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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

Strawberrybank – closed until Wednesday 23 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Thursday 24 September for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

Lochee Road (at Tullideph Road) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Wednesday 16 September for tree cutting work.

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Thursday 24 September for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Another update during the COVID-19 health emergency

 

Further update – for Sunday 13th September from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)

 

NEW CONTACT TRACING APP

Protect Scotland is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of the virus and avoid further lockdowns.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.  You can download it here: https://protect.scot/

NEW LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

We remain in phase 3 of lockdown restrictions as infection rates are too high and accelerating again. This will be the case for some time. The following changes apply from tomorrow, but you are encouraged to follow them now.

The maximum social gathering has reduced to 6 people from 2 households, indoors, outdoors and in hospitality venues. (children under 12 won’t count to the limit of 6).  This also applies to pubs and restaurants.

Exception to limit: Receptions for Weddings, funerals and civil partnership will be allowed for 20 people from different households in hospitality venues.  Workplace, sport, exercise and activity guidance remains as before.

Hospitality- It will become mandatory to wear face coverings when you are moving around in a hospitality venue and not sitting at table. Staff in Hospitality venues will now have to wear masks.

There was no additional reopening of services or offices for the time being.  5th October is the new indicative date for the resumption of: Spectator sports, Theatres, indoor soft play and outdoor events

Call centres and non-essential offices will not be allowed to reopen until at least 1st October- when it will be reviewed again. Working from home remains the default for everyone who can.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/overview/

SHIELDING

If you have a mobile and NHS Scotland has your number you will receive a text message should the advice in your area change. You will be receiving a letter from the Chief Medical Officer to update you on current plans for those in this category, but there is no plan to reintroduce shielding at this time.

GP SERVICES

Local health centres continue to be open but have changed the way they work.  It is the preference to carry out a consultation online or on the phone as the hygiene and safety measures required for a physical consultation are considerable. 

For more detail, this is the Scottish Government guidance

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-outpatient-and-primary-care-consultations—principles/

TRAVELLERS

Travellers from Hungary and La Réunion will be required to self-isolate at home or another specified address for 14 days on arrival in Scotland from 4am yesterday (12th September).

https://www.gov.scot/news/further-quarantine-measures-introduced-for-travellers-1/

INFORMATION

UK Government news: www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications

Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news

Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

NHS Inform – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.

Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19

Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus

Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.

Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus

Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk

SUPPORT AND ADVICE

This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.

CONTACT DETAILS

WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson

Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

E-mail – fraser.macpherson@dundeecity.gov.uk

Facebook updates : www.facebook.com/dundeewestend

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

West Hendersons Wynd – closed from Monday 7 September for 3 days for carriageway resurfacing.

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Thursday 10 September for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency


Further update – for Sunday 6th September from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)

CARE HOME VISITS

Professional health and social care services will be able to resume visits. Throughout the pandemic these non-essential visits had been paused.  From Monday 7th September care homes can resume face-to-face care from a wide range of health and social care professionals, including podiatrists, physiotherapists, optometrists, dentists, social workers and mental health and disability specialists.   Activity in indoor communal areas – for example lounges and dining areas – can resume safely too.

https://www.gov.scot/news/health-and-well-being-visits-to-care-homes-to-resume/

 

QUARANTINE

Portugal and French Polynesia are being removed from the quarantine exemption list. If returning from these locations after 4am yesterday (Saturday) you are required to self-isolate at home, or another specified address, for 14 days on arrival in Scotland.  Greece was also removed earlier last week.  The arrangement is for the whole of these countries unlike the Welsh Government which has adopted a regional approach.

https://www.gov.scot/news/further-quarantine-measures-introduced-for-travellers/

 

After Willie Rennie MSP questioned the Scottish Government on the weaknesses in the quarantine spot checks, more money is to be invested in the contact centre to employ 25 new contact tracers.

https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-1-million-to-support-quarantine-efforts/

 

CHILDCARE

New support is available for the childcare sector to help pay for increased cleaning, new or additional equipment, better outdoor spaces or adaptations to buildings.

https://www.gov.scot/news/help-for-childcare-providers/

 

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE ACCOMMODATION GUIDANCE

There is revised guidance for colleges, universities and student accommodation providers. 

https://www.gov.scot/news/safe-return-to-campuses/

 

INFORMATION

 

UK Government news: www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications

 

Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news

 

Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

 

NHS Inform – https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 

 

NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.

 

Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19

 

Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus

Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.

 

Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus

 

Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk

 

SUPPORT AND ADVICE

This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson

Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

E-mail – fraser.macpherson@dundeecity.gov.uk

Facebook updates : www.facebook.com/dundeewestend

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


Road Report for West End Ward – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2020

Perth Road (at Hazel Avenue) – temporary traffic lights from Thursday 26 August for up to one week for gas main repair.

Report for West End Ward – Week Commencing Monday 31 August 2020

Blackness Road (at Urquhart Street) – temporary traffic lights on Monday 31 August for Scottish Water investigation work.

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – overnight (7.00pm – 2.00am) temporary traffic lights on Monday 31 August for Scottish Water investigation work.

Perth Road (at Rockfield Street) – temporary traffic lights on Friday 4 September for Scottish Water ironwork repair.

Forthcoming road works

West Hendersons Wynd – closed from Monday 7 September for 5 days for carriageway resurfacing.

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2020

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Tuesday 25 August for Scottish Water manhole repair.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road (at Urquhart Street) – temporary traffic lights on Monday 31 August for Scottish Water investigation work.

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – overnight (7.00pm – 2.00am) temporary traffic lights on Monday 31 August for Scottish Water investigation work.

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 15 AND SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2020

Perth Road (at Invergowrie Drive) – temporary traffic lights from Tuesday 11 August for up to one week for gas main repair.

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 17 AUGUST 2020

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – mini contraflow on Thursday 20 August for BT works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Esplanade – off-peak nearside lane closure on Tuesday 25 August for Scottish Water manhole repair.

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.

Forthcoming Road Works

Strawberrybank – closed from Thursday 17 September for 5 working days for wall maintenance works.

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 28th July – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson 
(West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
SHIELDING PAUSED
Those who have been shielding can now meet indoors with up to eight people from two households, as long as physical distancing is observed. They can also visit indoor shops, markets and pharmacies, museums, galleries, libraries and cinemas, and attend hairdressers and barbers.
 
They can also meet outdoors in groups of up to fifteen people from a maximum of four households per day. They can also choose to go to pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces, though it is advised that busy places are avoided.
 
They can now also use public transport, as well as taxis, as long as a face covering is worn, and children who live with someone shielding can now also attend formal childcare providers.
 
 
CHILDMINDER SCHOOL DROP OFFS AND PICK UPS – BLENDED
Childminders will be able to pick up and drop off children at school in August. Parents and carers are still encouraged to limit the use of multiple childcare settings where possible.
 
 
CHILDCARE
A new Transitional Support Fund will help childcare providers in the private and third sectors, including out-of-school care providers, meet extra costs incurred to comply with public health guidance in response to the pandemic.
 
 
TESTING FOR UNDER 5s
Children under the age of five who are displaying potential coronavirus symptoms are now eligible for testing. Under 5s or anyone else with any of the following symptoms should self-isolate and book a test at www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:
 
• a high temperature or fever
• a new continuous cough
• a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste
 
ENDOSCOPY SERVICES
There are currently 19,000 patients recorded as waiting for a diagnostic endoscopy. New funding is now available to address that backlog. The NHS Golden Jubilee Hospital, mobile endoscopy units and commissioning of the private sector will all provide additional capacity.
 
LAND AND BUILDINGS TRANSACTION TAX
The threshold at which LBTT begins to be paid has increased from £145,000 to £250,000 and will remain in place until 31st March 2021. Excluding the Additional Dwelling Supplement, it means that 80% of home purchasers will pay no LBTT. Home movers buying a home costing more than £250,000 will save £2,100.
 
EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments which serve food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme – aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.
 
Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just remove the discount from their bill. Businesses reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HMRC. Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.
 
Eligible businesses can register here:
 
DRIVE IN EVENTS
Drive-in entertainment events can now be held. This includes live concerts, comedy nights, theatre productions and local bingo events.
 
 
HOMEWORKING AND SECTORAL ADVICE
The guidance for homeworking has been revised:
 
A comprehensive list of sectoral advice can be found here:
 
GUIDANCE ON OUTDOOR CAFES, RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
This letter includes details of special measures to enable the erection of temporary buildings.
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This has been an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 25 AND SUNDAY 26 JULY 2020
 
Lower Pleasance (at junction with Lochee Road) – closed on Sunday 26 July for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.
 
Brook Street (at East Milnes Wynd) – temporary traffic lights on Sunday 26 July for Scottish Water manhole repair.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 27 JULY 2020
 
Guthrie Street (at Daniel Street) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Monday 27 July for Scottish Water manhole repair.
 
Urquhart Street (Blackness Road to Larch Street) – closed on Tuesday 28 July for Scottish Water manhole repair.
 
Blinshall Street (Miln Street to Guthrie Street) – closed on Wednesday 29 July for Scottish Water manhole repair.
 
Guthrie Street (Blinshall Street to Session Street) – closed on Thursday 30 July for Scottish Water manhole repair.
 
Perth Road (at Invergowrie Drive) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 July for BT works.
 
Ash Street (Brewery Lane to Douglas Street) – closed on Friday 31 July for one day for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.
 
Forthcoming Road Works
 
Park Place (Old Hawkhill to Smalls Lane) – closed from Saturday 1 August for 3 days for crane lifting works.
 
Greenbank Place – closed from Wednesday 5 August for 3 working days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Spaces for People proposals in the West End – an update #dundeewestend


As residents will be aware, “Spaces for People” is the temporary infrastructure programme that offers funding from Scottish Government through Sustrans to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during the current health emergency.

 
I have already updated residents about one of the Dundee projects as part of this programme – 20mph zones of which the one in the West End around the Perth Road shopping area and lanes has had a very positive feedback already as the signing and lining goes in.
 
Another proposal was a proposed “modal filter” envisaged for Riverside Approach – a feature used to limit through-journeys along a street by certain modes of transport.
 
The principle of a filter to stop large vehicles like HGVs using the bridge at Riverside Approach then drive along the narrow Perth Road lanes, Roseangle or Magdalen Yard Road was a good one.    My problem with the proposal is that it envisaged stopping all vehicles including local residents’ access to their homes via Riverside Approach and feedback from constituents was unsurprisingly not supportive.
 
I raised the matter with the City Council and the Parking and Sustainable Transport Team Leader has responded helpfully as follows :
 
“The modal filter envisaged for the area of Magdalen Green would have seen the closure of Riverside Approach at Barnett’s Garage – and all but pedestrian and cyclists would have been able to use this route (north/south).    There would be no vehicular access between Riverside Drive and the Perth Road Lanes area and residents driving to and from this area would be diverted to the Perth Road – using either the bridge at the Botanic Gardens or past the University.    
 
I have taken on board your comments and I am aware of the potential for negative feedback from residents.   Following initial discussions and experience from elsewhere, this project was placed on hold and would now only be progressed with community support.   
 
If you can advise of an alternative site for a modal filter in this vicinity that would have the effect of reducing through traffic while retaining the support from the wider community I would willingly consider other options.”
 
I woudl really welcome feedback from residents on possible alternative sites for a project likde this in the West End – do please e-mail me at fraser@frasermacpherson.org.uk

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 20 JULY 2020
 
20mph speed limit zone road marking and traffic sign works commencing Monday 29 June 2020 for 2 weeks to improve road safety for the higher levels of pedestrians and cyclists in the following streets in the Perth Road area:  Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road, Richmond Terrace, Richmond Court, Fort Street, Nethergate from its junction with West Marketgait to its junction with Perth Road, Perth Road from its junction with Nethergate to its junction with Hawkhill, Minto Place, Strawberrybank, Osborne Place (where adopted), Shepherds Loan, Taylors Lane, Spinners Wynd, Union Place, Step Row, Patons Lane, McGonagall Square, Tayfield Place, Provost McGowan Place, Thomson Street, Seafield Lane, Seafield Road, Seafield Close, Bellfield Avenue, Magdalen Place, Westfield Lane, Westfield Place, Westfield Avenue, Greenfield Place, Park Place (where adopted), Pennycook Lane, St Peter Street, Ryehill Lane, West Wynd, Mid Wynd, Millers Wynd (where adopted), Springfield, Hawkhill Place, Artillery Lane, Cross Lane, Temple Lane, South Tay Street, Palais Court, Tay Street Lane, Tay Square, Long Wynd, West Port, Old Hawkhill and Hunter Street.
 
Lower Pleasance (at junction with Lochee Road) – closed on Sunday 26 July for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.
 
Forthcoming Road Works
 
Greenbank Place – closed from Monday 5 August for 3 working days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency #dundeewestend

Further update – for Tuesday 14th July – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
FURTHER EASING OF RESTRICTIONS
 
Following the Scottish Government’s shift to Phase 3 – see also detail in the image below :
 
 
The 2-metre rule still applies except where specifically stated.
 
From now 
Those shielding can end physical distancing with those they live with. https://www.gov.scot/news/next-steps-for-people-shielding/
Mandatory face coverings in shops and other retail. This guidance includes exemptions for people with breathing difficulties etc.  Shop workers are also required to wear a face covering with some exemptions. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-retail-sector-guidance/pages/workforce-planning/#facecoverings
Outdoors – a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time – up to 15 people in total.
 
Indoors – a household can meet up to 2 other households at a time – up to 8 people in total. This includes overnight stays. A house can meet up to 4 other households per day in total. 
The limit on the number of other households you can meet per day (indoors or outdoors) does not apply to young people who are under 18.
 
Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors.
 
Extended Households: All non-cohabiting partners (and any children under 18 in the household) can form extended households without physical distancing.
 
From yesterday – Monday 13th July 
 
Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open.
 
Dental practices can do non-aerosol routine care. Urgent care centres will continue to provide aerosol generating procedures.
 
Organised outdoor contact sports and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18.
 
Face-to-face youth work can resume outdoors.
 
From tomorrow – Wednesday 15th July 
 
Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation.
 
Museums, galleries, monuments, libraries, various other visitor attractions, cinemas (including drive-ins and venues screening films).
 
Hairdressers and barbers can re-open.
 
All childcare providers can open. This guidance lifts the emergency limits on the number of children and households but maintains the restrictions on school pick up and drop offs (blended) 
Indoor hospitality can reopen.
 
All holiday accommodation permitted.
 
20 people can now attend funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations, including those beyond the immediate family.
 
From Wednesday 22nd July 
 
Universities and colleges.
 
Other personal retail services such as beauticians and tailors can re-open.
 
Motorcycle instruction and theory/hazard tests can resume. Tractor driver instruction can resume.
 
The following may resume after the 31st July 
 
Non-essential offices and call centres. Working from home and working flexibly remain the default.
 
Some live events (outdoors and indoors).
 
Bingo halls.
 
Driving lessons.
 
Indoor gyms.
 
Resumption of non-professional adult outdoor contact sports.
 
This is the latest updated guidance on which businesses must remain closed as of today.  You will see that the list of exemptions is growing longer. 
 
 
CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES FURTHER SUPPORT – VAT AND JOBS
Kickstart Scheme – 6-month work placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding available will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
 
Youth Offer – More support for 18-24 in the Intensive Work Search group in Universal Credit.
 
Work and Health Programme – expand the scope to introduce additional voluntary support in the autumn for those on benefits that have been unemployed for more than 3 months.
 
Job finding support service – in the autumn introduce an online, one-to-one service will help those who have been unemployed for less than three months.
 
Eat Out to Help Out – every diner will be entitled to a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal. It can be used an unlimited number of times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal including on non-alcoholic drinks for the entire month of August. Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount.
 
Temporary VAT cut for food and non-alcoholic drinks – From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021, the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to supplies of food and non-alcoholic drinks from restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and similar premises.
 
Temporary VAT cut for accommodation and attractions – From 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021 the reduced (5%) rate of VAT will apply to accommodation and admission to attractions.
 
 
CHILDCARE
For weeks Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has been making the case for a joined-up approach as thousands of parents are being asked to go back to work without the usual summer childcare. He is relieved that finally we have something that might work.
 
He has also been an advocate for good early learning and childcare and supports the expansion of the hours to 1140.  Willie can’t understand why a three-month lockdown results in a twelve-month delay to the roll out. Families are banking on the expansion to enable them to get back to work, children have already missed out on education and nursery because of the lockdown and the inequality gap continues to grow.
 
The First Minister says she wants to support an economic recovery but there is no way to a strong recovery that does not include strong and growing childcare provision.
 
Watch the exchange:
MEDICAL CONDITIONS ADVICE
New advice for people with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological, (specific) ophthalmic, respiratory and rheumatic conditions, chronic pain, and rare diseases.
 
 
QUARANTINE RULES LIFTED
The requirement to quarantine for 14 days on arrival still applies to Spain and Serbia. This will be reviewed on July 20th when it is likely to be lifted.  Even if you arrive into an airport in England you still need to quarantine when you arrive home. This link includes a list of countries for which you do not have to quarantine.
 
 
HOMEBUYERS HELP
The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 – excluding the Additional Dwelling Supplement. No date has been set for this change.
 
 
SCAMS
Trading Standards Scotland is part of COSLA. In the latest edition of its Scam Share bulletin, it outlines scams which have been reported by consumers across Scotland, including those related to the COVID-19 outbreak. There is some very useful information for local communities, covering issues such as phone, pension and holiday-related scams. 
 
The bulletin can be viewed at https://mailchi.mp/86259372cd2e/scam-share 
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13 JULY 2020
 
20mph speed limit zone road marking and traffic sign works commencing Monday 29 June 2020 for 2 weeks to improve road safety for the higher levels of pedestrians and cyclists in the following streets in the Perth Road area:  Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road, Richmond Terrace, Richmond Court, Fort Street, Nethergate from its junction with West Marketgait to its junction with Perth Road, Perth Road from its junction with Nethergate to its junction with Hawkhill, Minto Place, Strawberrybank, Osborne Place (where adopted), Shepherds Loan, Taylors Lane, Spinners Wynd, Union Place, Step Row, Patons Lane, McGonagall Square, Tayfield Place, Provost McGowan Place, Thomson Street, Seafield Lane, Seafield Road, Seafield Close, Bellfield Avenue, Magdalen Place, Westfield Lane, Westfield Place, Westfield Avenue, Greenfield Place, Park Place (where adopted), Pennycook Lane, St Peter Street, Ryehill Lane, West Wynd, Mid Wynd, Millers Wynd (where adopted), Springfield, Hawkhill Place, Artillery Lane, Cross Lane, Temple Lane, South Tay Street, Palais Court, Tay Street Lane, Tay Square, Long Wynd, West Port, Old Hawkhill and Hunter Street.
 
Forthcoming Road Works
 
Lower Pleasance (at junction with Lochee Road) – closed on Sunday 26 July for Scottish Water ironwork repairs.
 
Greenbank Place – closed from Monday 5 August for 3 working days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Further update during the COVID-19 health emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 7th July – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)
 
PHASE 3 AND 2 METRE GUIDANCE
At the end of this week, we may enter phase three of the routemap. In general, the 2-metre guidance will remain in place, but hospitality, retail and public transport may be allowed to operate on 1-metre if they agree to the implementation of measures such as improved ventilation; perspex screens; customer flow and seating plans.
 
It would also include the collection of names and addresses of customers, to help with contact tracing. However, until then the 2-metre remains in place and even if the change is made everyone else should keep to the 2-metre guidance.
 
 
NEW GUIDANCE
Children aged 11 and under are now able to play outdoors, without physical distancing, in groups of up to eight and of no more than two other households. This means they can now hug their grandparents and play with friends.
 
Children aged 12 to 17 should continue to physically distance but can meet in groups of up to eight outdoors and no more than two other households at a time.
 
There is no limit placed on the total number of households children can meet in one day, enabling siblings to meet separate groups or friends, or to meet groups in addition to those their parents or carers may take part in.
 
The five-mile limit for leisure travel has been lifted.
 
Restrictions have been lifted on self-catering which includes caravan and campervan parks, lodges and second homes. You can still travel to areas in the Dumfries area for a booked holiday but please note that the 5-mile travel limit still applies within that area.
 
Outdoor hospitality including beer gardens and pavement cafes were to start trading from yesterday – Monday 6th July.
 
Face coverings will be mandatory in retail settings from Friday 10th July.
 
 
 
SCHOOLS
A national decision has been taken for schools to reopen for staff from 10th August 2020 and pupils from 11th August 2020. 
 
Dundee City Council’s agreed start date for session 2020/21 was one week later.   Agreement has been reached by the Dundee Negotiating Committee for Teachers in relation to school terms, holidays and in-service days that have arisen following the decision by the Scottish Government for all Scottish Schools to re-open on 11 August 2020.
 
Impact for previously agreed Calendar for 2020/2021
 
• The week of Monday 10th to Sunday 16th August 2020 will be added to the 2020/2021 calendar.
• Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th August 2020 will both become in-service days for staff.
• Return of pupils will be Wednesday 12th August 2020.
• The in-service day on Thursday 12th November will be moved to accommodate the extra in-service day to Tuesday 11th August 2020.
• The seven week holiday has been realigned from 2019/2020 to 2020/2021 giving an end of term date as Friday 25th June 2021, a move from Friday 2nd July 2021.
 
This will ensure that all schools in Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross start back on the same date, August 12th.  This also provides schools with one additional days preparation before schools restart which will be supportive to schools in light of the recent Scottish Government announcement on the planning now being around all pupils starting back together from the beginning of the new school session.
 
CHILDCARE
Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader, has asked repeatedly about childcare, especially over the summer, for thousands of parents returning to work. If parents are being asked by the government to return to work, the government has a duty to ensure there is enough childcare for them.
 
Willie takes a cautious approach on easing the lockdown because he wants people to be safe but the new plan to ease the lockdown remains disjointed. Parents are being asked to go back to work by the government when childminders and nurseries are limited in capacity until the middle of July.
 
Outdoor children’s summer clubs and activities are also not allowed to open yet.
 
He will continue to press the government for a joined-up plan.
 
CARE HOME VISITING
Care home residents are now able to receive visitors outside.
 
A single nominated visitor wearing a face covering face covering can meet a care home resident out of doors.
 
Controlled indoor visits and wider use of communal areas by residents might be introduced later but only if the home has been COVID-free throughout the pandemic or if all affected residents have fully recovered and no residents have had symptoms for 28 days.
 
 
SHIELDING CHILDREN
New evidence indicates most children with conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to continue to shield and can, for example, return to school as it reopens.
 
No child or young person will be removed from the shielding list until a discussion has been held with their clinical team which will take place throughout July.
 
 
UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE
There’s new guidance for universities and colleges on how to manage returning students in the autumn. This includes physical layout, teaching, hygiene and communication.
 
 
 
WORSHIP
This week places of worship may be able to re-open for communal prayer.
 
SCREENING
Some NHS Scotland national screening programmes are set to resume safely, carefully and in a series of stages. Anyone who was invited for cervical screening before the pause and was yet to make an appointment or had their appointment cancelled will be able to contact their GP practice to make an appointment.
 
Appointment invitations and reminders will be posted from mid-July, with invitations sent first to those who receive more frequent (non-routine) cervical screening appointments. Routine screening will recommence once NHS Scotland has caught up with non-routine appointments affected by the pause.
 
 
PAVEMENT CAFES
There’s new planning advice for cafes and pubs wishing to use pavements and outdoor areas.
 
 
SOCIAL CARE WORKERS SUPPORT
There’s a new fund for care workers to help if they are ill or self-isolating due to coronavirus.
 
 
PLAYPARKS
Play parks are open again.
 
FUNERALS
The number of people permitted to attend a funeral service has increased from 6 to 20.
 
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

 
DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT
 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – SATURDAY 4 AND SUNDAY 5 JULY 2020
 
Riverside Drive at Botanic Gardens – narrow lanes on Sunday 5 July for Scottish Water Ironwork Repairs
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6 JULY 2020
 
20mph speed limit zone road marking and traffic sign works commencing Monday 29 June 2020 for 2 weeks to improve road safety for the higher levels of pedestrians and cyclists in the following streets in the Perth Road area:  Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road, Richmond Terrace, Richmond Court, Fort Street, Nethergate from its junction with West Marketgait to its junction with Perth Road, Perth Road from its junction with Nethergate to its junction with Hawkhill, Minto Place, Strawberrybank, Osborne Place (where adopted), Shepherds Loan, Taylors Lane, Spinners Wynd, Union Place, Step Row, Patons Lane, McGonagall Square, Tayfield Place, Provost McGowan Place, Thomson Street, Seafield Lane, Seafield Road, Seafield Close, Bellfield Avenue, Magdalen Place, Westfield Lane, Westfield Place, Westfield Avenue, Greenfield Place, Park Place (where adopted), Pennycook Lane, St Peter Street, Ryehill Lane, West Wynd, Mid Wynd, Millers Wynd (where adopted), Springfield, Hawkhill Place, Artillery Lane, Cross Lane, Temple Lane, South Tay Street, Palais Court, Tay Street Lane, Tay Square, Long Wynd, West Port, Old Hawkhill and Hunter Street.
 
Forthcoming Road Works
 
Greenbank Place – closed from Monday 5 August for 3 working days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Further update for 30th June during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 30th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
FURTHER RELEASE OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
There is to be further easing of the lockdown. These changes are dependent on the continued suppression of the virus.
 
From Thursday 2nd July
• Subject to the go ahead of from advisors we may see relaxation of 2 metre physical distancing- based on scientific recommendations. This may see facemasks made mandatory in shops from that date.
 
From Friday 3rd July
• You can travel for more than five miles for leisure and recreation purposes.
• Self-contained holiday accommodation – for example holiday cottages and lodges, or caravans where there are no shared services – can open. The tourism sector will not open fully until the 15 July.
 
From Monday 6th July
• Outdoor hospitality such as beer gardens can re-open.
 
From 10th July
• Households will be able to meet people from more households outdoors.
 
From 13th July
• Organised outdoor sports for children and young people can resume.
• Non-essential shops within indoor shopping centres will re-open.
 
From 15th July
• A household will be able to meet indoors with people from up to two other households.
• Indoor locations such as museums, galleries, monuments, cinemas and libraries will also be able to reopen. Tickets must be secured in advance. Theatres, bingo halls, nightclubs, casinos and other ‘live’ entertainment venues will not re-open until a later date.
• Pubs and restaurants will open indoors.
• Hairdressers and barbers will re-open. Other personal retail services will remain closed until a later date.
 
SCHOOLS TO REOPEN IN AUGUST
It is now the intention for pupils to return to school full time on August 11th.
 
Willie supports the change. Many parents and pupils will be relieved as it now means children and young people will get the education they need, and we can get back on top of the inequality gap.
 
However, many teachers, who are already exhausted from the last few months of remote teaching, were taken by surprise and are anxious about what it means for their safety.
 
Willie has been pressing the government on whether they will have time to adapt to the new arrangements, whether they will have the resources and whether they will be tested. Shielding teachers and pupils also need clarity.
 
 
CHILDCARE
Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader, has asked repeatedly about childcare, especially over the summer, for thousands of parents returning to work. If parents are being asked by the government to return to work, the government has a duty to ensure there is enough childcare for them.
 
Willie takes a cautious approach on easing the lockdown because he wants people to be safe but the new plan to ease the lockdown remains disjointed. Parents are being asked to go back to work by the government when childminders and nurseries are limited in capacity until the middle of July.
 
Outdoor children’s summer clubs and activities will also not be allowed to open for another few weeks. It seems illogical to allow outdoor pubs to open before outdoor summer clubs for children.
 
He will continue to press the government for a joined-up plan.
 
RESTARTING MORE HEALTH SERVICES
Willie Rennie MSP has also been making the case for the restart of health services because of the impact delayed operations and treatment has on the health of lots of people. Now progress is being made.
 
Urgent referrals and triage of routine services in key specialties such as Cardiology, Urology, and Trauma and Orthopaedics, will be resumed gradually.
 
Health boards will reintroduce any suspended GP services. Patients will be triaged by telephone. There will be a greater use of telephone and video consultations.
 
From yesterday, health boards are able to gradually resume some screening services including endoscopies and other diagnostic tests.
 
Also from yesterday all community optometry practices are able to resume seeing patients face-to-face who have emergency and essential eye problems, as well as continuing to manage as many of these patients remotely as possible. The Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres closes.
 
From Monday 6th July, health boards will reintroduce some chronic disease management, which could include pain services, diabetic services.
 
 
CARE HOME VISITING
Care home residents will be able to receive visitors outside from 3rd July.
 
A single nominated visitor wearing a face covering face covering can meet a care home resident out of doors.
 
Controlled indoor visits and wider use of communal areas by residents might be introduced later but only if the home has been COVID-free throughout the pandemic or if all affected residents have fully recovered and no residents have had symptoms for 28 days.
 
 
SHIELDING
The Government plan to move away from the current position of blanket guidance for all shielding people, to more tailored advice about risk and how to mitigate it.
 
Willie Rennie MSP asked the Health Secretary this week about advice for those over 70. Many have been shielding when it was not necessary and others have not been careful enough. She said new advice would be published soon.
 
HEALTH AND CARE STAFF TESTING
Staff who work in specialist cancer services, or provide long-term care for the elderly, as well as staff working in residential mental health, will be offered weekly coronavirus testing from 8th July.
 
In addition, from June 29th all staff in hospitals and care home who interact with patients or residents will be required to wear a medical face mask throughout their shift. Anyone entering care homes and hospitals will also be asked to wear a face covering throughout. Face coverings will also be required when attending a hospital appointment.
 
 
DENTISTS
Dental practices will be able to see NHS patients who need urgent care for face-to-face consultation, using procedures which limit the risk of spread of the coronavirus such as non-aerosol generating procedures. This will mean up to an additional 10,000 appointment slots will be available per day across Scotland.
 
 
HOMELESSNESS
Willie asked the Housing Minister how he was going to keep homelessness down after the pandemic. Great efforts have been made by councils and charities to cut the number of people without a home but we need a long term solution. The minister gave examples of the plans being made and the additional housing capacity built.
 
B & B HARDSHIP FUND
The new Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund is designed to support small serviced accommodation providers who have not been able to access support through other government backed schemes as a result of their banking status.
 
 
TOURISM ADVICE
There is new guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.
 
 
MOVING HOME
From yesterday, all home moves are permitted. This includes students moving home and other home moves resulting in two households merging. It also applies to custom and self-builders looking to acquire a plot or a property to renovate or to demolish.
 
People can leave their homes in order to move home and undertake activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property including:
• visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes
• viewing a residential property to look for a property to buy or rent
• preparing a residential property to move in
• moving home or
• visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.
People working for relevant organisations and businesses can also travel to work where necessary in order to undertake these activities in a safe manner.
 
 
RETAIL GUIDANCE
There is new guidance for shops and customers.
 
 
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
From yesterday, you are able to register the birth of your baby.    Contact Dundee 435222 or email registrars@dundeecity.gov.uk  – your name will be added to the list in order and the team will make an appointment for you in due course.
 
Also from yesterday, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place outdoors, with up to a maximum of eight people and observing physical distancing measures.
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.

 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29 JUNE 2020
 
20mph speed limit zone road marking and traffic sign works commencing Monday 29 June 2020 for 2 weeks to improve road safety for the higher levels of pedestrians and cyclists in the following streets in the Perth Road area:  Roseangle, Magdalen Yard Road, Richmond Terrace, Richmond Court, Fort Street, Nethergate from its junction with West Marketgait to its junction with Perth Road, Perth Road from its junction with Nethergate to its junction with Hawkhill, Minto Place, Strawberrybank, Osborne Place (where adopted), Shepherds Loan, Taylors Lane, Spinners Wynd, Union Place, Step Row, Patons Lane, McGonagall Square, Tayfield Place, Provost McGowan Place, Thomson Street, Seafield Lane, Seafield Road, Seafield Close, Bellfield Avenue, Magdalen Place, Westfield Lane, Westfield Place, Westfield Avenue, Greenfield Place, Park Place (where adopted), Pennycook Lane, St Peter Street, Ryehill Lane, West Wynd, Mid Wynd, Millers Wynd (where adopted), Springfield, Hawkhill Place, Artillery Lane, Cross Lane, Temple Lane, South Tay Street, Palais Court, Tay Street Lane, Tay Square, Long Wynd, West Port, Old Hawkhill and Hunter Street.

Another update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 23rd June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS – MOVING TO PHASE 2
People who are shielding are now able to leave their home for exercise and to meet with one other household outdoors (max eight people in total) with physical distancing. People who are shielding can take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, fishing etc.
 
People who are not shielding can now meet with more households outside. The limit increased from meeting one other household to meeting two households; eight-person overall limit and need for physical distancing remains. They can also use toilets indoors while visiting the outdoors of another household. (Hygiene measures are essential.)
 
People living alone or single people who live with their children can ‘bubble up’ with another household to create an extended household and act without social distancing as if they were living together. This includes non-cohabiting couples.
 
Also – from yesterday : 
 
• Face coverings are mandatory on public transport.
• Places of worship can re-open for individual prayer or contemplation.
• Professional sport can resume – with public health restrictions remaining in place.
• Dental practices can re-open to see patients with urgent care needs.
• Construction sector can implement remaining phases of sectoral plan.
• College and university staff can return to make essential preparations for restart later.
• Accommodation can be provided for those required to stay away from home for work purposes.
 
From Monday 29th June: 
 
• Indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented. Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities.
• Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping centres / malls remain closed for non-essential shops.
• Outdoor markets can re-open.
• Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves.
• Outdoor sports courts can re-open.
• Playgrounds can re-open.
• Registration offices open for high priority tasks.
• Marriages & civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only.
• Zoos and garden attractions can open for local access only (5 miles).
• Review and announcement on how pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces safely on 2 July
 
 
 
FACE COVERINGS
With face coverings becoming mandatory on transport from Monday, the UK government have produced a guide for people to make their own: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
 
Please remember that medical grade masks are in short supply and are needed by our frontline workers.
 
CONTINUATION OF FOOD PROVISION AND FREE SCHOOL PAYMENTS OVER SUMMER
 
Children and families in Dundee will continue receiving their free school meal payments over the summer holiday period.    The scheme will be extended from 29th June until 10th August in order to minimise the effects Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on families.   The extension was agreed today by the leaders of the political groups on Dundee City Council under essential business arrangements.
 
Since lockdown began, over 6,800 families with children eligible for free school meals have received the weekly payments directly to their bank accounts. The extension will mean families will continue to receive £11.25 directly, on a weekly basis, per child.     Additionally, the Council’s will continue support for the city’s Food Insecurity Network with continued financial support to Dundee’s community food banks for food provision efforts over the summer holiday period.
 
The community food provision efforts have led to over 4,400 people benefiting from the service per week, which is a collaborative effort by 24 local food organisations, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action and Dundee City Council.
 
Furthermore, Dundee Bairns have successfully been working with the Council since the start of lockdown to meet food demand, distributing up to 740 packed lunches daily through their network of community organisations. This will continue during the holiday period.
 
GREEN HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
The Green Health Prescription project still accepting referrals to help mitigate the adverse health effects of COVID-19. 
In order to help combat the effects of social isolation, loneliness, stress, lack of physical activity and other side-effects detrimental to wellbeing it will continue to welcome self-referrals. If you or anyone you know could benefit from engaging with some level of physical activity, please contact us at GreenHealth@dvva.scot or on 07719 969 629.
 
The Partnership indicates, “We are currently working on creating a bespoke programme of activities delivered online for those who are 50+. Please get in touch if you would like to hear more about these activities and how they will be delivered.
Registered prescribers are encouraged to continue sending Green Health Prescription referrals so that we can help people start to rebuild their confidence and physical abilities. Priority will be given to those most vulnerable and affected by poor mental and physical health, and we will endeavour to help patients socialise again and access the outdoors for health benefits either through means of home-based activities.”
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 16th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING THE LOCKDOWN – POSSIBLE DATES
You will know the Scottish Government is easing the lockdown at a different pace from England.
 
On 28th May, Scotland entered phase one which included: visits to meet one other household; exercising travel limit of five miles; opening of garden centres, recycling centres and golf courses; construction site preparation; childminding and preparations for school reopening.
 
Construction is now moving to the next steps of its industry plan. Workers are allowed to return to sites gradually, while using measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene.
 
The next statement on easing is due on 18th June, when phase two may be announced.  That may include the full reopening of construction sites and reopening of factories; more shops; meeting people from more than one household; outdoor pubs and restaurants; playgrounds and more non urgent healthcare.
 
Last week the Scottish Government indicated that the Tourism Industry would restart on the 15th July which should give it enough time to prepare and for people to book holidays.  That may indicate that we would fully move to phase three at that time too.  Phase three also includes: offices; museums, libraries and gyms; more shops; and hairdressers!
 
Some of this is our estimate of what may happen. None of it is firm and is subject to the progress we make on suppressing the virus. 
 
NEW SHIELDING ADVICE
People on the shielding list should continue to follow the advice until 31st July but if infection rates are low enough, they may be able to exercise outside from the 18th June.
 
Support will continue such as free weekly food boxes, access to priority supermarket delivery slots, pharmacy deliveries, or other support through councils.
 
Those living in nursing or residential care homes will not be allowed to exercise outdoors yet.
 
SCHOOL OPENING PREPARATIONS
Staff returned to Dundee schools yesterday as preparations continue to welcome pupils back to the classroom in August, if it is safe to do so.
 
Some children and young people will be entering school buildings over what would have been the last two weeks of term towards the end of June for key transition stages including entry to P1, S1 and some of the senior phase. However, some of this support for transition will be virtual and continue into the start of next term in August. 
 
Meanwhile, the council’s network of eight community support centres will continue to operate over the summer period, providing not only critical childcare for key workers, but also helping to look after some of the most vulnerable children in the city.
 
As with the rest of Scotland, Dundee City Council is working to open schools from 11th August, with the introduction of a blended learning model involving a mixture of classroom and learning from home.
 
Laptops and other equipment have been distributed around school communities to assist with learning under the new arrangements.
 
A new batch around 600 laptops will be fitted with data connections and given to selected households soon in another outreach effort to ensure inclusion for the ongoing home education of pupils.
 
The council is now carrying out a survey of families to ask their opinions about the home learning experience. Responses will be used to help in the establishment of blended learning from August.
 
The survey is available at http://tiny.cc/eirmqz
 
SUMMER SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
You will recall we previously mentioned that Willie Rennie MSP had asked the First Minister to provide funding for students over the summer because their usual jobs were not available.  Now the Scottish Government has brought forward early access to £11.4 million of discretionary funds – support for higher education students in financial difficulty – to be administered by colleges and universities. 
 
SAAS has also suspended all new debt recovery actions in respect to grants and bursaries until September for students whose circumstances have changed and may have to return over-payments. 
 
This is a good start but we want the Scottish Government to use SAAS instead of separate hardship funds to make it easier for students.
 
 
EXTENSION TO HELP TO BUY HOUSING
More than 2,000 households will be able to buy a new build home as the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is extended by a year to March 2022. The scheme focuses on more affordable housing with a maximum purchase price of £200,000. It bridges the gap between lower loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages now obtainable for new builds and the smaller deposits many households now have available to buy a new home.
 
 
BUSINESS SUPPORT
Small businesses which share properties but do not pay business rates are now eligible to apply for grants. The extension to the Small Business Grant Fund will apply to firms occupying shared office spaces, business incubators or shared industrial units and who lease the space from a registered, rate-paying landlord.
 
Separately, eligibility has also been extended to companies occupying multiple premises with a cumulative value of more than £51,000.  From today, eligible businesses will be able to apply to their local authority for grants of up to £10,000.
 
It has also been confirmed that the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes will close for new applications on 10 July.
 
 
TRAVELLING INTO THE COUNTRY
New public health measures are now in force for travellers into the UK: 
Residents and visitors entering the UK from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days.
They must supply contact, address and travel details.
There will be fixed penalty notices for anyone failing to comply.
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend



DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

 
Please note that most works are subject to change and late completion due to the restrictive measures in place following UK and Scottish Government advice that only emergency/urgent works and those considered essential should take place during this period.
 
REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 15 JUNE 2020
 
West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm to 3.00am) nearside southbound lane closure on Tuesday 16 June for Scottish Water work.

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 9th June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End)​ and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)​ :
 
TEST AND PROTECT – IMPORTANT
Everyone aged five and over who has COVID-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, temperature or loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go to NHS Inform online or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test. 
 
People will need to isolate with their household as soon as they have symptoms and, if they have a positive test result, they will be asked to provide details of all recent close contacts to NHS contact tracers.  Those people will be contacted and asked to isolate for 14 days.
 
 
 
THE NEXT STEPS ON HEALTH SERVICES
NHS Scotland will begin resuming some services that have been suspended, delayed or deferred due to the virus, whilst continuing to protect emergency, urgent and maternity care. ‘Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland’ sets out how Health Boards will safely and gradually prioritise the resumption of some paused services.
 
These services could be first: 
cancer services, especially referrals and postponed treatments
expanding treatments for non-cancer urgent inpatients and outpatients
outpatient therapies where delay will increase the risk to patients, such as management of macular degeneration, paediatrics and respiratory services
mental health support
treatment room services such as blood monitoring and B12 injections
 
CHILDMINDER GUIDANCE
From 3 June 2020, childminders can operate but they must limit the number of households for whom they provide childcare to a maximum of 4, in addition to children of their own household, at any one time. In allocating their spaces, continued critical childcare for keyworkers and vulnerable children must be the first priority. The restrictions on childminder capacity are expected to be lifted during Phase 3, depending on the public health advice.
 
BEST START GRANT
The Best Start Grant School Age Payment has re-opened for applications. This is a £250 payment made to parents or carers around the time a child is old enough to start Primary 1 to help with the costs of starting school.
 
CARERS
Carers are to receive a one-off payment, in addition to the regular six monthly Carer’s Allowance Supplement. As a result, eligible carers will get a payment of at least £460.20. This will be paid from Friday 26 June. 
 
SCHOOL GUIDANCE PUBLISHED
New guidance will help teachers and councils prepare for the ‘blended model’ of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.  The guidance, produced by the Education Recovery Group, also details broad expectations for what Scotland’s curriculum will look like during this period in Early Learning Centres and schools. Guidance on the curriculum, aimed at parents and carers, will be published shortly in partnership with the National Parent Forum of Scotland.
 
AbilityNet
AbilityNet provide a free service delivered by volunteers (all who are PVG checked) to support anyone aged over 55, or anyone with a disability/medical condition or they also support carers free of charge. 
 
They can help with things such as getting online, using WhatsApp and Facetime especially during this tough time and online shopping but can also help look at what help there could be for people with disabilities and health issues. They can also offer help on social media, zoom and other platforms for holding or attending virtual meetings and can provide training on this to organisations and charities free of charge if its required.
 
The list really is endless.  No question is a silly question.
 
Throughout Scotland many older people and people who have never used technology is being pushed online for many essential services such as Internet Banking, Online Shopping and Hospital Appointments and they want to help where we can.
 
They normally provide ay IT Support At Home service, which understandably is suspended at the moment.  Instead, they can provide remote support  on a ‘best endeavours’ basis, being able to remotely access devices (with permission) which enables them to not only resolve problems, but also demonstrate how to do things such as online grocery shopping and video calls. 
 
To find out more about Ability Net please visit https://abilitynet.org.uk/at-home  To request assistance you can call them on 0800 048 7642 or email enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk
 
INFORMATION
 
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
 
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
 
 
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
 
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
 
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
 
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
 
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
 
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
 
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
 
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)
 
 

A further update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Tuesday 2nd June – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
SELF EMPLOYED AND FURLOUGH
Self-employed people whose work has been affected by coronavirus will receive a “second and final” grant in August.  They will be eligible for a second payment in August of up to £6,570. The Chancellor has also set out how employers will have to start sharing the cost of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  
From August they will have to pay National Insurance and pension contributions, and then 10% of pay from September, rising to 20% in October.  Workers will be allowed to return to work part-time from July, but with companies paying 100% of wages.
 
 
EASING THE LOCKDOWN
Scotland has now moved to Phase 1 of easing the lockdown. 
 
• Members of two different households can now meet up so long as they remain outdoors in a park or private garden and stay 2m (6ft) apart. You can travel more than five miles to visit.
• People can sit out and sunbathe in parks and open areas, and travel for up to five miles to start that exercise.
• Garden centres can open.
• Construction site preparation can get underway.
• Most outdoor work can resume.
• Some outdoor leisure activities, where physical distancing can be maintained, is permitted – including golf, tennis, bowls and fishing – even croquet!
 
As residents will know, from yesterday recycling centres reopened, and teachers and other staff will be able to return to schools to prepare for re-opening.
 
 
 
 
RECYCLING CENTRES NOW RE-OPENED BUT WITH RESTRICTED CAPACITY
 
Dundee City Council re-opened the Riverside and Baldovie Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) on a restricted basis from yesterday and in accordance with national guidance from the Scottish Government.
 
Residents are asked to use the facilities for essential purposes only which include general waste, garden waste, wood, metals, rubble, fridges & freezers, and gas cylinders & bottles.    Members of the public are reminded that cardboard, large and small electricals, plastics, turf, batteries, fluorescent tubes, vegetable and waste oils, glass and textiles cannot be accepted at the centres initially under the restricted capacity.
 
Sites are of course going to be very busy during the first few days after re-opening and therefore it is likely long waiting times will occur at each centre.   In order to keep the many visitors and staff members safe, Household Waste Recycling Centres will maintain strict guidelines and physical distancing at all times.
 
A number of rules will be followed in order to maintain a safe and controlled environment.   These include:
 
• Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or self-isolating should NOT visit any HWRC site;
• The number of cars on site will be strictly limited;
• Only one person per car should unload the vehicle at any one time;
• Only cars, estate cars, people carriers, MPV cars and 4x4s will be permitted entry. No vans or trailers will be allowed;
• Individuals should only visit when necessary, avoid queues and consider revisiting when quieter;
• No business waste will be accepted;
• We will be unable to provide assistance on site so only load items you can unload yourself;
• No walk-in disposals of waste will be allowed;
• The two-metre physical distancing rule must be respected at all times.
 
The sites are initially open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.   Restrictions will be in place, including only Dundee City Council residents being permitted to the sites, in order to manage the anticipated demands in providing the service again. 
 
Further guidance on the Household Waste Recycling Centres is available on the Dundee City Council website. Residents are advised to check the website and social media channels before traveling, as rules are subject to change.
 
 
The Council’s special collections bulky uplift service also resumed yesterday.
 
 
SHIELDING AND OVER 70s
We understand there is likely to be two separate sets of advice coming out soon – one for the shielding group and another for the over 70s.  This is partly because there has been some confusion for the over 70s group thinking that the very restrictive shielding advice applies to them so there is a need to be clearer.
 
The thinking is to give both groups clear advice on what the clinical risks are for them if they contract the virus, advice on what to do to guard against that risk and what the government will do to support.  There is also a recognition people need room to exercise their own judgement and make choices.
 
Watch out for that guidance.
 
PAMIS DIGITAL PASSPORT 
Scottish charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) have launched a new resource designed to support families during the COVID-19 lockdown create a digital communications passport for their loved ones.
 
PAMIS is the only charity in Scotland that work solely with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their families and they have been adapting their resources to respond to the needs of their families since the first week of the outbreak. This new resource will add to the collection which include postural care guides, art therapy, communication support, and music and drama activities.
 
PAMIS have been working with family carers and people with PMLD for almost ten years to develop this life changing resource that lets people with limited communication express their needs using a multimedia approach. The PAMIS Digital Passport is a simple to use template that sits on a tablet computer and uses video and photographs to support people with PMLD to have a conversation with those who are unfamiliar with them. It is used by people with profound learning disabilities in their daily lives, in hospital, respite care and in day centres and is, uniquely, owned by them.
With the challenges around Covid-19, PAMIS and the family carers that developed the passport, recognised that there is a far wider group of people who could benefit from the PAMIS Digital Passport. Their response was to offer the template, and a series of instructional videos free to anyone who has complex health needs.
 
 
SCHOOLS GUIDANCE
In agreement with councils, professional associations and parent representatives, all schools will return on 11 August while Early Leaning and Childcare settings such as nurseries and playgroups will open over the summer.
 
Teachers and other school staff are able to return this month (in Dundee from the 15th onwards) to prepare for a new model of learning from August.
 
The plans are contingent on scientific and medical advice that it is safe to proceed and complementary public health measures, such as Test and Protect, being in place.
 
There is growing evidence that the susceptibility to clinical disease of younger children is lower than for adults.  The majority view of the Chief Medical Officer’s Advisory Group is that actions to support distancing guidance in schools where children are in indoor environments for extended periods of time would be appropriate, while a minority believed schools could operate without distancing.
 
 
 
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES
Colleges and universities are gearing up for a phased campus return for the next academic year. 
 
 
MOVING HOME ADVICE
The government continues to urge people to delay moving to a new home while stay-at-home measures are in place.  However, organisations and businesses involved in the purchase, sale, letting or rental of homes are permitted to prepare their staff and their premises.  This includes undertaking travel to their premises to check for readiness; making changes to implement their safe operating procedures, such as putting up notices and protective screens, marking distances on the floor; and briefing staff on safe operating procedures, virtually where at all possible to do so.
 
 
TEST AND PROTECT
Everyone aged five and over who has COVID-19 symptoms of a new continuous cough, temperature or loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go to NHS Inform online or call 0800 028 2816 to book a test. 
 
People will need to isolate with their household as soon as they have symptoms and, if they have a positive test result, they will be asked to provide details of all recent close contacts to NHS contact tracers.  Those people will be contacted and asked to isolate for 14 days.
 
 
 
LEGIONELLA
 
Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to protect people by identifying and controlling risks associated with legionella.  If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.
 
 
INFORMATION
 
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Latest update during the COVID-19 emergency

 
Further update – for Monday 25th May – from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry) :
 
EASING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
The First Minister has published the route map through and out of the crisis.  As from Thursday 28th May the following changes to guidance will start. 
 
You will be able to meet people from one other household, though initially in small numbers, and at 2 meters distance while you are outside.
 
You will be able to sit or sunbathe in parks and open areas.
 
Some non-contact outdoor leisure activities will be allowed to restart – such as golf, tennis, bowls and fishing – subject to appropriate hygiene and physical distancing.
 
People will be able to travel up to five miles – preferably by walking or cycling – to a location near their local community for recreation.
 
Take-away and drive-through food outlets will be free to reopen.   Waste and recycling services will start to resume.   Outdoor retail outlets such as garden centres will be allowed to reopen.   Children’s hearings will restart.   Non urgent NHS treatment and surgery will gradually restart.  Some construction will restart.
 
The document sets out four phases for seven activity areas, but we may not be in the same phases for all activities at the same time.  This week the message remains stay at home.  Next week that changes slightly to stay at home as much as possible.  The decision on the future message has yet to be determined.
 
The full route map document is here.
 
SHIELDING
The Government will issue new guidance before the initial period of shielding ends on 18th June. This will aim to increase your quality of life and your ability to make informed choices, while continuing to protect you as much as possible from the risks the virus poses.
 
SCHOOLS AND OTHER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Teachers and other school staff will return during June to prepare classrooms for the new term and a different model of learning.
 
The number of children who have access to the critical worker childcare hubs for those returning to work will increase.
 
Transition support will be offered to children going into primary 1 or moving from primary 7 to secondary school.
 
From 11 August, all schools will re-open. However, to allow appropriate physical distancing, children will return to a blended model of part time in-school and part time at-home learning.
 
Childminders can re-open during phase 1 and over the summer all early years childcare providers will re-open.
 
Universities and colleges will be allowed to have a phased return next term, with a combination of remote learning, and some limited on-campus learning.
 
TESTING ROLLED OUT TO EVERYONE OVER THE AGE OF 5
Testing for the virus has been opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five.  This means anyone who is displaying any of the three symptoms of COVID-19 – continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of sense of taste or smell – will be able to book a test at the drive-through or mobile test centres. Do not travel more than 90 minutes to reach a testing site.  If there is not a site near to you, then you should try to book a home testing kit. https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
 
If you are a key worker or have to leave home to work, and you have symptoms or a member of your household age 5 years or over is symptomatic: you can self-refer here www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers
 
BUSINESS RATE GRANT SUPPORT FOR RENTERS
After pressure from the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Government has agreed businesses that have a rateable value that would qualify them for support through the grant scheme but which pay their business rates through an intermediary—that is, through a rental agreement or a management charge for the rented service office space that they occupy— will now qualify for the support. More details will be announced soon.
 
SUPPORT FOR LARGER BUSINESSES
Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the UK Government announced.
 
The maximum loan size available under the scheme will be increased from £50 million to £200 million, to help ensure those large firms which do not qualify for the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) have enough finance to meet cashflow needs during the outbreak.
 
The expanded loans, which have been introduced following discussions with lenders and business groups, will be available from tomorrow – 26th May.
 
Borrowers under CLBILS will be able to borrow up to 25% of turnover, up to a maximum of £200 million.
 
CORONAVIRUS STATUTORY SICK PAY
The Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online tomorrow – Tuesday 26th May. The scheme will enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to claim coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). Tax agents will be able to make claims on behalf of employers.
 
Employers are eligible to use the scheme if:
 
They’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus;
They had a PAYE payroll scheme in operation before 28 February 2020;
They had fewer than 250 employees across all PAYE schemes on 28 February 2020; and
They’re eligible to receive State Aid under the EU Commission Temporary Framework.
 
The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP, and is payable if a current or former employee was unable to work on or after 13 March 2020 and entitled to SSP, because they either:
 
Have coronavirus;
Are self-isolating and unable to work from home; and
Are shielding because they’ve been advised that they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
 
To prepare to make a claim, employers should keep records of all the SSP payments they wish to claim for. Further details can be found via the below link.
 
SUPPORT FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED
The UK government’s scheme to support the self-employed has now opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule. 
 
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme now opened for applications 
those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500.
 
Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships  whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.
 
Millions are expected to benefit from the scheme with the payments – to be paid in a single instalment covering three months and capped at £7,500 – expected to land in bank accounts within six working days of each claim.
 
Everyone eligible for the SEISS, which is one of the most generous support schemes announced by any government in response to coronavirus, will be able to receive the government grant within six days of a completed claim.
 
FURTHER INFORMATION
Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, they traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020, intend to continue trading, and they: 
 
earn at least half of their income through self-employment
have trading profits of no more than £50,000 per year
traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted their Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year
 
HMRC calculate the amount to be paid to each eligible claimant based on an average of the tax returns for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
 
 
Customers were invited to claim their SEISS grant on a specified date, from 13 – 18 May. They won’t be able to apply before their claim date but can make a claim after that day.
 
People can check their date using HMRC’s online checker at any time.
 
 
If you need further support, please use HMRC’s webchat service or call the Covid-19 Helpline on 0800 024 1222.
 
MORTGAGE HOLIDAY EXTENSION
Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months or start making reduced payments.  
 
STATUTORY SICK PAY REBATE SCHEME
Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme from tomorrow – Tuesday 26th May. This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP.
 
CHARITY GRANTS
Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10 000 Small Business Grant Scheme. An additional £31 million is being made available to more than 3,000 small properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls.
 
INFORMATION
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Dundee City Council updates: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Covid community helpline for food, shopping, prescriptions, finances, personal care: People in Dundee on the shielded list only – 0300 123 1403. People in Dundee who are vulnerable but not on the shielded list – 0800 111 4000
NHS Tayside website: www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816.
Health Protection Scotland Guidance – www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: www.fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660.
Ready Scotland Information – www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus
Tayside Cares – www.taysidecares.co.uk
 
SUPPORT AND ADVICE
 
This is an anxious and uncertain time but we want you to know that we are here to try to help constituents in whatever way that we can.
 
CONTACT DETAILS
 
WEST END WARD – Bailie Fraser Macpherson
Phone – Dundee 459378 (home)

Roads and pavements improvements in the West End #dundeewestend

 
Today, the council is publishing its proposals for roads and pavements improvements planned for this financial year across the city.     Obviously with the health emergency situation, emergency road work is prioritised at present so much of the planned resurfacing work may be later in the financial year.   However, it is good that the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership is making clear what it plans to upgrade and improve during 2020/21.
 
The following roads work in the West End is in the carriageway programme :   Glamis Drive (resurface), Greenbank Place (resurface),  Newhall Gardens (main loop – surface dress), Ninewells Avenue (Perth Road to Dickson Avenue – surface dress), Seafield Road (resurface), Tullideph Street (resurface) and West Hendersons Wynd (Guthrie Street to Verdant Works – overlay).   Many of these I have raised repeatedly so pleased these are coming forward for improvement.
 
The following adopted pavements will also see improvements :    Roseangle (north side whole length – resurface) and West Marketgait (west side – Nethergate to West Port roundabout – resurface).
 
Unadopted pavements – upgrade and adoption programme :   Explorer Road (the link path between Explorer Road and the Green Circular – towards the top end of Explorer Road at the boundary between West End Ward and Lochee Ward – reconstruction), Glamis Road path entrance into Greater Balgay – reconstruction),  Melville Terrace (south footway – reconstruction), Norwood Terrace (north footway – reconstruction), Perth Road (north footway opposite Clovis Duveau Drive and Millbay Gardens/Terrace – reconstruction)
 
Non-adopted roads/pavements improvements :   Balgay access road into the cemetery (entrance just south of the Dickson Avenue / Glamis Road junction  – resurface),  Polepark Road (paths in the park areas to the east of Polepark Road – reconstruction).
 
There is a significant issue about the unadopted pavements programme.    The council during last year changed the criteria for these.    My colleague Cllr Craig Duncan and I opposed the change, not because we opposed the principle of looking again at the criteria and extending inclusion to new streets, but because, under the old scheme, indicative streets for future inclusion and improvement had been already made clear up to 2021/22 and were publicly known.
 
These included pavements in part of Elliot Road near the tennis courts, Rockfield Crescent, south side of Roxburgh Terrace (all provisionally this financial year) and the remote path of Millhall Crescent (numbers 3-11) and Dunmore Gardens pavements (both provisionally 2021/22).     These are now dropped from the programme due to lower priority and we felt strongly that existing priorities to the end of 2021/22 should have been honoured.    We have asked to see the detail of how these streets score in the new system of prioritisation.
 
As always, happy to discuss the detail of this with residents – just call me on Dundee 459378.