getting things done – Shaftesbury Road

Getting things done
Residents have recently complained to me about the road condition of Shaftesbury Road between the Rockfield Street and Hyndford Street junctions.

I brought this to the attention of the City Council’s Road Maintenance Partnership and have now been updated as follows :

“An order has been raised for the repair of various potholes on Shaftesbury Road with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days.”

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.

Wednesday …

Today, a couple of site visits – the first with residents of Thomson Street together with Scottish Water and City Council representatives to investigate a bad smell from drains on the roadway – the second with the Police, City Council representatives and fellow councillors to look at vehicle access problems in the Pentland Crescent/Avenue/Saggar Street area (see photo right). In the latter case, the significant problem is access along Pentland Crescent for fire engines in emergency situations and we discussed possible solutions.

I have now had an update from the City Council on the pothole complaint I raised about the corner of Shaftesbury Road and Rockfield Street as follows :

“The area inspector for the Shaftesbury Road/ Rockfield Street area has now raised an order for the filling of a pothole at the junction mentioned above and the timescale for repair is twenty eight days.”

On another note, I am very pleased to report that, following new recruitment, the school crossing patroller I had requested for Harris Academy and Blackness Primary School pupils for Blackness Road at the Kelso steps is this week in post – a great result.

Lastly, I was saddened to learn about the death of Mr John Anderson of Marchfield Terrace. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Winter maintenance

With all the snow over the past few days, the feedback from residents is that the Roads Maintenance Partnership has copied generally very well with gritting across the city.

There have been issues about the gritting of some residential streets – inevitable given the 330+ miles of non-trunk roads the council has to cover – and I have raised the concerns raised by residents in a number of streets – such as Shaftesbury Road and Taylor’s Lane (in the latter case, the ‘top half’ of the southern part, possibly because of access problems facing the gritter) – and also the need to keep grit bins filled – an example being at Glamis Place.

I am grateful to the City Engineer and the team in the Roads Maintenance Partnership for their responsiveness on the issues raised.

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.

Variation of Waiting Restrictions

Below is the Notice of Proposal relating to a Traffic Order – the full schedule for the whole of the City will appear in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, but I have indicated those parts of the schedule that cover proposals in respect of streets in the West End Ward :


Dundee City Council propose to make an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of varying the provisions of several Waiting Restriction Orders affecting the City. The effect of the Order is set out in the Schedule below.

Full details of the proposals are contained in the draft Order which together with plans showing the lengths of road affected and a Statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours and without payment of fee during a period of 21 days from 22 February 2008 at the following addresses: –

1. Dundee City Council Offices, 4th Floor Reception, 21 City Square, Dundee.
2. Broughty Ferry Neighbourhood Library, Queen Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

Any person may within 21 days from 22 February 2008 object to the proposed Order by notice in writing to the Depute Chief Executive (Support Services), Dundee City Council, 21 City Square, Dundee. Objections should state the name and address of objector, the matters to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made.

Depute Chief Executive (Support Services)
Dundee City Council

SCHEDULE (insofar as it covers West End Ward)

1. To improve sightlines at junctions and accesses in Hyndford Street/Speed Street, Ninewells Avenue, Perth Road, Shaftesbury Road.
2. To relieve congestion in Perth Road, Shepherd’s Loan.
3. To relieve congestion and obstruction or damage to verges in Magdalen Yard Road/Richmond Terrace.
4. To adjust waiting restrictions to suit new developments or road layouts in Long Wynd, Brown Street.
5. To adjust restrictions to accommodate a taxi rank in South Tay Street.
6. To relax unnecessarily severe restrictions in Brewery Lane.
7. To allow patient transfer vehicles to use James Black Place.

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.