A little piece of West End history #dundeewestend

Many thanks to the Step Row resident who sent me this photograph of a part of walling in the street that looks a little smoke-damaged.
She was told by a lovely elderly lady who lived at 33 Step Row long ago, that on VE Day, local folk lit a celebratory bonfire and all brought out chairs to celebrate together. 
This wall bordering the former blind institution property (now sheltered housing operated by Caledonia Housing Association) still shows the effects of that bonfire 75 years later!
The elderly lady who told the story many years ago was the late Mrs Margaret Clark – Peggy to her friends.   Born around 1901, she was one of 13 children of a shepherd in Aboyne and was in her eighties when she passed away.   She lived across the landing to her brother William Watt and his wife in the first tenement at number 31.   He had retired as lighthouse keeper on the May Island, possibly the last to man it.
With the recent VE Day 75th anniversary commemoration taking place, it was great to learn about this little piece of history in the West End.

Update on Step Row pavement concern #dundeewestend

Residents may recall the recent Courier article about the very unfortunate accident that Mr Stephen Muir had in Step Row on an uneven pavement.
At the time, I promised to raise the issue of the state of the footpath with the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership and I have now been updated as follows :
“An order has been raised by the Road Maintenance inspector for a repair to be done at the kerb.”

Graffiti vandalism reported in Step Row

I have slammed mindless vandalism caused by graffiti vandals who have defaced a prominent building in Step Row – see photo below :
I have been contacted by residents who are extremely annoyed at this stupid vandalism.   It is also on some other parts of the street and unfortunately because of the sandstone quality of the wall, managing to get completely rid of the graffiti will prove a challenge.
I have asked the council’s Rapid Response Team to remove it and have also highlighted the matter to Police Scotland.    
It is extremely disappointing to see this sort of stupid and deliberate damage taking place.

Bin collection – Step Row

I have, in recent weeks, received residents’ concerns about the bin collection in Step Row taking place late due to difficulties getting access for the bin lorry.  
I raised this matter with both environment management and City Development.    The Director of City Development has advised :
“A site inspection has been carried out in Step Row and it was observed that where the lower narrow section is, the existing lighting column is placed just behind the kerb line at the front of the footway and this is causing a pinchpoint which could be the reason why bin lorries are unable to pass.
As an alternative to extending the waiting restrictions which would reduce on street parking provision for residents, I have arranged to relocate the lighting column to the rear of the footway and this is currently programmed for February 2016.” 

Temporary Traffic Order : Step Row

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of gas service connection works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Step Row (from Provost McGowan Place to Magdalen Yard Road), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Monday 13 October 2014 for 5 working days.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
Alternative routes for vehicles will be available via Perth Road / Windsor Street / Magdalen Yard Road.
For further information contact 433082.
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Proposed roadworks in Step Row

Received from Dundee City Council :


THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT duct laying works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Step Row (from Perth Road to approx 100 metres south), Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Monday 13 June 2011 for 2 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road/Patons Lane/Magdalen Yard Road.

For further information contact (01382) 433168.

Bus Shelters

Dundee City Council News Release

Almost £200,000 could be spent in the next few months on expanding the number of SmartBus passenger waiting shelters in Dundee.

Councillors on Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee, which meets on Monday (June 23) will be asked to approve funding for 16 new shelters across the city.
Convener of the planning and transport committee, Fraser Macpherson, said, “The demand for these shelters to be installed at more locations has been very high as passengers who have used them experience their advantages.
“The plan is for two locations in each of the council’s eight wards to have a new shelter provided during this financial year.”
The SmartBus shelters feature a covered passenger waiting area, seating, real time bus information, a timetable poster, lighting and CCTV capability. The total installation cost is expected to be around £192,000.
Installation will be carried out by a combination of contractors through an existing partnership agreement with Tayside Contracts and by specialist suppliers.

Note : West End new shelters are :
· Perth Road at Seafield Lane
· Magdalen Yard Road at Step Row

Temporary Traffic Order – Step Row

Received 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 drainage works and reinstatement works. The Order is expected to be in force for three weeks from 5 December 2007. Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit temporarily all vehicular traffic in Step Row from its junction with Perth Road for a distance of 100 metres or thereby in a southerly direction.
Pedestrian thoroughfare and vehicular access to premises will be maintained.
An alternative route will be available via Perth Road, Thomson Street and Magdalen Yard 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 department on 433168.

Step Row & Roseangle

Just a short update : there was a hole in roadway on south side near Seabraes Court; the concern was someone could stick their foot down it & trip. There were also two missing drain covers towards the top end of Step Row, again a trip hazard.
Responses received from the City Council :
Step Row – The developers are responsible for this and have been contacted and requested to make safe.
Roseangle – Missing gully lid made safe and order raised for new gully lid. Track has been referred to statutory undertakers and made safe.

Ok, more tomorrow was more Monday than Sunday ..

We had a dreadfully busy Sunday between constituent replies (serves me right for going to Brighton! – backlog now cleared) and finishing FOCUS newsletter delivery (accomplished!) so blog is a day late. I suppose it sums up the power of a blog that the fact you are a day late with the next entry is mentioned by a lady at your surgery tonight!
OK then, chronological order:-
* BRIGHTON – Very enjoyable Institute Conference. Its the day job and it was great to see old friends. Here’s me (second left) with good friends Colin, Bill & Julie – and Julie’s just been elected Institute National Junior Vice President!
* CORONATION STREET – So Rosie and Craig didn’t quite run off into the sunset together (you can tell the Council meetings were not too late tonight!) But the absolutely fantastic news is my inclusion as Corrieblog’s Celebrity Fan (click on headline above!) – many thanks Flaming Nora, editor of Corrieblog!
* BACK TO BUSINESS – Recent issues as follows:
1 No Ball Games Sign missing on Magdalen Green – have reported.
2 Spoken with University of Dundee about shrubbery protruding onto footway on Nethergate just west of Park Place.
3 Missing drain covers in Step Row – reported to Planning & Transportation; also drainage grill on Perth Road near Ryehill Lane getting replaced following my complaint (it keeps falling off!)
4 No electronic information/bus timetables at the Waterstone’s bus shelter/stop in Commercial Street – reported to City Council.
5 More HMO disturbances complaints over weekend; have reported – but forthcoming report to Planning & Transportation Committee will limit or “cap” HMOs – a sensible proposal.
* AND LASTLY – Finance Committee of Dundee City Council (which I chair) tonight agreed a very sensible proposal to extend discretionary rates relief to some charities. Good move.