Weekly Road Report – West End Ward

Perth Road (Glamis Road to West Park Road) – closed for one week for gas main renewal.
43-47 Windsor Street – closed on Tuesday 25 October for BT pole replacement (see Public Notice below) :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of BT telegraph pole replacement works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Windsor Street (between numbers 43 and 47), Dundee.
This notice comes into effect on Tuesday 25 October 2016 for 1 day.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.  Access will be maintained.
Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Perth Road / Roseangle / Magdalen Yard Road.
For further information contact 433082.

Getting things done … Windsor Street

Last year, I highlighted the poor state of parts of the pavements of Windsor Street, following concerns raised by residents.
The City Council promised that improvements to the worst parts of the east footway and I am pleased to now report that two sections are now undergoing resurfacing – see right.

Temporary Traffic Order – Richmond Terrace and Magdalen Yard Road

Although the following Traffic Order will come with it the inconvenience of temporary loss of parking for a limited time, I am very pleased that Scottish Water is undertaking flood prevention works at Richmond Terrace. I raised the matter with Scottish Water some time ago, having visited residents to see the effect of flooding at their properties. I am grateful to Scottish Water for its proactivity in working to resolve this matter.
Dundee City Council proposes to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 for the purpose of facilitating Scottish Water flood prevention works. The Order is expected to be in force for nine weeks from 11 January 2010 . Its maximum duration in terms of the Act is eighteen months.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily suspend all parking in (a) Richmond Terrace from Windsor Street for a distance of 45 metres or thereby west and (b) Magdalen Yard Road from Windsor Street for a distance of 45 metres or thereby east.

Please forward any comments you may have regarding this proposal to the Network Management Team, City Development Department, Tayside House, Crichton Street, Dundee, no later than five working days prior to the commencement date. If you have any queries please contact the department on 433082.

Northern Ireland, Shelter, Parking Issues, Windsor Street

Apologies, no blog entries since the middle of last week, partly because I was in Northern Ireland for a few days with the day job and partly because of the backlog on return! My colleagues and I had the pleasure of meeting the Lord Mayor of Belfast while across in Northern Ireland (see right) and during a tour of City Hall yours truly was invited to model the councillors’ robes! See below, right.

On return, Shelter and I issued a joint statement about availability of housing/tenancy advice from Shelter and other organisations, following the recent issues about termination of tenancies in parts of the Perth Road/Step Row area. The story was featured by the BBC (click on the headline above to view) and the Evening Telegraph. I also spoke on Wave 102 about the issue.
I organised a site visit yesterday with residents/community council representatives and a member of Planning & Transportation staff about the difficulties exiting Windsor Street at its north end. Two of my West End councillor colleagues were also able to attend. I have been promised feedback following this on the parking issue adjacent to the junction.

The City Council issued a news release today about moving forward the parking strategy – this will allow for the consultation I have been pressing for on residents’ priority parking in parts of the West End. Here’s the news release:
Dundee is set to have a comprehensive car parking strategy that will help contribute to the economy of the city.

Councillors at the city council’s planning and transport committee on Monday (June 11) will be asked to approve a central Dundee parking strategy. A report to the committee also focuses on the needs of residents living in and around the city centre.

Planning and transport convener Councillor Fraser Macpherson said: “The strategy aims to ensure that there is a balance between the economic prosperity of the city and safe, sustainable transport.

“Dundee is now a very successful regional shopping centre and a car parking strategy has a key role to play in supporting its vitality by encouraging a high level of turnover of shopper and visitors through suitable quality parking provision.

“It is reckoned that the current level of parking supply in the city achieves the right balance between supporting the economic vibrancy of Dundee while encouraging the use of public transport.”

Councillor Macpherson said the focus on the requirements of parking for residents in and around the city centre was a very positive move.

“The council has been encouraging people to live in the city centre areas so we need to look at the best way of accommodating residents’ parking in a way that does not adversely affect the overall balanced parking strategy. This is something that will require further consultation and investigation.

“It is also very important that we look at ways of helping people living in areas surrounding the city centre who can, for example, be affected by commuters parking on roads near their properties.”

Tuesday to Friday

Tuesday night’s West End Community Council meeting had a useful update on paths and cycle routes by a member of Leisure & Communities staff. There was an update on the proposed Western Cemetery Association and I updated the Community Council on how the embryonic Friends of Magdalen Green group is progressing. There was a discussion about helicopter noise complaints about the airport and I advised that I have had a response from the airport manager on this issue.
Taking of the embryonic Friends of Magdalen Green group, we met again on Wednesday morning – a really positive and constructive meeting. We are working towards the launch at a public meeting at the Friendship Hall in Dundee West Church on Wednesday 16th May at 6.45pm – a note for all local diaries! The draft publicity looks really good.
Am pleased that the lighting problem at the back of Windsor Street (between there and Minto Place) was resolved earlier in the week. The street lighting section advised me as follows:
“The fault related to a problem with the underground cable in Richmond Terrace feeding some of the lights in Minto Place. These types of faults are difficult to locating and hence get operational again. We did however manage to repair these lights within the national target of 7 days.”
Met a number of constituents on various issues this week including Friday and Saturday night disturbances in one area and tenemental issues in another.