|The unveiling event|
|Mary Slessor (Lynne Binnie) and Mary Lily Walker (Hollie Whitfield) attended the unveiling|
|One of the plaques|
|The Lord Provost addresses the evening reception at Discovery Point|
There were great speeches by Jim’s colleagues, former colleagues, the Parent Council Chair and Jim himself and it was a memorable night and a fitting tribute to Jim and his superb work at Harris Academy over 18 years.
|The Royal Arch in 1935|
I can confirm that we propose to mark the location of the Royal Arch by planting four substantial trees on its site.
By sheer coincidence the line of the proposed trees along the southern section of the Northern Boulevard, opposite the Caird Hall, line up with the location of the Royal Arch foundations that were recently uncovered. The tree spacing will also fall remarkably close to the footings of the arch.
The present concept we are working on is to plant four very distinctive trees on the actual placements of the four footings. The trees suggested are to have a reddish leaf and different form to the standard trees being placed around them.
At the foot of each of the trees, the thought is to place a large granite slab with an image engraved into its surface. These slabs will be joined by a line of slabs with the name ‘Royal Arch’ probably in the middle with some historical notes. The four images will show the stages of the life of the arch from the wooden arch to the demolition of the stone arch,
The drawings for the above concept are presently being prepared. However the detailed images needed for the slabs still require to be properly researched.
The City Council has advised :
“To ensure the safety of the public and workforce while work to realign one of the major routes through Dundee Waterfront is taking place, South Marketgait will be closed to eastbound traffic at City Quay roundabout. From June 14 drivers travelling in this direction at this location will be diverted via the Inner Ring Road. Work is expected to last 12 weeks.”
As this will affect West End residents travelling to parts of the City Centre and to the east of the city, you can download the flyer about the roadworks by going to http://tinyurl.com/smarketgait.
Today’s ‘Courier’ covered the news of Scottish Enterprise’s £33 million funding announcement for Dundee Waterfront, including my comments welcoming the decision.
Street lights in Dundee have fewer faults that are fixed quicker than in any other Scottish city.
The figures, revealed in a new report to go before councillors next week, also show that the carbon footprint from street lighting in Dundee was the lowest of the four other major population centres in Scotland.
Work on two key elements that will underpin the multi million pound transformation of Dundee’s waterfront will go before councillors next week.
Almost £250,000 could be spent in Dundee on projects that will improve access to walking and cycling facilities and/or reduce danger to pedestrians and cyclists.
With thanks to one of the City Centre & Harbour Community Council folk (a community council I used to work closely with, but the local government boundary commission regrettably put paid to that) … if you click on the headline above, you can see Dundee Waterfront (and more) featured on the “skyscrapercity” site.
With thanks to the City Council’s Economic Development Department, who gave me the CD, here’s a glimpse of Dundee’s Waterfront of the future. As Planning & Transport Convener of the City Council, I am a member of the Waterfront Board, and am taking a very close interest in developments. You can access the Waterfront website by clicking on the headline above.