|Willie and I had a really enjoyable visit to Shelter’s shop in Perth Road, managed by Karen Kelbie and her super team. Here’s Willie (left) and me (right) with some of the team, including Andy Moodie, regional manager.|
|Willie and me at Maggie’s Centre, with Valerie Busher, Maggie’s Community Fundraising Development Manager (far right) and Mr Kemlo, service user (second right)|
|Willie, interview by David Proctor of Wave 102 News|
At lunchtime today, I joined with Shelter Scotland and other Dundee politicians to support Shelter’s campaign to ensure the Scottish budget reflects the importance of decent housing and makes building more homes for affordable rent a national priority in Scotland.
Earlier in the day, I met with the Director of Housing of the City Council, other senior housing staff and a representative from the City Development Department over the rent levels in Dundee’s new build council houses. I am anxious to see that rents are at affordable levels that are attractive to people of the council’s waiting list.
Apologies, no blog entries since the middle of last week, partly because I was in Northern Ireland for a few days with the day job and partly because of the backlog on return! My colleagues and I had the pleasure of meeting the Lord Mayor of Belfast while across in Northern Ireland (see right) and during a tour of City Hall yours truly was invited to model the councillors’ robes! See below, right.
Councillors at the city council’s planning and transport committee on Monday (June 11) will be asked to approve a central Dundee parking strategy. A report to the committee also focuses on the needs of residents living in and around the city centre.
Planning and transport convener Councillor Fraser Macpherson said: “The strategy aims to ensure that there is a balance between the economic prosperity of the city and safe, sustainable transport.
“Dundee is now a very successful regional shopping centre and a car parking strategy has a key role to play in supporting its vitality by encouraging a high level of turnover of shopper and visitors through suitable quality parking provision.
“It is reckoned that the current level of parking supply in the city achieves the right balance between supporting the economic vibrancy of Dundee while encouraging the use of public transport.”
Councillor Macpherson said the focus on the requirements of parking for residents in and around the city centre was a very positive move.
“The council has been encouraging people to live in the city centre areas so we need to look at the best way of accommodating residents’ parking in a way that does not adversely affect the overall balanced parking strategy. This is something that will require further consultation and investigation.
“It is also very important that we look at ways of helping people living in areas surrounding the city centre who can, for example, be affected by commuters parking on roads near their properties.”