Union Place car park

As residents know all too well, getting parked in the Union Place car park car be a challenge (as can parking on-street nearby or in the Pennycook Lane car park) given the large demand for parking in the area.    
 
A resident contacted me recently to suggest the possible removal of the unattractive flower beds (see right) in the car park to create more parking spaces.
 
I asked the parking team at the council about the viability of this and have received the following response.
 
“I refer to your email to look into the possibility of removing the large and rather ugly flower bed in the Union Place car park – the quote for this work has now been received from Tayside Contracts and the price is £11,257.
 
Unfortunately there is no budget available for this ‘project’ in the current financial year and it is unlikely that this would be deemed a priority for future year spends.
 
I’ll place it on file should budget funding be made available in future years.”

Union Place Car Parks – disabled parking

Following residents’ concerns about the continuing lack of adequate disabled parking facilities in Union Place (particularly in the south car park), I raised this with the City Council’s Head of Transportation who advises:
 
“I have arranged for a further review on the Union Street Council Car Parks.   The north car park has 18no bays and 1no disabled bay.  Normally the ratio is about 6% for disabled bays so 1no would be appropriate for this car park due to the limited total amount of bays.  I will arrange to continue to monitor this car park and give consideration to an additional disabled bay.  The south car park has approximately 35no bays with no disabled bays but it is likely the north car park would have a higher demand to be closer to the private car park and the shops.
For the 6% availability for disabled bays in the south car park 2-3no bays would be appropriate here and we are now giving this further consideration how best to allocate the spaces.”  

Getting things done … Union Place car park

I recently received complaints from residents about overgrown shrubbery around the Union Place car park – see right.
 
I took up the matter with the City Council and have been advised by the Head of Transportation as follows:
 
“We have investigated the complaint about over grown vegetation and it has been identified  that this area is maintained by the Property Division and my Parking team have notified officers of this request for grounds maintenance.”

Union Place/Perth Road junction

The planned resurfacing work at the Union Place/Perth Road junction was undertaken yesterday morning and I have already spoken with a couple of elderly residents who are delighted that this bit of road that was a potholed mess to try to walk across now has a much-improved surface – see right.

There are some minor potholes towards the bottom of the street and Tayside Contracts has assured me that these will be attended to as well.

Union Place

On behalf of residents, I have raised the condition of the roadway at the Union Place/Perth Road junction.    I am grateful to the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership that has agreed to resurface here.

The City Council has now released the following Public Notice about the work:

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

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

This notice comes into effect on Monday 28 May 2012 for 3 working days.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.    Access will be maintained where possible.   No alternative routes are available.

For further information contact (01382) 433168.

Mike P Galloway
Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Road repairs …

Further to my recent item about the potholes residents had brought to my attention at the south end of Paton’s Lane, I am pleased to be advised by the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership that :

“An order has been raised for the repair of some small potholes near the Servite Housing in Paton’s Lane with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days.”

I have also received complaints from the residents from nearby sheltered housing about the uneven roadway at the top of Union Place, where they cross to visit shops on Perth Road.   Having raised this with the council, I have been updated as follows :

“An order has been raised for the filling of 2 small potholes at the top of Union Place with a timescale for completion of twenty eight days.”

Getting things done … Disabled Parking Bays – Union Place car park

Following residents’ requests for better disabled parking facilities in the Union Place car park, I took up the matter with the City Council’s Head of Transportation.

He has responded positively as follows :

“As per your earlier request we have looked at the Union Place vicinity and are proposing to proceed with four marked Disabled Parking places / spaces within the two DCC managed off street car parks on Union Place (two in each car park). No on street spaces can be provided, however the off street provision should assist local residents’ requirements.

I will arrange for the Car Park team to have the markings to be updated, this will be early in financial year 2011/12. I understand that no additional orders are necessary as the off street parking orders allow for this provision.”