Last couple of days …

On Tuesday evening, I attended the latest committee meeting of the West End Community and Sports Hub (WECSH) that took place at the Riverside Pavilion.   We had a hugely productive meeting, discussing future management of the pavilion and further improvements to assist sporting activity in the West End.
Yesterday afternoon, I firstly had a site meeting in Wilkie’s Lane with Rev Leszek Wiecaszek, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Church, the Chair of St Josephs Parish Pastoral Council and two representatives of the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership.   I recently raised concerns from residents including members of the church about the state of the footpath at the south end of the lane.   We had a useful discussion about the need to improve the state of the path.
Later yesterday afternoon, I chaired a meeting at the Corso Street Sheltered Lounge with residents from Abbotsford Place, Corso Street and Abbotsford Street.   Around 40 residents attended and we had a good discussion about numerous local issues.   Judith Clark of Solar Cities Scotland was guest speaker and gave a very interesting presentation on carbon reduction and steps to reduce your heating bill.
And, talking of well-attended meetings, last night I attended the AGM of WestFest, that took place at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road.   It was a great night with an informative and interesting talk by Stewart Murdoch, City Council Director of Leisure and Communities, on the Dundee bid for UK City of Culture 2017.   Co-chair of WestFest, Paola McClure, gave a comprehensive and entertaining resume of WestFest’s past year and a new committee was elected.
With thanks to Peter Menzies at the Vine for hosting the AGM and the photography on the Facebook page, here’s a photo (right) from last night with me pictured bottom right in the photo!

West End Community and Sports Hub committee meeting

Last night, I had the pleasure of taking part in the latest committee meeting of the West End Community and Sports Hub, that took place at the now greatly upgraded Riverside Pavilion.
The Community Payback Fund upgrade is almost complete and the pavilion is looking so much better.   WECSH has great plans for the pavilion in terms of creating greater capacity and services for West End sport and the pavilion improvements represent a great start.  
We were all delighted to learn that our Vice Chair, Steve McSwiggan of the Dundee Saturday Morning Football League has won the Sunday Mail Volunteer of Year Award for the East region and he will get presented with the award at half time during Dundee United v St Johnstone at Tannadice Park on 24th August.  Congratulations to Steve for this very well deserved recognition.
Here’s a few photos of the newly installed signage at the pavilion:
New entrance signage
Another new entrance sign
New noticeboard
The 12 changing rooms have been named – see above and below

West End Community and Sports Hub – latest committee meeting

Last night, I attended the latest committee meeting of the West End Community and Sports Hub (WECSH)
We had a very productive meeting and we are finalising plans for an official re-opening of the Riverside Pavilion following its recent improvement work.    We are aiming to have the opening immediately after the school holidays.
For more information about WECSH go to

West End Community and Sports Hub – Pavilion car park

Further to my update last month about the improvements at the Riverside Pavilion, on behalf of the West End Community and Sports Hub (WECSH), can we pass on our thanks and appreciation to Tayside Contracts who have, at my request, laid new bottoming and rolled it across the car park.   
The car park is now far better for access – see above right – the bad potholes have gone!
Longer term, WECSH hopes to obtain funding for a fully surfaced car park but meantime the car park is a whole lot more usable, so thank you Tayside Contracts!

West End Community and Sports Hub – Pavilion progress

Back in February, along with other committee members of the West End Community and Sports Hub (WECSH, formerly WESHA), we toured the Riverside Pavilion to view the commencement of the improvement works provided by a Community Payback Scheme project.
Last night, we held another tour to view progress with the works that are nearing completion and these are looking great.   Here’s a few photographs from the visit last night:
New kitchen equipment installed
Repainted changing rooms
Repainted corridors – the floor is to be repainted after the football season ends
New showers are hugely better than the old ones!

West End Community and Sports Hub

Last night, I attended the latest committee meeting of the West End Community and Sports Hub (formerly WESHA).
We had a very productive night discussing a “walk, jog and run” initiative that will be based at the Riverside Pavilion and heard about the latest news from Balgay Bowling Club.
The improvements at the Riverside Pavilion are nearing completion and we discussed finishing touches such as signage, entrance mats and a brick fundraising idea.
We are making really good progress with sporting improvements for the West End and a official opening of the refurbished pavilion later in the spring.

WESHA committee meeting – and Riverside Drive speed limit good news

Later this evening, I took part in the latest WESHA committee meeting at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road. WESHA – now known as the West End Community and Sports Hub – is making excellent progress in moving sport forward across the West End.
We had very positive reports on further progress with the improvements at the Riverside Sports Pavilion (pictured right) – new kitchen completed, new lighting – both internal and external, new toilets and basins are examples.
We also discussed progress with charitable status, lease negotiations and the football pitches at Riverside.   The committee welcomed the news I mentioned yesterday about the speed limit cut on Riverside Drive.   The City Council announced today that the new 40mph limit will apply from next Monday.    
Crucially, not only will it lower speeds, it will also allow for the possibility of future pedestrian crossings – for example at the playing fields and at Riverside Nature Park.   These would be a boon for pedestrians who currently have a real challenge trying to get across this very busy road and, as pointed out at WESHA tonight, a great step forward for sporting access to the playing fields on both sides of the road.