Another great West End Christmas event tonight! #dundeewestend

The Christmas Lights Switch On in West Port is later today!    Don’t miss it!

Events take place in West Port in front of the Globe :
4.20 – 4 30      Fiddlers
4.30 – 4.40     Trombone Trio
4.40 – 4.55     Children’s Christmas Choir
4.55 – 5.00     Piper
5.00               West Port Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
5.00 – 5.10     Piper
There will be hot spiced apple juice being served to adults and hot chocolate being served to the children.

Getting things done – Hawkhill and West Port #dundeewestend

Residents recently raised with me the fact that the street lighting in parts of the Hawkhill by-pass (near Blackness Primary School) and West Port was not on in the morning when it was still dark.
I am grateful to the Street Lighting Partnership who promptly resolved this – a timeclock issue, now fixed.
The Street Lighting Partnership Manager advised me that timeclocks are being phased out to avoid such issues.   She indicates :
“We replace the timeclocks with a photoelectric cell which operates on the ambient lighting levels. Currently we are using cells which switch the lights at 35lux in the evening and 18 lux in the morning.
Unfortunately it is not a straight swap for these components and often some additional cabling and tracking is required.”

The West Port Christmas Lights are on!

The West Port celebrated its Christmas Lights Switch On in style earlier tonight with the well-attended (despite the rain!) ‘Westport Wonderland’ – a fantastic Christmas Market in the former Westport Gallery, the Parlour Cafe hosting a second hand book sale, Hot Chocolate Bar, fresh waffles and apple pie and the Rep hosting a window spotting competition with the brilliant prize of a Family ticket to their production of The Witches.
And there was great music and the Christmas Lights being switched on too!
Here’s a video and a few photos from tonight’s celebrations :
The Christmas Market (above and below)


Mia switched on the Christmas Lights!
The West Port Christmas Tree

Photopolis : Hawkhill, taken from West Port

This view of the Hawkhill in Dundee below was taken from the West Port, looking west.
Thomas Aitken’s public house, The Globe, is listed in the Dundee Directory as Nos. 57 and 59 West Port, and is still so named today. Behind it is Johnston’s Lane.
No. 1 Hawkhill is listed in the Dundee Directory as John Mathieson, broker, which may have been the West Port Loans Office. M. Boland & Co.’s clothiery was Nos. 20 and 24 Hawkhill.

City Centre Parking Permits – West Port vicinity

The West Port area has traditionally been part of the City Centre Parking Permit scheme.   However, I have highlighted with the City Council over a considerable period the need to correct an anomaly whereby a small number of households in the western part of the street have been excluded from the scheme, due to an error in the boundary.
I was given a commitment some time ago that this would be addressed as part of the City Centre Controlled Parking Zone review.
I recently asked the council’s Head of Transportation for an update on the situation and he has responded as follows :

The City Centre Controlled Parking Zone review is still on-going and the Residents’ Parking Zone issues are included within this review.  It is planned to bring this to committee late Autumn 2014 and implement any changes in summer 2015.  In the meantime any previously agreed concessions will be maintained.