West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

 
The West End Local Community Planning Partnership is a quarterly meeting at which representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.
 
The next meeting is at Blackness Library this Thursday – 6th February – at 2pm :
 
AGENDA
 
1. Welcome and Apologies
 
2. Minute of Meeting  of  21st November 2019 and Matters Arising
 
3. Residents’ Parking – Consultation Plan
 
4. Local Community Plan
 
5. Dundee Partnership Funding Allocation
 
6. Best Value Audit 2020
 
7. Partner Updates
 
8. Dates of Future Meetings:
 
7th May (7pm), venue to be confirmed. Theme – Population/Deprivation, Understanding the West End Community
6th August (7pm)
5th November (2pm)
 
Walkabout dates 30th April and 29th October; location(s) to be confirmed.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at the Whitehall Theatre – see right.
 
The LCPP meeting remains a great opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern.
 
Yesterday’s meeting included a tour of the theatre’s recent excellent refurbishment and improvements and a presentation from Kenny Christie, Chair of the theatre’s Board, a presentation by Leisure & Culture Dundee Board representatives about Leisure & Culture Dundee’s services to the city and also a presentation from the City Centre Manager.   All were very well-presented and informative.
 
We also had the opportunity to discuss various local issues including useful updates from Fire & Rescue and Police Scotland representatives.

Thursday West End meetings

Yesterday, I took part in tenant consultation meetings at Blackness Court and at Sinderins/Pennycook Courts with Home Scotland representatives, about future scheme manager/support staff posts.   

 
This was the latest in a series of meetings with tenants I have attended with the tenants since last November and it was agreed yesterday that there will be further consultation meetings towards the end of the year to ensure that the changes to support arrangements are working fine and resolve any issues.
 
After my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School last night, I attended the West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting at Blackness Library.
 
The LCPP meeting is a good opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.
 
There was an interesting and informative update from the Partnership Manager at Tayside Contracts/Dundee City Council Roads Maintenance Partnership on the work undertaken to improve and maintain Dundee’s roads and pavements.
 
I also took the opportunity to highlight an enterprise initiative by the P6 pupils at Blackness Primary School, who are selling West End “Bag Buddy” shopping bags.   Costing only £5 each, they have various West End designs (see below) and can be purchased from the school office, the Rosebud, Nisa, Spar, Fraser’s Fruit & Veg, Indigo House, West End Gallery, Urban Print and Roseangle Arts Cafe. 

Thursday activities

This afternoon, I took part in the latest West End Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at Blackness Library.
 
The LCPP meeting is a good opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.
 
This was the first afternoon meeting of the LCPP (the quarterly meetings have, until now, been in the evenings – we are now trying a mix of afternoon and evening meetings each year) and we had a very informative presentation on West End census profile data.   We also discussed a number of other local matters including housing condition and management and community asset transfer.
 
This evening, I had my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School and several constituent visits – I also spoke on Wave 102 news about the campaign to get free wi-fi for Dundee City Centre.   You can listen to the interview by clicking ‘play’ below :

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, I participated in the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at Blackness Library.
 
The LCPP meeting is an opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues, matters of concern and strategic issues.
 
Yesterday we had presentations on the review of property assets across the West End (and the city as a whole), the impending changes to waste collections and recycling arrangements and also from Sibelius Erskine-Smith of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Dundee Youth Council, who is joining the LCPP as youth representative.
 
On the waste/recycling collections issue, I sought assurances about consultation with residents before any changes take place.
 
Earlier last night, my weekly ward surgeries started again after the school holidays, with my Thursday surgery at Blackness Primary School.    Full details of my surgeries are given below :


West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, after my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at Blackness Library.    
 
The LCPP meeting is a good opportunity for representatives from different council departments, West End councillors and representatives from other organisations like the NHS, police and fire and rescue to discuss local issues and matters of concern and, last night, we had a presentation on the proposals to improve the road, pavements, crossings and access at Riverside Drive.
 
We also had a good discussion on several West End issues.

Dundee Partnership – West End Quarterly Update

As part of the local community planning partnership (LCPP) arrangements across the city, council communities officers produce a quarterly e-mail update on activities and in their LCPP area (there are eight of them across Dundee, each covering a council ward).
 
The West End one is produced by Natalie Mackland, our excellent communities officer, with input from various organisations and the March 2014 one has just been published.
 
This can be downloaded from the Dundee Partnership website here (along with previous editions from 2013).

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Tonight, after my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at Blackness Library.    
 
The LCPP meeting is a good opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and, tonight, we had a presentation on alcohol availability and over-provision.
 
We also had a good discussion on West End issues, with updates from the various organisations’ representatives attending.

Thursday meetings

Last night, my weekly ward surgeries resumed at Blackness Primary School after the school summer break.   You can get details of all my weekly surgeries here, including the new location (West Park Centre each Monday during school term time).
 
After yesterday’s surgery, I attended the August meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) that took place at the Tartan Coffee House on Perth Road.    The LCPP brings together West End councillors and representatives from the council, other public sector bodies, voluntary/communitiy group representatives and the third sector – all of whom work in or live in and have an interest in the West End.
 
There was a presentation by Gill Bain about the possibility of a West End Timebank (see article on this immediately below), and also an update on the current consultation on Dundee’s housing allocation policy).   We also had a useful discussion on a number of West End issues, notably on derelict buildings in parts of the ward, an issue have I campaigned for progress on for a considerable period.
 
I made clear my view that the City Council must do all it can to tackle this issue and bring empty properties back into a positive use.
 
The LCPP also discussed how it can better promote its activities with the people of the West End.   With the impending completion of the improvement works at Blackness Library that, for the first time, make the upstairs meeting facilities accessible to people with mobility difficulties, future LCPP meetings will take place there, the next quarter’s one taking place on Thursday 21st November.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

Last night, I participated in a very positive West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting.   There was a very interesting report on alcohol over-provision from a representative of the Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership and from the City Council’s Health Improvement Officer.
 
The meeting also discussed a number of West End issues with useful updates from various representatives including Fire and Rescue, the Police, the third sector, the NHS and Dundee City Council.
 
I was very pleased to be assured that funding is now in place to provide a pedestrian crossing on Riverside Drive near the playing fields/pavilion, something I have long campaigned for.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

The City Council has recently published a leaflet highlighting the role of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership.  You can download it here.   


The LCPP meeting is a great opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.


The next LCPP meeting is at the Tartan Coffee House at 53 Perth Road at 7pm on Thursday 16th May and all local residents are welcome to attend.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

Last night, after attending a meeting with University of Dundee students at DUSA and having my weekly ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I took part in the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting.
 
In addition to a presentation on welfare reform, there were a number of local issues discussed.   Of note:
 
* The Ryehill Police Station will be closed for a short period from 11th March for a much-needed refurbishment.
 
* It is hoped that improvements to the council-subsidised bus services (like the 204 and 204a service) may lead to an ‘outer circle service’ to improve evening and Sunday services.   Having long campaigned for bus improvements for areas that require better services (examples being the north side of Logie and also Pentland), I would welcome any improvements that benefit the West End.   Another possibility is a new service that would link the West End and Lochee (as well as Ardler) – again, this would have benefits for many constituents.   A report to the City Council’s City Development Committee on this is due by April.
 
* There is, subject to possible funding through Sustrans, the possibility of a new toucan-style pedestrian crossing on Riverside Drive near to the Riverside Pavilion/Bridgeview Station Restaurant once the new lower 40 mph speed limit is in place.
 
* I raised concerns that the recent council “wheelie bin awareness campaign” has had no real impact in terms of getting a reduction of wheelie bins that sit permanently on the pavement and I suggested that resources must be directed to addressing this issue, given concerns from constituents.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership – next meeting

From the City Council West End Communities Officer:
 
As you may be aware, the West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meets each quarter in the Tartan Coffee House, 53 Perth Road.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday 21st February 2013 at 7pm.
LCPPs enable council departments to work together better with partner agencies at a local level with the aim of delivering services and activities in a way which better meets local needs.  The partnership meeting is chaired by the City Council’s Head of Transportation and is attended by all 4 local elected members, senior staff from other key City Council Departments and planning partners including the Voluntary Sector, Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and NHS Tayside.  Community Representation at the Partnership is drawn from local community organisations including West End Community Council.
Local people, or those who have an interest in the West End such as traders, students and university staff, are encouraged to come along as we are keen to promote an active west end community and ensure that those with a stake in the west end are involved in identifying local needs and developing the local response.  
Below is the agenda for the forthcoming meeting.  It would be lovely to welcome you along.
 
AGENDA
 
1.WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
 
2.IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORM – GREGORY COLGAN, FINANCE AND CORPORATE SERVICES MANAGER
 
3.MINUTE OF LAST MEETING OF 22 NOVEMBER 2012 AND MATTERS ARISING
 
4.FOCUS ON WEST END LOCAL COMMUNITY PLAN
 
5.DEPARTMENT, AGENCY AND ORGANISATION UPDATES
 
6.OPEN FORUM ON ISSUES RAISED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
 
7.DATE OF NEXT MEETING :  16th May 2013 at 7.00 pm in the Tartan Coffee House

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, after my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I took part in the latest meeting of the  West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP), which allows local councillors, council officers across various departments, police, fire & rescue, NHS and local community organisations to get together to discuss West End issues.   On this occasion, the City Council Chief Executive attended part of the meeting, which was a welcome development.
We were given an update about progress with the proposed new Dundee Local Development Plan from a senior officer from the council’s City Development Department.   I again highlighted the issues of derelict buildings and the need to support our district shopping centres.
The LCPP meeting also had a welcome update from the Environment Department about proposed improvements in parts of the West End that include:

  • Improvements to the pathway from Logie Street to the Tullideph sheltered housing.
  • New hedge planting to replace the “temporary” fence at the east end of Magdalen Green.   I requested the “temporary” fence on behalf of residents the best part of a decade ago, so some nicer hedging will be a welcome development.
  • Scott Street entrance to Balgay Park – I have complained about its state before and was pleased to hear it will be improved and brightened up.
  • Hunter Street – roundabout with Hawkhill by-pass – to be tidied, improved with new planting and birch trees.
  • The old toilet block at Lochee Park will be removed and replaced with new toilets at the Lochee Park changing rooms.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

Last night, I took part in an additional meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) at the Tartan Coffee House in Perth Road.
 
The reason for the additional LCPP meeting was to allow for an update from the Capital Projects Team at the City Council about the forthcoming consultation on the planning proposals for the new Harris Academy building.
 
I have already updated residents on the dates for the public exhibition of the proposals and there’s a further update on the process from Mr Thewliss, Head Teacher, in a recent letter to the members of the Harris Academy FP Association
 
All pupils, parents, local residents, former pupils and others with an interest in the future of Harris Academy are encouraged to take part in the forthcoming consultation.

Thursday activities

Today :
 
* I took part in a school/pupil/traffic safety site visit to St Andrew’s Primary School (pictured right) as part of the on-going work of the working party on safety outside city schools.
 
* I held my Thursday weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School.
 
* I attended the latest – and a very positive – meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership, that took place at the Tartan Coffee House on Perth Road.    Subjects covered included:
  • An update on the proposed consultation on residents’ parking that will be launched on mid-October.
  • Details of the Dundee West District Plan by Tayside Fire and Rescue.
  • Tayside Police’s tactical assessment for the West End.
  • Useful discussions on recycling, derelict buildings, parking on Magdalen Green, bus services and other local matters.

West End Local Community Plan 2012-17

Last week, I mentioned that I had attended the launch of the eight news local community plans across the city.

The West End’s new local community plan was written following an extensive consultation exercise with the West End community, including:

• 500 post cards distributed in prominent venues and shops across the area seeking views of local people about ways in which the quality of life could be improved
• Young people involved with the Pupil Representative Council at Harris Academy were asked to confirm local priorities
• Public events held in Dundee West Church, outside the supermarket on Perth Road, at Blackness Fire Station and at the WestFest community festival, at which local people were given the opportunity to discuss issues and to prioritise action
• All community groups and tenant and residents’ organisations were offered stakeholder meetings and 4 were held to discuss concerns and identify issues with a focus on solutions
• Dundee West Church’s Healthy lunch club and Logie and St John’s Toddlers and were asked to confirm priorities for action
• Local staff from a range of services asked to express their views on local needs and services

The summary of the West End’s new local community plan can be downloaded by going to http://tinyurl.com/westendplan.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

Last night, after my ward surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the latest West End Local Community Planning Partnership (LCPP) meeting at the Tartan Coffee House in Perth Road.    


The LCPP meeting remains a great opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.

We started with a presentation from a local 10 year old pupil of Blackness Primary School who recently wrote to me saying he and his friends would like to see a skatepark in the West End as the nearest facility – Dudhope Park – is so far away.   Along with his father, we have met with the City Council’s Head of Environmental Management to discuss the viability and last night we sought the support of the LCPP meeting to move this forward.  Obviously funding is the major issue – finding a site for it in public ownership in the West End is less of an issue –  and the LCPP enthusiastically supported the idea – everyone was so impressed that a primary school pupil aged 10 had not only come up with this idea but had the confidence and ability to address the meeting on the issue.

The LCPP has tasked several senior officers to help make this project a reality in time and I am delighted at the LCPP’s support.

We had a very useful discussion about recycling and I again emphasised my wish to see recycling opportunities in the West End increase – including allowing more types of recycling at Neighbourhood Recycling Points.    A number of other issues were discussed including dangerous and derelict buildings and house/flat factoring – and I sought support for residents in the far west end area of Perth Road (including Millbay Terrace/Gardens and Clovis Duveau Drive) who are very concerned at the decision of National Express Dundee to withdraw their area from the Service 5 bus route.

We had a lengthy LCPP meeting last night but it was both productive and positive.    It highlighted just how many positive initiatives are taking place right across the West End Ward, the great community spirit in the West End (evidenced by the recent community graffiti clean up and litter pick with around 70 volunteers taking part) and the desire of all on the LCPP to tackle issues facing our area.

New local community plans across Dundee

This morning, I attended the launch of the new local community plans across the eight wards covering the city, including the West End.    See photo – right.

This was a well-attended event at the Marryat Hall involving community representatives, council officers and councillors and representatives from other partners such as NHS Tayside, Tayside Police and Tayside Fire & Rescue.

The Community Plans aim to tackle many local issues in communities across Dundee and there is a detailed new plan covering the West End 2012-17.

The next meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership takes place on Thursday of this week at 7pm at the Tartan Coffee House, 53 Perth Road – all residents welcome!    Here’s the agenda for Thursday’s meeting:

WEST END LOCAL COMMUNITY PLANNING PARTNERSHIP MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 24 MAY 2012 AT 7.00 PM
IN THE TARTAN COFFEE HOUSE, 53 PERTH ROAD, DUNDEE

AGENDA

1.WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

2.WEST END SKATE PARK – BLACKNESS PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL

3.MIXED RECYCLATES KERBSIDE COLLECTION PILOT – JEFF HALKETT, ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT

4.MINUTE OF LAST MEETING OF 23 FEBRUARY 2012 AND MATTERS ARISING

5.COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN

6.DEPARTMENT, AGENCY AND ORGANISATION UPDATE

7.OPEN FORUM ON ISSUES RAISED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

8.DATE OF NEXT MEETING :  Thursday 23 August 2012

Scott Street car vandalism

Residents in Scott Street are rightly angry at the mindless vandalism of 16 vehicles in Scott Street overnight on Wednesday/Thursday.

Our local Police Inspector Graham Young updated the West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting on Thursday evening about this disgraceful vandalism of residents’ cars and gave assurances that the police putting resources into catching the person or persons responsible.

I spoke on Wave 102 news about the matter today – click ‘play’ to listen:

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

After my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School this evening, I attended tonight’s West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting at the Tartan Coffee House in Perth Road.

There was a presentation on the draft local housing strategy consultation for Dundee and I made the point that, in terms of improving privately rented housing in the city (and a lot of it is in the West End), resources must be put into improvements to privately rented housing including controlled entry systems, environmental improvements and proper factoring arrangements.

There was also an excellent presentation by Fiamma Dobson of the Bus Stop Drop In Project at the Gate Church in Perth Road that is providing support – including drop-in facilities – to Dundee folk with addiction problems – see video below :

We also discussed derelict housing in the West End and my proposal to re-establish a Derelict Land Working Group in the city to address this important issue.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, after my weekly surgery at Blackness Primary School, I attended the latest meeting of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership, taking place at the Tartan Coffee House on Perth Road.

It was a lengthy but very productive meeting at which there were presentations on Dundee West park and ride and on the Community Carbon Exchange.   The Community Carbon Exchange has operated successfully in the Coldside and Maryfield and an extension of activity to the West End will be welcome.

The new draft local community plan for the West End was agreed, the success of the local Fire and Rescue service in minimising fires during the period around Bonfire Night was applauded, as was work of local police services in protecting the local area.   

We also discussed derelict buildings locally that blight the area and my suggestion of the council again having a Derelict Land Working Group to tackle the issue, as well as a number of other West End issues.  

Campaign over local bus services and school bus goes on

Members of the Community Spirit Action Group, the residents’ group for Pentland, Ancrum, Tullideph and Cleghorn areas, and I met yesterday with Phil Smith, Managing Director of National Express Dundee over the removal of the Number 4 service bus from the West End part of its route and the complete removal of the 4S school bus to St John’s High School.

Although there was useful discussion with National Express Dundee over the issues, it was clear that the bus company has taken a commercial decision on the 4 and the 4S and was not going to review this.    I and Community Spirit office bearers are therefore keen to discuss matters further with transportation officials in the City Council as the loss of the 4 service is a real loss to its mainly elderly passengers particularly in Peddie Street, Scott Street/Logie, Pentland, City Road and Tullideph.

There’s now a 204 service subsidised by the City Council but it only runs off peak daytime every couple of hours on that part of its route and there’s a real need to improve that frequency of service for the area.   We are determined to continue the campaign to ensure the bus service is improved.   We handed in a petition that already has 141 signatures on it to National Express Dundee yesterday and we will be giving a copy to transportation officials at the City Council as well.   Most petition signatures are being obtained on local doorsteps but you can also sign it by going to http://t.co/iKqjwoi.

Over 30 parents of pupils at St John’s High School attended last night’s West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting to voice their concerns at the complete withdrawal of the 4S bus service to the school.
  
The lack of decent public transport for St John’s High School pupils living on the 4S route is a real worry – the school advises me that 43 pupils are affected and when we get into the darker days and wintry weather, the situation will worsen.   

I have made the suggestion of a joint meeting with the parents/guardians, transport, education departments, elected representatives and the school to find a workable solution and have today written to the Director of Education and the Head of Transportation in that regard.

There are other issues arising out of last night’s West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting and I will update residents on these matters over the weekend.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting

Last night, I attended the quarterly West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting at the Tartan Coffee House in Perth Road.    This is a good opportunity for representatives from different council departments, councillors and representatives from other organisations like police, fire and rescue and the NHS to discuss local issues and matters of concern and also let local residents raise issues, ask questions and have their say.

It was a very productive meeting, stretching over two and a half hours and covering many issues.   There was an excellent presentation on Community Payback Orders, discussions about derelict buildings, residents’ parking, the new local community plan for the West End and the consultation process, refuse issues and a host of other topics were discussed.

The Tayside Fire and Rescue representative advised that there will be an Open Day at Blackness Fire Station on Saturday 2nd July – more on that to follow!

West End Community Consultation

Display at Nisa yesterday

As part of the community consultation on the development of the updated West End Local Community Plan, there was a display outside Nisa on Perth Road yesterday afternoon, with the Communities Officer for the West End and one of our local community police officers on hand to speak with local residents.  I was also pleased to attend.

The team will be back tonight between 4pm and 6pm, so please call along to hear more about the issues affecting the West End and please give them your views.   You can also meet the team at the Dundee West Church healthy eating lunch from 11.30am -1.30pm tomorrow.

West End Local Community Planning Partnership

After a lengthy (4 hour) council budget meeting yesterday, I attended the first West End Local Community Planning Partnership of 2011.

There was a good discussion of local issues including concerns over the state of listed buildings, vandalism and parking.    

There were also useful updates from LCPP members including local police, fire and rescue, the City Council Housing Department’s Private Sector Team, the Social Work Department and NHS Tayside.

Wednesday and Thursday meetings

Last night, along with some of the other members of the West End Local Community Planning Partnership, I met with one of the inspectors from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) as part of the current inspection of Harris Academy – the inspection also covering community learning and development in the Harris cluster area, largely across the West End. This was a good opportunity for community group representatives and myself to discuss the strengths of community groups’ work across the West End, and it was a very positive discussion.

Today, I participated in the City Council’s cross-party Job Creation Working Group, where the recent positive progress with V&A Dundee was discussed, as was other aspects of the Waterfront development in the city, attracting renewable industries to Dundee and Dundee’s support for RAF Leuchars.

LCPP meeting – outcomes

Yesterday, I mentioned that the West End Local Community Planning Partnership meeting was taking place last night.
It was a very productive meeting, and in addition to an interesting presentation on Dundee Waterfront, there was agreement on a joint initiative between Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and the City Council’s Housing Department to promote grant aid to encourage controlled entry for flatted properties in the West End.
Additionally, there was an update on progress about road safety in Pentland, following the site visit I participated in back in June – improvements in Pentland Crescent look possible, subject to funding availability.
I also raised concerns about dumped furniture in the back areas of tenements in parts of the area – particularly as these can be a fire hazard concern.