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.”