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 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.