Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2020

Hawkhill – lane closures for 3 weeks for street lighting column installation works.

Abbotsford Street (at Blackness Road) – closed from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work. 

Blackness Road (at Abbotsford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work. 

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Drive (at Railway Station) – layby and taxi rank closed from Monday 7 December for 5 days for SGN service connection.

Blackness Road (at Rosefield Street) – off-peak temporary traffic lights Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December for BT work.

Riverside Drive (Tay Rail Bridge to Tesco roundabout) – eastbound nearside lane closure from Thursday 10 December for one week for new water connections.

Lower Pleasance (at Lochee Road) – closed overnight (9.00pm – 6.00am) from Monday 14 December for 3 nights for BT works. 

Lochee Road (at Polepark Road) – overnight temporary traffic lights (9.00pm – 6.00am) from Monday 14 December for 3 nights for BT work.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2020

Hawkhill – lane closures for 4 weeks for street lighting column installation works.
Lochee Road (at Rankine Street) – mini contraflow until mid-week for Scottish Water work.
Seafield Road (Perth Road to Roseangle) – closed Monday 23 November for 4 days for carriageway resurfacing works.
Lower Pleasance (Brewery Lane to Douglas Street) – closed from Wednesday 25 November for Scottish Water work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Abbotsford Street (at Blackness Road) – closed from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work.
Blackness Road (at Abbotsford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2020

Hawkhill – lane closures for 5 weeks for street lighting column installation works.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Perth Road (at Farrington Street) – temporary traffic lights for one week for SGN work.

Lochee Road (at Rankine Street) – mini contraflow Tuesday 17 November for one week for Scottish Water work. 

Forthcoming Roadworks

Seafield Road (Perth Road to Roseangle) – closed from Monday 23 November for 5 working days for carriageway resurfacing works.

Abbotsford Street (at Blackness Road) – closed from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work. 

Blackness Road (at Abbotsford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 30 November for 3 days for BT work. 

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2020

Hawkhill – lane closures for 6 weeks for street lighting column installation works.

Pentland Avenue (City Road to Scott Street) – closed westbound from Monday 2 November for 6 days to facilitate road safety works.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2020

Hawkhill – lane closures for 3 weeks for street lighting columns installation works.

Pentland Avenue (City Road to Scott Street) – closed westbound from Monday 2 November for 6 days to facilitate road safety works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend


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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 26 OCTOBER 2020

Riverside Drive (at Mayo Avenue) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 October for maintenance work to DfT traffic sensors.

Blackness Road (at Glenagnes Road) – temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October for SSEN disconnection works.

Hawkhill – lane closures from Monday 26 October for 4 weeks for street lighting columns installation works.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Pentland Avenue (City Road to Scott Street) – closed westbound from Monday 2 November for 6 days to facilitate road safety works.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Residents’ parking consultation – an update

Residents will recall that the consultation on residents’ parking was abruptly suspended in March shortly after the two consultation meetings, due to the COVID-19 health emergency.    

I have been in touch with the City Council about its position regarding getting the consultation concluded and a residents’ parking scheme introduced.

The Head of Sustainable Transport and Roads has now updated me as follows :

“As you note, there are options to either progress the outstanding consultation online or postpone until physically distancing requirements are relaxed. Engagement with non-digital persons is a concern with the former of these two options. 

Associated with this consideration is the skewing of respondents’ comments if progressed during the current restrictions on the basis of views being influenced by current experiences or circumstances faced which may not be apparent post Covid-19.

For the benefit of engagement, and the timing being during an environment reflective of the future state, I propose to postpone the consultation exercise until after the pandemic which will hopefully be in the first half of 2021.”

This is a disappointing timescale but not really very surprising as driving and parking currently is far from normal and services are extremely challenging due to the health emergency.  

However, I will continue to press for progress as soon as parking behaviour returns to more normal times as hopefully the COVID-19 health emergency passes.   

Meantime, I have continually said that parking charges in the seven West End car parks with charges should have remained suspended given the Scottish Government guidance to work from home where possible and I reiterated this to the Head of Sustainable Transport and Roads during the past week.

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REPORT FOR WEST END WARD – WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 19 OCTOBER 2020

Blackness Road (at junction with Bellfield Street for a distance of 25m or thereby in an easterly direction) – closed from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Blackness Road (at Bellfield Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Forthcoming Roadworks

Riverside Drive (at Mayo Avenue) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 October for maintenance work to DfT traffic sensors.

Blackness Road (at Glenagnes Road) – temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October for SSEN disconnection works.

Pentland Avenue (City Road to Scott Street) – closed westbound from Monday 2 November for 6 days to facilitate road safety works.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Free parking in West End of Dundee car parks must be extended #dundeewestend

As reported recently in the Courier (see below), I have called for the City Council to extend its free parking period in Dundee’s West End car parks given that the coronavirus health emergency situation continues.

The council took the sensible decision during the lockdown in the spring to make all its car parks free to use to assist key workers in the city centre and also people working from home in other car parks that charge across the city including in the West End.

However, it now intends to bring back car parking charges into seven West End car parks next Monday – 19th October – at a time when many local workers are still working from home and may well continue to be doing for weeks to come.     

The point about the West End car parks is that they all cover residential areas and so the council is charging people to park near their own homes when they are being encouraged by Scottish Government to work from home.   That is a totally ridiculous situation and contrary to the Scottish Government message to work from home where possible during the health emergency.

I therefore wrote to the Director of City Development at Dundee City Council asking for an extension to take place and received the following reply :

“As you are aware, the original aim of the introduction of charges was, as well as generating income, to prevent abuse of the car-parks by commuters and to promote turnover of spaces to support local shops.

As charges in the rest of the city have been reintroduced, I do not think we could justify further suspension of charges in the West End. We did extend the moratorium on charging until the University started back.

I have reviewed and whilst I understand the issues that you raise, we have a committee remit to introduce charges, and now require to discharge that remit.”

I think at a time when the Scottish Government is trying to encourage people to work from home where it is possible, the City Council charging people for the privilege of parking near their homes in the West End is not responsible and sending the wrong message.    

These are car parks in residential areas and I think that would be a common sense and helpful thing to continue the parking charges moratorium at this time.

Courier article :

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Forthcoming Roadworks for West End Ward

Blackness Road (at junction with Bellfield Street for a distance of 25m or thereby in an easterly direction) – closed from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Blackness Road (at Bellfield Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Riverside Drive (at Mayo Avenue) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 October for maintenance work to DfT traffic sensors.

Glamis Drive – closed from Monday 9 November for 2 weeks for carriageway surfacing.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL – WEEKLY ROAD REPORT

Forthcoming Roadworks

Blackness Road (at junction with Bellfield Street for a distance of 25m or thereby in an easterly direction) – closed from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Blackness Road (at Bellfield Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 19 October for 3 days for BT work.

Riverside Drive (at Mayo Avenue) – off peak temporary traffic lights on Tuesday 27 October for maintenance work to DfT traffic sensors

Latest update during the COVID-19 health emergency


Further update – for Sunday 4th October from Councillor Fraser Macpherson (West End) and Councillor Craig Duncan (Broughty Ferry)

FLU VACCINE ADVICE

NHS Tayside is encouraging members of the public in at-risk groups, as well as health and social care staff, to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination.

The seasonal flu vaccination programme has now launched and NHS Tayside will be offering those who are most at risk the opportunity to protect themselves from flu.

• People aged 65 and over, adults with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, unpaid carers, and those living with someone who was previously shielding should contact their GP to book an appointment. This year’s flu vaccinations will be delivered in a variety of settings, so your appointment may not take place in your own practice.

• Primary school pupils will be offered the flu vaccination at their school, while parents of children aged 2-5 who are not yet at school, and young people aged 12-18 with a long-term condition should contact 01307 475240 to book an appointment.

• Pregnant women can access immunisation through their midwife.

• All NHS Tayside staff and frontline social care workers are also strongly encouraged to take up the offer of a flu jab to protect themselves and vulnerable people who may be more likely to suffer complications from flu. Staff will be made aware of opportunities to get vaccinated in healthcare settings, care homes and at community pharmacies across Tayside. 

The second phase is planned to begin in December and will include those aged 55 to 64 (by 31 March 2021) who would not usually be eligible.

CARE HOME VISITS

We support the right of families to safely visit residents in care homes.  Fine out more about what is needed here:

https://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/care_visitors

STUDENT ADVICE

New guidance encourages students to remain on campus if they are able to do so.  This guidance covers where students are isolating and require support to allow them to comply with the requirement to self-isolate.  The household students are returning to are asked to also self-isolate and states that public transport should not be used.

https://www.gov.scot/news/student-accommodation-guidance-on-visits-home/

STUDENT CAMPAIGN

We have proposed five measures to help support and protect students following the outbreaks at many universities.

https://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/student_catastrophe

NEW GRANT FOR THOSE SELF ISOLATING

People on low incomes will be eligible to receive a new £500 grant if asked to self-isolate.  The new Self-Isolation Support Grant will help those who would lose income if they need to self-isolate, such as those unable to carry out their work from home.

This grant is for those who will face financial hardship and will be targeted at people who are in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits, with some discretion to make awards to others in financial hardship.

Applications are due to open from 12th October and will be delivered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, which is administered by local authorities.

https://www.gov.scot/news/new-grant-for-those-self-isolating/

PARENT AND BABY GROUP LIMITS

There has been a lot of concern about the limit of five adults at a time for parent and baby groups.  

Our colleague Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP raised this directly with the First Minister in Parliament. She agreed to ask the Chief Medical Officer to look at greater flexibility for group sizes.

QUARANTINE COUNTRIES

Travellers arriving in Scotland from Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba must quarantine on arrival.

They are required to self-isolate at home, or another specified address, for 14 days from 4am yesterday – Saturday 3rd October.

Those arriving from the Azores and Madeira no longer need to quarantine.

https://www.gov.scot/news/quarantine-rules-imposed-on-travellers-from-further-destinations/

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

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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

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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

 

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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

 
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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

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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.