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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
|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.
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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.
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.