Temporary Traffic Order – Shepherd’s Loan

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 ironwork repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Shepherds Loan (at its junction with Perth Road), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Sunday 23 June 2019 for 1 day.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes are available via Magdalen Yard Road / Windsor Street / Perth Road.
For further information contact 433082.
Head of Roads and Transportation
Dundee City Council

Getting things done – Shepherd’s Loan

I have received residents’ complaints about the poor conditioned and badly graffitied electricity sub station in Shepherd’s Loan – see right:
I contacted Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks about this recently and was pleased to receive this update at the end of last week, with a commitment to replace the old cabinet and upgrade the infrastructure this week  –    (From SSE Customer Relationship Management) :
“I have been informed works are already scheduled to replace the cabinet and a new concrete foundation laid. This is scheduled to begin next week, weather permitting. 
The civil works will begin Monday i.e. the removal of the cabinet and the new foundation to be excavated, this will be followed on with the shutter & concrete works, again a couple of days for the concrete to cure, and then the cabinet will be dropped over the equipment after that, so looking to drop the cabinet Friday, weather and lorry permitting.”

Road safety at Pinegrove – an update

Earlier this year, I mentioned that residents had highlighted to me a road safety concern at the south exit from Pinegrove that exits onto Shepherd’s Loan.
The part of Shepherd’s Loan that the slip road exists onto is the one-way only (northwards) at the north end of Shepherd’s Loan, but there was no ‘one-way only’ sign on exit.    Vehicles had been noted by residents exiting south onto Shepherd’s Loan in error.
At the time of my last update, I reported that the Pinegrove factors (Graham & Sibbald) had kindly agreed to a site visit with City Council officers to see if a “one way” sign could be placed within the curtilage of Pinegrove given the difficulty of placing it on the very narrow public footpath in Shepherd’s Loan.  
This has since taken place and the sign is now in place – see right.   My grateful thanks to Graham & Sibbald for their assistance with getting this issue successfully resolved.

Getting things done … Road safety at Pinegrove

Residents have highlighted to me a road safety concern at the south exit from Pinegrove that exits onto Shepherd’s Loan.
The part of Shepherd’s Loan that the slip road exists onto is the one-way only (northwards) at the north end of Shepherd’s Loan, but there is no ‘one-way only’ sign on exit.    Vehicles have been noted by residents exiting south onto Shepherd’s Loan in error.
I contacted the City Council’s transportation division in City Development about this.    It was pointed out that the east footway of Shepherd’s Loan (opposite the exit) is very narrow and a sign there would add to street clutter on an already narrow pavement.    However, an obvious solution would be to place a “one way” sign within Pinegrove itself as drivers exit onto the main road.
Pinegrove is a private road and so I contacted the factors (Graham & Sibbald) about seeking permission to have a sign erected within Pinegrove.   Graham & Sibbald has been extremely co-operative and helpful and consulted householders about the proposal – all are supportive.    Representatives from Graham & Sibbald and the council’s transportation division are shortly to meet on-site to agree the “one way” sign’s precise location.

Tidy up at former McCheyne Church on Perth Road

Almost exactly a year ago, I reported the tidy up of the grounds of the former McCheyne Church on Perth Road at the top of Shepherd’s Loan.

Over the past year, the grounds have become overgrown again (and rather badly at the front) and I have been in touch with the City Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer about this.   Following her contacting the owners, the grounds are now looking a lot better – see right.

Thought for the day :  In the ten years I have been on the City Council, residents have time and time again expressed their concern at the superb McCheyne Church building lying empty.   A sympathetic use really must be found for this imposing and historic church.

High Mill

I recently received complaints from residents about the overgrown state of the grass area north of High Mill at Steven’s Yard, adjacent to Shepherd’s Loan.

I am very grateful to the City Council’s Planning Enforcement Officer who, at my request, contacted the landowners to get the very overgrown grass cut.

As you can see below, the owner has now taken action and the area is now looking much better.

Refuse collection – Thomson Street and Shepherd’s Loan

Following problems with the bin collection at Thomson Street yesterday that I raised with the Waste Management Department on behalf of residents, the City Council has advised :

“… there was no access to part of Thomson Street on Monday 21/2/11 due to further road works.  We made arrangements to uplift all bags presented at collection time and we will return again later in the week.   For information we have the same problem at part of Shepherds Loan and we will revisit later in the week.”

Brown bin collection – Shepherd’s Loan

Following a concern raised in Shepherd’s Loan that the last brown bin collection of garden waste did not appear to have happened, the Waste Management Department advises :

“All bins that were presented to to pavement were emptied by the crews.   The problem I suspect is that because the compost routes are lighter due to seasonal changes,  the crew has arrived earlier than normal.   This being the case it is important that the residents put out their bins for 7.30am as per calendars.  

At present the compost collection is not operating – it starts back on the routes beginning 6th December.”

Friday update

My comments on the latest situation regarding the weather and winter maintenance in the West End and across Dundee were reported in last night’s “Evening Telegraph” and today’s “Courier” – you can read the article from the Tele by going to http://tiny.cc/wintermaintdundee.
I was pleased to receive confirmation from the City Council’s Chief Executive today that Winter Maintenance policy will be discussed at the City Council meetings on 25th January.
I have reported a number of other problem areas to the City Council, following residents raising concerns – including Kinloch Park and Shepherd’s Loan.

McCheyne Memorial Church – Council to consider Direct Action

As reported in yesterday’s ‘Courier’, a City Council Planning Enforcement Officer has advised me that, following my requests on behalf of residents to get the owner of the McCheyne Church to tidy the badly overgrown grounds :

“I have tried repeatedly to contact the owner on the mobile telephone number you gave me and left messages but there has been no response.

I have now prepared a draft report for consent to take Direct Action which will hopefully be included on the Agenda for the next DQ Committee in December.”

As you can see from the photo (above) the grounds badly need attention and, should direct action be approved at Development Quality Committee, it will enable the City Council to undertake necessary works and invoice the owner for the cost.

The church building is included in the “Scran” online learning resource base – see

High Mill area – overgrowth tackled

As reported in last night’s “Evening Telegraph”, I am pleased that, following the intervention of the City Council’s planning enforcement staff, a Belgium-based developer has finally commenced the tidying of a badly overgrown area of ground in the Shepherd’s Loan area.

Residents and I had contacted the City Council regarding the badly overgrown condition of the ground south of Steven’s Yard near to High Mill. The ground had become highly overgrown and residents were rightly complaining about the eyesore.


Clearly the concern in such instances is that neglected ground becomes a magnet for fly-tipping, so I am pleased that following the intervention of planning enforcement staff, who served a notice on the owner, work to cut the overgrowth and tidy the ground has now been started.

The ground has been subject to a previous planning application for 2 dwellings which was refused by the City Council – the decision to refuse was upheld by the Scottish Government Reporter in 2007 (go to http://bwarrant.dundeecity.gov.uk/publicaccess/tdc/ApApplication/application_detailview.aspx?keyval=JOZFG0GC03D00 for further details).

The photo below shows the partly completed tidying works.

The ground has been subject to a previous planning application for 2 dwellings which was refused by the City Council – the decision to refuse was upheld by the Scottish Government Reporter in 2007 (go to http://bwarrant.dundeecity.gov.uk/publicaccess/tdc/ApApplication/application_detailview.aspx?keyval=JOZFG0GC03D00 for further details).

Residents and I had contacted the City Council regarding the badly overgrown condition of the ground south of Steven’s Yard near to High Mill. The ground had become highly overgrown and residents were rightly complaining about the eyesore.

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.

Winter in Pitlochry … and unsightly overgrowth at High Mill

As the photos above show, it was a pretty snowy day in Pitlochry today, where I and a couple of colleagues from Dundee Liberal Democrats were again helping our Perth & Kinross Highland Ward colleagues, who are contesting a by-election later this month. Although the snow was on, it was actually a beautiful morning – and the first time I have canvassed a distillery! (see right)

On a totally different matter, I have received complaints from residents in the High Mill and Shepherd’s Loan area that the area to the north of High Mill has become overgrown again. Back in November 2006, following my raising this matter, the owner (a Belgium-based developer) arranged for a tidy-up (click on headline above to view the original story).

As the photo below shows, the area is again overgrown and untidy. I have therefore approached the City Council about the matter and am pleased to say that the Planning Enforcement Officer has agreed to write to the owner asking for a further tidy-up.

Latest West End Updates

Firstly, following a call from a concerned resident today to the effect that the “infra red” detector on the traffic lights at the top of Shepherd’s Loan have stopped operating (meaning that your car can sit there forever waiting on the green light), I spoke with the Planning & Transportation Department & the matter will be immediately investigated.
I recently raised the condition of the roadway at the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout and received the following feedback from the City Council this afternoon:
“Over the winter, the roundabout at Glamis Road / Glamis Drive did receive temporary treatment for pothole defects. The area road inspector has confirmed that these have now been permanently patched with hot material and this work was carried out during the week beginning 02/04/2007.”
The Evening Telegraph tonight featured an article about the graffiti issue I mentioned yesterday (click on headline above to view the story) and the paper called me today about the matter I spoke about at the Community Council meeting last night regarding residents’ concerns about helicopter noise around the Dundee Airport vicinity. I have been in touch with the Airport Manager about these concerns.

Sinderins and Recycling Update

Following yesterday’s site visit to the Sinderins junction (pictured right) – see story immediately below!- I was advised last night that the Planning & Transportation Department arranged for the detector at Shepherd’s Loan to be replaced yesterday afternoon and the new, different style detector, is functioning much better.
Pleased to also advise that a new waste bin has been placed at the Ryehill Lane/Perth Road junction following a resident mentioning this need to me and my raising the matter with the Waste Management Department.
Waste Management is also progressing a resident’s suggestion I passed on to them that bollards need to be placed round the recycling site at Roseangle to improve access. And whilst we are on the subject of recycling, following a resident’s enquiry to me about improved household recycling arrangements needed in Magdalen Yard Road, a positive response from the department :
“There is currently a review being undertaken by the dept to assess areas of Dundee where there are currently no wheeled bins provided. The aim is to introduce wheeled bin collections wherever possible (including for paper and garden waste). I have received confirmation that Magdalen Yard Road will be assessed as part of the review. Unfortunately I am not able to provide a date by which the review will be finalised (Management Services are currently re-programming their work load) but it will be complete by the end of this year.”
I will continue to press the case for improved recycling facilities right across the West End.

Sinderins Junction

Before Christmas, a local resident was very unfortunately involved in an accident at the Sinderins junction (a pedestrian crossing near Shepherd’s Loan).
I have already been in discussion with the City Council about the operation of the Sinderins Junction (Perth Road/Hawkhill/Blackness Avenue/Shepherd’s Loan) and have requested a site visit with road safety staff.
I will keep residents advised on this issue, as always.

Sign to be sorted

Further to the mis-spelt sign at Pinegrove (to see earlier story click on headline above), good news from the Planning & Transportation Department (as I plough through my e-mail backlog tonight!) :
“Tayside Contracts did inform us that the Shepherd’s Loan sign had been mis-spelt. A replacement sign has already been ordered and will be put up as soon as they receive it from their signshop.”
More tomorrow!

Lunch with the Bridge Project … and its great to be able to spell!

Its probably a sign of age, but, given that I feel I have some grasp of grammar and spelling, I get a bit irritated at spelling and grammatical errors. Now, it was really nice of the City Council to react so very quickly to my request for signs at Pinegrove, but the one at ShepHerd’s Loan looks a little sad … see above right. Anyway, I’ve reported it and I dare say we’ll get a replacement soon.
I have promised Rev Andrew Greaves of Dundee West Church for ages that I’ll have lunch at the Bridge Project one Friday and Janet & I made it today. Super lunch and really friendly welcome!
That’s me (below) finishing off my soup. You can read more about the project by clicking the headline above but in short, the project in has been running a Food Co-operative since September 2004, with support from the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust.
Its a brilliant project, attracting lots of local people of all ages to Dundee West Church every Friday – to enjoy a great value, nutritious lunch. Was good to chat with many West End residents too!
Oh, and really positive news on the West End Christmas Week – with great support from the shops and other businesses relative to the fireworks display – a great Christmas Week for the West End lies ahead!