Tay Road Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebrations #trb50

Yesterday’s Tay Road Bridge 50th Anniversary Celebrations were fantastic – including the weather!
Here’s a few photos and also a short video of the Lochgelly High School Pipe Band, who opened the event and are hugely talented and entertaining :





Tay Road Bridge 50th Anniversary – Free Family Fun Day! #trb50

Yesterday, along with a number of other members of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board and senior council officers, I took part in a meeting updating us on the bridge’s 50th Anniversary events next month.

The bridge is 50 years old on the 18th August and, by way of way of celebration, the bridge manager, staff and board members are organising a free family day of events and activities on Sunday 21st August.    It’ll be a fabulous day out for all the family – more details here – don’t miss it!


Busy Monday …

It has been a busy Monday – including :
+ A meeting of the Tay Road Bridge Board.    In addition to the usual business about board administration and finances, there was an update on the proposed 50th anniversary celebrations that will take place on Sunday 21st August.   Events will take place on the bridge and in the new Slessor Gardens and there will be a photography competition, vintage buses and other vehicles taking part, a pipe band, a memorabilia roadshow and public art on display.
+ A meeting of the Rail Station Concourse Project Board.   It was good to hear the progress with the construction which is well on programme.
+ Two ward surgeries – at the Mitchell Street Centre and the West Park Centre.
+ A meeting of the Discovery Walk Committee.   The Discovery Walk will comprise of plaques set into the paved area of the green space at the heart of the waterfront development – to celebrate the contributions of Dundee people who have contributed to science and society in a highly visible and permanent way.    The walk will be officially opened on 6th April and tonight’s meeting discussed the details of the opening, which will be a great day for Dundee.

New Tay Road Bridge Twitter service

As a member of the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board, I am delighted to see today’s launch of the new bridge Twitter account which will give bridge users useful travel information, including regular and accurate information about the bridge status such as weather restrictions to bridge access, etc.
Earlier this year, the Board discussed having a social media presence as a useful service to the public and I am pleased that the Bridge Manager and his staff have moved this forward.
The new Twitter account – @tay_road_bridge – is live as of today and the bridge website has also been updated with a fresh new look and is accessible at www.tayroadbridge.co.uk.
I recently visited the bridge offices to see the new services in prototype and during the visit was given a very interesting tour of the bridge – here’s a photo of me (below) under the southbound roadway of the bridge!

Harris Academy site tour … and City Council meetings

This morning, I took part in the latest Tay Road Bridge Board meeting.   Thereafter, along with three other councillors and council officers, I took part in a tour of the Harris Academy new building.    
I am pleased to say it is making really good progress – some photos below :





Gym Hall
Climbing wall in the games area
Community entrance area
After my usual Monday ward surgeries, I participated in tonight’s City Council meetings at which I asked questions about work to improve air quality particularly in the Lochee Road area, supported the principle of restructuring council departments proposed by the council’s Chief Executive and asked about progress with the proposed Saltire Card for improved public transport arrangements for passengers.

Busy Monday …

A busy Monday started at Blackness Library where library staff, community councillors and I took part in drawing the winners of the shoppers’ prize draw and children’s window spotting competition as part of West End Christmas Fortnight – the full winners’ list will be published in the next couple of days.   Photo below!
Jo, Alan and Ann from West End Community Council undertake the prize draw!
The day also included my taking part in today’s Tay Road Bridge Board meeting, immediately followed by my chairing a residents’ meeting at the Corso Street Sheltered Lounge for residents in the area.   The meeting was primarily to discuss with tenants the council’s possible rents options for 2015/16 – two Housing Department representatives addressed the meeting – although we also had a very good discussion about sheltered housing and other issues.
After my two Monday surgeries at the West Park Centre and the Mitchell Street Centre, I took part in tonight’s Development Management Committee, which considers planning applications.   In a discussion about the renewal of planning consent (originally granted in 2011) for Tay Rope Works, I sought assurances on a number of issues raised by objectors including avoiding HMO use, parking and boundary walling.     
I supported both Western Gateway planning applications that would provide high-quality new housing and local facilities.   One application was lost by 2 votes, the other approved with the Convener’s casting vote.   
Oh, and we’re still missing Kevin unfortunately …

Tay Road Bridge – an update

Road Bridge

Further to the concerns I raised on behalf of constituents earlier this week about tailbacks on the Tay Road Bridge (and reported in last night’s Evening Telegraph), I have just received this update from the Roads Maintenance Partnership Manager at Dundee City Council/Tayside Contracts :

“To minimise disruption to traffic, these advance works were planned to be carried out over 3 days with the traffic management only in place outwith the peak periods of 7.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

On that day, demolition works were being carried out to the splitter island at the south end of the bridge and works did not progress as planned such that it was considered safer to leave the traffic management in place whilst works continued.

In hindsight, when it was clear that the works were not progressing as planned, a decision should have been taken earlier to stop work at a safe point, and the traffic management measures removed as planned at 3.30pm.

Please note that other advance works were planned and carried out overnight that night further down the A92 removing barriers to enable the future contraflow measures required for the main surfacing works to be implemented over the coming 3 weekends starting 10 October 2014 (Friday 7.30pm to Monday 6.00am).

Please note that the remaining advance works will be carried out with the traffic management only in place outwith the peak periods of 7.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm.”

I am pleased at the reassurance that further works will be carried out with the traffic management only in place outwith the peak periods and I hope that will ensure less disruption to traffic than happened earlier this week.