Dundee City Council Tenants – Have Your Say – Rent Consultation 2020

From the City Council :

“Every year, the City Council Neighbourhood Services reviews the rent and other charges that we need to collect so that we can continue to deliver the services that you have told us you want. 

Neighbourhood Services aim to ensure that the highest quality of housing is provided for the people of Dundee in a safe and healthy environment. This can only be achieved through partnership working across all sectors. 

The council strives to provide a continually high standard of service by consulting and engaging with tenants on decisions which involve them. 

The current restrictions continue to make this a challenge, however, your opinion matters, so please take time some to be part in this year’s rent consultation before 23rd December 2020. 

Below are some examples of how you can Get Involved & Have Your Say :

• Information displayed on the Council, partner and Elected Member social media portals and websites.

• Taking the opportunity to complete the survey if asked to Get Involved by Council staff, either in person, or over the phone.

• Email us on rentconsultation@dundeecity.gov.uk

• Complete the survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MCRC-2021-22

• Text ‘RENT 1, 2 or 3’ to 0753 924 2303

• Scanning ‘QR’ Quick Response code on literature 

Following the consultation period, all feedback received on the proposed options will be reported to, and considered by, Committee in January 2021.”

You can read more at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/rent-consultation

203, 204 and 204a bus service diversions during Perth Road roadworks

Earlier today, I advised of the changes to bus routes for Xplore Dundee services when the roadworks on part of Perth Road start next Monday.     However, the poster did not include details of the services tendered by the City Council (the 203, 204 and 204a).     Xplore Dundee now advises the following with the 204/204a services :
Service 204 (to the City Centre)
Normal route to Corso Street, then left into Blackness Avenue, Sinderins junction, left into Perth Road and then normal route from Nethergate.
Service 204a (to the City Centre)
Normal route to Newhall Gardens and Perth Road, then left into Glamis Road, right into Blackness Road, right into Blackness Avenue Sinderins junction, left into Perth Road and then normal route from Nethergate. 
Service 204 (from the City Centre)
Normal route to Nethergate, then carry on to Perth Road, Sinderins junction, right into Blackness Avenue and then normal route from Corso Street.
Service 204a (from the City Centre)
Normal route to Nethergate, then carry on to Perth Road, Sinderins junction, right into Blackness Avenue, left into Blackness Road, left into Glamis Road, and then normal route from Perth Road. 
Phase 2 (the Sinderins junction closure – third week only – not until 23rd May) will affect service 203 – but Dundee City Council is still considering which option to go with, once a route viability test has been carried out on some of the streets in the Blackness/West End area.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward



West Marketgait (Nethergate to Westport roundabout) – northbound nearside lane closure from Thursday 10 to Monday 14 March for BT duct repair works.
Perth Road (at Roseangle) – temporary traffic lights on Saturday 19 March for BT duct repair.
Perth Road (at Millers Wynd) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 14 March for 3 days for BT network upgrade.
Forthcoming Closures
Glenagnes Street (Ashbank Road for 100m westwards) – closed from Monday 21 March for 5 days for demolition works.
Tay Square – closed from Monday 21 March for 5 days for BT duct laying.
You can ready the weekly road report for the whole of the city here.

City Council committees tonight

At tonight’s City Council’s committees :
+ At Education Committee, I supported a Labour motion on staff shortages in Dundee schools and commented that this is a real concern (including the national issue about lack of supply teachers) that urgently needs addressed.   It was good to see cross-party agreement on this issue.   I also supported a further Labour motion to develop a proper brief for the Young Mothers’ Unit, but the SNP administration voted this down.
+ At Housing Committee, I welcomed a Shelter-sponsored project that will allow for two staff to be attached to the City Council’s Housing Department to undertake private sector landlord support projects.   I highlighted the wider issues of the need for improved levels of factoring and improving the condition of many flats’ common areas, stair cleaning and ensuring improved condition and repair of much private sector housing.
+ At City Development Committee, I welcomed consultation of proposed waiting restrictions to tackle parking issues near Harris Academy – for example, at several of the junctions within West Park Road.
+ At Policy & Resources Committee, I emphasised the need to consider financial support for a City Centre Hogmanay event this year should the project to achieve an event this year manage to finalise a viable 2015 programme.

Free creative writing event

From the Curator of Museum Services, University of Dundee :
Tomorrow, Tuesday 27th May at 6pm at the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Carnelley Building, University of Dundee
One of the highlights of the Zoology Museum’s events programme, this annual event (now in its sixth year) features poetry and prose inspired by the museum and its founder, written and performed by Creative Writing students from the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. 
The evening will be chaired by tutor Edward Small. 
Admission is free and there will be refreshments served after the event. 
Please enter by the front door of the Carnelley Building.

Back from Australia

We’re just back from Australia, where we had a fab time visiting our younger son, daughter-in-law and grandson, as well as seeing a fair bit of the east coast.    Many thanks to my colleagues who kindly covered my West End Ward surgeries when I was away and to the council’s excellent members services staff who were very helpful with constituent enquiries (as always!)
Here’s a few photos!
Brisbane skyline
At Cairns’ excellent Botanic Gardens
Melbourne’s lovely south beach
In Sydney at the inspiration for the Dundee Discovery Walk proposal
Janet with our grandson Henry at Bundoora Park in Melbourne
… and, of course, Skippy!

Back from holiday …

Janet and I are just back from a great week away in the Caribbean – we are pictured (right) in the lovely island of St Thomas – we also visited St Maarten and Nassau in the Bahamas.
I’d like to thank member services staff at the City Council for dealing with urgent constituent enquiries whilst I was away – in their usual highly efficient and pleasant way – and to my LibDem colleagues who ensured my weekly ward surgeries ran as normal.
Now back to hundreds of e-mails!     Holidays seem like history very soon after you return!

Back from holiday …

Janet and I are just back from our holiday in the Eastern Mediterranean.   We had a brilliant time (apologies in advance about the annual holiday snaps below!) and what was good was to fly back from a beautifully hot Rome to find that the weather in Glasgow was almost as warm!
The bazaar at Kusadasi, Turkey
Chania in Crete
Messina, Sicily
On board!

Not knowing what day it is …

Last night’s Evening Telegraph highlighted the rather embarrassing mistake by Dundee SNP, who are currently distributing 2013 “calendars” across the city.   Trouble is … the “calendar” has a whole month with the wrong days against dates, rendering the calendar completely useless.
As I said in last night’s Tele, I’m sure this was caused by a simple clerical error, but eyebrows will be raised that, having had the error pointed out to them, the SNP has said it is intending to continue deliveries into the New Year of this useless calendar.
Additionally, the SNP response in last night’s paper states that the “calendar” provides “public information on local councillors’ surgeries.”   Actually, it doesn’t.   No mention of their councillors’ surgeries whatsoever.
The SNP should do the sensible thing and produce new and correct calendars for the households they have yet to deliver, rather than sending out something that is useless and misleading.

Congratulations to Paton’s Lane Sheltered Housing Complex!

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure, along with other members of the Barney’s Fund charity committee, of taking part in a photocall to present the sheltered housing tenants of Abertay Housing Association at Paton’s Lane with a cheque for £150 towards their Christmas Party that will take place at the West Park Centre.
Here’s a photo below of the cheque being presented by Susan Sherriff of Barnetts Motors to Angie Stevenson, Abertay Scheme Manager.
It was a good opportunity to chat with the tenants who were at the photocall and the main area of discussion (surprise, surprise!) was the residents’ parking consultation in the area.
Also yesterday, I visited various other sheltered housing lounges to deliver copies of the West End Christmas Fortnight brochure to residents.    I also had a very productive meeting last night with Blackness Road businesses at the Balgay Hill Bar.
I also spoke yesterday with the Project Manager of Sir Robert McAlpine about the demolition of the existing  rail bridges near to the rail station (Marketgait roundabout area) that are being removed on Christmas Day as part of the Waterfront Development.

Wednesday activities

Yesterday morning, after visits to two constituents on housing issues, I had a site visit to Tait’s Lane – see right – to discuss residents’ concerns about the speed of some vehicles in this very narrow street and the need for a reduced speed limit.   Following this, I have raised the issues with the City Development Department of Dundee City Council.
Thereafter, I took part in a walkabout round the Pentland area along with officers from various council departments, Tayside Fire and Rescue and a ward colleague.   We highlighted a number of issues across the Pentland area – repairs required to steps in the area, refuse collection issues, a damaged grit bin in Pentland Crescent (see right) and a leaning street lighting column in the same street (see left) to name just a few.  

The walkabouts in various parts of the West End are a good way of highlighting local issues and concerns that need addressing.
Yesterday evening, I took part in a committee meeting of the West End Sports and Heritage Association.   Although primarily about WESHA’s negotiations with the City Council about a lease on the Riverside Pavilion to help build sporting activity in the West End, we all expressed our sadness at the death of local resident Euan Wright, who died at the weekend as a result of a tragic accident whilst bird-watching.    Euan  played in the Saturday Morning Football League that is a key member of WESHA and our thoughts are with Euan’s family at this sad time.

Back from Australia …

Janet & I have been in Melbourne for the past couple of weeks visiting our first grandson, Henry, who was born in July.
Henry is doing very well and it was lovely to meet him for the first time and see Greg and Karen, our younger son and daughter-in-law again!
It was, of course, “great” to come back to the lovely Scottish weather on Monday night!    Anyway, here’s a few photos from our visit to Melbourne!
Henry and me!


Janet at Festival Indonesia at Melbourne’s Queensbridge Square, on a beautiful Saturday morning!
Unlike our last visit to Australia last Christmas and New Year, we did actually meet a lot of kangaroos this time!
Melbourne’s impressive Flinders Street rail station building
Me by the Yarra River in Melbourne