House insulation – Logie area – an update #dundeewestend

As residents are aware, I have long campaigned for insulation improvements for the Logie area.  
Logie’s properties are a hundred years old next year and, given the conservation status of the estate, cannot benefit from external wall insulation.   
I have therefore been pressing the council to progress internal insulation improvements and discussed this recently with Logie tenants at a residents’ meeting I organised at the Lime Street sheltered lounge.
I recently asked the council’s Director of Neighbourhood Services for an update on progress and have received the following helpful reply :
“I can confirm that we have completed two pilot installations in the Logie estate and that these have been successful in raising the Energy Efficiency levels to a rating which ensures EESSH* compliance. 
Overall, prior to this pilot, Logie has some 85 out of 120 houses which are compliant with the EESSH standard. 
It is our intention to develop a programme of IWI installation for this estate for the 2021/22 Financial year subject to available resource. This project will benefit tenants only as it is not our intention given the nature of the works involved to offer to owner occupiers.  I can confirm that it would be all (council owned) properties regardless of EESSH 1 compliance.   We are looking ahead towards complying with EESSH 2.
In the meantime we will look at houses in the estate that are not compliant with EESSH at present to establish whether there are short term measures we can carry out in the interim that ensure EESSH compliance until the IWI programme is carried out (this may be as simple as supplying Energy Efficiency Light bulbs).
In terms of other stock that has missed out on the EWI programme the Housing Asset Management Unit are currently developing options for these properties one of which is IWI to individual tenants properties . They will keep you updated on progress with these discussions and any outcomes.”
* EESSH = Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing.

Latest update from Friends of Wighton

From Sheena Wellington :
Tomorrow – Wednesday 4th December at 1.15pm
Lunchtime Recital with The Wighton Singers
Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library
The last event of the Friends of Wighton year is traditionally a concert with our own Wighton Singers and this year is no exception.  
Under the musical direction of Amy Lord, the Wighton Singers have had a busy year with concerts at sheltered housing complexes, guilds, day centres and Inchture Folk Club.  
Amy’s harmonious arrangements are beautiful and there will be the usual rich mix of Scottish and seasonal songs.
Admission free, although donations welcomed.

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

Westfield Lane – closed for up to one week for building repair works.
Glamis Terrace – closed from Monday 2 December for one week for sewer connection to new house.
Blackness Road (at Oxford Street) – temporary traffic lights from Monday 9 December for one week for BT work.

Wasps Dundee Designers + Artists Christmas Market today! #dundeewestend

Wasps Dundee Designers + Artists Christmas Market
Today – Sunday 1st December – 11am-5pm
Wasps Meadow Mill, West Henderson’s Wynd
The much anticipated Wasps Dundee Christmas Designers and Artists market at Meadow Mill Studios is back and now in it’s 6th year! 
A wonderfully festive event with original art and sparkly handmade items by Meadow Mill’s talented tenants and a few of Dundee’s well known creative guests to boot. 
Join and get merry with Meadow Mill tenants: a cosy glass of mulled wine in one hand and all your handmade gifts in the other! 

Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities: Bridging the Divide

Residents are invited to this Scottish Universities Insight Institute event next Thursday – 5th December – in the West End as part of the ‘Healthy Universities for Healthy Communities Project’. 
In an informal morning celebration, the project will be sharing the ideas and insights generated in its knowledge cafés, held earlier this year, to identify collaborative university-community approaches to improving health and wellbeing for all.    The event takes place at Roseangle Kitchen Café.
In the afternoon, in the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee, the keynote speaker, Dr Matt Dolf, who is irector, Strategic Support, UBC Wellbeing, University of British Columbia, will be joined by representatives of the UK Healthy Universities Network and community residents in providing local, national and international perspectives on developing healthier and happier communities. 
You can read more about this interesting day and book either the morning or afternoon session – or both – here.

Friends of Wighton – latest update

From Sheena Wellington :
Tomorrow – Saturday 30th November 
Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee Central Library at 11am 
Caim – harmony folk trio
The three members of Caim harmony trio may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically.  Pauline Vallance’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth Hamill’s in N. Ireland and Heather Innes’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire.  
Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing which served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, continues to provide a strong foundation in the group, as does her time as a key vocalist and bodhrán player in the bands “Dúlamán” and “Firefrost”. 
Jacynth has a solid choral background which she puts to good use in arranging material for the group.  Her pure and light voice adds an ethereal quality to the 3-part harmonies as well as suiting the plaintive solo songs she adds to the mix.  
Harp player Pauline’s classical as well as folk background, her instrumental skills and her lyrical voice have enriched Caim’s sound and repertoire.  She is a talented songwriter, turning events she has experienced, items she has read about, or a notion that has taken her fancy into a moving, a poignant or a hilarious song.  
A “Caim” concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance.  “We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing.  You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit.”
Tickets £5 – doors open 10.30am and tea/coffee available for small donation.