Getting things done – Union Place #dundeewestend

I recently had complaints from residents about potholes at the entrance to the south car park in Union Place and reported this to the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership.
 
I have received the following postive response :
 
“Bailie Macpherson
 
Thank you for your email. Pothole repairs have been ordered by the Road Maintenance inspector.”

Temporary Traffic Order – Union Place

From the City Council :
 
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 BT cabling works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Union Place (between numbers 13 and 16), Dundee.
 
This notice comes into effect on Saturday 15 February 2020 for 2 days (8am to 4pm).
 
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.   Access to residents will be maintained where possible.
 
No alternative routes for vehicles are available.
 
For further information contact 433082.
 
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Union Place Car Park #dundeewestend

Further to my recent article about the lack of maintenance of the Miller’s Wynd Car Park, residents have also pointed to the poor condition of the infrastructure of the council’s Union Place car park – see photos below :

 

I have raised this with the City Council and Neighbourhood Services’ Projects and Development Manager has advised :
 
“We are currently reviewing all soft landscaping within all the car parks with a view to carrying out improvements in terms of sight lines, aged plantings , tree works etc .
 
We are pulling this together and working (to) …  hopefully having works planned for over the winter months.”

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.”

Hannah’s Highway latest …

Good to see the progress with the dropped kerbing programme on Perth Road, with the work starting earlier this week at the Union Place junction.

The original intention had been to ensure full dropped kerbing on Perth Road on the north side between Duncan of Jordanstone and Sinderins but the good news is that the south side will now see improvements too. To quote an update from the City Council to me today :

“Dropped kerb access will be available on both footways between Sinderins and West Marketgait once the contract is complete either by the end of March or very early into the new financial year.

This has become possible due to available funding achieved through efficiencies work methods.”

Union Place, West Park Gardens and www.dundeewestend.com!

Just back from a ‘day job’ day in Tillicoultry to a load of phone messages and e-mails to follow up!

On the way home, visited Union Place, where I have had complaints about a badly sited grit bin and the pavement condition caused by poor utilities’ repairs (see latter, right).    Have reported this to the City Council.    It is actually the second complaint about poor utilities’ restorations this week, as I have also reported residents’ complaints about a similar situation in West Park Gardens.
 
The “Evening Telegraph” tonight in its ‘Civic Scene’ feature mentions the huge numbers of hits on the Dundee City Council website (nearly eight million last year) and the large response this blog has had (from all parts of the world!) to the Dusty Springfield video I uploaded recently.     www.dundeewestend.com has now had over 147 000 visits – most grateful to all regular visitors!

Last couple of days …

I attended the Blackness Area Residents’ Association meeting on Tuesday night, and amongst matters discussed was parking difficulties in Corso Street. I have raised this (and a number of other local issues) with the City Council.
Wednesday night saw the launch meeting of the community group for Ancrum/Cleghorn/Pentland and surrounding areas at Balgay Church. I am really pleased that the group is getting off the ground and will be planning a series of community meetings in the future. We had a good discussion about local issues including anti-social behaviour, road repairs, parking and a number of other matters.
A few more issues over past couple of days:
* Constituents have complained that the steel bollard at the east end of the South Tay Street car park on the Marketgait side is loose in the ground – clearly been hit by a vehicle. The City Council has promised me that it will be repaired.
* On the Hawkhill by-pass beside the PDSA, someone has bumped into the bollards. The Council has raised an Order to ensure repair, following my request.
* On the corner of Union Place/Perth Road, there’s a dug up an area of pavement and it requires repair. Following my request, Tayside Contracts has been instructed to upgrade the footpath.
* I have been promised that the channel grating on the footpath at Pinegrove on Perth Road will be replaced soon (part of it is currently missing).