Road surface – Seafield Road #dundeewestend

As residents know, I have long campaigned to have the poor conditioned road surface of Seafield Road improved.
I am therefore pleased to have been advised by the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership, in reply to my lastest e-mail regarding this, as follows :
“Seafield Road has been identified for inclusion in future carriageway resurfacing schemes, provisionally 2020-2021 subject to budget availability.”

Temporary traffic order – Nablus Avenue

From the City Council :
THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water manhole repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Nablus Avenue (at the rising bollard), Dundee
This notice comes into effect on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm until Thursday 9th April 2020 at 6am.
Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained.
No alternative routes are available.
For further information contact 433082.
Executive Director of City Development
Dundee City Council

Road/pavement works – Benvie Road – suspended #dundeewestend

I have had enquiries from residents about signage that appeared on Benvie Road last week – near the junction with Benvie Gardens – that indicated forthcoming road/pavement works.
I have spoken with council roads engineers and this work was to have been undertaken by SSE contractors to instal a new electricity supply.
However, non-essential/non-urgent work of this kind is now suspended during the COVID-19 health emergency, so the work is not now going ahead and will be undertaken at a later date.
The signage has now been removed.

Suspend West End car parking charges! #dundeewestend

I have been contacted by numerous residents in the West End who use the seven cars parks that recently had car park charges imposed for the first time – charges I have strongly opposed.
The residents have pointed out that, as the advice is to work from home where possible during the COVID-19 health emergency, it seems perverse to charge people to park near their homes when the council has suspended car parking charges in several car parks in the city centre.    
The city centre decision is very helpful – to assist key workers – but I am adament that the suspension of parking charges must also apply to people working from home as they are following the advice to do so.
If Angus Council can do this for its car parks, so can Dundee City Council for the seven West End car parks.
I have requested that City Development at the council do this ASAP.    The Director of City Development and the leader of the council is aware of this request.
I will keep residents updated.

New funding launched to help young people in Dundee going through bereavement

Co-op Foundation and partners Co-op Funeralcare are to deliver £50,000 of funding for youth bereavement projects in Dundee, which is very good news. 
Organisations in Dundee can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help young people support each other during bereavement.  
Grants are available through the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund. The Foundation expects to make about five grants in total and organisations have until 12 noon on Friday 3rd April to apply at  
Successful applicants from across Dundee can access funding for social action projects that equip young people with the skills they need to provide peer support. Grants could also help young people to use their experiences as a way to speak up and recommend how local services can help other bereaved young people.  
Co-op Funeralcareacross Dundee are partners in this latest round of funding. Their involvement is in direct response to findings from its ‘biggest ever survey’, which surveyed over 30,000 people to understand the nation’s experiences and attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement.  
This survey found that 16 to 29-year-olds are the age group most likely to bottle up grief*, with just under a quarter (24%) saying they ‘kept it to themselves’ when suffering a bereavement. Young people were also most likely to be left out of social arrangements because of bereavement.  
Jim Cooke, Head of Co-op Foundation said: “As the Co-op’s charity, we’re delighted to be partnering with Co-op Funeralcare to provide grants through our #iwill Fund. Losing a close friend or family member is difficult at any age, and it can be particularly tough for young people who might be dealing with other pressures at home, at school or in their social lives.   
“Helping others going through similar experiences is a great way for young people to build their confidence, skills and sense of belonging. And by recommending how others can support bereaved young people better, they can make a long-term difference for their peers.”   
David Collingwood, Director of Funerals for Co-op Funeralcare said: “At Co-op Funeralcare, we understand how experiencing a bereavement can have a major impact on the life of an individual, and this is even more pronounced when it happens at a young age. 
“Bereavement is unique to every person, and everyone chooses to deal with the loss of a loved one in different ways. It’s a long process, but the long term support of others is essential when trying to overcome the hurdles grief entails. Co-op Funeralcare has seen first-hand the importance of support groups within the community and we are honoured to be part of this crucial initiative.” 
The Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign that wants to make social action a part of life for as many 10 to 20-year-olds as possible.  
The Foundation has already invested £2m into tackling youth loneliness through youth social action. Grants available from today form part of a £3m extension that will also see young people campaign to improve community spaces and support each other during the move from primary to secondary school.   
Funding also supports Co-op’s Co-operate 2022 community plan that aims to improve communities’ spaces, skills and wellbeing. Read more about this at   
For more information on the Co-op Foundation and to apply for funding, visit   
The #iwill Fund is a £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. Co-op Foundation acts as a match funder.  

Weekly Road Report – West End Ward #dundeewestend

Glamis Road (at Carseview Gardens) – off-peak temporary traffic lights on Saturday 28 March for telecom mast maintenance.
West Marketgait (Argyllgait to Nethergate) – overnight (7.00pm – 3.00am) southbound nearside lane closure on Monday 30 March for Scottish Water work.
Forthcoming Roadworks
Nablus Avenue (at rising bollard) – closed overnight (7.00pm – 6:00am) on Wednesday 8 April for Scottish Water manhole repair works.

Friends of Wighton update

From Sheena Wellington :
I am sure you expected this but, sadly, the current Covid-19 health emergency means all classes, recitals and concerts at Wighton Heritage Centre, Dundee are cancelled until further notice. 
We have had to cancel some first rate artists and, as you will know, this is a tough time for musicians who have all seen months of gigs, their livelihood,  disappear almost overnight. 
Below are links to the websites of the artists we have had to cancel. 
Buying or downloading a CD through their webpage would help them and entertain you if you have to be in lockdown! 
They are all very good, of course,  otherwise I would not have booked them!
Take care and keep well
Sandy Brechin      –
Ian Walker Band  –
Bill Adair              –