Repair work at Victoria Park #dundeewestend

From the council’s Neighbourhood Services Area manager for the west of the city :
 
“As you may have noticed that there is an area of grass that has been killed off in the middle of the park – this is due to a damaged underground cable.  
 
SSE will be carrying out extensive repair works to this on the 28th May
 
This will comprise of large excavations for around 5/6 weeks.  
 
The area will be secured with Heras fencing each night and weekends.
 
Once repairs have been completed SSE sub contractors will repair the area.”
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Lovely display at Victoria Park #dundeewestend

I recently highlighted the superb job the City Council has made of Seabraes planting again this year.    
 
Another real credit to the Neighbourhood Services Department is the lovely display at Victoria Park.   
 
The style of planting has been altered to make it less labour-intensive but the quality has definitely been maintained :

Victoria Park – new tennis courts #dundeewestend

Having updated residents over the past few years over the council’s proposals to improve the tennis courts at Victoria Park, it is great to see the new tennis courts now complete and looking great!
 
There’s been very positive feedback from constituents.   “Before” and “after” photos below :
I’m pictured a few years ago at the old tennis courts – above
 
The new tennis courts are a very substantial improvement

West End playpark improvements

Having long campaigned for an upgrade to the Victoria Park playpark, it is good to see the proposals for the impending improvements agreed by the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee – here’s a couple of images of the plans that should be completed before the end of March :

 

Last July, I raised with the council residents’ requests to make improvements at the playpark in Milnbank Road/Bankmill Road and I am pleased at the positive response to my request.   On Monday, the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee will consider the following proposal :

Milnbank Play Area – Improve all surfacing within the play area. This includes removing slabbed surface and replacing with rubber mulch safety surface and additional ground restoration works.

I am also pleased that the following proposal is also being considered on Monday :

Magdalen Green Play Area – Improve stability of the well-used banking by installation of a Scramble net to enhance play for users and additional restoration to safety surfacing.

Balgay Stakeholders’ Walkabout

Earlier this evening, I attended a walkabout round Greater Balgay by the Balgay Stakeholders’ Group, which brings together local councillors, council parks/Neighbourhood Services staff and representatives from the Friends of Balgay – to look at issues related to Balgay Park and its surrounds.
 
We had a very useful walk round Greater Balgay, and discussed proposals for improvements in the forthcoming year or so which include :
 
• Improved directional and road safety/vehicle speed limit signage
• Removal of the unused bowling green at Lochee Park to incorporate it into the main park (but maintaining the remaining bowling green)
• A welcome new overspill car park in Lochee Park and the lining of the main car park into bays
• Repair of the Serpentine steps in Balgay
• Significant upgrade and improvement to the Victoria Park tennis courts, hopefully taking place this summer
• Upgrade to the playpark in Victoria Park 
• Ask Community Payback to repaint the railings at the bandstand – see right
• Look at ways of improving areas like some of the hedgerows
• Some alteration to the Rose Garden to maintain its lovely appearance but improve its grass cutting regime
• Some solar lighting on paths
• Upgrading of Balgay Cemetery paths
 
These are very positive developments and I will continue to keep residents advised of progress.

Victoria Park Bowling Green – positive site visit

Further to my update at the end of last month about the future of Victoria Park Bowling Green, last night I took part in a site visit with local schools’ and community representatives, Environment Department staff and two of my ward colleagues to look at the green’s condition and that of the pavilion.
 
We had further very useful discussions about future schools and community use of the facility and we clearly now have a positive way forward for the former Bowling Green, which is really good news.
 
A couple of photos from last night :
The green is in good condition and has much to offer for schools and community use
The pavilion – needs some brightening up but good potential and has toilet facilities

Positive meeting about future use of Victoria Park Bowling Green

Victoria Park Bowling Green
Earlier this evening, along with representatives from the council’s Environment Department, Friends of Balgay, West End Community Council, Community Spirit Action Group, St Joseph’s Primary School, Victoria Park Primary School and fellow ward councillors, I took part in a meeting to discuss what can now be done with Victoria Park Bowling Green, following the council’s decision to close it.
 
I was critical of the closure decision, particularly after the council recently spent nearly £23 000 re-roofing the green’s pavilion, so I am anxious that positive alternative use is found for the bowling green and its pavilion.
 
We had a very positive meeting tonight and the upshot is that there’s now a proposal to give use of the facility to local schools to use for outdoor activities, school eco and gardening projects during the day, with community use in the evenings.    
 
Environment Department officers are now to draw up a paper outlining how the proposals could work in practice and a site visit will be undertaken after the school Easter holidays.