Strawberrybank or Strawberry Bank? #dundeewestend

The recent discussion about the road marking in Strawberrybank resulted in a few enquiries to me from residents about the spelling of Strawberrybank … err … or is that Strawberry Bank?

I must confess that I have always personally spelt the lane as Strawberrybank but ran the query past the City Archivist who advises :

“With regard to the name, Dundee directories, electoral registers, valuation rolls and One Scotland Gazetteer of Scottish addresses have it as ‘Strawberrybank’ whereas it appears as ‘Strawberry Bank’ on Ordnance Survey maps. 

According to Gillian Molloy’s ‘Street Names of Old Dundee’ it was originally called Hampton’s Lane after John Hampton, a mason and gardener who owned property there.

It is referred to as Strawberry Bank in a document dated 1859 and the name is thought to refer to a nearby bank of wild strawberries.”

Strawberrybank – an update

I recently highlighted the poor condition of the north end of Strawberrybank’s road surface (also used by pedestrians on this very narrow street) – see right.
Having raised this on behalf of residents with Dundee City Council, I have been given the following feedback :
“The Roads Maintenance Partnership inspector for the area advises that this area will be kept in a safe condition over the winter and grano work will be carried out in the next financial year.”

Getting things done … Strawberrybank

At the request of residents I recently asked the City Council for repairs in Strawberrybank’s footpaths.

I am pleased to have received the following feedback from the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership:

“An order has been raised to fill various trips on the footway in Strawberrybank with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days or sooner.”

Public Notice – one day temporary road closure – Strawberrybank

I have received the following update from Dundee City Council :


THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of new gas supply works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Strawberrybank, Dundee.

This notice comes into effect on Friday 29 October 2010 for one working day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road/Windsor Street/Magdalen Yard Road.

For further information contact (01382) 433168.

I have sought assurances for residents that they will be able to access their homes by car and that it will just be through access from one end of Strawberrybank to the other that will not be possible on 29th October.


I am advised by Dundee City Council that traffic will be prohibited on Strawberrybank (from Perth Road to approximately 50 metres south) from Wednesday (3rd June) for a maximum of 2 days.
This is because of Scottish Water reinstatement works.
Pedestrians will have access, as usual.
If you have any queries please call the City Council on 433168.

Latest local issues …

Visited Pentland Avenue today to speak with residents and see the extent of flooding over parts of the footpath – I have raised the issue with the City Council.
Last month, I wrote to Royal Mail about the ‘missing’ post box at the corner of Hazel Drive and Glamis Terrace. The Courier managed to get a commitment from Royal Mail that the postbox would be replaced (the original one had apparently rusted and was removed).
Royal Mail has e-mailed me to say “… according to our system this posting box was removed from 16th January until 31st January but has now been replaced and is being collected as normal.” Anyway, as the photo (above right) shows that a postbox is definitely back in place!
I’ve had complaints about potholes in Thomson Street and graffiti at Strawberrybank and have received assurances from the City Council that both will be attended to.