|Part of the litter pick team in action!|
|Alistair Gibb of Community Spirit Action Group and me at Greenmarket|
Had it not been ‘rebranded’ as STV North, Grampian Television, the regional TV service for the north and north-east of Scotland, would have been celebrating its 50th anniversary today.
I took part tonight in the STV news, highlighting the concerns of West End residents about graffiti vandalism.
I have reported the graffiti highlighted to the City Council, Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Water for action to get it removed.
There’s another community initiative to tackle the graffiti issue in the West End this June, following the super effort by residents and others last year. If you wish more details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This afternoon, I was interviewed for tonight’s STV news about my concerns regarding the City Council’s SNP Administration education ‘savings’ proposals that propose a so-called “City Campus” for senior pupils that would see pupils having to travel between schools for classes. I have called for a proper explanation of how this would actually work but judging by comments made by the SNP Education Convener in tonight’s Evening Telegraph, she has “yet to fully consider transport for the plan.” Announced, but not thought through. Astonishing.
Thereafter I had the pleasure of attending the launch in the City Square of Stagecoach Strathtay’s fleet of brand new vehicles for the “Tayway” 73 service (Arbroath to Ninewells Hospital, including the West End).
The buses are brand new Enviro 400 buses, which benefit from state of the art technology, including the latest “green” Euro 5 engines, CCTV, free wi-fi and low floor entrances, making them easily accessible for wheelchair and buggy users. New branding has also been fitted to the vehicles, allowing the public to easily identify the 73 service.
I’m pictured (below) at the new buses at City Square after the launch.
A very busy week thus far, starting with a day job meeting at Glasgow City Council on Monday, followed by council committees that evening.
Apart from the Planning & Transport Committee I chair, there were a number of committee meetings that night. At the Education Committee, the SNP group came under fire for the failure of the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver capital projects (actually, anything really). Both the Education Convener and I reminded the SNP that Alex Salmond promised to match the previous administration’s building programme “brick for brick” – I pointed out that the SNP Futures Trust has not actually delivered a single brick – Ministers are about to run out of new schools (the projects of the last administration) to open. We in Dundee are anxious to progress further new school projects but we need Scottish Government to get the act together.
A busy day Monday and apart from an awful lot of day job work starting very early morning – I have a large conference to organise coming up fast! – it included the following :
* Interview with Wave 102 about moves towards local television in Dundee and Tayside/Fife as a whole. You can hear this by following this link : http://www.dundeewestend.com/2008/08/busy-monday.html
*Meetings with the Council Leader and the Director of Planning & Transportation about a number of issues. I also spoke at the City Council’s Recess Sub-Committee, backing the report to allow the continuation of a bus service for users of the 72 in the West End and 69 in Broughty Ferry. I am pleased to say the report was unanimously agreed.
* I am to be on STV news at 6pm tonight to speak about the latest situation on Post Office closures and my request that City Council legal officers investigate the viability of a legal challenge to the four Dundee Post Office closures.