Busy Saturday!

Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of visiting the West End Tennis Club in Shaftesbury Road to speak with committee members and some of the parents whose children attend Saturday morning training sessions.   
 
It was good to discuss the club’s future plans with the committee and great to see the enthusiasm of all in promoting tennis in the area.   
 
You can read more about the West End Tennis Club here.
 
In the afternoon, I attended the Friends of Balgay Summer meeting which took place at the Mills Observatory.  There was an excellent and informative presentation by Dr Kenneth Baxter of the University of Dundee on ‘Old Dundee.’   You can read more about Friends of Balgay here.
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Photos of events this weekend

Above : Yesterday I was delighted to attend the opening of the new tennis courts at the West End Tennis Club.   A really good turnout of local people – here’s some of the crowd at the opening!

Above : Judy Murray cut the ribbon!

 Above : Today, the Friends Of Magdalen Green launched their super 2009 Calendar – here’s us all at the launch at the bandstand, together with some of the competition winners. You can read more at : www.magdalengreen.btik.com Above : Later this afternoon, as the City Council’s Planning & Transport Convener, I was pleased to give a welcome speech to delegates from this year’s UK Planning Summer School at the University of St Andrews. Delegates – councillors and planning officers from all parts of the UK – were on a tour of Ardler to see the success of the regeneration. Here’s part of the group having a welcome cup of tea and shelter from the rain at the Ardler Complex.

More news from the last week …

The West End Community Council on Tuesday evening had two excellent presentations – one from Digital UK on the analogue TV “switch off” due in Dundee in 2010; the other from West End Tennis Club on their project to improve the club facilities. The Club has given me an update sheet on this which you can read by clicking on the headline above – and you can read more by going to the Club’s website at : www.westendtennis.org.uk
Last night, the “Community Spirit” group – to campaign for the Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and Cleghorn area (and surrounding neighbourhood) – held its first AGM and was formally launched, at a well-attended meeting in the Mitchell Street Centre.
It was great to see the enthusiasm of local people who are keen to get an active community group going for the area to help tackle local issues in the north part of the West End Ward – just as West End Community Council does so well for the southern part of the ward. City councillors, the Police and others are keen to support the group in its activities in the months ahead.
Also yesterday, I spoke with Mrs Latif, following the robbery at her newsagents in Lochee Road earlier in the week. The local community is shocked at another incident of this type in the area, and very concerned for Mrs Latif in particular. I have contacted Tayside Police to ask for the use of mobile CCTV units in the Lochee Road area, which I think will help reassure the local community.