Getting things done : Wilkie’s Lane

Last August, I had a site visit in Wilkie’s Lane with Rev Leszek Wiecaszek, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Church, the Chair of St Josephs Parish Pastoral Council and two representatives of the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership.   
I had raised concerns from residents including members of the church about the state of the footpath at the south end of the lane and at the site visit, the council representatives agreed to progress improvements.
I am pleased to say the path has now been fully resurfaced (see right).

Last couple of days …

On Tuesday evening, I attended the latest committee meeting of the West End Community and Sports Hub (WECSH) that took place at the Riverside Pavilion.   We had a hugely productive meeting, discussing future management of the pavilion and further improvements to assist sporting activity in the West End.
Yesterday afternoon, I firstly had a site meeting in Wilkie’s Lane with Rev Leszek Wiecaszek, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Church, the Chair of St Josephs Parish Pastoral Council and two representatives of the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership.   I recently raised concerns from residents including members of the church about the state of the footpath at the south end of the lane.   We had a useful discussion about the need to improve the state of the path.
Later yesterday afternoon, I chaired a meeting at the Corso Street Sheltered Lounge with residents from Abbotsford Place, Corso Street and Abbotsford Street.   Around 40 residents attended and we had a good discussion about numerous local issues.   Judith Clark of Solar Cities Scotland was guest speaker and gave a very interesting presentation on carbon reduction and steps to reduce your heating bill.
And, talking of well-attended meetings, last night I attended the AGM of WestFest, that took place at the Vine in Magdalen Yard Road.   It was a great night with an informative and interesting talk by Stewart Murdoch, City Council Director of Leisure and Communities, on the Dundee bid for UK City of Culture 2017.   Co-chair of WestFest, Paola McClure, gave a comprehensive and entertaining resume of WestFest’s past year and a new committee was elected.
With thanks to Peter Menzies at the Vine for hosting the AGM and the photography on the Facebook page, here’s a photo (right) from last night with me pictured bottom right in the photo!

Wilkie’s Lane

I have received complaints from constituents that the footpath that runs from Hawkhill along Wilkie’s Lane past the old St Joseph’s school building and meets the main part of Wilkie’s Lane at the church is in a really poor state – see photo below:
The path is well-used by people attending the church and also as a route to/from the housing in the Larch Street/Blackness Road area to the north.
I have reported the poor conditioned pathway to the Roads Maintenance Partnership and have been advised that an inspection will take place.   It is clear to me that repairs are needed to improve the path’s condition.

Welcome removal of double yellow lines to help St Joseph’s Church

I have welcomed Dundee City Council’s agreement to my request, on behalf of parishioners of St Joseph’s Church, to remove double yellow lines in Wilkie’s Lane, following the impending relocation of St Joseph’s Primary School.
The double yellow lines in Wilkie’s Lane create difficulties for local people attending the church from parking.   At present there is parking allowed on a “glazed pitch” at the south of the lane but this will be lost when the Al Maktoum Foundation starts construction of their new facility.   Also, the church car park is very small.
The amount of traffic in the street will be much less with the school moved and I made the point to the City Council that it would benefit church goers if they could legitimately park up the lane.
I am pleased at the positive response from the council which will benefit visitors to the church and the priests resident in Wilkie’s Lane.
Sent: 05 October 2012 10:08
To: Fraser Macpherson
Subject: Re: Wilkie’s Lane
Councillor Macpherson,
Thank you for your e-mail dated 3 October 2012 regarding prohibition of waiting in Wilkie’s Lane.  I have discussed this matter with the Network Management Team Leader.
The double yellow lines were instigated by the Education Department due to the approach to the school.  This would have been part of the improvements for Safer Routes to Schools.   However there is no Traffic Order currently in place for this enforcement.
With the closure of St Joseph’s Primary School due to the relocation to Glenagnes Road, there will be no longer the requirement to restrict parking or concern of parked vehicles leading to a school at this location.
Therefore in order to provide sufficient parking for people attending church, I will arrange to make arrangements to remove the double yellow lines.   I will however retain the double yellow lines at the junction with Blackness Road.  
The promotion of the TRO to create enforceable parking restrictions will no longer be progressed and we will email you (along with all ward members) formally.
Head of Transportation
City Development Department

Tree work undertaken in Wilkie’s Lane

Back in August, I highlighted concerns that I and representatives of St Joseph’s Church had about the badly overgrown trees in Wilkie’s Lane :  
Following my request, the trees were trimmed back earlier today – the work programmed during the school holidays when there’s less traffic in the lane.  

The lane looks much better without several tree limbs overhanging, that were are weak and liable to fail :

Wilkie’s Lane lighting

Last night, along with the Parish Priest and another representative of St Joseph’s Church, I met with a representative of the City Council’s Street Lighting Partnership on-site in Wilkie’s Lane.

The south end of the street, adjacent to the church car park, is extremely dark at night.   We discussed the situation and I have now highlighted it with City Development Department officials.