West Park Road – street sign

Residents have contacted me regarding the fact that street sign in West Park Road at its junction with Perth Road (west side) is very faded :

I have therefore asked the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership if it can be replaced.
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Temporary Traffic Order – Blackness Road and West Park Road

From the City Council :

THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 SECTION 14(1)

THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that waiting on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water repair works being carried out  HEREBY PROHIBIT all vehicular traffic from waiting in :

West Park Road (between Scotswood Terrace and Blackness Road), Dundee

Blackness Road (between numbers 378 to 382 and numbers 325 to 341), Dundee

This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 16 July 2014 for one day.

Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.

For further information contact (01382) 433082.

Director of City Development

Dundee City Council

Getting things done – West Park Road area

Residents have recently complained to me about vehicles parking right on the end of several of the roads that join West Park Road causing sight lines difficulties at junctions – so asked if the transportation team at the City Council could look at yellow lining right at the junctions where appropriate.
 
The Head of Transportation has advised:
The intention is that in advance of the Harris Academy returning to the Perth Road the parking restrictions around the school will be revisited, along the lines of the wider vicinity previously proposed for parking restrictions but abandoned in light of the impending decant.   I will ask that your constituents’ request is included in these considerations.  
 
All junctions should be protected through the basic rules of the Highway Code with Rule 243 stating that you should not park within 10 metres of a junction.  I realise in reality that this is often abused and the yellow lines are often in place to assist enforce where there are pedestrian / road safety issues.

Winter maintenance over past few days

With the inclement weather over the past few days, I have had numerous winter maintenance queries from constituents.   The City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership has updated me regarding resources deployed and I reproduce this below.   
 
The reference to West Park Road is in relation to a specific concern I raised about the road surface there on Monday – there was a minor traffic accident there at the junction with Beechwood Terrace on Monday morning:
 
“In response to your enquiry relating to the winter service delivered over the last few days I can confirm that all available resources were deployed in accordance with Committee Report 365-2012: Winter Maintenance Service.
 
With regard to West Park Road there was a road traffic accident which Tayside Police attended at approx. 8am on Monday 11th March.  
 
Priority carriageway gritting route 02 which includes West Park Road, was treated between 0600 and 0800 on the morning of Monday 11th March.
 
The following resources were deployed by the Roads Maintenance Partnership on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday:
 
Sunday 10th March:
 
•         Priority carriageway routes were treated by mainline gritters commencing 0500 through to 1700
 
•         Secondary and cul-de-sac carriageway routes were treated by tractor 8 gritters commencing treatment from 0700 through to 1700
 
•         Priority footway routes were treated by mainline mini-ploughs commencing 0530. 
 
•         Secondary footway routes followed priority footway routes through to 1700
 
•         Nightshift carriageway routes (east and west) commenced 1900 through to 0530.
 
Monday 11th March:
 
•         Priority carriageway routes were treated by mainline gritters commencing 0600 through to 1930
 
•         Secondary and cul-de-sac carriageway routes were treated by tractor 8 gritters commencing treatment from 0600 through to 1800
 
•         Priority footway routes were treated by mainline mini-ploughs commencing 0600. 
 
•         Secondary footway routes followed priority footway routes through to 1900
 
•         Nightshift carriageway routes (east and west) commenced 2100 through to 0530.
 
Tuesday 12th March:
 
•         Priority carriageway routes are being treated by mainline gritters, commenced 0500 onwards
 
•         Secondary and cul-de-sac carriageway routes are being treated by tractor 8 gritters, commenced treatment 0600 onwards
 
•         Priority footway routes are being treated by mainline mini-ploughs, commenced 0600 onwards. 
 
•         Secondary footway routes follow priority footway routes 
 
•         Nightshift carriageway routes (east and west) will commence 2100 through to 0530.
 
In addition the Environment Dept had a workforce of approx. 75 treating sheltered housing and social works priority buildings on Monday, and a workforce of approx. 40 Tuesday.”

Harris Academy – progress on car parking

Some months ago, the City Council proposed a significant extension of double yellow lines in Perth Road and West Park Road near to Harris Academy, because of the number of parked cars that have caused problems such as obstruction.

Some weeks ago, I had a meeting at Harris Academy with residents, the Depute Head Teacher and a City Council Risk Management representative to see if an alteration to the road access in the school (pictured right) could mean more staff cars are off the street and into staff car parks.   This would avoid the need for much of the proposed yellow lines, which bring with them disadvantages for residents.

Earlier this week, along with a representative of the Education Department and the school’s Depute Head Teacher, I attended a site visit to look at proposals City Engineers have drawn up that will widen the access and allow separation of pupil access from that of vehicles.

It is a sensible solution that, in my view, will greatly improve matters.    The proposal will go before the Education Committee early in the New Year and I hope it is endorsed.   I am most grateful to council officers who have worked across departments to achieve a practical solution to this problem.